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The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall

#70 of 11,810 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Huairou Scenic Resort
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12 Mutianyu Village | Huairou District, Beijing 101405, China
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+86 10 6162 6506
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Lake Mary, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited The Schoolhouse as part of a group trip after our walk on the Great Wall, and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. I always rate a restaurant by whether or not I would buy their shirt if they had one, and I would have bought the polo shirt if they could have found it quickly before we needed to leave.

Thank LPinFL
jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear LPinFL, Glad to know you enjoyed and would have bought a shirt! We do have them in stock and there's really no excuse we couldn't get one to you in time. Will you please send me a private message with your size and your address and I'll have a shirt expressed to you at no charge -- we need... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I only have amazing things to say at this place. I only regret for not staying longer. I booked it for only one night and went back to Beijing the next day after hiking at the Mutianyu section. The staff is friendly, the rooms are rudimentary with huge windows facing the Great Wall. The food is also very good (and... More 

Thank Patricianeid
jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Patricianeid, This is Jim Spear, a partner in The Schoolhouse and the Brickyard Retreat. I really appreciate your wonderful review. We hope you DO come back to stay with us again. Wishing you safe and happy traveling... Jim Spear & Team More 

Beijing, China
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63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

The schoolhouse is a very cute little spot to stop at, but I've been disappointed several times. Despite the fact that we plan visiting ahead of time (you have to, if you are purchasing a vehicle pass through them to go to Mutianyu...at least the day before), the staff on every occasion seemed to just be arriving, and we waited... More 

Thank TravelingChens
jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear TravelingChens, Our restaurant is currently only open for groups by advance reservation due to local traffic restrictions. We suggest a la carte guests dine at our sister property, the Brickyard Retreat, in nearby Beigou Village. Thank you, Jim Spear, Partner More 

Hefei, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I loved this restaurant. It was far enough away from the tourist traps of mutianyu and had a great selection of local fare and western food. Grab a beer relax in the surroundings of this beautiful building and friendly service.

Thank sunyswimpurch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

You can see people working and teaching others, which is very nice! You can find mementos and take a rest after the Great Wall.

Thank Jose M
Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

Is ok not super delicious but the place is nice and the staff friendly. Is also nice to see the structure of this school

Thank ivana7910
Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The Schoolhouse at Brickyard at the Great Wall is located a short drive from the Mutianyu entrance. All the old farmhouse buildings are restored and there is a small restaurant overlooking the garden. We were booked for a set lunch menu and could choose from 2 starters, 3 mains and there was some dessert and coffee/tea afterwards. Starter choice was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

A pleasant enough setting and we both had the set lunch(no choice in the matter) it was a nice place. A little noisy on day we went with both a private event and some loud american fellow diners. Had to wait a while for the service too.

Thank chanelle_clark
jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Chanelle_clark, Our set lunch offers a choice of seven different homemade main courses as well as appetizer, soup or salad, and dessert. I am so sorry that you felt the service was slow and I have shared your comments with our manager. We do welcome guests from all over the world and realize that customs and expectations differ. Wishing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Nice location, good service, OK food. I was disappointed at the lunch here. I didn't think it was good value and the dining room was quite cold. I had arranged this in advance but didn't get what I thought I'd arranged for myself and my friends.However, I enjoyed the location and the service was good.

1 Thank Moominmama M
jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Moominmama M, I really appreciate that you shared your frank comments. Our aim is a five star experience across the board for every guest and clearly we let you down with "OK" food and a room that should have been warm and welcoming. Our food is all homemade from scratch using mainly local ingredients and our prices reflect the... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Whenever I go to the wall, I always stop here. The food is quite decent, and the arts and crafts are quite nice. Service is usually pretty friendly.

1 Thank pattycakesmn
jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear pattycakesmn, Thank you so much for sharing your evaluation with the Trip Advisor community. Our aim is great food and great service that exceed high expectations of our guests from all over the world. Thank you and best regards, Jim Spear, Partner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
Chinese, International
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Mutianyu Village | Huairou District, Beijing 101405, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing>  > Huairou Scenic Resort
  • Neighborhood: Huairou Scenic Resort
  • Phone Number: +86 10 6162 6506
The Schoolhouse is based on an abandoned village school and is part of a sustainable tourism business founded by Jim Spear & Liang Tang, longtime expat residents of Mutianyu, in 2006. We offer local foods made fresh from scratch to groups of 12 to 144 people with family or buffet style menus. Advance booking is required. The operating season each year is early March to November, closed for winter vacation. Individual guests and small parties are welcome to book a table at the intimate lodge cafe in our nearby hotel, the Brickyard at Mutianyu, which is open year-round. The Brickyard is a long-running Travelers Choice winner based on a repurposed glazed tile factory and includes extensive gardens. The outdoor terrace offering spectacular views of the Great Wall is open for dining in clement weather. The Brickyard can also serve groups of 12 to 144 people on the premises year-round by prior booking. We also operate a nearby noodle shop called Xiaolumian open for groups of 12 to 36 people from early March to October by prior booking. The noodle shop is also open on weekends and holidays 12:00-16:00 from April to October to individual guests and small groups.

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