/ Grit E2s to get to E3
I'd just crack on with Time for Tea and San Melas. Both great routes, a bit fluttery but pretty much safe, and way easier than some desperate top-end E2. After those two, I struggle to recommend grit E3s 'cause all the ones I can do involve the risk of a groundfall. Maybe Dextrous Hare, if you trust the gear OK, a nice fairly soft route. And Exit, which is a bit bold but has a protected crux (so possibly fair at E2, but then I did it in perfect conditions so it might actually be desperate the rest of the time).
For 'too hard for E2' I would suggest Easy Picking and Handrail, but they won't necessarily help you climb E3.
I found getting from E2 to E3 very hard on grit, and basically just plumped for other rock types to climb E3 on. Basically, E3 5c usually involves some terrible ankle-snapping risk and 6a on grit is generally unfathomable. I've pretty much given up on grit E3 now, so many of them are just horrible, annoying routes which are bound to end up in an extended ledge-standing episode. But then that's just grit really, isn't it?
Nothing I can think of at tough e2 that is delicate and not strenny, but safe. If you allow routes that are pumpy without being too thuggy then things like fern hill, ffe, billy whizz (? not done), regent st, black hawk bastion, etc? Maybe Suspense might suit you.
None of these are e3 but if you onsight them all easily you can have the confidence to one...
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