RestaurantsLondonShoreditchE1

survey result

Summary

£97
 ££££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Led by fantastic British ingredients, the cooking seems simple but it’s not” at James Lowe’s acclaimed canteen, at the foot of Shoreditch’s well-known landmark, the Tea Building. His “superb combinations” deliver “amazing and unexpected flavours”“it’s easy to see why this restaurant is so highly rated” and fans still consider the cuisine “some of the best in London”. (In February 2020, co-founder John Ogier stepped away from the business).

Summary

£92
 ££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Notwithstanding the hipster canteen vibe, this is the real thing!”. James Lowe’s “brilliantly executed”, seasonal British small plates – “fresh and light, yet sturdy and filling when required” (and often “using a wood-fired oven to give that extra tang of flavour”) – are complemented by “delicious bread” and “a proper list of natural wines”, and have rightly won renown for his venerated foodie champion: a light-filled space at the foot of Shoreditch’s iconic Tea Building. Its ratings are not quite as beyond-stellar as when the venue first opened, however, and it’s no criticism to say that its No. 2 ranking in the UK according to the World’s 50 Best has less to do with its “sublime” cooking, and more to do with the in-crowd criteria of the fooderati who vote for it. Top Tip – “the Lyle’s Guest Chef Series programme is great”.

Summary

£92
 ££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Notwithstanding the hipster canteen vibe, this is the real thing!”. James Lowe’s “brilliantly executed”, seasonal British small plates – “fresh and light, yet sturdy and filling when required” (and often “using a wood-fired oven to give that extra tang of flavour”) – are complemented by “delicious bread” and “a proper list of natural wines”, and have rightly won renown for his venerated foodie champion: a light-filled space at the foot of Shoreditch’s iconic Tea Building. Its ratings are not quite as beyond-stellar as when the venue first opened, however, and it’s no criticism to say that its No. 2 ranking in the UK according to the World’s 50 Best has less to do with its “sublime” cooking, and more to do with the in-crowd criteria of the fooderati who vote for it. Top Tip – “the Lyle’s Guest Chef Series programme is great”.

Summary

£83
 ££££
4
Very Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Don’t be put off by the hipster canteen vibe” say fans of James Lowe’s venerated Shoreditch foodie-mecca, offering “always-original” small plates and “a small but really interesting wine list”. But ratings here no longer scale the absolute pinnacles they once did, dragged down by a minority who find the place “too impressed by itself” for an achievement level that’s good, but no more.

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Restaurant details

Entertainments,Highchair
No dress code
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Lyle's Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Lyle's Restaurant in E1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Lyle's restaurant.
Nigel H
Extraordinary high quality tasting menu ful...
Reviewed 5 months, 15 days ago

"Extraordinary high quality tasting menu full of ingenious combinations "

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Nick G
Great food, friendly service, nice atmosphe...
Reviewed 9 months, 5 days ago

"Great food, friendly service, nice atmosphere, a great little restaurant - I was very impressed."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£14.50 £24.50 £11.00 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £34.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £6.00
Service 12.50%
The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ
Opening hours
Monday8 am‑11 pm
Tuesday8 am‑11 pm
Wednesday8 am‑11 pm
Thursday8 am‑11 pm
Friday8 am‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
SundayCLOSED

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