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Summary

£97
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Never failing to deliver extraordinary food” – James Lowe’s famous (among foodies) canteen, at the foot of Shoreditch’s well-known ‘Tea Building’, “is so consistent in delivering seemingly simple, but actually quite intricate flavour combinations”. These are offered as small plates at lunch and in the evening as a tasting menu. Originally he was inspired by a stint working at St John, but his own cuisine is nowadays something of a benchmark in its own right for modern seasonal British cooking, with “a menu that changes all the time”.

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”.

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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.
Mike W
A wonderful meal. Five plates that were a...
Reviewed 24 days ago

"A wonderful meal. Five plates that were all both interesting and delicious. Mussels with a smoked butter sauce was exceptional. Smoked eel was similarly divine. Goose leg was unctuous. A lovely simple space where everything is about the food."

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Nicholas A
You have to be prepared to tolerate the noi...
Reviewed 4 months, 30 days ago

"You have to be prepared to tolerate the noise and the trendy young things in this industrial space opposite Boxpark in Shoreditch. But it is worth it. You get what you are given - there is just one set menu of a series of small plate dishes with no choice (although I believe there might be an alternative menu for vegi's). Although the individual dishes look simple - actually this belies a great deal of underlying complexity, and fantastic tastes. "

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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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