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Summary

£105
£££££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Never wavering in its excellence” – James Lowe’s acclaimed canteen sits at the foot of Shoreditch’s ‘Tea Building’ and his seasonal modern British cooking is nowadays something of a benchmark (having achieved a listing for numerous years on the World’s 50 Best). At lunch, small plates can be ordered tapas-style, whereas in the evenings there’s just a single tasting option. “Individual dishes look simple: actually this belies a great deal of underlying complexity, and fantastic tastes”. Service is informed and passionate too: “you do not think they are temps!” The post-industrial space it inhabits is “hard-surfaced, buzzy, and hence can be very noisy” (and there were a few more reservations this year that the overall effect can end up “slightly cold and soulless”).

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”.

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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.
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A first revisit for many years was an eye-o...
Reviewed 9 months, 21 days ago

"A first revisit for many years was an eye-opener. Out of the media glare following its launch, Lyle's has quietly been coming on leaps and bounds and on this occasion gave a truly memorable meal. Food that might have previously seemed a little spartan and po-faced now comes across as much more well-rounded and enjoyable, with high-quality ingredients pushed to the foreground. Generous, graceful service rounded the experience off. The room does still feel a little bare, but the offering as a whole has grown to make that a non-issue."

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Steven B
Excellent first lunch here. It was a strike...
Reviewed 11 months, 17 days ago

"Excellent first lunch here. It was a strike day so perhaps less busy than usual but it is still a buzzy and hence VERY noisy place. Hard surfaces make it a chat hard. Service is perfect with as much information as you want and a clear love of the place. You do not think they are temps! Amazing wine glasses with the slimmest stems possible! Lunch is shared dishes - fun but you may have trouble in a larger group as sharing out can be hard. We had a fish meal - wonderful Scottish grilled razor clams in a tasty broth -no shells in sight; squid strips sitting on a lovely vegetable medley ; Turbot on a vegetable base . Superb puddings... "

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Victoria J
Quite expensive when you add up several sha...
Reviewed 11 months, 22 days ago

"Quite expensive when you add up several sharing plates but the quality was outstanding. "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Dinner   £95.00

Traditional European menu

Pudding
£0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £38.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 10.00%
The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
SundayCLOSED

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