21 August 2014

Lyle'sone star

The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ

£62.00 Modern European Whitechapel, Mile End

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  • Wine: £26.00
  • Champagne: £70.00
  • Dinner: £8-course set menu £39
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-2.15pm, Mon-Sat 6-9.45pm

Square Meal Review of Lyle's ?

Chef James Lowe has been a face on London’s food scene for several years, making a name for himself as one of The Young Turks at supperclubs and residencies around town – so it’s good to report that his first solo restaurant, in Shoreditch High Street’s Tea Building, easily delivers on high expectations. White brick walls, a concrete floor and low-hanging lights create an offputtingly harsh look, but the cooking exudes more warmth. An eight-course daily changing dinner menu goes big on British ingredients, while Scandinavian influences abound in dishes such as an earthy yet sweet cake made from blood pudding with damson and chicory, crispy pan-fried lamb’s sweetbreads with punchy wild garlic, and vibrantly green and tangy nettle soup embellished with melting strips of cured pig’s cheek. Vermouth is the backbone of the cocktail menu, while the extensive wine list focuses on ‘natural’ tipples.

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  1. Lyle's

    The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ
    Overall rating:
    Owen B.

    Serious eating in Shoreditch

    Editor's pick

    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  2. Lyle's

    The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ
    Overall rating:
    Nigel S.



    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 9th July 2014

    The Food Judge :: Lyle’s. Golden.

    It seems to rain every time I travel East to eat. I don’t know what it is, maybe the weather is trying to tell me something i.e. I am out of my natural habitat. I worked in the City for 10 years. It felt like a life sentence. My heart still sinks when I get to Bank Station. Last time, I booked The Clove Club on Valentine’s Day. Stupid mistake. I don’t really do Valentine’s day so I failed to register the 14th February date, when booking on Opentable. I should have wondered why a table was available at this most-difficult-to-book of restaurants. And why it was more expensive than usual. C and I practically paddled from Liverpool Street to Shoreditch Town Hall, where we proceeded to sit in damp dripping clothing, surrounded by loved-up young couples. A brief sojourn into the sheer hell that is a contrived festivity, combined with a biblical downpour, I feel that we did not experience The Clove Club at its very best. You will note that there is no review...
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  2. Published : Tuesday, 20th May 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Lyle’s, Shoreditch

    Based a couple of doors down from Shoreditch House, Lyle’s is the new restaurant from a chap called James Lowe (he used to be part of the Young Turks who went on to open the Clove Club also in Shoreditch) and John Ogier. With no sign outside, we walked past the place a couple of times before realising where it was. Inside was a bright and airy affair; plain white walls, concrete floor and wooden chairs that looked like they’d been stolen from a primary school. On our sunny Saturday night visit the restaurant looked beautiful, but I imagine on a chilly winter’s evening it could feel a bit cold and sterile...
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  3. Published : Thursday, 15th May 2014

    Nomface :: Lyle's

    Lyle's opened quietly early this month in the hip Shoreditch area in the Tea Building. The dining room is simple and understated with an open kitchen. The kitchen is headed up by James Lowe of the famed Young Turks. The restaurant offers a varied lunch menu or a set dinner option in the evenings for £39 per head which is what we experience...
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  4. Strikingly fresh – I would say. Simple, yet bold. Elegant, yet understated. Lyle’s, a newly opened Shoreditch offering from James Lowe (of Young Turks fame) and John Oglier. Evenings, they offer a tasting menu of 9 courses, including a veg option, of which we partook. Feeling somewhat frantic on arrival, having charged across town in the midst of a tube strike, I was welcomed and right away I felt transformed. At home, even. A casual intimacy, no pretense or stress. Just contentment. The interior, like the food, is fresh, delicate and to the point. Polished concrete, dainty chairs and tables...
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Essential Details for Lyle's

  • Address: The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ
  • Telephone: 020 3011 5911
  • Website:
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-2.15pm, Mon-Sat 6-9.45pm

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