Not to be confused with the golden syrup manufacturers, Tate & Lyle (or maybe that was just me that thought of that one), Lyle's is a lovely new restaurant in Shoreditch that I've been itching to visit since its opening, and since a friend told me her housemate, James was opening a new restaurant. (I've also just written about it for Trotter Mag's London restaurant guide that's soon to go up). I went whilst in London last week with said friend, Sophie, for lunch (the best time to go), along with Toast editor, Miranda to celebrate the launch of her new magazine, catch up and eat our way through the delicious menu. So delicious that I didn't take any decent photos of the food, so you'll have to be satisfied with the iPhone snap I took for my Instagram...
The new space is just off Shoreditch highstreet, nestled in between Shoreditch House and Pizza East on the ground floor of the Tea Building. It's big, airy and bright with light flooding in through the large, loft-style windows. The interior is minimal, with scandi-style tables and chairs, white walls, high ceilings, concrete flooring, grey industrial lighting and an open kitchen and bar. The mix could have easily created a cold atmosphere, but instead it feels welcoming. I like these kind of interiors and the light makes a big difference. We ordered a mix of tapas-style plates, such as Game Liver Toast, Cured Ling and Crab and Artichoke, each as tasty as the next, but there are also larger mains available, which I'm sure I'll be tucking into next time. And one of the best things about the place (as someone living in Paris, who has waited in far too many lines to be seated), is that you can book and take as long as you want. There's no one trying to jostle you out so they can seat the next customer, like so many new hot-spots that have popped up in Paris recently. So we had a nice leisurely lunch. Perhaps a little too leisurely, but I left feeling satisfied and content.
Tea Building,56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ
+44 20 3011 5911
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 - 23:00 & Saturday 18:00 - 23:00