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Restaurants, British Shoreditch
5 out of 5 stars
(14user reviews)

Time Out says

Great formula: sweet staff who know their food, relaxed setting, a leisurely pace at dinner, and brilliant food from one of the most talented cooks in town.

Dinner at Lyle's a long, leisurely affair. Unlike most London restaurants these days you can actually book (they even have a telephone!) and stay as long as you like, as there’s no turning tables. The pricing is fair: the no-choice menu costs £59, which gets you four small courses (plus bread, petits fours and filtered tap water), served in a drawn-out procession. The whole thing, from start to finish, takes a languorous two and a half hours or so. 

The chef is James Lowe, formerly one of the much-fêted ‘Young Turks Collective’ and still one of the most talented cooks in town. We were impressed by a terrific cube of blood ‘cake’ (baked pig’s head, blood, and semolina); mellow braised baby onions; and a hunk of fatty-edged mutton with an intense anchovy cream. Baked washed-rind British sheep’s cheese was lick-the-plate-clean moreish; as was a poached, slightly-tart rhubarb with a rich crème anglaise custard).

The sweet staff know their food; and the semi-industrial setting (polished concrete floors, exposed girders, whitewashed brick walls) made for a relaxed setting. If you’re incurably impatient, then perhaps a lunchtime visit, where you can order à la carte and eat at your own pace, would be more your thing. Though to rush cooking like this would be to miss the point. 

By: Tania Ballantine



Address: The Tea Building
56 Shoreditch High Street
E1 6JJ
Transport: Shoreditch High Street Overground or Old Street tube.
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5 out of 5 stars

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It’s a wonderful light filled and elegant space, situated in between Pizza East and Shoreditch House in the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch. There’s a reception desk at the entrance with a wonderful salvaged (book?)case doubling as a wardrobe and a white washed dining space with a few columns supporting the ceiling, minimalistic wooden tables, a bar and an open kitchen. The photos on their website actually make the place look much bigger than it really is. You definitely have to book. We came for lunch on a Monday and the place was completely full. The food was wonderful and they certainly use the best of the seasonal ingredients, so much so, that I am inclined to call the seasonal leaf salad with thin shavings of artisan cheese and edible flowers the best I’ve tried. We also had crayfish, asparagus with anchovies crumb and Dover sole. All were tasteful relying more on the quality of the ingredients and cooking skill (have you ever tried cooking Dover sole?) rather than use of spice or condiments (delicate is a good word to describe most of the courses). I suppose that’s what sets a Michelin starred restaurant apart. The portions are small, though, and I think I left vaguely hungry still. But! My friend didn’t like the Austrian white wine we’ve ordered by the glass and they switched it for free. Not a cheap proposition (our lunch bill ran over 100 pounds and we just had a glass of wine each), but I will be back.


Always pleasantly surprised at Lyle’s. Their fixed menu is seasonal & changes constantly. It may seem a bit odd, but the chefs mostly gets it right.

Tonight the star dish has to be the “Suckling Kid, Fennel & Lamb’s Lettuce”. It must be my first time trying kid meat, which was equally tender & flavoursome! The starter snack of breaded mussels with tarragon was refreshing, and the “Beetroot, Bonemarrow & Sorrel” dish showcased the vegetable really well.

“Charcoal grilled sardine, Blood Orange& Broccoli Leaf” - Am not the biggest fan of this fish normally, but this must be the best sardine I’ve ever tatsted. The citrus tang complements the strong sardine taste perfectly, although the small bones do take away from enjoying it completely.

One combination that didn’t quite work was the “Goat’s milk ice cream with Burnt Pear & Whey Caramel”, where the goat’s milk taste was just overpowering. The treat of a bite-sized Brown Butter Cake was a nice touch to end the meal with. Can’t wait to come back again to be pleasantly surprised.

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It's difficult to fault Lyle's – the food is sublime, the service impeccable, and the setting gorgeous. Each dish on our visit focussed on making the most of each individual ingredient without being fussy or complicated.

The only drawback: the bill. At £75 a head (£55 for the set menu, plus wine and service charge), this was a really expensive meal, and though everything about the evening was spot on there was nothing that lifted our experience beyond that to something that was truly unforgettable.

The best menu dinner we had in London. Superior and very natural ingredients, interesting setting, outstanding overall quality, and very creative dishes. Gentle service. Congratulations!


I do not know if it's a good thing to hear so much hype about a restaurant before your visit; but it definitely underwhelmed me in the sense that I went there expecting fireworks in my mouth. I always walked past Lyle's and checked its menu and hesitated to go in; maybe because I wasn't ready for the experience or maybe the menu is always a little intimidating (adventurous in my case). I finally found the courage to try this place in the past couple of weeks. I ordered 3 dishes: the oyster, the pumpkin and the beetroot. Oysters were shelled and served on a plate almost like a soup, which probably was my favorite of all three. The pumpkin was hidden under leaves but it had a weird textured, chewy topping which added a weird dimension to the dish which, in my opinion could have been left out. The beetroot dish was too rich that I did not want a third bite of it. So no fireworks this time,but hope to visit once more to try it again.


Can you start a week in a better way than with discovering that the café down your road you’ve passed so many times is actually an excellent and affordable Michelin star restaurant? My first visit to Lyle’s set me up for the whole week, although the first impression wasn’t the best.

When the first pre-starter was offered – crunchily delicious sourdough and butter – we didn’t get any individual plates. Second snack down and the same story. ‘Have they forgotten the plates,’ we wondered. The big fruit fly big flying over our table didn’t help either. But when they started to dish out the actual menu, none of this was important anymore. The starter of peas and delicately slices of Ticklemore cheese was gorgeous. Not only was it beautifully adorned with edible flours but very well balanced. The sweetness of peas was cut through with citrusy dressing. The monk fish & liver with almonds and peaches was cooked to perfection. My favourite dish was girolles with pickled baby onions, slow cooked egg yolk and roasted buckwheat. While the blackcurrant leaf ice-cream was a cheery on a cake of this this fantastic menu.

I’ve never been to such a laid back Michelin star restaurant. The stuff was relaxed, but attentive and knowledgeable. They were chatty, but it all felt very natural, not forced like in some post places. When I asked for vegetarian menu, the waitress asked whether I was a pescatarian and offered a dish swap, although the menu was fixed. The menu is constantly changing, so I already plan many happy returns.

Amazing, creative, great quality food. Taking choice out of the equation and putting yourself in the hands of the chefs lets you try dishes you may otherwise have overlooked and you are guaranteed not to be disappointed. Staff are knowledgeable and helpful, but above all very friendly and down to earth. Not a hint of stuffiness despite the reputation of the venue. I would wholeheartedly recommend Lyle's for any occasion and am looking forward to my next visit already!

This is a wonderful restaurant with exquisite food and knowledgeable, friendly (in a calm English way) staff and apart from the not so lovely location of scruffy Shoreditch High Street, I can't recommend this place highly enough.  The internal decor is simple, and means the food can do the talking. They put things together here that I would never have dreamed of, and yet it all works perfectly:  oysters with grapefruit coulis, bacon fat on toast (divine - don't knock what it sounds or looks like - it is DIVINE) and something my dining partner nearly cried with joy over:  Pumpkin with salted caramel ice cream.  Please eat here, you will become more knowledgeable, become addicted to fine dining and have an unforgettable evening.

Lyle's definitely earns a full 5 star rating in my book. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the wine selection and was very accommodating with the menu and our taste preferences (since it's a no choice menu you run the risk of being served something that really isn't your cup of tea, but if you are clear about what you would prefer to avoid they will do their best to accommodate you).

Although it was a 4 course menu, the meal started with two different tastes from the kitchen, one of which was the best flatbread I’ve ever eaten (pictured bottom right) with walnut dust (who knew this was a thing that existed). Also pictured is the Sea Bass with Fennel & Cured Roe, Pheasant, Quince & Brussles Tops and then THE most incredible dessert I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating, the Pumpkin, Whey Caramel & Meringue.

Will be recommending this place to anyone looking for an outstanding, Michelin Starred experience in east London that doesn’t break the bank.


Exceptional food, wine list and service. If you're looking for lush and cosy the decor may not be for you but the food didn't disappoint on our visit. 


Location, interior, vibe – all great. But, after you've paid a fortune on dinner and received average service, you don't want to be asked on your way out: did this exceed your expectations? Awkward. That was the first time I ate at Lyle's, when it had just opened. However, decided to give it another go as a few friends had nothing but nice things to say about it. This time around, the food was great and service too! Let's hope they keep up the good work.


I love the relaxed atmosphere, the no-choice menu and the friendliness of the staff. The food is not only excellent, it is also actually interesting. In a city with so many options, it is hard to find a place that surprises you purely because of the quality of the food it serves (and where none of the other frills matter).  Lyle's really is a foodie's wet dream come true. 


I´ve been here 4 or 5 times since its opening and it is hands-down one of my favorite restaurants in London. I have taken my parents, grandmother, teenage sister and my boyfriend here and it has always been a winner. 

The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, yet, as previous reviewers have also put it, sophisticated. 

The fact that there is only the no-choice menu in the evenings, makes the whole experience exciting and easy. Pretty much every dish I have had has been great and there have been some pretty unusual ones - duck hearts for example! Staff is very knowledgable about the food and wine. 

I definitely want to try one of the guest series events soon.

Lyles is bang on trend right now in terms of the direction of the London food scene. Fresh, clean flavours with just a few ingredients per dish with heavy influence from Nordic cuisine.

The bright airy room felts informal but sophisticated – you could proudly conduct a business meeting here or invite the in laws.  Staff are knowledgeable and courteous.

We tried the monkfish liver in intrepidation (a delicacy in Japan but often discarded in the UK). This was creamy and full of foie gras like richness, especially teamed up with blood oranges. The Dexter steak was perfectly cooked and the chocolate dessert was sublime. Only disappointment was the chargrilled calcot – a mystery exotic spring onion type vegetable from Spain which basically tasted like a giant onion.

In terms of baby friendliness, Lyles is spacious enough for buggies and highchairs are provided. However, our biggest bug bear are that the timings are limited for a family lunch – only open Mon-Fri, so papa (or mama) will have to take a day off work or nip out of the office on a lunch break since they are closed weekend lunchtimes.

Cannot believe I am the first to review...service the best for ages, time to communicate answered questions cannot fault, this is an experience don't look just at the menu this is love on a plate with passion and flare.....cost very good value as I went to Oblix on Friday and this was 10 times better in all areas especially service 

Excellent work will be back as soon as I can....loved it and the fish head was amazing 

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