[London] Best British fare at Lyle's, Shoreditch

Lyle’s at the Tea Building in Shoreditch is singularly my current favourite place to eat in London. I love its bright, airy dining space, its efficient & very friendly staff, and its fabulously tasty food. Casual, fun, with amazing food that sends one’s palate into raptures.

What we had at lunch last Thursday:

#1 Grilled razor clams and sea purslane The texture of this dish was simply irresistible to me: crunchy fresh razor clam-meat - best in the world, and oh what generous portions. And the sea purslane - perfect foil. The salty flavours were wondrous, like we’re feeding off a coast of plenty. So this is now a lotus-eater feels like.

#2 Beetroot and cured Old Gloucester Spot ham I had something like this years ago at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in Berkeley. But the one here is generous to a fault, larger portioned, fresher, less pretentious and austere compared to Alice Waters’ rendition.

#3 Smoked eel, potatoes and sea aster My fave dish for this meal - smoky deliciousness, one of those taste pleasures that you never want to end. Foodgasm!!

#4 Grilled peach, Guinea fowl liver and summer beans Perhaps the weakest link in this afternoon’s chain of gourmet delights. But even then, the sweetness of the peaches, the delicious snap & crunch of the summer beans, and the earthy deliciousness of the guinea fowl liver - all made this dish a veritable taste memory.

I floated out of the dining room, already plotting my comeback visit. Some places just hit all the right buttons for me. :grin:

Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ, UK
Tel: +44 20 3011 5911
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat 12noon-11pm, Closed on Sunday


Lyle’s just came in at #33 on the World’s Best 50 Restaurants list - one of only two British entrants. The other is fellow Shoreditch eatery, The Clove Club. Well done, both!