Founded by James Lowe and John Ogier, formerly of St John Bread and Wine, Lyle’s has been feeding east London’s hungry hipsters since 2014. The hearty and distinctly British menu is just the ticket for this time of year, but what’s really making our mouths water right now is the interior.
The starting point for design studio B3’s scheme was the building’s previous life as factory. So they embraced its industrial features and looked to mid-century British manufacturing for lighting and furniture inspiration.
A poured concrete floor is complemented by white crackle-glaze wall tiles. Vast metal-framed factory windows ensure the light floods in. The palette is kept neutral (to let the food shine) and natural textures are celebrated. Reclaimed Scandi-style chairs preserve the sense of light and space. Their chic slender profiles are contrasted from above by the large industrial lights (sourced from an old aerospace factory in Coventry) and exposed pipework. The open kitchen and counter are lined with shelves for everything from cutlery to casserole dishes creating a more cosy, domestic feel. In fact, this relaxed set up almost feels like sitting in your own kitchen/diner – just don’t turn up in your pyjamas!
Lyle’s, Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ lyleslondon.com
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