Michelin-starred, critically acclaimed, universally adored eatery Lyle’s (currently no. 38 on the World’s 50 Best list) has, to date, been pretty much flawless in every way but one.
It was also Flor-less.
But that’s all changed now, because after five years of polishing their unique take on laid-back Anglo-American-Japanese styled fine dining, founders James Lowe and John Ogier have opened a second spot perched on the edge of Borough Market: Flor.
Despite the name, it’s actually got two floors connected by a beautiful cast iron spiral staircase, and it’s basically a more casual (and less pricey) bakery, wine bar, and restaurant, serving completely delicious things from the crack of dawn until late. If you’re wondering what to expect, simply picture the spacious, minimalist Lyle’s dining room squeezed into a beautiful, high-ceilinged, brick-walled space lit by gigantic floor to ceiling warehouse-style windows from which you can see the traders sprawled out below.
And as for the food? Starting at 8am they’ll be putting out brioche filled with sourdough caramel; birch syrup Kouign-amann (it’s like a turbo-croissant); seasonal Danishes; raw cream buns, and all the other pastries that make life worth living. They’re even using the ‘mother’ starter they created five years ago at Lyle’s for all their sourdough.
Moving onto lunch & dinner, the sustainably produced wines come out to go with the rapidly changing menu. You can expect dishes like scarlet prawns with yuzu kosho; tender lamb ribs with yoghurt & black lime; and a creamy whole burrata with Le Coste olive oil & datterini panzanella bread – in fact, such is the importance of the bakery fare that it’s present throughout the day and in virtually everything they do.
You could say it’s ingrained in the menu.
NOTE: Flor is open Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm and 5.30-9.30pm; Sat 11-2.30pm and 5.30-9.30pm. You can find out more and make a reservation at their website right HERE.
Flor | 1 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL
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