Lyle’s, one of London’s most celebrated and influential new-wave fine dining restaurants, will offer a bar menu as of next week. The restaurant currently offers an à la carte lunch menu and a set, four-course dinner menu; the new bar menu will offer diners the opportunity to taste a wider range of James Lowe and his team’s dishes than the four on offer on the set menu.
Available from 19 February, the menu will revolve around ten to twelve smaller dishes designed for sharing, covering both sweet and savoury. A mixture of lunchtime staples and smaller snacks drawn from the dinner repertoire, an exclusive sample menu promises the likes of:
- Dorset rock oyster and rhubarb
- Fried violet artichoke and Cedrat lemon
- Smoked eel, seaweed and January King cabbage
- Red deer, blood orange and turnips
- Caramel ice cream and espresso meringue
General manager John Ogier explained that “the menu is great for people who might not have time to have a set menu in the evening, and just want to pop in for a small bite and a drink,” while head chef Lowe added, “we’ve been serving snacks and small plates to friends at the bar for a while now, and it brings a really nice dynamic to the restaurant. We felt it was the right time to open it up to everyone.”
In accordance with the restaurant’s focus on imminently available produce from producers, farmers and day boats, the bar menu will change daily. Adding flexibility to evening dining in terms of pricing, dishes and atmosphere, it’s an interesting and welcome evolution in one of the capital’s most consistently exciting kitchens.