Lyle’s London

Lyle’s has been open in Shoreditch’s tea building for over a year. Time FLIES – it’s been on the to do list for a while as a “new” restaurant to try!
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So off I trotted on a work lunch, immediately grabbing myself a craft beer on arrival
(lonnnnggg day) whilst surveying the white tile decor. My immediate instinct is that Lyle’s had kind of a scandi- inspired minimalist vibe which is pretty much the done thing  in this area of the city. Butttt my focus, as always, was both on my refreshingly sour beer and  the food so I had a good old gawp at my menu.
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Now it is worth mentioning that Lyle’s menu is both simple and regularly changing. Today’s may not be the same as the next. They also revel in naming dishes that will tug at your inner squeamishness, such as “blood cake,” (black pudding) and “pollacks head,” (exactly as it sounds!)

The traditional format of starters and main courses is not exactly adhered to and all options are tossed together on one sheet – our waiter says this is because it is designed to encourage ordering more with the intention of sharing/tasting/”experiencing.”
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Cool – so share we did. We initially ordered the salad & Berkswell, girolles, buford brown and sweet cicely and the courgette, goats curd and lemon thyme, passing them around among ourselves (along with their truly delicious fresh bread and glorious butter.) sharing is caring – but sharing here is a touch awkward – especially when it comes to egg yolk. I can’t fault it’s incredible flavour though or help but note they way it perfectly blended with the brown bread. Yum.
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The Berkswell salad was good but the amount of cheese on the dish was not designed for sharing, a honey is going to need that all to herself.
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Each salad was beautifully presented with edible flowers a plenty, but the tastiest and easiest to portion up to hungry diners was the courgette. I love a julienned courgette at the very best of times and here it was divine with the goats cheese mousse.

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I decided I had had enough of the sharing game and ordered the plaice, samphire and whey, which the price bracket suggested was a main, all to myself. I’m glad as whilst dishes such as the Hebridean lamb and summer vegetables (above) looked incredible, I couldn’t imagine parting with half of it.

My fish was cooked to perfection and tasted a real treat with the creamy whey dressing. The dish isn’t heavy at all either so is perfect as a lunch option.

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I would have loved to stay for desert (even sharing) but we had already been sat for an hour and a half, apparently meaning we absolutely had to head back to the office!

With a number of shared starters, a main and a few slices of truly delicious bread, I did feel full enough but I would say that the portions don’t necessarily suit their price bracket.

Lyle’s is undoubtedly delicious but my meal alone would have been around £35 ,  which for lunch in what seems to be another trendy Shoreditch restaurant is a bit steep for what was on offer.

Yes, this was a lovely place to try and it certainly looked the part. However considering the price bracket, I know a few places in the area that are a more rewarding investment – even if it comes at the cost of losing the flowery garnish.

Costs:

2x beer = £10

Starter = £6.50

Main = £15.70

+ tip at 12% = £36.84

Visit Lyle’s website for further information

My Week In Pictures 6th – 12th July 2015

My week seem to always include theatre trips, schmoozig with friends, a few cocktails and some serious food love. Some weeks theatre and performing wins out, this week seems to have been all about the food…so, yeah, prepare yourself for that!

Monday

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Monday Monday; what to do to cheer myself up at the begining of the working week? Nails! Yes! So I went to the salon, opted for a sassy red and everything was right again.  Take that world! (By “that,” I mean my shiny scarlet fingers.

Tuesday

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Assemble the theatre squad! Yep, on Tuesday, myself and my theatre loving bros (Kate, Ed, Rebecca and Katie who is taking the pic) met up for a cheeky pre theatre wine at Beagle in Hoxton before heading to the Arcola Theatre to see a new musical, The House of Mirrors and Hearts.

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The show itself was pretty good but needs a bit of work if it is to champion new British musical theatre. You can read my House of Mirrors and Hearts review here. Interestingly I got some unpleasant backlash for this review, which is amusing as I was actually largely praising the show. The commenter suggested I may have had too much cheese and wine before seeing the show, haha! Was I spotted?! Do we have a theatrical gossip girl on our hands?!

Wednesday

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And then came the food. All of it.  It was beautiful.  This week has been hot so salads have by and large been in order. If you read my post on Wednesday about my new bff’s EAT FIRST, you will know I heart them. Why? ‘Cause they feed me beautiful, healthy and delicious treats like the butternut squash and goats cheese salad above.  This will not be the last you hear of these babes this week….

Thursday

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The less said about the effing tube strike the better….. I worked up a hunger trying to get home on the supposedly functional Overground so whipped up this tasty and healthy treat. This is a Mexican inspired chicken dish with spicy brown rice with vegetables and a side of refried beans. I seasoned my chicken with jerk, smoked paprika, garlic and fresh green chilli then dolloped some sour cream on it. YES. And it was under 500 cals #justsayin.

Friday

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STOP TAKING PICTURES OF YOUR FOOD ALREADY.  Oh, wait, no. #sorrynotsorry, I heart it.

SO I recommended Eat First to my mate Rebecca (great name) who you saw in the Tuesday wine-ing picture above. She ordered using my recommendation code and got £5 off and subsequently I also got £5 off for the referral.  THIS MEANT THAT I GOT THIS ORGASM WORTHY CHICKEN WRAP ABOVE FOR £1.50. Scccchomebody schhhtop me.

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Later I went for some drinks with some work mates at 333 Mother in Shoreditch, where they have this AWESOME flashing PEACOCK light! (Anyone who saw me at Halloween last year will know I bloody love a peacock!)

I ended up being a bit pissed and following the crowd for a much needed Vietnamese meal where I was encouraged to try eel. EEL!

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This is the aforementioned eel, served with some peanuts, veg and a nice thai-style sauce. It was pretty good but I felt a bit like I could taste river. I also tried frogs legs that evening (waaaay to tipsy to photograph!) and they were nice if you didn’t think what you were eating!

Saturday

Saturday was jam-friggin-packed! It was literally all going on!

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I met up with Sammi at the Corinthia Hotel for a couple of celebratory glasses of champagne (we have just set up theatrebloggers.co.uk AND it is her birthday next week!)

The Mentalist London

After catching up over the bubbles, we headed to the Wyndham’s Theatre to see Stephen Merchant and Steffan Rhodri in The Mentalists (review to come.)  We even managed to squeeze in an interval vino, because, YOLO!

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After the show I hot footed it to Colliers Wood in South London to present Pen and Rose’s Summer Fling fundraiser for their upcoming show, The River Spirit. The evening was lovely as a) the acts performing were amazing and b) I got to catch up with some mega huns! Yippie!

Above is Charlie and Emma performing as Patchwork Skies. I heart them.

Sunday

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Floor Picnic ahoy! As Will and I are slowly beginning to move stuff out of our flat ahead of our Canada move, we now don’t have a table. That never stopped us though, so we chucked one of my scarves down and picnic-ed like Gods.

Emma came over to join our feast and also to write a whimsical song about the London Overground with me. Watch this space!

SO that was all this week…I hope next week has just as much if not more to offer! I hope you all had an awesome week too!

 

 

My Week In Pictures 29th June – 5th July 2015

All the fun and merriment has been had this week and once again there hasn’t been a dull moment! In fact, some could say by the state of me now that I have had too much fun…..nah!

Monday

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Sunshine eases the soul on a Monday! Although I didn’t want to be at work (a place of no aircon) I did very much enjoying visiting the beautiful Geffrye Museum gardens, where I sat and read a book on my lunch break. Ah!

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On Monday Evening took my lovely Will to the theatre to see War Horse at the New London Theatre. The show is so beautifully staged and I just knew Will would love it, which he did. After popping for a cheeky pint first and soaking up some evening sun, we sat and absorbed ourselves in the action – it was great.

Tuesday

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Sure, I really ought to go to the gym – the butter won’t shake itself out. However when it is as sunny as it has been this week, I feel less inclined. So, once again, I visited the Geffrye, this time to have an EatFirst picnic with Amelia.

I heart EatFirst and what you see above you here is a particularly lovely aubergine dish with polenta chips. Yum.

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On Tuesday evening I made jerk chicken for me and Will, it was a Caribbean feast!

Wednesday

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Did someone say zombies? Agaaah! So, zombies are terrifying, sure, but immersive theatre is fun! Following a pint in the sticky summer heat of Wednesday Night, My friends and I placed ourselves in a building teaming with the infected and fought for our lives to escape them!  The show is called Generation Z and it is rather well done.

Thursday

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I went to see The Phantom of the Opera on Thursday Night. I have seen it twice before but it needs a new review before I leave my company of Canada. I love Phantom, it is such an excellent show and, after 29 years on the West End, it still looks GREAT!

Friday

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Oh haiiii hen party in Nottingham! One of my besties is getting married next month so we all headed up to Notts for a weekend of drinking, dancing and flashing penis memorabilia. Ideal.

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Friday started off relatively classy with dinner and drinks (yuuuummmm to you king prawn flat bread!) but, as we were in Vodka Revolution,  we had waaaaay too many misc shots that tasted like apple pie, salted caramel or grass. It was like going wild on Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans but with a lot more shopping and a much sorer head the next day. Hurrah!

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Saturday

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Saturday was ALL the fun, I don’t know how we squeezed it all in! We started proceedings by white water rafting which was just totally hilarious in a water in the face kind of way. We also got to wet suit up, which made me feel like I was a sassy assassin from the Bad Blood video. 

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After that we headed for a spruce at the hotel followed by obligatory Buff Naked Butler action. Hello sir!

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We THEN went on a party boat cruise along the Trent, which was BEAUTIFUL come sunset. We were a bit naughty on the boat, but what can you expect after Enforced shots!

After that we headed to a club in Nottingham city centre – luckily my phone died by thus point so there is no pictatorial evidence of the chaos.

Sunday

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FEED ME! The best thing about staying in a hotel is buffet breakfast, and that is exactly what I attacked this morning. All of the yes!

I then had to get a bus from Nottingham back to London…zzzz. I am home now and pondering what to make for tea. A rare moment of down time! Is it acceptable to go to sleep at 6pm?

 

Moving to Canada

Moving to Canada

I guess now feels like a pretty appropriate time to share some news with you…
Those that I have spoken to in the past month will already know this as I have been trying to tell as many people as possible in person. However, now with the date of my departure coming up in a very real way on the horizon, I thought I would inform everyone else.

So. Yeah. This is my last month as a Londoner. Will and I are moving to Canada!

The flights are booked, we have both handed in our notice at work and we move out of our flat in Kilburn on the 1st August. Ah!

After a month of prep and family visits/ general work-free frolics, we will be flying to Toronto and calling it our home from the 2nd September.

For some of you that have not hung out with me so recently, this may come as a bit of a shock. After all I LOVE London, have been proud to call it my home for the past 8 years and have, perhaps against all odds, managed to establish myself firmly within the theatre industry here. Those who I have been lucky enough to see more recently, or even just who just know me well, will know that my sense of adventure and whimsy has always been pretty strong. It is possible that we live more than once, but in case we don’t, I’d like to have a go at making it somewhere new and experience life on a different continent.

My time in what many people call the greatest city in the world has been just that: the greatest. Whilst remaining the best of friends with all my beautiful friends from my hometown of Cambridge, I have managed to meet some of the most fantastic and curious individuals on the planet. I have seen theatre, music and art that has blown my mind, eaten some of the best food I have ever tasted and drunk cocktails in sky scapers like the smug c*nt this city can turn you into. So thanks to all involved in that!

Unfortunately though, London has become a tax. I must offset the many opportunities it provides me with with ridiculous and increasing rent prices, laughable food and drink costs, delayed and pricey train travel and the knowledge I’ll never be able to own so much as a brick here. I have felt that my London chapter has been drawing to a close for a while. Yes it is a cool and fabulous city, but it isn’t the only one out there.

Looking for something new, Will and I (with the help of a fabulous lady named Harriet!) managed to secure a two year Canadian work visa, with the thriving arts industry in Toronto attracting us to our new home. There are 24 large scale theatre venues in the city plus countless Fringe venues. I think that is a manageable amount to get my chops around!

So, now the cat is out of the bag which I am now beginning to pack. I hope many of you can come and visit us because I will really, REALLY miss you.

Oh! Nice of you to join us finally! #hellogoodbye CN tower! It’s been hiding in cloud for days. #CNTower #Toronto

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The CN tower, the second tallest building in the world and located in Toronto. I took this picture when I visited the city last year. I look forward to it being my new friendly neighbour!