Enough of the bun puns though, because sweet treats like brioche filled with sourdough caramel, and birch syrup Kouign-amann are serious business and deserve a certain level of reverence.
James Lowe and John Ogier, the duo behind Lyle’s (one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, no less) have set their sights on Borough Market, and this strategic positioning has an exciting impact on the menu. Flor pays homage to the variety of European ingredients available in London, taking influence from the bustling, world-famous market that’s right on their doorstep. So the menu shines with dishes such as white asparagus with honey and walnuts, and Cornish pollack brandade with pickled peppers. Meanwhile, many of the simple desserts include fruit the team pick themselves from the farm Lyle's use in Sussex.
Flor is inspired by the buvettes of Paris and the pintxos bars of San Sebastián, and is the smaller, more laid-back little sister of Lyle’s. Making its home in a 19th-century building and split across two floors, it's awash with natural light in the summer months as the floor-to-ceiling Crittall windows are pulled ajar in the warmer weather.
Stop by for breakfast and grab one of their fresh sourdough loaves – they open at 8am throughout the week. The counter is groaning with heaps of bread, viennoiserie and pastries, including seasonal Danishes and a very tempting-sounding raw cream bun. London’s love of brunch can be appeased on Saturdays, when Flor opens from 10am and offers unique dishes such as coddled eggs with trout roe and za’atar and eggy bread with maple and black pudding.
In the day we’ll be dropping in for a light lunch and taking a seat at the relaxed counter overlooking the open kitchen. The more informal style of dining can be seen in dishes such as the cured Mangalitsa and Comté sandwich in fermented potato bread – a combination that elevates the humble sarnie to lofty heights.
At night, join us in climbing the black cast-iron spiral staircase, where the upstairs space features original brickwork walls, banquette seating and accents of marble and stone. Evening sees a romantic ambience settle on the room as the lights are dimmed, and guests can tuck into simple yet memorable dishes such as burrata with grilled bread and salted tomatoes; lamb ribs with yoghurt and black lime; and individual chocolate sabayon tarts. Wash this down with wines that have been sourced from agriculturally-responsible producers, many of which are available by the glass.
Flor follows the same philosophy as Lyle’s with a love of quality ingredients and much-loved flavour combinations. The fact this new addition to the dining scene has baking at its heart just convinces us it’ll be the toast of the town.
Flor is now open
|What||Flor, London Bridge|
|Where||Flor, 1 Bedale St, SE1 9AL | MAP|
|Nearest tube||London Bridge (underground)|