Named after an essential part of the winemaking process, Flor is a high-foodie wine bar run by James Lowe of Michelin-starred Lyle’s, acclaimed for his restrained, elegant Michelin-starred food. Lyle's is currently the highest UK entry in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
In the heart of Borough Market, Flor is a compact space dominated by a long, open kitchen/bar, with a spiral staircase leading to more seats upstairs in a bare brick room with cool lighting, just 20 seats in total. The food is less British-centric than Lyle's encompassing inventive Britisserie: Anna Higham, Flor and Lyle's head of pastry just won the Young British Foodie best baker award 2019 – her flaky raw cream pastries are divinely fudgy and the birch syrup Kouign-Amann just dazzling.
Must-order dishes at the bar, and the far more spacious and chilled small upstairs dining room, include flatbread with melted lardo and ravishing anchovies or garlicky, oozy paloude clams; the much-Instagrammed red prawns (sucking the succulent heads is de rigueur) with yuzu kosho. Unctuous lamb ribs are served with pistachio salsa verde. Wines are largely high-quality examples of low-intervention, natural wines.
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Flor, 1 Bedale Street, Borough Market, London, SE1 9AL