Competition between restaurants is fierce in Sheffield’s Broomhill suburb, sandwiched as it is between university and hospital catchments area. But Thyme Café, founded in 2003 by Adrian Cooling and Richard & Victoria Smith, has been busy ever since it opened.
Richard has a fine history of developing eateries in the area, including a highly regarded fish restaurant, award-winning gastro pub, and the newly opened Smith and Baker on Ecclesall Road. His Thyme café delivers great quality food in a no-nonsense way, and the chefs are determined to get everything right: fries, served in little metal pails, are perfectly fluffy; burgers have just a hint of pink; and where else could you choose Eccles cakes with Mrs Kirkhams crumbly Lancashire cheese for pudding?
The menu is broad, with recognisable British standards (fish ‘n’ chips, 28-day aged Derbyshire ribeye…) rubbing shoulders with ethnic-inspired dishes including Moroccan spiced bulgur wheat salad with peas, courgette, mint, carrot chutney and feta. No surprises on the pudding menu – they are easy to order and difficult to leave, especially the New York style baked cheesecake with caramel popcorn and sour cream.
Thyme is a place that entertains all manner of occasions – working lunches, birthday meals with friends, first dates, grandparents treating malnourished undergraduates… it seems to work for them all. With a no-reservations policy, it’s wise to arrive early on busy nights, or be prepared to retire to one of the local pubs until your table is free.
Images taken by Sacha Ferrier of Chester Morris Photography