Have you ever had one of those moments where something is so obvious that you could just kick yourself? Me too. This morning. Thyme Deli is one of my favourite places. It's comfortable, the staff are great, the food is fantastic, they sell things I love and it was where cake club was born. So why have I never reviewed it? Dimbo.
We've been going here for years. Thyme is in a prime location at the top of Winter Hey Lane, at the crossroads with Lee Lane in Horwich. It reminds me of a cafe that my grandad took me to as a little girl. We had hot toast with real butter, and he said hello to everyone we saw. I thought he knew the whole of Horwich! It's more likely that folk were just friendlier back then. My favourite childhood cafe closed, later became Max Max, and is now Siam Balcony. Incidentally if anyone knows what it was called, I would be very grateful!
For years Horwich was filled with crappy caffs pumped with the smell of grease and cigarette smoke. Many a General Studies lesson was spend inhaling these noxious fumes, but then in 2003 Amanda Biggs decided to take the bull by the horns and follow her dream. She left her job and opened Thyme Deli. I've said it before and I shall say it again. Russ Abbot put it best... I love a party with a happy atmosphere. People who go to Thyme are a friendly sort; pottering round, meeting friends or just relaxing. They smile at you when passing. When we have had cake club in the lounge, they have come through for a chat and to admire the cakes. Nice people go here.
Thyme is also an Aladdin's cave of pretty cookware and kitchenalia, locally sourced jams and chutneys, and condiments galore. I often pop in for a spot of baking inspiration, just as I did today. Of course it would be rude not to have some breakfast whilst we were there! They brain needs food in order to be creative you know...
|Photos from www.thymedeli.co.uk|
The next time you find yourself with a bit of free time, pop and see Amanda and the team. Spend an hour or so letting the world pass you by. I like to sit in the window and watch people shopping on Winter Hey Lane, mainly because I'm a nosy Parker who loves nothing more than people watching. Thyme is a great little place. I've never met anyone who has been and not liked it. It's just not possible.
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