How much: Fish and chips £12
USEFUL TO KNOW: You can’t book ahead so there’s a first-come, first-served policy in place. Last orders 9.30pm.
EVERYONE’S got a classy place to eat they pull out to impress visiting friends and family.
The Thyme Cafe in Sheffield’s Broomhill is my go-to choice when I’ve got guests visiting the South Yorkshire area that I’m not quite sure what to do with.
It’s not cheap but it’s the kind of restaurant where you’re not disappointed by spending that bit extra. The menu changes daily and it’s good quality, fresh produce.
They seem to be onto a good formula as there’s always a crowd, both at lunchtimes and in the evening.
Thyme is in the traditionally student area of Sheffield, but it’s ideal if you’re visiting the beautiful Botanical Gardens down the road.
Many of the diners are couples, with several sharing the ‘tapas-style’ dishes on offer, alongside the main menu.
On this occasion, I’m at Thyme as my in-laws are visiting for the weekend and I’ve been instructed to recommend a restaurant you can park near to, which isn’t too loud and has good beers. Thyme ticks all these boxes.
It’s about 7pm on a Saturday but - even though you can’t book ahead - the four of us get a large table by the window.
The waitress is polite and our order of two beers and two gin and tonics arrives quickly.
There are no actual menus as all the food on offer is listed on the chalkboards on the walls of the restaurant.
I choose the chunky beef chilli with guacamole and sour cream, my partner opting for the fishcakes, his mum chooses the swordfish and his dad the steak pie.
Most dishes are in the £10 to £15 region - with the swordfish the pricer exception at £20.
My chilli is full of flavour. It’s great to see a restaurant offering food that has taste - rather than that bland and mass-produced feel.
Similarly, the puddings (£5) are a hit. I have the vanilla creme brulee.
Pricewise, it might be best saved for a special occasion but Thyme is a reliable choice for a Sheffield visit - and it’s very unlikely to dissapoint.