About Us

Thyme cafe celebrated its milestone 15 year birthday in 2018, thanks to its reputation as Sheffield’s most vibrant casual-dining experience. We are well-known for creating unique food with big, bold flavours.

The team is committed to sourcing the very best ingredients directly from markets and local suppliers to offer unrivalled quality and freshness to our diners; this is reflected in our daily changing blackboard menu. Food is served by our excellent front of house team, who offer professional, efficient service with a touch of northern charm and humour. We take limited reservations as well as operating a ‘first come, first served’ walk-in policy. At busy times, if we don’t have a table for you straight away you can put your name on the list and pop out for a drink while you wait for the next available table.


Our Story

The Thyme Café concept was the creation of Adrian Cooling and Richard & Victoria Smith. Chefs Adrian and Richard and front of house expert Victoria met at High Peak Catering College in the mid ‘80s. They reunited a decade later for the Smiths’ first venture, ‘Smith’s of Sheffield’ in Crosspool, where Adrian helped the husband and wife team create one of the finest restaurants in the area. The venture went on to win a host of accolades, achieving a level of business rarely seen these days with the restaurant packed out every night for five years.

It was in 2003 that Ady and Smithy decided to embark on another venture, to create a ‘no-nonsense’ eatery that was relaxed and a little rough around the edges. A place that delivered robust, hearty dishes that were big on flavour and direct on taste. And so Thyme Café was born.

The Thyme ethos is all about giving customers value, choice and quality with a strong focus on creating the basics flawlessly.

And so here we are, 15 years on, with Thyme still delivering everything we set out to do in a product enjoyed by thousands of customers every year. Thank you to everyone who has dined with us for your support, we look forward to welcoming you back to the cafe again soon.