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.