Our first trip to the lovely Thyme Bistro at Cannon Hall was a refreshing change as so many times this type of venue with captive audiences fail; read more to find out why I rate Thyme Bistro.
We arrived about 1245 and were advised there was about a ten minute wait for a table and were shown to the patio area; where we enjoyed the views and perused the menu .
We were seated close to the counter displaying their wonderful choice of sweet treats; which already had caught the Ord brothers eyes. The bistro has a lovely buzz and considering it is very child friendly you are not deafed by the excitement of little ones. The bistro is clean, light and bright. The offer free WiFi throughout and a seperate dining area for those with dogs (clever idea).
Our waitress took the table’s order of five meals; two of which were specials and one kids meal and all choices were available. Not long after two of the specials were removed from the blackboard (good to see this being updated for incoming diners).
Two of the five specials ran out by 1pm – this must be a good sign?
Our meals were served within 20 minutes and the first to arrive was David’s Battered Haddock which was setting the bar on looks. Served with hand cut chips and mushy peas (as sponsored by illy) and good portion of tartare sauce looked good value at £9.95. The batter was golden and the fish was moist and flakey as were the chips which were superb; as good as you should expect in a gastro-pub. The only irritation was the peas in an espresso cup (nearly as annoying as slates instead of plates).
My order of the Cajun Chicken Burger was topped with bacon, cheese served with and hand cut chips and corriander soured cream – an impressive stack. I would have removed the bacon to reduce the calories but it was encrusted in the cheddar which was in turn melted to the chicken so I enjoyed it in all its glory. The chicken was moist, the only issue was it lacked spice this maybe due to the flavour being overpowered by the cheddar and bacon. Yet again the chips were spot on just a shame the chose to serve a soggy and slightly rotting salad garnish. If it was my choice I would have served the Cajun burger with less cheese and let the spices do the talking.
A good choice of hot and cold drinks are available and for the real ale lover they offer,albeit bottled, Black Sheep. I enjoyed a fantastic illy cappuccino.
Overall I think pricing is fair for the quality. Service is with a smile although we did note some misunderstandings within the team and it would be interesting to see if they can handle the pressure on a sunny day when there are more dinners.
My recommendations to the Thyme Bistro would be to lose serving peas in coffee cups, ensure your garnish is not decaying and be bold with your spices.
Overal I recommend you dine at Thyme. We will be returning for seconds and hope that next time it deserves full points.