Saturday, 27 December 2008

Looking forward to New year..

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas.
Thyme will be open inbetween Christmas and New Year until 3.30pm on New Years Eve. Then back open as usual on 2nd Jan.
Enjoy your celebrations and don't forget to top up on party essentials such as Patchwork Pate and Cheese twists to soak up the alcohol!

Next blog will be in 2009, Happy New Year to all of our customers.

Monday, 22 December 2008


Thyme will be open as usual until 3.30pm on Christmas eve - enough time to buy a few last minute goodies, such as some after dinner mints from Summerdown Mint farm. These mints are made with English mint grown on the mint farm and would make a lovely gift for a host on Christmas day.

We will be closed Christmas day & Boxing day and re-open on Sat 27th at 9am.

On New years eve we will close at 3.30pm and re-open on 2nd Jan.

A very Merry Christmas & a happy New Year from Amanda, Emma, Andy, Angela, Sonia and Lucy.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008


Christmas products are now in stock at Thyme. Whether you need a gift to take to a party, a present for a friend we can help. We also have a good range of productds to fill your own cupbaords with from Maldon sea salt to Montezumas organic chocolates.
Don't forget our hampers - which make the perfect present.
This year we are offering 4 set price hampers alongside our bespoke service. Our staff will be happy to help you put yours together.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Tasting evening 2008

A big thank you to all of our customers who took the trouble to attend our tasting evening on Tues 18th November. It was a busy and enjoyable event and we would love to hear your feedback if you attended.
This year we offered a taster of some new products and some of our favourites, alongside recipe ideas for you to try out over the festive season.
We still have some of our samples left and will be offering these as tasters in the deli over the coming weeks.
We are now taking hamper orders - for large numbers please allow plenty of notice - pick up a leaflet regarding our set price and bespoke hampers in store.
We are also on facebook as 'Thyme Deli Horwich' why not add us as your friend and have a look at some more of our pictures.

See you soon

Monday, 10 November 2008

Christmas is coming...

Christmas products are now in stock at Thyme with more due in over the next few weeks.

We have some great stocking fillers - gingerbread cinnamon stars, jelly beans or chocolate Christmas games.

We have those Christmas essentials - Goose fat for your roasties, cranberry sauce & chestnuts; and plenty of treats .

Fairtrade advent calendars are due in on Weds 20th, along with Belvoir cordial gift packs.

We have currently sold out of the Vimto crocks but are due another delivery very soon.

Don't forget that we offer hampers - wether set price or bespoke. Please order early for corporate hampers or bulk orders.

Friday, 24 October 2008


We are currently working on some homemade meals which we are making so you don't have to. You can already buy Angela's Moussaka or Italian Meatballs and there are more recipes on the way. We use only quality ingredients and no funny stuff. Have a look for these on your next visit.

We have more products in the 'Spot On' range including this box for storing your garlic with holes in the lid to keep it dry. Or a double egg cup with matching toast rack.
This range of accessories is packaged in an attractive box and makes a great present.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Halloween delight

Halloween is around the corner - which coincides beautifully with delicious pumpkins and squashes coming into season. We now have in stock The Bay Tree's pumpkin chutney to celebrate this great vegetable. This can be enjoyed all year round not just at Halloween, though we do think it will make a good present to take to any halloween party (for adults anyway).

We are now on FACEBOOK - look us up under 'Thyme Deli Horwich' and add us to your friends list.

Over the coming weeks, many new products will be arriving, so keep popping in.

Have you picked up our latest newsletter and a loyalty card yet??

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Tasting Evening

It's that time of year again - our pre-Christmas tasting evening will be held on 18th November 2008.
This is our annual free event where we invite you to come along for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie to sample some of our great products as well as giving you ideas which you can use for entertaining over the Christmas period.
As in previous years we do not charge for entry but we do limit the number of tickets as it can get busy so please register for your tickets early.
Doors open 6.30, close 8.30, but you can arrive anytime inbetween.
To get a ticket (max 2 per person) please email Please also specify if you would like to be added to our emailing list.

Saturday, 4 October 2008


We have introduced a customer loyalty card. Buy a tea or coffee and we will stamp your card. Get 9 stamps and your 10th tea or coffee will be free.

Our tasting evening will be held in November - date will be confirmed later this week....

Hampers are now available. Choose from ready made or bespoke - ask one of our team to help you decide.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008


We are expecting our delivery of the limited edition Vimto Cordial in a stone crock this week. There are approx 6000 of these crocks being made and with such a local product we just couldn't resist getting our hands on some. This crock is also available in Mawsons Sasparilla both would make great presents.
In our cookshop we have a great new range of silicone tools including pan scrapers and trivets in a great choice of colours. These products are brilliant for non stick and enamelled pans. A silicone spatula makes it easy to get every last bit of cake mix or chocolate out of your bowl, i have several in my kitchen. Why not treat yourself and brighten up your kitchen as the days start to shorten?

Wednesday, 17 September 2008


British Food Fortnight starts this Saturday and we will be offering tastings on some of the wonderful British products we sell in the deli. We are also introducing a new line of chilli products from Trees Can't Dance. This small company grows their chillies on the edge of the North Pennines, they are all produced without the use of pesticides or herbicides and without chemical or artificial fertilisers. The sauces range from mild to very hot, and all taste completely different. Available from Friday 19th September

Saturday, 13 September 2008

The sun shone today which made me think that maybe we will get an Indian summer? All the more reason to tell you about Tracklements cucumber & pepper relish - this delish relish transforms homemade (or even bought) burgers and everyone i have tried it out on loves it. Why not make summer last and treat yourself to a jar?

Homemade burgers are easy to make just mix together minced beef with salt & pepper then add either some finely chopped onion, and 1/2 tsp cumin and coriander or oregano, that's it. You can add an egg or breadcrumbs to bind if you wish, but i often don't bother. Then barbeque or chargrill them and preferably top with cucumber relish or Stokes mayonnaise. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008


Hello all, i have a few items currently on sale in the cookshop
- the CLASSIC range of storage jars & salt pigs (available in cream or black) are now reduced to £4.75 and £5.75 and the BOTANICAL teapots and matching mugs are now £5.50 and £1.70, whilst stocks last. I have recently changed our crisp supplier from Burts to Pipers. Sadly Burts made the decision to supply large supermarkets along with independent retailers and so I have chosen Pipers crisps which are selling really well. I would love your feedback on this new product.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

All change

Sadly Nicola has now left Thyme as manager and will emigrate to Australia in September. Thank you to all the customers who wrote messages in our leaving book, if you did not get the chance please feel free to email me and i will pass your message on. Emma has now taken over as manager and is already getting into her stride in her new role.
I have been on holiday and for a change have been enjoying eating out and drinking lattes instead of serving them!! I will be back behind the counter next week and raring to go with new soup recipes and salad ideas. I hope you are all enjoying your summer, home or away and look forward to seeing you soon.

Monday, 21 July 2008


A new delivery of La Cafetiere products will arrive next week. One of the new products will be this gorgeous Titania teapot. (As featured in this month's Living Etc. magazine). Also available is the Titania cafetiere.

Also due in stock later this week are Peppermint Teapigs a new addition to our popular teapigs range.

For a school holiday treat why not buy 'Two By Two' Lemon Curd biscuits. These delicious biscuits come in the cutest boxes - this one featured St. George and the dragon. They would make lovely presents. (In stock from Friday 25th July).

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

New local product (and special offers)

As I am keen to stock local produce, I have changed our bottled water to Bowland Spring Water, from the Trough of Bowland, also available to take away.

I have some short dated organic biscuits from Island Bakery on offer this week. Buy 2 packs of oat crumbles for £3 (normally 1.85 each) or 2 packs of chocolate gingers for £4 (normally £2.75 each).

Monday, 30 June 2008

Lovely local honey

I am delighted to be a stockist for Martin Ainsworth's local honey. It seems my customers are too. The jars of honey from bees in the Bolton area, are flying off the shelves. Maybe it's because local honey is reported to be a natural treatment for hay fever, or maybe it's just because it's delicious. Either way it's clear that you love it, I only hope that Martin's bees can produce enough!

Friday, 27 June 2008


Big thanks to Stephen & Carly from Starly spice co for their free product tasting, held at Thyme today. Customer feedback was really positive and we now have full stock of their whole range including their 3 new spice mixes - pepper chicken, biryani & balti. Each of their spice mixes serves 4 and comes with a recipe on the pack. Just add your meat and some basic ingredients and everyone will believe you have been cooking for hours!

Wednesday, 25 June 2008


This year, for the first time i have attempted to grow veg in my garden at home. Tonight I harvested my first crop - some lovely peas. Ok so there were only about 8 pods ready to be eaten, but what they lacked in numbers they more than made up for in taste. They were the sweetest peas i have ever tasted and i am hoping the plants will produce more yet. Now I am looking hopefully at my broad beans, courgettes, squash and tomatoes, maybe I will even have enough for a whole meal!! I wonder if i should put my name down for an allotment?

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Cookery demo

Hello, The next cookery demo at Thyme will be held on Tues 29th July at 2.30pm. Tickets will be on sale later this week and cost £5 each. This £5 will be redeemable against our deli products on the day of the demo. More details to follow....
Sadly my manager Nicola will be emigrating to Australia in September and will be leaving her position as manager from early August. I am sure you will all wish Nicola and her husband Ralph love and luck for their exciting new future down under. I am pleased to announce that Emma will be taking over as manager of Thyme when Nicola leaves. I am sure you will all get to know Emma well over the coming months.

Monday, 23 June 2008

First Thyme

Hello, welcome to my Thyme Deli blog and to customers new and old.

During July Thyme will be holding our latest cookery demo - details and date tbc - watch this blog for details. We are excited that Angela is back from a holiday in Marrakesh and she is more than willing to share her foodie tips with you. Why not try your hand at a North African dish, we are currently stocking preserved lemons, harissa, couscous...

Don't miss the product tasting here at Thyme on Fri 27th June by Starly Spices from Cumbria. Pop in anytime between 11 and 3.

Hope to see you soon