Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Tasting evening Thurs 22nd November


Don't forget our tasting evening is next Thursday, 22nd October. 
Join us for a glass of mulled wine and a chance to sample some of our products amongst friends.
his year we are pleased to announce that Paul from FatJax chutneys will be joining us and bringing samples of his delicious products.
This event is ticket only though tickets are free and can be collected from Thyme. 

We are looking forward to seeing you

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Tasting evening coming soon

Thursday 22nd November

This year will be our tenth tasting evening !

We hop you will be able to join us for a glass of mulled wine and the opportunity to sample some of our products.

Our Christmas stock is arriving daily now and there will be lots of goodies to make hampers from.

Our set price hampers are also available and make an easy but beautiful gift for a foodie friend.

If you would like to get your hands on some free tickets for our tasting evening, pop into Thyme before we run out.

This years evening will be between 6.30-8pm.

We hope you can join us

Monday, 24 September 2012

Autumn Thyme & Free Wi-fi


Well i think we can safely say that summer is well and truly over.
Which means only one thing - new seasonal products.
A little treat for us all hibernating from the rain outside - the cafe at Thyme now has free Wi-Fi for our customers.
Tracklements have released their latest seasonal chutney - pumpkin chilli & orange. Delicious with  cold costs, sausages or a pork pie. This is now in stock at Thyme, be sure to grab a jar whilst stocks last.

I am also pleased that we will very soon be stocking a range of delicious chutneys and relishes from local company Fat Jax. Based in Bamber Bridge, Robert & Paul cook up some fabulous chutneys (i know, i've tried them all) using just a huge pan and a wooden spoon. No funny stuff. 
We have samples of these for you to try before you buy, stock should arrive by the end of this week.

Last week i met Brian who makes a lovely range of handmade soaps in small batches right here in Bolton.  
We will be stocking both the cook's soap and the gardener's soap by the end of this week.
The cook's soap is formulated to rid your hands of any unwanted food related smells such as onions and garlic. Perfect for keeping by the kitchen sink.  
The gardener's soap is for cleaning hardworking hands (also perfect for winter skin).
Brian does a large range of soaps including a goats milk soap for sensitive skins. 

In case you're not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, we have just taken delivery of some Huntleys Baileys ice cream - why not treat yourself to a Baileys iced latte on your next visit (non alcoholic of course). 
If you're over summer - maybe you'd prefer a shot of toffee apple syrup in your coffee ?

Finally a date for your diaries ... our tasting evening this year will be on 22nd Nov. More details to follow.

Hope to see you soon.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Opportunity to join our team

We are currently recruiting for a deli assistant.

This position is 5 days per week and will include working every Saturday.

The hours average between 20-30 per week and vary throughout the seasons.

This role involves working in all aspects of the business, from serving customers, to food preparation (breakfasts, lunches, making soups, baking), sales, merchandising & of course cleaning.

We are looking for a friendly, well presented, and enthusiastic person who has a passion for good food and good service and an ability to multi task under pressure!

If this is you, please drop in or post a copy of your CV with covering letter.

If you have any queries please email

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Local honey

We are stockists of local honey.
The honey we sell is produced in the Bolton area (Rivington, Farnworth, Bolton) and i am told it is used to naturally alleviate hay fever symptoms (please let us know if it has worked for you).

It also tastes fantastic. As this is a British honey (and not imported) is has not been homogenised and therefore has a purer flavour as well as retaining more of its antibacterial properties.

Bee quick though as it's flying out of the door.....

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Cake tin hire

We are now able to offer a selection of Nordicware cake/bundt tins for hire. These tins are of exceptional quality and normally retail for around £35 each. As some of these are 'special occasion' tins, why not hire one from us at a fraction of the cost? Hire starts from £5 for up to 5 days.

Have a look at the tab above for individual pictures of tins available.

Recipes can be provided if required.

For inspiration why not take a look at   - Rachel is a superb bundt baker and owns several of these tins (including butterfly & ship).

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

New potato (& other vegetable) season is upon us at last. I bought my first Jersey Royal potatoes this week which reminded how much i love the taste but dislike having to scrub them. These special abrasive gloves make light work of cleaning veg and create less mess than scrubbing brushes and are available to buy at Thyme now. I am definitely buying a pair

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Clandestine Cake Club South Lancs meet at Thyme

The South Lancs branch of the Clandestine Cake Club met at Thyme today. It was lovely to host this event and of course to taste the fabulous cake. The Theme was Spring and the weather was certainly Spring like.

If you are interested in going the South lancs branch the events are listed on the CCC website or contact Susan via her blog

Sorry about the pics - they are from my phone ( I forgot my camera)

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

New arrivals for Spring

I love this time of year. The days seem longer, the air gets warmer (well a little), the spring flowers make everything look brighter and new stock has arrived at Thyme.
Tracklements have introduced Pear & Perry chutney as their new seasonal product, alongside a 'Right Royal Pickle' for the Jubilee. Both are in stock at Thyme.
Union Jacks are everywhere including on Montezumas new 'pudding bars' of chocolate. Try Treacle Tart, Eton Mess, or Lemon Meringue at Thyme.
We also have some new Kitchenware items and more arriving later this week.
Pop in for a browse sometime soon....

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Clandestine Cake Club Bolton meet at Thyme

We were really pleased to host the first ever meeting of the Bolton Clandestine Cake Club.
What a turnout - so many of you and so many delicious cakes (yep i tried them).
Here's a few pictures.
If you would like to join contact Rachel via her website or via er twitter page @dollybakes.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

New arrivals

We are very pleased to be a stockist for a range of products by Scottish textile designer Gillian Kyle

All the aprons, tea towels & bags are made by a small, family-run firm who take the utmost pride in creating every item. The care and attention to detail in producing even the simplest of products is second to none – and the results speak for themselves. They use organic cotton for our products, and begin the process by cutting each piece to the right size, then the products are screen printed with our designs and then they are sewn, finished and checked. They provide skilled jobs in a rural area where they are in short supply and take the time to train each seamstress & printer to the level necessary, which can take around 3 months of tireless practice.
The beautiful fine bone china mugs in the range are from a great wee company located in the historic heart of the UK ceramics industry; Stoke-on-Trent. They employ a highly skilled workforce and are one of the few remaining businesses in the area (and in the country) capable of doing this kind of work to such a high standard. The use of fine bone china gives all the mugs their crisp whiteness and slight translucency.

We love the quirky and iconic designs and we hope that you will too.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

New at Thyme

This week we are expecting some new deliveries including a new range of aprons, mugs and bags.
Also our first Easter products will be arriving. pictures soon.

We are pleased to announce that we will be introducing Wifi for our customers at Thyme very soon.

For more regular updates on our daily specials in the cafe why not follow us on Twitter or Facebook?

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Make your own pancakes

It's Shrove Tuesday on 21st February. Early this year don't you think ?
Of course you can buy a pancake mix but pancakes are so easy to make from scratch why not have a go ?

Pancakes are so versatile, they are perfect sprinkled with sugar and lemon juice, but they also make a great savoury dish.
Make your pancakes as normal and use them like canneloni in an italian style bake.

Here's a basic recipe for you to give them a try...

200g plain flour
3 eggs
500ml milk
knob of butter or oil
topping of your choice (lemons, sugar, nutella, honey, the choices are endless)

Sift the flour into a bowl and beat in the eggs.
Now add the milk slowly until the mixture is quite runny (like single cream).
Pour the mixture into a jug.
It's best to let the mixture stand if you have time, half an hour is fine, or longer.
Heat your frying pan, it needs to be quite hot, add the butter or oil, swirl it around the pan and pour of any excess (don't throw this away).
Pour some of your mix into the pan - enough to coat the bottom with a thin layer of batter, swirl the pan around until evenly coated.
Once the underside is cooked (should start to become golden) Flip the pancake (or toss if you're brave enough). It should only take a minute or so to cook the 2nd side.
Top and eat immediately or keep warm if cooking a batch.

Any frying pan will do or if you eat them a lot why not invest in a special pancake pan (also available at Thyme).

Flippin' lovely

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Thyme for a birthday.

My youngest son will be 5 tomorrow. Some of you will probably remember when i was pregnant with him behind the counter at Thyme!
So i thought i would share his birthday cake with you all. I have been tweeting about making this cake during the week and was a bit anxious in case it didn't look as good as i had hoped.
Well i certainly wasn't disappointed and thankfully neither was he.
Now what do i make for my eldest son's birthday later in the year ?

Sunday, 5 February 2012

If you LOVE baking....'ll probably love this pretty bowl.
I think this would make a fab present for a loved one St. Valentine's day. Or any day for that matter.
In stock at Thyme now.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Spice up St Valentines day...

I'm so pleased that Tracklements have brought back their Chilli Jam in heart shaped jars.
These were really popular last year and are now back in stock at Thyme.
They are £4.95 a jar and make fab Valentines presses or indeed love presents at any time of year.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

We are recruiting

This position was advertised recently but was not filled as Sonia decided not to leave straight away.
The time has now come for her to move on and so i am re-opening this vacancy.

If you have previously applied you need not reapply, though you could let me know if you are still available for work by email

For new applicants, please hand in or post a copy of your CV asap.

Job details as follows

Position: deli assistant
This role involves working in all aspects of the business, from serving customers, to food preparation (breakfasts, lunches, making soups, baking), sales, merchandising & of course cleaning.

The role is 5 days per week and will include working every Saturday. The hours are between 20 - 30 per week and vary throughout the seasons.

We are looking for a friendly, well presented, and enthusiastic person who has a passion for good food and cooking.

If this is you, please drop in or post a copy of your CV with covering letter.

If you have any queries please email