It’s been quite a while since we added to our blog and we’ll be taking time out to do this regularly now to keep everyone updated with what we are up to.
Since opening, I can honestly say, hand on heart, I have loved every single second – and so have the team. When I had the idea of Thyme, I didn’t want it to be fine dining like our sister restaurant in Liverpool, Panoramic. I didn’t want people to feel like they couldn’t drop in unannounced for an after work pint, or Mum’s breakfast on their way to a toddlers playgroup. I felt very strongly about wanting this bistro to be a community led place for local people.
Yes, I wanted the food to be downright delicious, and presented well….but ultimately where nobody feels out of place. I love the variety of customers we have, many of whom are regulars now. From morning gym goers, to the stay at home mums. For the ladies that lunch, men brunching after golf and girls in for after work wine. We have couples in for romantic 3 course meals as well as big parties taking over the whole upstairs floor…. there is a real variety to the customer base – and that was one of my main aims at the very beginning, long before Thyme came along.
As well as being pleased with the start we’ve had and the direction we are heading, we are also forging new partnerships. Here at THYME, we are working very closely with The Hive as we look to address child hunger with ‘Never Bee Hungry’.
The Never Bee Hungry campaign is the latest fundraising initiative to come out of The Hive, a state-of-the-art, Birkenhead-based youth facility that recently played host to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The Hive asked us to offer our customers the opportunity to add a voluntary £1 donation to their bills, which will go directly to support the Youth Zone in providing young people in need with ‘food for today and skills for life’ to help alleviate the poverty cycle.
According to recent figures from the Wirral Intelligence Service one child in two lives in poverty in Wirral’s most disadvantaged areas, with over ten times as many children going hungry in the most deprived ward of Wirral compared to the most affluent….so we jumped at the chance of getting on board with this.
We also recently hosted our first charity lunch here, in aid of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Delicious food, entertainment and a fashion show by Oxton Boutique were all fantastically well received. And not only did we all have a wonderful day, but we managed to raise over £3000 – which is fantastic! So thanks to everyone for any involvement in that!
Finally I’d like to sign off by letting you all know that we are excited to be taking part in our first food festival. The Wirral Food & Drink festival will run from Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th September at Birkenhead Park and will feature elements curated by Wirral-born chef Paul Askew, of The Art School Restaurant. It’s sure to be a great day and it’s our first opportunity to say hello to folk from the wider parts of The Wirral.
Until next time….we’ll be praying for good weather for the festival!