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Thyme Out

Gordo gets lost and finds himself with cabbages in West Didsbury

Written by . Published on August 2nd 2007.

Thyme Out

Small, family run businesses spend an inordinate amount of time trying to think up that perfect little name for their new venture. They sometimes do this at the expense of their ‘proposition’, which is of course their product or service. Thyme Out, a recent delicatessen on Nell Lane in (very) trendy West Didsbury probably did that, but at the same time have come up with a fabulous proposition: really great food.

Ben grows his own vegetables in the back garden, whilst the snooty arses in the street round the back reported him for thinking about putting a few chairs and tables out. You know who you are, you pathetic Daily Mail readers.

Ben Hayes’ Nan had the gaff previously, as a flower shop. When Nan decided it was time to retire, Ben, a handsome lad, ex Heathcotes School of Excellence and Selfridges Food Hall at the Trafford Centre thought the time was right to go it alone and with Granddad, a builder, chipping in to help with the building works and Dad doing the plumbing, young Ben has finished up with a knock out establishment.

Ben grows his own vegetables in the back garden, whilst the snooty arses in the street round the back reported him for thinking about putting a few chairs and tables out. You know who you are, you pathetic Daily Mail readers. Still it’s resulted in the best cabbages Gordo has ever seen, so that works.

Ben serves Segafredo Zanetti coffee and Twining teas. The bread is real, chewy, interestingly different. The baker is Greenhalghs, famous for never having gone down the additive route whilst Gordo’s favourite butchers, Frosts are responsible for the meat. A little star as well is the Richard Woodall bacon. Jackson’s Dairy delivers milk in bottles. If the cheese was anything other than Neil’s Yard, Gordo would have been flabbergasted.

Then we have Ben’s cooking, ranging from a good old bacon butty (£1.95), spicy sausage strudel with apple and sultana compote (£1.75) all the way up to a great looking fillet beef Wellington (£4.50, call the bloody police!). His prices are too cheap. Oh, and Ben’s Mum’s chocolate cake (£1.69) is the thing to take home, it looks nearly as sexy as she does.

All in all this is as good a Gordo Go as you can get for a shop. So Go. Before Thyme runs out. Of chocolate cake. Yum.

Thyme Out delicatessen
147 Nell Lane
West Didsbury
M20 2LG

0161 434 8686

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Scott KershawAugust 2nd 2007.

Its good to see good honest food and service is still alive and well in our fair city. I just wanted to rant about an experience i had that was the complete opposite of this a couple of weeks ago in the city centre. I arrived at Kro bar with a friend and sat outside in the sunshine. After perusing the menu , we both grudgingly opted for the "Kro" Burger , a steal at GBP7.20. The food arrived on our table about 15 minutes later , the glasses of at least two parties previous to us were removed shortly after (thank the ancient danish gods for small mercies!). The chips that accompanied our "KRO" burger were plentiful , bountiful, the only problem was that they had been refried that many times that any remnants of pototo had long ago turned into a starchy magma (a danish speciality perhaps?), the burger , at half the size of the "focaccia" bun was undercooked, greasy and to be frank just not what you expect from a GBP7.20 burger, more like what you would expect from a "dalepak steaklet" ( just dire!!). The "focaccia" bread , top part broke into many pieces as I picked the burger up, whilst the bottom part resembled a greased soaked rum baa baa. Now the real fun began ( in all honesty I thought this was a wind up), On complaining about our meal , I was initially given an educational diatribe on what "focaccia' bread actually was, the minion then scuttled off ,only to come back and tell me that the chef had checked the burger before it left the kitchen (WHATEVER!), he must have been the same guy that checked the rest of the sorry mess. We weren't happy, we asked for the manager, he arrived, we complained. As with the first guy, no apology was offered, he then offered to refund 50% the meal (unbelievable!), I told him I was 100% unhappy with it. He persued this line to my dismay, still no apology!?? On the contrary this guy was a real stalwart, like a devout boy soldier ordered by his general not to retreat from his post at any consequences, the 50% refund was all I was getting as I had, after all, eaten "half the meal". What planet are these people on?!!. I asked him for an address to where I could send a letter of complaint to, he scuttled away and then returned with a scrap of paper with a generic,info@ email address on it. What joke, and still no apology! As with all empires there comes a time when they must start their slow descent into what will eventually become their ultimate demise, you only ever realise this when it is already happening, this steady state of decline is almost invisible until it hits you in the face. It could be the case with Kro Bar that we spent so much of our time moaning about the inane student rants we had to listen while we were waiting for our "danish!??" (puuurleasse!) fayre, or grumbling about how the stripped back floorboards soaked in 5+ years of continental lager splashes could do with a light sandblasting, that we neglected to notice just how awful things had become here.

LocalAugust 2nd 2007.

This place is FABULOUS great bacon butties, sandwiches rock, and the fresh meals to take away (risottos, chargrilled chicken....) knocks spots off M&S in terms of flavour, freshness and price. Gordo, you are right about the chocolate cake too, its lush. A very satisfied local!!

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

I walked past here the other day and didn't realise it was new. Its in a bit of an obscure location that doesn't get much pedestrain traffic so I thought I'd never noticed it because I rarely walk up Nell Lane. They should get one of those blackboards that sits on the street and they'd do well to write 'Just Opened' on it. I hope they get more publicity like this, too because it will be no end of help to them. I'll certainly be giving it ago. Its up to us local residents to make these 'off the beaten track' places work so support your local shops with your feet and your wallet.

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2007.

Just popped into this place as I was passing and do not have anything but the highest praise for it's delicious food and excellent customer service. I had a panini for lunch and enjoyed the experience so much I took home a freshly prepared and traditional liver and mash for mine and my partners dinner. We both enjoyed it equally and it made for a lovely evening. Thank you Thyme Out. From a very satisfied customer who will DEFINITELY be returning.

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