The prosperous, leafy village of Oxton, outside Liverpool, is home to a good handful of more than decent eateries.
Thyme, a fairly new restaurant, was our choice for brunch as the start of a weekend of celebrating my big birthday with friends.
First appearances were very favourable. Chic, good looking in all of its aspects; from the contemporary crockery and elegant cutlery to the smartly uniformed staff, working their socks off in a packed arena.
A reassuringly small menu boasted the usual breakfast fare; a full English, eggs Benedict, eggs Royale (without the Hollandaise and the eggs were scrambled instead of poached) crushed avocado and scrambled eggs, porridge for the uber healthy and one unusual dish of slow braised beef rib, hash brown and poached egg.
Enticed by black pudding, home made hash browns and the lure that only an English breakfast in all its heart clogging gorgeousness has, two of us had no choice but to go for it and my other companion chose the eggs Royale.
Two handsome pots of tea and a velvety looking caramel latte were promptly delivered and the food followed shortly.
A very generous stack of soft, smoked salmon of the highest quality sat upon bright yellow, shiny scrambled eggs and the full English would have had the approval of Henry the Eighth in its size; and in its taste as it turned out. Care, attention to detail, locally sourced quality ingredients cooked as they should have been, all made for a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Thyme isn’t cheap, nor should it be.The bill came to just under £40 but when food is this good, you really don’t give a damn.
All three of us are looking forward to going to dinner at Thyme. Can’t give a better compliment than that.