Words: Paul Chapman
Images:Bottle and Thyme facebook
Whether it’s breakfast, morning coffee, relaxed lunch, afternoon tea, after work drinks, an evening meal or a catch up with friends, Bottle and Thyme’s evolving offer will be the right place for you.
The ambience, the food and the drinks change throughout the day – and the friendly, flexible team work to accommodate your needs. Gavin Grainger invited us down to experience and sample their Friday evening offering of two cocktails for £10 and live acoustic music.
It’s a place where you could head out for an afternoon drinking session, where you can stay for some food and head home in time for jammies at 10pm, having righted the world and caught up with the latest gossip.
Even though it was early February we arrived to find the place bustling with a post-Christmas party, whilst couples and groups of friends were enjoying an evening meal or calling in for cocktails on their evening ‘round town’.
We’re not connoisseurs of cocktails so we were pleased when knowledgeable Rhianna assisted with our cocktail choices and made suggestions and recommendations based on our favourite flavours and spirits. My ‘About Figgin Thyme’ was a B&T signature and consisted of a blend of Havana 7-year rum, fig liqueur, fresh lime, maple syrup, thyme liqueur and cloudy apple. It was yummy, but then I like anything with maple syrup. Nicola went for a ‘Rosemary Bramble’ consisted of Portobello gin, Acai liqueur, Raspberry liqueur, lemon juice, rosemary, sugar syrup, decorated with fresh rosemary, the aroma of which is enough to lift any spirit.
The cocktail list is extensive and if you’re a first-time visitor it’s worth checking out the drinks menu at bottleandthyme.co.uk/tipplethyme to help narrow down your choice before going.
The food is always delightfully presented and delicious and tonight did not disappoint, starters of beetroot terrine (goats cheese, crushed walnut, spinach and a burnt orange dressing) and pulled duck parcels (damson and port sauce, burnt orange dressed rocket) followed by mains of confit duck leg (fondant potatoes, carrot puree, roast parsnip, green beans, damson and port sauce) and a spicy falafel burger (smashed avocado and red onion marmalade), we skipped puddings. ‘Nuff said.
The music kicked off at around 9:30pm, Beanie was playing. He’s a local singer, guitarist and very talented he is too. His set includes something for everyone, Portugal. The Man, Nirvana, The White Stripes, through more local tunes from Pulp, the Stone Roses, Oasis (ok, local’ish) to The Eagles, Buddy Holly and Elvis. It was a bitterly cold night outside and, taking requests, Beanie continued to warm his audience with laid back tunes to please.
Bottle and Thyme gives us a place to chill and catch up with friends or loved ones without the pushing and shoving of an over-crowded bar, without massive TV screens over-head and where the music gives atmosphere but doesn’t prevent conversation. It’s a place where you could head out for an afternoon drinking session, where you can stay for some food and head home in time for jammies at 10pm, having righted the world and caught up with the latest gossip.
The two cocktails for £10 offer is available from 3 to 7pm Sunday through to Friday. Friday and Saturday evenings are accompanied by live music from 9pm, see facebook @bottleandthyme for artists performing each night.
Wednesday night Wine Down Wednesdays offers menu specials, free wine tasters, wine carafes and 20% off the wine menu.
If you’ve never called in to Bottle & Thyme we can recommend it, but only if you’re looking for a lovely environment with a warm friendly welcome in which to meet friends at any time of the day or night!
Bottle and Thyme… at any time.