All things come to those who wait, and at Thyme Oxton, it’s certainly been a test of patience.
The creative force behind the award-winning Panoramic 34, Cathy Frost, wanted to open a venue closer to home in Wirral, but her little Oxton bistro has taken its time.
“When we demolished the crumbling outrigger, the drains collapsed, so it’s been a long job rebuilding everything and getting it all ready,” she explains.
It’s definitely been worth the wait. Beautifully decorated, with stunning feature wallpaper, Farrow and Ball paints and a bespoke green ceiling, no detail has been missed.
“We’ve sourced everything ourselves, from the lights to the wallpaper, and it’s all the things that I’d like at home,” laughs Cathy. “It’s very much a home from home.
“My daughters came up with the idea for the green ceiling – we wanted something that represented nature and freshness. We spend a lot of time in France, so we’ve been getting a lot of inspiration there.”
It’s the culmination of a long-held dream for Cathy and husband Hugh.
“I’ve always had this idea of somewhere on our doorstep where Hugh and I could go and have a Friday night dinner. For us it’s about somewhere cosy and friendly,” says Cathy.
“It has an open kitchen and a really relaxed feeling. We hope it’ll be somewhere people want to come in for a drink at the bar, and then maybe stay on for dinner, or come in for Sunday lunch and relax with friends.”
Thyme is open seven days a week from breakfast onwards, with last reservations at 9.30pm. 17 Rose Mount, Oxton, CH43 5SG, 0151 601 8669 http://thymeoxton.com