Although we are no longer accompanied by small children, it’s clear that the ones belonging to other visitors of Cafe Thyme are having a splendid time on the various outdoor activities which help to make this a great place to occupy a couple of hours.The sun is shining this lunchtime in late August. The sky is blue and the air is warm.
We opt to take advantage of the small terrace, and sit in two of the contemporary bistro chairs with matching table. We are greeted shortly by Lorna with a smile, bearing the drinks and food menus. One of their USP’s is the fairly uncommon but delightful Pides (pronounced Peedees), a Turkish style of pizza baked in a wood fired oven by Hamza the chef. Vegetarians are well catered for here, and being so inclined I choose a Spinach, Garlic and Mushroom Pide (£8.50), which has the added attraction of an egg on top - something I'm always attracted to! My accompanying drink is a small glass of Australian Chardonnay (£3.75).
We have time to take in the wonderful scene which surrounds us, from the uninterrupted view across the sea to Kintyre mainland and closer, to the colours of Scottish heather carpeting the brae which rises behind us.
Our food is delivered by a man in crisp ‘whites’ and it looks wonderful. My Pide comes with a fresh bowl of dressed salad, is piping hot from the oven and is as enjoyable to eat as it looks; a sort of widened ‘Canadian canoe’ if not quite as large. Flatbreads are placed alongside the beautifully cooked Lobster which sits elegantly within its white bowl, surrounded by a fresh salad. Jacqui enjoys every mouthful.
We finish with coffee and a smile.
The cafe opened in June 2012 and now seats up to 40 people. Located up a short track off the A841 on the west coast of Arran, the cafe shares its position with The Old Byre Showroom and Arran Ceramics.
Open 7 days a week 10am - 5pm also do dinners on a Friday and Saturday evening during the season until 10pm. Take away fish and real chips or wild boar and apple burger is available on these nights too. They can cater for special parties with prior notice and can do functions on a Friday or Saturday.