Café Thyme & The Old Byre Showroom
- Telephone 01770 840608
- Opening times Daily: 10am–5pm.
- Seasonal times Open weekday evenings in high season
- Food served Mon–Thu & Sun 10am–5pm; Fri/Sat 10am–10pm
- Average price £12 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Website www.oldbyre.co.uk
Run by the same family for over two generations, in 2012 a total refurb saw the larger Café Thyme built in place of their tiny tearoom. The extensive menu is influenced by owners Hamza Gunaydi and Lorna Mansfield’s Turkish and Scottish backgrounds: chef Gunaydi built a wood-burning oven for his signature breads and pides (flatbread pizza), and completes the alliance with a haggis version. The rest of the keenly priced menu ranges from lamb kofte kebab to oatmeal-coated mackerel, home-made baklava to scones, and includes sit-in dinners and fish and chips and a wild boar and apple burger to takeaway on Friday nights. The interior is simple and airy, with a wall of windows looking out over one of Machrie’s ancient standing stones, also reflected in the specially commissioned stained glass window. The Old Byre Showroom itself is a shop stocked with British clothing, accessories and homewares, and the complex includes a children’s play area and pottery workshop where they (and you) can paint their own crockery.
Don’t be put off by the The Old Byre Visitor Centre label – that’s just a way of ensuring local girl Lorna Mansfield and husband Hamza Gunaydi get some brown signs on the roadside. Café Thyme sits alongside a delightful wool shop, outdoor play area and decorate-your-own pottery shop. The café sits in a perfect spot overlooking the rolling fields, standing stone and sea. The menu is inspired by Hamza’s Turkish heritage. Stone-baked ‘pides’, boat-shaped pizzas, turned up at the sides to enable loads of fillings to be to stuffed in, dominate. The fillings include tuna and anchovies with olives, spinach and spring onion, lots of thyme and mozzarella and even haggis – it’s a genuine fusion of cuisines. There are also lamb options – using the very lamb raised in the fields around the farmhouse, and the salads are homegrown. Desserts include a gluten-free option and the eastern-inspired fig with ice cream. It’s also great for families as the windows overlook the playpark so parents can enjoy their tea and cake in peace while the young ones work off some energy.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 40
- Open since: 2012