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Thyme

Set in the middle of Leicester’s Spinney Hill Park – a late-Victorian oasis of greenery in the heart of one of the most densely populated parts of the city – Thyme was once a traditional park pavilion. Today it’s an intriguing Mediterranean café/restaurant.

The small building, which sits alone in the park’s centre, contains a handful of tables. It is a challenging building to make feel welcoming thanks to its age, style and location, but the owners have done a pretty good job through the warm lighting and modern decor. There’s a counter showcasing a range of cakes, desserts and sundaes; mocktails and good quality coffees are available too.

The menu offers a nice mezze selection, which means you could happily treat Thyme as a tapas joint. We tried the Sambousek lamb (fried Lebanese pastry parcels filled with minced lamb) – pleasingly spiced, delicate little morsels. Other mezze options include Kabis – Lebanese pickled vegetables – and Arayes – pitta stuffed with minced lamb, onion and assorted Palestinian spices.

Thyme’s menu also lists a fine and extremely affordable range of wraps. We went for the Shish Taouk – charcoal-grilled chicken cubes marinated in Mediterranean herbs and spices with fresh tomato, lettuce and Mediterranean pickles in Lebanese bread. The spices on the tender chicken played nicely against a sturdy charcoal smoke backbone. It came in at under £4 – an impressive price for such a tasty and high quality lunch.

Soups and salads are available too, as are a diverse list of mains (which we didn’t sample), from Italian pasta to Greek moussaka to Lebanese chicken. Takeaway with delivery is an option.

Thyme’s owners have taken on a tricky building in a trickier location and turned it into a great little urban option. The food is good and tasty, and in terms of bang for your buck, the lunch options especially are very hard to beat.

By Matt Wright, founder & editor-in-chief

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Spinney Hill Park, East Park Road, Leicester, LE5 5DN
0116 273 0455

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  1. Jackie Jones says:
    Food heaven in the parkWe have been regular customers since Thyme opened. Hilal & Mina have always made us very welcome. We have managed to eat our way through the menu choices and can honestly say that we have never had a meal we didn't thoroughly enjoy. Each dish is beautifully presented and is plentiful. The food is seasoned to perfection. The spices do not overwhelm the food they are used to enhance the food with delicate flavours. The homemade cakes & desserts are a real treat as is their gelato...my favourite being the amalfi lemon. There is no alcohol but you honestly don't miss it with the delicious mocktails and lovely selection of coffee and teas along with a really good selection of other soft drinks. We know Thyme is a winner....try it for yourselves, We think you'll agree.
  2. Lucky says:
    Al FrescoWent with a friend after reading the reviews here and also on tripadvisor. I must say I was taken by surprise, but the quality of food and service. You do have to wait at least 20-30 minutes as the food is made to order. Its our little secret garden. Definitely be coming back. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
  3. Benjamin says:
    Just the two of usI took my wife out for a surprise meal after reading the reviews. The food was fantastic, I had beef fillet steak with batata and mushroom sauce. It exceeded my expectation when the plate appeared on our table. It was unusual compared to the steak houses. The colour of the batata was striking and the flavour was tantalising. I throughly enjoyed it. Thank you. My wife had the pollo ala cream with mushroom. Again to her surprise it was a beautiful dish in presentation and flavour. Very impressed – we are both going to be returning to work our way through the full menu. It's a gem of a find.
  4. Daimon Arnold says:
    quite a surpriseUnexpectedly ended up in the area so went in for a visit, thanks to Greatfoodclub. The mixed mezze platter was a real treat, the presentation and the flavours were fresh and lively. Throughly enjoyed the various different dishes on the platter. The main courses looked amazing, that will be another visit. I am glad i went. Thank you Thyme and greatfoodclub.
  5. MSW says:
    Tasty foodGood food, well cooked, tasty, extremely reasonably priced. Atmosphere was a bit lacking on our visit as the place was almost empty on a weekday lunchtime, but that didn't detract from the food.
  6. Alex Ryder says:
    A great hidden gemI really love this place. It's a hidden gem and one worth seeking out. Hilal and his team are very friendly and the food is really tasty. We loved the shish taouk and mezze starters.
  7. mike young says:
    Best place for a family dinner...Best place for a family dinner... We loved the in-situ tailored tapas. As we were vegetarians the staff were helpful with their accommodating attitude and sugessted great tapas. All made fresh. Thank you.

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