The family-run restaurant bringing British comfort food to Ecclesall Road

A brand new British bistro is opening on Ecclesall Road. Sally Strong nipped in for the skinny…

After being empty for two years, 740 Ecclesall Road is being transformed into Turnip and Thyme, a British bistro by Louise and Robert Moore. “We’re brother and sister and have worked together before,” Louise tells us.

“Both of us have been working in this industry since we were sixteen, so thought, why not give it a go?” Robert elaborates. “We’ve been talking about doing something for a while. I was the head chef at Graze Inn, so know the area quite well.”

Away from the hubbub of cafes and restaurants on Sharrow Vale Road, Turnip and Thyme aims to provide a homely and cosy atmosphere, something much needed in the area. “We want everyone to want to be here, not just pop in for a quick bite. We don’t want to be somewhere where you come in and are gone in half an hour, we want you to come here for the night.”

Turnip and Thyme’s soft launch earlier this month

Quality, local produce is also important to Louise and Robert. “We’re using local veg suppliers and butchers, using farms in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, so we know where all the meat is from and can trace it back. Everything is sourced as locally as possible,” Louise adds. “For the front of house we’re going to be using all Sheffield products, so Sheffield Gin, tea, and coffee from Forge Coffee Roasters.”

Sounds good, so what about the food itself, what can be expected from the menu? “We’re just doing a little British bistro,” Robert tells us. “Comfort food! Pies, pork belly, nice burgers, fish and chips. Nice, simple, home-made food done well.”

Turnip and Thyme will open on Friday 20 September.  They will be open weekday evenings and all day Saturday. For more info, check out, turnipandthyme.co.uk.

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