Café Thyme & The Old Byre Showroom
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.