Review: Homemade by Thelma’s, all you can eat brunch club
Homemade by Thelma’s made the move to Nether Edge back in 2013 after outgrowing their bijou home on Sharrow Vale Road which is now Sebastian’s Kitchen and Cakery.
Thelma’s, named after their Grandma was originally set up by sisters Emily and May Rowley with a focus on making well-made, homely food with added creativity. The menu hints at influences from my food hero Yotam Ottolenghi (always a winner in my opinion!), with their trademark range of vibrant salads and deliciously tempting cakes. This has continued to be offered at Homemade by Thelma’s where you will find a range of daily specials, sandwiches and breakfast choices with decent veggie and gluten-free options available.
From Homemade by Thelma’s Facebook
So, just after New Year I was flicking through Instagram and getting hungry at the sight of all the appetising pictures of food when I saw the ‘all you could eat Brunch Club’ post from Thelma’s. That was enough to make me sign up for my slot, you could choose from 10.15am or 12.15am and it is on the first Sunday of every month. That was as much I knew until I arrived.
Homemade by Thelma’s is a comfortable kind of café, it’s double-fronted so there’s lots of natural light, the style is clean and fresh with some quirky artwork adorning the walls. A creative eye has seen to those important little touches, with beautiful vases of flowers on each table and the blend of neutral colours in the decor.
It is pitched just right and welcoming to all – whether you are on a family outing or looking for a couple of hours to catch up with friends, which was my reason for the trip – and obviously to have a brunch feast. My New Year’s resolutions do not include dieting but do include embracing new experiences, creativity and learning – this venture ticked that box.
The brunch is £15 per person including tea/coffee and juice, as we arrived the tables were all pretty much full (capacity is about 30ish) so there was a buzz. Our drinks order was taken and I went for a flat white and orange juice.
Then it was time to get started, you can have as much as you like of toast, pastries (croissant, pain au chocolat and raisin danish), fruit salad, granola and yogurt. You could help yourself to pastries and do your own toast, I liked this as you could do your toast just the way you like, in terms of ‘toastiness’.
I kicked things off with a warm pain au chocolat (which I did share), then this was followed swiftly by a couple of slices of toast. You could choose from a range of jams, spreads and butter to go with your pastries and toast.
Then for the main part of brunch, you can choose one from a selection of four dishes – forget egg on toast or the conventional full English. Here you had more interesting choices with a seasonal slant, I like fusion-style food (which this was) as it gives me plenty to think about…..what is in this? How has it been made? I enjoy taking in the look of the plate before I get stuck in – as eating is about all of the senses!
I opted for the bubble and squeak cakes after watching them arrive on another table which helped make my mind up, my friend Claire went for the kedgeree.
My choice was a good one, it was attractively presented with well-balanced contrasting textures. The crisp bubble and squeak cakes were nicely seasoned and were complimented by the crisp bacon, rich creamy leeks and fried egg. It was the perfect comfort food for a cold January day and I was stuffed!
Although, I did just have space for a little fruit and yoghurt to round off the brunch.
Thelma’s delivered on value and quality, the service was paced right, the vibe was relaxed and we spent a couple of hours eating and chatting. This was good for me as normally I am racing around eating my breakfast and multi-tasking, so to sit still and take time (another thing on my 2017 list!) – was a positive.
So, if you are seeking new experiences in 2017, add Thelma’s to your list, if you haven’t been before. Drop by for breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake and check out their regular bistro nights (3 courses £20).
Homemade by Thelma’s
4 Nether Edge Road