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CLOSED: Elliots For Natural Choice

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 6 reviews )


Contact 01246-558550

5 Long Shambles, Chesterfield, England, S40 1PX

A wholly vegetarian shop and restaurant with many dishes suitable for vegans and people on gluten free and diabetic diets. Everything is prepared and cooked on the premises. Daily changing menu features soups, quiche, pasties, salads, and specials such as curry, casserole, roasts with unusual combinations of herbs and vegetables. Store is well-stocked. Located in small cobbled market lane in town center. Reported closed to HappyCow.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Take-out

Reviews (6)

First Review by plrees
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Love thyme to eat - Edit

I am shocked to see such bad reviews on here, every time i've been in the place has been great. Food excellent and menu not at all confusing to me. Menu divided into breakfasts, lunch, snacks, drink like other resturaunts are. can get a bit crowded at times but I love the place

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Can get a bit crowded

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dreadful service, rude and aggressive. - Edit

wENT TO THIS PLACE JUNE 2012, MID PM. Very confusing setup, menu written on a board around 30 yards from where you queue to order. Sorry but they need to sort this out and promptly. Vegan pizza i thought, yeah why not?
Paid 6 pounds plus, got a large plate of lettuce with a tiny triangle of vegan pizza which was not very good. Our food was slammed down on the table by a rotund, ignorant lady. Sadly, the other reviews below are correct..AVOID....

Cons: PRICY, RUDE STAFF, poor vegan selection

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katherine newman I am saddened and slightly confused to read your review as to my knowledge we have never had a vegan pizza on our menu. Any of our meals served with a salad are seved with a generous helping of a variety of salad ingredients including; peppers, courgettes, cucumber, carrot, lettuce, grapes, tomato, red onion and orange. I am also struggling to think which member of my team could be described as rotund? I am sorry that on this occasion you were unhappy with your experience and portion size and its a shame you didn't raise them with me at the time of your visit so we could have rectified it for you. We have recently been finalists in the Derbyshire Food and Drink awards 2012 and were commended on the excellent quality of both our food and service so apologise again that on this occasion you were left unsatisfied.

Katherine Newman
Owner of Thyme To Eat

Simple vegetarian food - Edit

Renamed ' Thyme to eat', decent vegetarian food and well priced. It's not somewhere I would rave about though, the salads were average and lacked thought. The service wasn't fantastic. They need to try that little bit harder with their menu and train all of their staff to give excellent service.

Pros: Price, Location, Lots of options

Cons: Service, Menu was boring

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katherine newman I am sorry that you felt the service you received wasn't as you would have hoped. Customer service is an area I have been keen to improve since taking the cafe over last year and would be grateful, if you visit us again, for a chance to chat this through with you so I can identify where exactly improvements still need to be made. Similarly with the salads, I have kept the main menu mainly the same but have been striving to introduce more exciting food to the cafe via the specials board, having said that we do receive lots of compliments on our menu salads (white stilton & Apple, Brie & Grape etc) and I am sorry that on this occasion you were left disappointed. Kind regards, Katherine

Bad management - such a shame! - Edit

This used to be a wonderful little cafe unfortunate the new owner is rude as the other review states. You normally have to wait for a table and when I was heavily pregnant I waited for twenty mins only for two ladies to walk in the other entrance and pinch my table!! I light heatedly mentioned this to the owner who very abruptly told me I should hover over a table to encourage them to leave!!!! I told her this wasn't very nice for the people eating and she shouted at me saying this is how we do it here if you don't like it don't come back. I honestly couldn't get my breath it.! Never been back what a shame as i had been going there for over 20 years. I've been told the food has gone down hill though.

Pros: Town centre location

Cons: Rude owner, Very busy, In need of a refurb

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Disappointing and dirty. - Edit

Elliotts used to be a lovely retreat in this busy market town. I recently visited to find it quite changed. A gluten free scone I bought was inedible (compacted dust, which disintegrated on touch) and when I approached the manager to exchange it, her response was astonishing. She was aggressive and rude, and actually raised her voice and demanded to know why I had bought a gluten free scone if I was not coeliac. She created quite a scene. I have got to say, I have never experienced anything like it in my life. The decor was generally run down and toilets were dirty. Not surprising, I will not be going back. There is a new health food shop cafe in town, go there instead, I will. I would have given this a zero rating, but the system only allows a minimum if 2!!

Updated from previous review on Friday August 26, 2011
Updated from previous review on Friday August 26, 2011

Pros: town centre

Cons: Poor quality food, Rude staff, Pricey

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Elliots - Edit

A very welcoming and frendly restaurant, with delicious home-made and nourishing food - every time. Updated from previous review on Friday November 26, 2010

Pros: healthy food, tasty food, friendly

Cons: none

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