Lynne’s legacy is in her two Sheffield Pantries

Pictured is Lynne's Pantry Garden Cafe, Glossop Road, Sheffield. Seen is Lynne Frolish the owner.
Pictured is Lynne's Pantry Garden Cafe, Glossop Road, Sheffield. Seen is Lynne Frolish the owner.

THE cafe in Surrey Street in Sheffield city centre has borne her name for 34 years, and will continue to do, despite the death of Lynne Frolish.

So will Lynn’s Pantry Country Garden, which she opened opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital nine years ago so that relatives and friends of patients, and some of the patients themselves, had somewhere to take a break away from the medical environment.

Both places are now being run by Lynne’s son, Mathew, who stepped in around a year ago in once her illness became too much for her.

She died after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer at the age of 61.

It started as a melanoma in the skin, was later diagnosed in the groin and finally spread to her brain.

At one stage, her family thought she was winning the fight, and a holiday was planned, but their hopes were jolted by a seizure on the August bank holiday weekend from which she never recovered.

Her husband, Graham, described her as “someone special” and “full of life”.

Her talents extended to an eye for decor, whether it be for the cafes or for the home in Hathersage that they moved to eight years ago from Beauchief.

Mathew said: “She always left the house looking her best. She always made an effort with her appearance.”

A natural cook, Lynn picked up her knowledge of catering from her parents, who ran a pub in Boston, Lincolnshire.

After jobs in a bank, building society and engineering company, she opened a traditional cafe, Lynne’s Pantry, replacing another cafe, Toby Jugs, in Surrey Street, facing the side of the town hall.

It quickly gained a reputation for the quality of its quiches, sandwiches, cakes and especially its scones - and it immediately provided the ingredients for her marriage to Graham, who was a relative of the former owners,

He said: “On the last day my relative had the business, I went up to see how she was getting on and I met Lynne there. That was in the March and we were married by the end of August.

“She created a fantastic business with Lynne’s Pantry and I think to a lot of people it is a Sheffield institution.

“The thing most people remember is the scones, but everything was well-made. She got a lot of regulars and still has them to this day, so it will be a sad loss to a lot of people.”

Lynne took her Surrey Street formula to a new cafe at the corner of Glossop Road and Clarkehouse Road, which offered a small garden as well as a place for a drink and bite to eat.

For many customers, it was somewhere to relax away from the hospital across the road.

“We still get a lot of staff coming from the Royal Hallamshire and you get relatives bringing patients across,” said Mathew. “Some of them sit in wheelchairs with drips, having afternoon tea in the sun.”

Mathew said his mother put her heart and soul into the business, eventually splitting her time between the two cafes.

In the early days, she helped with the baking, then juggled her work with family commitments. “She did all the office work until recently,” he said.

The family has been inundated with tributes since her death at home on November 24.

“One of the cards said how she brought sunshine to so many lives,” said Graham.

“She was a very warm, bubbly person and was full of fun.”

Lynne also leaves children Susan and Richard and grandchildren Amelia, Elliott, Charlotte and Claudia.