Popular Sheffield café owner loses tumour fight

Lynne Frolish, owner of Lynne's Cafe
Lynne Frolish, owner of Lynne's Cafe
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THE bubbly businesswoman behind one of Sheffield’s oldest and best-loved cafes has died.

Lynne Frolish, who set up Lynne’s Pantry in Surrey Street 34 years ago, lost her two-year fight with a brain tumour.

The mother and stepmother gave up a career in book-keeping to buy the cafe, formerly known as Toby Jugs, in 1979. Her purchase proved to be fate – she met Graham, a relative of the former owners, on the day it changed hands and they were married five months later.

A natural cook, Lynne had a dream to create a cafe which offered traditional lunchtime bites, all freshly prepared and homemade. It quickly gained a reputation for the quality of its quiches, sandwiches, and cakes – but it is scones which have remained a firm favourite with customers.

Around eight years ago, the business expanded and she opened Lynne’s Pantry Garden near to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Graham, 75, 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, who lived in Hathersage, worked in the cafe full-time throughout the early years of the business, even roping Graham in to keep things ticking over when she fell pregnant. She was forced to give up work after being diagnosed with the tumour around two years ago, after which son Matthew, 33, took over. Her husband and relatives have been inundated with heartfelt tributes and cards since she passed away.

Graham said: “One of the cards said how she brought sunshine to so many lives. She was a very warm, bubbly person and was full of fun.

The funeral is at St Michael’s C of E Church, Hathersage on Thursday at 1.30pm.