Our accommodation, a whole house, for the week we spent on the Isle of Man
Grant and I had morning tea at home and at around 8am we'd join Kevin and Clive for breakfast at their two-star bikers/men only establishment. Their B&B had an official name but I only heard it being referred to as "Billy's". Walking from the front door to the dining-room, the proprietor, 74-year-old Billy could be seen sitting in a private lounge just beyond the kitchen. While his wife Ella, (70) made breakfast ably assisted by a life-long friend, Mary (71), and Anne (a youthful 65) serving patrons in the dining room, Billy watched the sports channel on telly and downs his first pint of Guiness!
The last building with the red awnings over the front door and windows, is Billy's, the two star B&B our friends, Kevin and Clive stayed at. We joined them there for breakfast every day
Breakfast at Billy's was one of the highlights of my day. Everybody greeted each other as they came in and you'd hear the news about the weather (what else!), whether there would be racing that day, (the races were stopped or postponed if it was raining) and all manner of interesting tidbits that only a woman can pick up from listening to a whole room full of men.
As for the meals, you could start with fresh orange juice and a bowl of cornflakes. This was followed by a full English breakfast or you could order kippers, which are smoked locally in nearby Peel. Ella kindly made me an omelet every day. There was hot toast, butter and marmalade, as much as you could eat. All this could be washed down with tea or coffee.
Billy "shuts up shop" once the TT fortnight is over and remains on the island where he was born. Ella returns to Ireland where she has a home for the the other 11 1/2 months of the year. Mary and Ann stay in their respective homes on the island.
I hope you're all had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to your week.