This week we have a guest post from Tor at Tor Goes Travelling Again about brunch in the Isle of Man. You may remember Tor from her post about Brunch in Kiev.
Well, here I am off on my holidays again. Except, not exactly. I’m working for 27 days in the Isle of Man during the infamous TT motorbike races, well known for being the most dangerous road race in the world. It’s been a wet and rainy qualifiers week but today we’ve been graced with sunshine so finally some actual racing has gotten underway. To celebrate I decided to go out for brunch…
Douglas is the main town on the Isle of Man and several times since being here I’ve heard or read something positive about Noa Bakehouse, located on the quayside. It’s housed in the old Market Hall along with a bike shop. Started as an artisan bakery, they have slowly grown to be a popular Manx institution, distributing bread across the island and adding a coffee roastery to their portfolio.
Luckily for me, even though it was already 2.30pm, they offer brunch all day with the usual selection of full English, various things on toast and pancakes. As soon as I saw the Vegan Breakfast option I’d made up my mind. Sourdough toast topped with homemade beans, kale, hummus, mushrooms and tomatoes! Although hummus on a cooked breakfast seemed a bit random, I definitely fancied some kale. I’d barely sat down after ordering when my latte with oat milk arrived. I’ve recently discovered a love of oat milk in coffee. I’m usually a black coffee drinker, but now and again I fancy something creamier. I’m not a fan of cows milk and I find soya lattes are very hit and miss (often burnt) and so I was very happy when I discovered oat milk works very well in frothy coffees!
There was just time to take a photo of my coffee, then my breakfast/brunch/late lunch arrived. It looked delicious, with a massive heaping of beans and kale and a nice little topping of seeds on the hummus. I immediately scraped the kale from one piece of toast and slathered it in hummus as a little starter. I’m still not convinced hummus needs to be on a cooked breakfast!
The beans (and everything else) were delicious and the kale was just the right level of crunchiness. In fact it was so nice, I went straight out and bought a bag of kale after my meal.
I really enjoyed sitting in the Bakehouse eating my meal. It’s a bright, airy building with plenty of light. The mismatched chairs and tables look good and there’s some nice quirks in the decor, with the wooden offcuts and cacti spread around. I particularly liked the table numbers which were written on an old coffee packet.
The view onto the quayside with the moored yachts and pedestrian pathway is very pleasant. And at £7.50 for a vegan breakfast, it’s excellent value. You can even buy a loaf of bread or a bag of coffee to take home with you.
Thanks Tor, I can’t wait to see where you find next on your travels. If you want to read more from Tor then check out Tor Goes Travelling Again .