Scones of the Month – July 2016

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Cosy Nook Café, Port Erin, Isle of Man

I’ve recently returned from a long weekend in the Isle of Man and this month’s scone review features two charming establishments I visited, while on holiday, where I enjoyed cream scones.

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Cosy Nook Café, Port Erin, Isle of Man

The first is Cosy Nook Café, a sea front café which is literally on the beach, in Port Erin. It’s an absolute idyllic location. An added bonus was that I travelled there on the Isle of Man Steam Railway, a narrow gauge railway that which runs between Douglas and Port Erin during the summer season. From the station I headed towards the sea front and walked down quite a steep path to get to the café, see photo above. (It’s also accessible by car).

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Cosy Nook Café, Port Erin, Isle of Man

Cosy Nook has both indoor and outdoor seating. Luckily I arrived on a sunny day and opted to go al fresco. The café is self service and food is ordered at their counter. The staff are very friendly and warned me to watch out for the seagulls, as they may try to steal my food. They have an extensive menu of both hot and cold food, but I ordered a scone with jam and cream (£2.65) and a hot chocolate with marshmallows (£2.25) and sat down and admired the view.

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Cosy Nook Café, Port Erin, Isle of Man

The large, home made, fruit scone was served cold and had already been prepared with jam and cream. The scone was delicious, with that perfect scone texture of a firm exterior and soft interior. It was accompanied with a generous helping of strawberry jam and fresh, whipped cream rather than clotted cream.

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Cosy Nook Café, Port Erin, Isle of Man

It was most enjoyable and relaxing sitting in the sunshine and eating my scone.

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Port Erin, Isle of Man

Afterwards I went for a lovely, stroll along the sea front.  Cosy Nook Café is just to the right of the red and white light house, in the photo above. Port Erin is a small, picturesque seaside resort and when I visited, before the school summer holidays, it was tranquil and low key.

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Cosy Nook Café, Port Erin, Isle of Man

Before we leave Port Erin I could not resist taking a photo of the Cosy Nook Cafe’s bi-lingual menu board, which features both English and Manx. Cosy Nook Café is utterly charming and is the prefect place for anyone looking for tasty scones/ food.

Cosy Nook Café’s address is Shore Road, Port Erin, Isle of Man, IM9 6HH

Ratings:  Scones: 2,   Accompaniments: 2, Service: 2, Ambience: 3, Overall:  9/11

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Isle of Man Home of Rest for Old Horses

Just as charming was my other scone eating experience at the Isle of Man Home of Rest for Old Horses, just outside Douglas. The retirement home looks after retired tram and farm horses and donkeys. Their café is located in an old, white washed, farm building.

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Isle of Man Home of Rest for Old Horses

The café is self service, has friendly staff and on the walls are named photos of their former residents.

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Isle of Man Home of Rest for Old Horses

I had a scone with jam and cream and a soft drink, which cost about £5 in total. The large, plain scone had a delightful, slightly misshapen, home made appearance to it and rustic texture. It was already prepared with jam and cream and was served cold on pretty china.

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Isle of Man Home of Rest for Old Horses

The scone itself was delicious with a soft interior. It was accompanied with generous amounts of strawberry jam and fresh, whipped cream rather than clotted cream.

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Isle of Man Home of Rest for Old Horses

I couldn’t end this blog with out a photo or two of the home’s current residents.

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Isle of Man Home of Rest for Old Horses

Here’s a photo of some of their donkeys. There is free admission to visit the home to see the animals. However the home is a charity and appreciates donations. As well as the café their is a gift shop which sells animal feed. The horses and donkeys will come up the fence when they see you have food for them and they will eat out of your hand, with many of them slobbering over it as well. The whole visit was a lot of fun and the scones were the proverbial icing on the cake.

Isle of Man Home of Rest for Retired Horses’ address:  Bulrhenny, Richmond Hill, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM4 1JH (Bus No 1 and 2 travelling to/ from Douglas and Castletown stop very close to the entrance.)

Ratings:  Scones: 2,   Accompaniments: 2, Service: 2, Ambience: 3, Overall:  9/11

Until next time…

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