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Home Sweet Home

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

I was at home just over a week ago for a family reunion in Bangor, at my Parents house and then a weeks break in the Republic of Ireland. We had our pretty wet but relaxing week in Sligo and then trundled back to Belfast on Friday before flying back to Birmingham on Saturday evening. We decided to have a look round Belfast on Friday and had a nice meal in the Gourmet Burger company in the new Victoria Square shopping centre and then went to the cinema. When we had seen the film we walked back to the car in the early evening sunshine past buzzing bars with live music and alfresco diners. I may be biased and maybe it’s because I appreciate Northern Ireland more as I don’t live there now, but Belfast is a brilliant city. There is lots to do as well as great food and attractive buildings. 

The next morning we got up and went into Bangor to have some breakfast at a coffee shop owned by Pauline, one of the relatives I met for the first time at the family reunion. She had very kindly brought round some cinnamon scones to the party and when we had them warm with butter whilst on holiday, I really wanted to sample the other delights she had to offer. The coffee shop was situated in a bay fronted terrace and had a cosy welcoming atmosphere. We sat down and were attended to immediately by a very pleasant lady and asked what stage we were at in our day, whether we were having a late breakfast or early lunch or just in for coffee and a cake. We said we were having breakfast and were offered the choice of scrambled eggs and bacon and toast or poached egg and bacon and toast. I went for the poached egg and the other half went for scrambled and we both had a cappuccino (I had cinnamon sprinkled on top and Graeme had chocolate). When it arrived we devoured the beautifully crisp and tasty bacon and the perfectly soft poached eggs with some very nice coffee. The total price was just over £11, a bargain for the perfect start to the day. If you are ever in Bangor, Northern Ireland pay Pauline’s coffee shop a visit at 6 Hamilton Road, Bangor, BT20 4LE.