Last Sunday, following reports of a basking shark sighting off Niarbyl, as it was a beautiful afternoon, we decided to go and take a look.

With it not having rained in Douglas all morning, we were very surprised to find lots of standing water and miniature rivers flowing down the roads!

With our customary timing and skill, we did of course not see any aquatic life, beyond a few birds, though we perhaps should have stuck it out a little longer as apparently a huge animal breached, not half an hour after our departure, though too fast for anyone to identify and we’d probably have been looking the other direction anyway.

We decided to walk down Glen Maye and the evidence of the earlier downpour was astonishing, as we have never seen the waterfalls there look so spectacular and the usual trickle of a stream was a raging torrent!

On Friday 28th May, we will be having a French Celebration in the restaurant! Our menu French Night has been especially created by Chef Kris and there will be some extra French wine on our Carte du Vin!

Two Courses from £25 or £30 for three. Overnight stay £100 per couple in a standard room or £125 in a Deluxe

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A Bientôt!

Following the success of our theme nights in 2020, South African Evening will be held Friday 14th May with a new menu, created by our chef, Kris. Two courses will be £25 and three courses £30 with an overnight stay at £100 per couple in a double room, £125 in a deluxe.

We will also have a selection of wines and beer from the region.

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South African Menu May 21

Hello to All Our Customers – Past and Future!

Over the next few Fridays, we will once again be running our theme nights, commencing with South Africa 14th May, then returning to Europe with  a French evening 28th and our Spanish Event 4th June.

We are currently working on the menus and the cost but with overnight stay, it will be £100 per couple in a standard room and £125 in a deluxe.


At Ramsey Hairpin on the famous TT course is the foot of Lherghy Frissel (In Manx, the direct translation is Slope of the Clan Fraser) and there are a few lovely walks around the area of Glen Elfin, Claughbane or you can go Milntown around foot of the Mountain, the outskirts of Crossags Campsite and Ramsey Golf Club.

We climbed up Glen Elfin which falls away much more steeply than the 2D photographs would suggest and the stream was not quite as spectacular as it can be, following the sunniest and driest but surely one of the coldest Aprils on record.

The ascent is fairly hard work and sadly, our 10 year old grandson Harry’s enthusiasm for all things motorised, does not extend to hill walking but I did my best to encourage him! However, even the news that he was following in the footsteps of Prince Albert failed to ignite his interest.

In September 1847, Queen Victoria and the Prince anchored the Royal Yacht in Ramsey Bay to shelter due to the sea conditions which had caused Her Majesty to suffer from sea sickness. Although the Queen was laid low and was unfit to welcome the excited local dignitaries, Albert commanded a barge to take him to shore and proceeded to climb up through Ballure Glen (unlike we slackers who started half way up.)

When he reached the top, the prince was delighted with the view of the town, all the Northern plains and Ramsey’s beautiful bay. On his return to sea level, he was greeted by nearly the whole of the population of the area who loudly cheered his royal personage.

A delegation including the High Bailiff and the Governor had rushed up from Douglas to present the Queen with a letter, hoping to be granted an audience but the boat they had arranged failed to make it out to the Royal fleet in time and it sailed before they could reach it, leaving them a little non-plussed but to this day, the town calls itself Royal Ramsey on the strength of this first, fleeting visit which wasn’t repeated until 55 years later when Edward VII docked at Queen’s Pier in 1902.

The Prince’s escapade was commemorated by the erection of the Albert Tower which still stands at the top of Lhergy Frissel today.

LOL. I forgot to take a photo of the tower but the thing that strikes me from this picture is the lack of trees! 

In contrast to the Governor whose trip from Douglas was wasted and marked by the hastily assembled band playing ‘Oh Dear What can the Matter Be?’ Harry’s mood greatly improved on our descent when his mum promised him an ice cream!