My favourite time of year is back! Nope, not autumn. It’s the time of year that I know once a month I don’t have to bother making breakfast.
In our village from October until April on the first Saturday of the month is The Big Breakfast (Byfield Village Hall, The Green, Byfield). Run by volunteers, it is used to raise money for the local church. Last year the proceeds were going towards a new toilet! For £6 you get sausage, beans, bacon, mushrooms, black pudding, fried bread and scrambled or fried egg. You also get a glass of juice and as much tea or coffee and toast and marmalade as you can consume.
At Christmas last year we also had a choice of a glass of Bucks Fizz and smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. The volunteers put in a lot of hard work and the food is always well cooked and tasty, no cheap sausages here, and there’s always plenty. They are very attentive, constantly checking if everything is ok or that you have enough tea and coffee and toast.
Tables are set out in two’s or sixes. The tables for six are a good way to meet people in the village you would probably never get chatting to otherwise. Some of the volunteers also use the time to promote their local clubs or other events taking place in the village and surrounding areas.
The breakfast isn’t just for villagers though, everyone is welcome. So if you’re ever on the A361 between Banbury and Daventry on the first Saturday of the month between 9am and 1pm pop in for a really good feed! Look out for the sign on the village green.