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The Bobbin

307-309 Grosvenor Road | City Hall Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9050 2068
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good46%
  • Average3%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible5%
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“lunch” (11 reviews)
“irish stew” (5 reviews)
“scones” (7 reviews)
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Irish, British, Healthy, Cafe, European, Soups
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307-309 Grosvenor Road | City Hall Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We have been been going to The Bobbin for 2 years and found it a nice place for a snack lunch. It has been closed for 2 few months while the building was worked on and we had hoped the Bobbin was to be included...More

Thank meridan_man
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First visit after refit and we loved it not too open as before but prefer it this way Food was lovely sandwich and salad and the mushroom soup was delicious Very friendly serverMore

Thank weebird1
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

WeeBird1, Thank you so much for your five star review! We are so happy to be back trading at Belfast City Hall! We love the café’s new look and are so pleased that you do too. We revamped our menu for the occasion and have...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have visited the bobbin on many occasions before and after refurb.. use it at least twice a week for lunch as I work close by and I know every time I visit I am served a delicious meal in record time!(which is great when you...More

Thank Ginger4145
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Ginger 4145, thank you so much for taking the time to review our city centre social enterprise café The Bobbin. We were delighted to receive your 5 star review and to hear that you enjoy visiting The Bobbin regularly. It’s great to have our doors...More

Reviewed 19 May 2017

Enjoyed a light lunch here with family. Food was good and service good. Unfortunately work was ongoing in building and this resulted in a bit of noise and meant we had further to walk to get inMore

Thank joanspeed
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Joanspeed, thank you for your review of The Bobbin social enterprise café! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your lunch and the service you received during your visit. The Bobbin recently reopened after being closed as part of Belfast City Hall’s £1.3million renovation...More

Reviewed 7 December 2016

Have eaten here regularly until the renovations in City Hall started. Excellent spot for lunch. Brilliant concept aimed at assisting those with learning difficulties. Have always found the food to be of good quality and staff very friendly. Can't wait for it to reopen.More

Thank Joby135
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2017

Thank you for your glowing review Joby135. We miss The Bobbin too – it was very popular with our customers. It hopefully will be re-opening in a couple of months when the Belfast City Hall renovations are complete! In the meantime, we have a sister...More

Reviewed 23 October 2016

tasty homemade food. bright, airy and good mix of people. maybe not the gourmet coffee paradise for some but for good traditional food, great scones, treats and pastries its a brilliant stop. fantastic after doing the free city hall tour and you can also spend...More

Thank NIlass
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2016

NIlass, thank you so much for taking the time to review our city centre social enterprise cafe, The Bobbin. We appreciate your five star review and will pass it on to the Loaf Catering and Cafes team. At present, The Bobbin is closed for renovations...More

Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Tables not cleared... girl behind counter seemed to have issues with hospitality... 'what ever!'attidude...verging on down right rude. Dont think i will be back in here... such a let down!!!!More

1  Thank james p
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2016

We apologise sincerely that you did not enjoy your visit to our city-centre social enterprise. We appreciate your feedback and take any customers complaints very seriously. We are looking into the matter to find out what went wrong on this occasion. We pride ourselves in...More

Reviewed 15 August 2016

We stopped off to see city hall ,then found this cafe around the corner little hidden inside and a bit dark. Anyway great food and drink selection prices good as a community project. Staff vey helpful and you get free wifi .More

Thank Paul H
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2016

Thanks Paul H for your kind words. We pride ourselves in providing a high standard of food and service. The Bobbin café is a social enterprise - our profits go back into NOW Group, an organisation which supports people with a learning difficulty/disability, autism or...More

Reviewed 3 August 2016

In an interesting building (city hall) and coffee good but surroundings a bit dark and uninteresting which was a shame.More

Thank Tony and Sarah G
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2016

We are delighted you enjoyed the coffee as we are passionate about it. It is supplied by Ristretto, who roast it in Banbridge, Co Down in small batches. It is very popular with our customers. However, we do apologise if you did not like the...More

Reviewed 26 July 2016

Amazing to be able to go into the City Hall, what a great place for a cafe.No smiles and very empty,found sandwich for toasting and after a very short time they were given to us on a plate with coleslaw. The cheese was not anything...More

Thank Shelley H
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2016

Shelley H, we are sincerely sorry that you found the service at our social enterprise cafe The Bobbin to be below standard on your recent visit. We pride ourselves on offering not only a high standard of customer service, but a high standard of food...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
09:00 - 05:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 05:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 05:00
Thursday
09:00 - 19:30
Friday
09:00 - 05:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 307-309 Grosvenor Road | City Hall Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9050 2068
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Description
The Bobbin reopens on Monday, 24 April after being closed since the Autumn for renovations. Please call in and support our new-look cafe! We are operating under temporary opening hours, until Monday, 15 May when we reopen officially complete with a brand new exhibition area!

One of Belfast's hidden gems, The Bobbin is fast turning into the go-to place in the City for a soft seat and a warm welcome. Since September 2014, the Cafe has been managed by the award-winning social enterprise Loaf Catering (part of NOW Group) which supports people with barriers to employment and learning across Northern Ireland into the workforce. The Bobbin provides 15 training places per-week for local people with learning difficulties and offers a range of paid employment opportunities within Loaf Catering and with other local businesses also. We are passionate about our tea, coffee and our food and have created an oasis right in the heart of Belfast where all are welcome to come and unwind. With a homemade breakfast, lunch and afternoon menu available for sit-in or takeaway, we have something to suit everyone's tastes including tempting sweet treats, a range of gluten-free products and a selection of healthy options for grown-ups and little ones alike. Our profits are reinvested back into the work of NOW Group and Loaf's cafe kitchens are accredited training sites providing training and work experience placements for our catering trainees with learning difficulties. As a social enterprise we firmly believe that money-making businesses could and should use their profits for the greater good. So why not #Buysocial today and come and be part of the Loaf experience, bringing people with learning difficulties right into the heart of our city.
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