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The Bobbin Social Enterprise Cafe

307 - 309 Grosvenor Road | City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9050 2068
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good39%
  • Average5%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible7%
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Cafe, Gluten Free Options
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$$ - $$$
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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

Situated within City Hall, The Bobbin Cafe offers brilliant fare at reasonable prices. Visitors whom need rest, relaxation and refreshment can choose from soup, coffee, cake and a number of other food and drink. On a sunny day, visitors can sit and chat in the...More

Thank Ashley P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

On a hectic one day visit to the City it was a pleasant surprise to find the cafe in one of tourist attractions. The City Hall is a magnificent public building and we were disappointed to have missed the free guided tour. Seeing the cafe...More

Thank Kevan T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I hate criticising people or places. I really do. If you’ve read a few of my reviews, this might surprise you – but sadly, there are just too many establishments out there which are shockingly bad – food, service, price, whatever. Fortunately, there are lots...More

Thank pqvx
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin Social Enterprise Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience. We are really disappointed to hear about your visit toThe Bobbin, we pride ourselves on providing great quality food and excellent customer service and it sounds like we fell short this time. I...More

Reviewed 14 April 2018

Very nice little cafe where we had carrot soup, cakes, scones with butter and jam and very good coffee and very reasonably priced. I liked the JAM incentive which I had never seen before to help other people.More

Thank Sherrel H
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin Social Enterprise Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Thanks so much for taking the time to review The Bobbin! We're delighted you enjoyed your visit and our food. We are a social enterprise cafe and our profits support people with learning difficulties and autism into employment, it was actually our participants who came...More

Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Well in a must see tourist icon to be told NO vegan no dairyfree what a shocking state of affairs. The staff offered soup which after further investigation contained dairy. I was served a jacket potatoe dry cold and not at all I expect from...More

Thank Clockworksausage
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin Social Enterprise Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at The Bobbin. We are really disappointed to hear about your visit as we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and a high quality of food. We will be passing your comments...More

Reviewed 27 February 2018

My daughter and I thought we’d try this cafe, mainly for an excuse to visit City Hall. We both really enjoyed our food (my daughter had a salmon sandwich, and I had an apple pancake) The cafe is very spacious and has a lovely relaxed...More

Thank Mary C
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin Social Enterprise Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Hi Mary C, thanks so much for taking the time to review The Bobbin and leave us a 5* review! We're so glad you enjoyed your food. The Bobbin is run by Loaf Catering and Cafes, a social enterprise that supports people with learning difficulties...More

Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

This was my 1st visit 2 coffee shop. Was really impressed with size if coffee & scone was huge.really njoyed & will def be back again soon.foid not overtly pricedMore

Thank weejeann
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin Social Enterprise Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thanks so much for taking the time to review The Bobbin! We're so glad you enjoyed your coffee and scone. The Bobbin is run by Loaf Catering and Cafes, a social enterprise that supports people with learning difficulties and autism into employment, so everytime you...More

Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Have visited this restaurant before on two occasions and was very happy with the food. Called in today and had chicken & vegetable broth with wheaten bread. The wheaten bread was a very miniature small loaf. The soup was greasy and had a very strong...More

Thank eileenp560
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin Social Enterprise Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2017

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience at The Bobbin. We were really disappointed to hear that you had a bad experience, especially as we pride ourselves on providing fresh, high quality food. I have passed your comments on...More

Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for coffee and tea while looking around the town hall. Drinks and cakes were nice (Portuguese Tart very delicious). A bit atmosphere-less.More

Thank John1010uk
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin Social Enterprise Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Hi John1010uk, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of The Bobbin. We were delighted that you enjoyed your drinks and cakes, especially our delicious Portuguese Tart! We pride ourselves on delivering great quality food. We would love to see you back...More

Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

We accidentally discovered this lovely cafe in time for Brunch on our last day in Belfast. I own a Bakery and spent 20 years making cakes & scones so I know a good one when I get one! Fabulous selection of mouthwatering freshly made food....More

Thank Simon T
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin Social Enterprise Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Hi Simon, thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to The Bobbin and enjoyed the food so much. I will pass your feedback on to our staff who work so hard to...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 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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
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. 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.
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