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The Bobbin

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307-309 Grosvenor Road | City Hall Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9050 2068
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Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Joby135
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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 time checking out the small but very informative exhibition right in the cafe.

Thank NIlass
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this review

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 and will reopen in the Spring. (Watch this space!) In the meantime, if you miss... More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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!!!!

1 Thank james p
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this review

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 maintaining a high level of cleanliness and customer service and it appears that on your... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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415 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 .

Thank Paul H
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this review

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 Aspergers find the job they want and keep it. The Bobbin's kitchen is also an... More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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499 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

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

Thank Tony and Sarah G
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this review

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 decor. Unfortunately that is out of our control and is the responsibility of Belfast City... More 

Holywood, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 special and didnt like being melted it had gone into a big half melted lump.i... More 

Thank Shelley H
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this review

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 on our menu too. On this occasion, we appears that we didn’t get it right... More 

Northern Ireland
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This is a"wee gem" of a cafe in Belfast City's prestigious City Hall where I frequently meet friends & colleagues. It offers great lunches, super coffee & free wifi and better still it's a social economy business offering training opportunities for people with learning difficulties. So #buysocial & do try their delicious irish stew!

Thank RosieM10
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this review

RosieM10, We were delighted to receive your glowing review! The Bobbin is a great meeting spot - people of all ages come to meet up at our cafe and we love seeing people taking time out to enjoy each other's company! It's a popular spot for tourists and also business people holding meetings throughout the day. Of course, the free... More 

Kilkenny, Ireland
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

I regularly use the Bobbin. It's a central venue with good wifi connection. A reasonable range of food and drinks. I also like the fact it is a social economy project. Food is very good - I enjoy the Irish stew and a wide range of traybakes.

Thank aislinn13
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this review

Aislinn13, we appreciate you taking time out to review The Bobbin. Our staff and trainees were grateful to receive your kind words. We agree - Belfast City Hall is a wonderful location for our social enterprise cafe and it allows us to bring the social enterprise ethos right into the heart of the city seven days a week. The Irish... More 

Olney, United Kingdom
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357 reviews
287 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

This little tea room is situated within Belfast City hall and unlike the vast majority of attraction catering outlets, is run by a social enterprise organisation rather than a large faceless catering company. It really shows. The place is spotless, tables cleared immediately, pleasant surroundings and perhaps best of all, staff who actually want to speak to their customers and... More 

Thank tartnjohn
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this review

Thank you for you lovely review of The Bobbin - it's clear a lot of thought went into it and we are very grateful. As you mentioned, all of our profits go back to our parent organization, NOW Group, which helps people with barriers to learning and employment get the job they want and keep it. Along with our sister... More 

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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

I go here probably once a month for lunch when I'm working. The food is homemade in the main, good quality and reasonably priced. Located in a relatively remote corner of the City Hall building, it's not the easiest place for a visitor to find without a guide, but it's worth locating. The surroundings are very impressive, as the City... More 

Thank DGMK
Loafcatering, Public Relations Manager at The Bobbin, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments DGMK. It's great to hear such lovely feedback from a regular! There are a few ways to get to The Bobbin: the front entrance, the back entrance (which is also disabled access) and the east side door. The City Hall is such a big, beautiful building, with so many amazing features to look at,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Irish, British, Healthy, Cafe, Soups, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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
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 Café 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 and we are open SEVEN days a week. 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 café 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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