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The Bobbin Social Enterprise Café

The Bobbin Coffee Shop has been refurbished as part of the major renovations of Belfast City Hall’s East Wing which saw a new visitor exhibition open to the public in May. The cafe is open Monday to Sunday, covering all exhibition opening times and will be open on any Public and Bank Holidays that the exhibition is open. 

The Bobbin was originally added to Belfast City Hall as part of its £11 million refurbishment programme in 2007 - 2009. Loaf Catering and Cafes took over the management of The Bobbin in September 2014, bringing social enterprise to the heart of the city centre.  The café now provides 15 training and work experience places each week for people with a learning disability, autism or Asperger’s. All of the café’s profits go to its parent organisation NOW Group, a social enterprise supporting people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs with a future.

The Bobbin has a five star ‘Scores On The Door’ rating as awarded by the Food Standards Agency as well as a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for consistently good reviews. It is the perfect spot to visit after a tour of Belfast City Hall or taking in the new visitor attraction – and it has a new menu with lots of dishes to choose from. 

Breakfast options include Irish wheaten bread with hot smoked salmon and scrambled eggs; breakfast floured bap with sausage, smoked bacon and black pudding; creamy porridge with honey; buttermilk pancakes with mixed fruit berries and maple syrup or toasted granola with natural yogurt and berries.

For lunch, why not try the customer favourite Loaf’s famous traditional pork sausage roll (voted best in Belfast) with homemade secret recipe relish? Other favourites include the traditional Irish beef stew served with homemade wheaten bread, seasonal soup of the day served with a selection of fresh artisan breads or homemade quiche with salad. There’s also a range of freshly made sandwiches, salad bowls, daily specials and a menu for kids too.

If you’re looking for something sweet, try ‘Afternoon Tea For Two’! There is also an extensive range of yummy pastries, buns, traybakes and cake slices available as well as a variety tea and coffee options.

Not only has the café a new look, but it also has a new section too which is perfect for group bookings. To check availability, call 028 9050 2068 or email thebobbin@nowgroup.com

Opening times

 Day  Times
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

History behind the name

The linen industry was the first in Belfast to become mechanised during our industrial revolution in the 1820s.

A bobbin is a spindle or cylinder on which yarn or thread is wound. Bobbins were also used on a larger scale in other industries such as ropemaking.

The bobbin was a lowly but essential part of this industry, produced in their tens of thousands, and used in all looms.


Contact us
The Bobbin Social Enterprise Café
028 9050 2068
City Hall
Donegall Square,
Belfast,
BT1 5GS