Loaf Cafe & Bakery, Grosvenor Road, Belfast
So on one of my visits to the Bobbin I bumped into Maeve Monaghan, Chief Executive of the NOW Group, who run Loaf Catering & Cafés . She suggested dropping by their other shop, the Loaf Café & Bakery. Not being one to turn down an invitation to eat, I went along and met with Gráinne McCarry, NOW Group’s Marketing & Comms Executive who very kindly gave me a tour of the place and explained a bit about the food, the history and the Buy Social way.
Loaf Catering & Cafés is a Social Enterprise which manages the Bobbin, Loaf Café & Bakery and provides an outside catering service to businesses and event organisers. Gráinne explained that profits from Loaf Catering are put towards providing opportunities for people with learning difficulties. These include training and work placements in both the cafés and the bakery, helping develop skills, confidence and their CV. For more on what the NOW Group do, go to www.nowgroup.org.
Loaf Café opened last June on the site of an old derelict building, formerly the Oak bar. They managed to salvage a few things like the lighting, fireplace and the table tops which were made using restored wood from the bar dancefloor. This along with the old school chairs and bare floor gives the café individuality and real character.
Upstairs is the busy bakery and shared space for more customers, plus a good view of all the goings on outside.
After a busy wee morning of my own and no breakfast I was absolutely starving! I had heard about the ‘Secret Relish’ served with their Pork Sausage Rolls (made daily on site) so of course I had to try this along with my old staple cappuccino.
Roll and relish were both gorgeous along with good local coffee. Loads of freshly made food on offer including some soups and stews to suit both vegetarian and gluten free and of course all the sweet stuff! Having scoffed my sausage roll I politely declined a bun, something I now heavily regret. A very good excuse to return again soon though.
Thanks to Gráinne and the team at Loaf Cafe. I’ll see you soon for that bun.