Loaf Café and Bakery
This café and bakery, which was developed on the site of a burnt-out bar in West Belfast, officially opened for business in June 2015. The interior, which spans two floors, has been admired by many customers. Some of the fixtures inside have been salvaged from the old building, which was formerly the Oak Bar.
It’s on the busy Grosvenor Road, directly across from the entrance to the Royal Victoria Hospital. If you’re one of the many who come here for breakfast, lunch, or coffee and a muffin, you’re also doing some good. This is also a social enterprise. All profits help provide education and training opportunities to people who need them.
Among the most popular items on the menu are the homemade soups with mini wheaten bread, freshly baked sausage rolls with secret recipe Loaf relish, and the daily selection of buns, pastries and traybakes. They use local producers like Suki Tea and Keenan’s Seafood.
All of the food served is prepared on site by Loaf, which also runs a successful outside-catering business in the greater Belfast area. Loaf’s produce is also sold at its sister social enterprise, The Bobbin at Belfast City Hall. The three outlets are operated by parent organisation NOW Group.