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“Good eats but short on space at peak times”
Review of Black Bear Cafe - CLOSED

Black Bear Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $8
Cuisines: Irish, Cafe
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Reviewed March 31, 2014

On a busy lunchtime, space here is at a premium, but the long refectory style tables and a cleverly shaped alcove table ease the pressure….....a bit. It only becomes an issue when someone with no spatial awareness is sitting behind and refuses to move in.

The eats here are good and the servers are nice. They do some good vegetarian options. I had a well packed sandwich of butternut squash, salad and peanut butter on granary, which I'd happily order again another time. My friend had an aubergine and roasted red pepper crumble which looked delicious. The accompanying salads were really fresh and the coffee came in homely big mugs. The pastries along the counter looked tempting for a simple coffee stop.
On the doorstep for Queen's, the Museum and Botanic, this place is worth checking out.

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2  Thank Tripstaker
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Warm, Wifi, Great Service, Excellent Food - very healthy. Right next to Queen's & the Ulster Museum. I go there nearly every day.

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1  Thank BBelfsat
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

I ate here this month. Ordered a diet coke and was told they didn't have any. They had no diet drinks of any kind. I ordered some wheaten bread and it was hard and stale. Thankfully it wasn't too expensive. The tables weren't cleared and it all seemed a bit run down. The staff seemed okay from what I experienced. Much nicer places in this area to go to. Disappointed.

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2  Thank JW555
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

Stopped in for a quick coffee and bite to eat, having been in once before to meet friends for coffee. This cafe is small, spotlessly clean, informal (benches for communal seating) and the staff are lovely (unlike my unfortunate experiences with a more frosty front-of-house manager in Cafe Conor, 2 doors down). I had a bowl of soup (which came with 2 slices of brown bread) and an americano...not the most taxing of orders, but the soup was GORGEOUS, very filling (I had no room to try the delicious-looking cakes and pastries ;()...and the coffee was excellent. £6 all-in.
Loved it - will make it a regular when in that part of town.

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2  Thank lovegrublovegrub
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Stopped here after the museum for a drink and cake on Sunday afternoon. The scone and apple cake were lovely. They had run out of chai syrup - which was a disappointment and the hot chocolate could have been a bit hotter - but the barista took care to put a little pattern on the froth - nice attention to detail. It catered for all ages - there were a family opposite us, students to the left and as previous reviewers have said a beardy type guy at the window :-) The evening menu on the wall looked very interesting but we only stopped for drinks.

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1  Thank astro-lass
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