Down Tools

What was once a haven for local tradesmen is now a haven for local foodies! Down Tools is new to the scene, very new, like 2 months – but it’s already brought a fun and creative spark to the City Centre.  The Building sits proudly in Church Lane and is adorned by these cool tool outlines; it’s a top feature and a definite talking point – it stands out!

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The first thing that caught my eye was the cool bench that sits just to the right of the coffee machine, perfect for people watching, this is my spot – let me explain; as an only child I often long for lonely time, I love it…I’m that guy you see sitting alone (probably taking overhead shots of flat whites) and you think, awww he’s on his own… don’t worry, I love this! In fact I do this every Tuesday when I go for my coffee fix in Belfast, this is how I first came Down Tools, I went for a coffee,  sat at that bench, I people watched and then I got hungry, so I ordered the roast beef sandwich.

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The cool bench isn’t the only place to sit, you could dine alfresco or for a more chilled out vibe there are seats upstairs too – and the decor is class, exposed brickwork and old Stanley Posters are scattered around to remember the building that was here before.

At the minute Down Tools offer a range of Sandwiches and salads Mon – Fri and they have just this week launched a brunch menu, here’s a look at both menus.

Regular Menu & New Brunch Menu

I went on Saturday to check out their new Brunch Menu, I actually got there just as they were taking photos of all the new dishes… they all look amazing but I couldn’t get close enough to snap a pic grrr… but it did convince me to get the ’12 Hour Brisket’ my lord, sourdough, brisket, poachers, hollandaise and sriracha – the best sriracha I’ve tasted in Belfast I may add. Honestly, this was a really tasty lunch and I am definitely going back.

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Laurie and Lily came with me, another good point is that with the ability to sit outside Down Tools is rally child friendly, if the weather is bad there’s a cool awning that pulls over or you could sit up in the elegant upstairs.

Lauren got the Ham & Cheese Toastie, melty and scrumptious! I snapped a wee pic of her tucking in, she will kill me but hey, I like it! In other news, Lily had a Sweetcorn Onion Ring, which she dropped, she then had another Sweetcorn Onion Ring, which she dropped, third time lucky, nope she dropped that too!

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We also got a Flat White each, coffee is strong and supplied by 3fe – if you do pop in for a takeaway coffee make sure to check out their take away cups – very funny, one could say punderful

Anyway – this won’t be my last trip to Down Tools, it’s centrally located, very reasonable and has some amazing takeaway deals – Sandwich and Drink combos to fill you over your lunch break. Currently the brunch is only on weekends but I hope some of the dishes become a permanent feature as they looked and smelt unreal!

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Thank you for reading my latest blog and thanks to guys at Down Tools for inviting me down.

Down Tools

24 – 26 Church Lane, Belfast, BT1 4QN

02895 903500

www.downtools.co.uk 

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