The hostess of "The Dark Hourse" shows a Guinness. Belfast Brew The food and drink ethos can be summed up in three words – simplicity, quality and value. They coffee they source from Johnson Brothers of Lisburn is a high quality Italian roast called Café Lusso. Tea is supplied by Belfast’s own Suku, specialists in loose leaf teas. “Despite the quality, we keep our prices down to be affordable,’ Mark says, “with a cup of tea at just £1.90. Our most popular tea is Suki’s famous ‘Belfast Brew’ but their lemongrass and ginger is also a big seller.” Soups and Salads The food too is simple but delicious. The Dark Horse’s chefs make a variety of fresh soups (which sell for £2.60) like colcannon, roast red pepper and tomato and potato and leek, as well as toasties and ciabatta sandwiches, with meat supplied by the Duke of York’s own catering company. Fresh salads and pastries are delivered from a Slice of Heaven in Newtownards and fresh bread and scones are supplied by Knotts Bakery, also from Newtownards (they also have a branch on the Lisburn Road). Cultural Venue According to Mark they also play an increasing role in the Cathedral Quarter’s cultural offering. “We are part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and will be taken over for a week with comedy and music during the festival”, he says. “That’s something we would like to do more of in the future.” The Dark Horse stays open until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays, when they serve olives and nuts and allow customers to bring wine or beer over from the Duke of York across Commercial Court, just like they used to do in the original coffee houses. Opening hours: Mon - Thurs: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Fri - Sat: 9:00 am - 1:00 am.