Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

The world's first crisp sandwich cafe has opened in Belfast today


A new cafe, Simply Crispy, serving just crisp sandwiches has opened in Belfast today.

The idea for the cafe was actually a joke created by satirical website Ulster Fry which, while observing the recent trend for themed cafes such as the tin can cafe and the cereal cafe, noted that a crisp cafe should open in Northern Ireland's thanks to the residents' love of a crisp sandwich.

Simply Crispy

The website previewed the imaginary crisp sandwich cafe, Simply Crispy, describing its wares and its appeal to the trendier residents of Belfast. 

After the article went viral, local cafe owner Andrew McMenamin decided to take it upon himself to open up a real crisp sandwich cafe.

He got in touch with the writers of the article and transformed his cafe That Wee Cafe into Simply Crispy, which has opened its doors today.

McMenamin, who has owned the city centre cafe for three and a half years, said: 

"The Ulster Fry article was one of the funniest things I’ve read in a long time that takes the mickey out of current trends with foodies and food styles.

"I thought the opportunity to actually go ahead with ‘Simply Crispy’ was too good to pass up."

Simply Crispy interior

The interior of Simply Crispy

Crisp sandwich

A typical crisp sandwich offering at the cafe

The menu at Simply Crispy is minimal - you choose your bread, then crisp flavour and add cheese or ham. All sandwiches come with soup, chips and extra Monster Munch croutons, if desired. Prices start at just £3.50.

The reaction to the cafe has so far been positive, with customers tweeting their excitement to visit and try the crisp sandwich menu. Meanwhile, Ulster Fry have also been contacted about the prospect of opening a second cafe in Dublin.

Words: Victoria Gray, Images: Simply Crispy


The Gate Restaurant.jpg

London's best restaurants and bars for healthy eating


McDonald's opens a 'hipster' cafe with pulled pork, lentils and quinoa


The must-try foods and headline grabbing dishes of 2014



The easy bake that makes you look like an expert

Low on effort, high on style

by Amy Swales
27 Oct 2016

Drop everything: chocolate butter is finally here

The stuff breakfast dreams are made of

by Sarah Biddlecombe
26 Oct 2016

Cool cocktail recipes with unusual ingredients

Expert mixologist Oskar Kinberg reveals his sipping secrets

by Amy Swales
26 Oct 2016

Our kind of cauldron: darkly delicious Halloween cocktail recipes

Jacked-up Negronis and chilli-laced concoctions

by Amy Swales
25 Oct 2016

Amazing tasting menus from top UK restaurants for under £50

Total steals from Michelin-starred spots

by Amy Swales
20 Oct 2016

The formula for the perfect cheese toastie has been revealed

Prepare to salivate

by Harriet Hall
20 Oct 2016

How to make red wine hot chocolate, aka the ultimate winter drink

Weekend plans, sorted

by Sarah Biddlecombe
20 Oct 2016

Scarlett Johansson is opening a popcorn shop in Paris

As you do

by Amy Swales
20 Oct 2016

High-end Halloween: sophisticated ways to celebrate this season

From dining at The Savoy to decadent cabaret and gourmet hampers

by Amy Swales
19 Oct 2016

Brexit might affect the price of your wine

The industry is warning of an increase

by Amy Swales
19 Oct 2016