Lisburn’s newest lunch and brunch spot is a veritable food safari

Café Zulu owners David and Victoria Cox outside their Lisburn eatery
Café Zulu owners David and Victoria Cox outside their Lisburn eatery -Credit:BelfastLive

Meet the Co Antrim power couple who proved to be the perfect combination for bringing a new café to life.

With the opening of Lisburn’s newest lunch spot, Café Zulu owners David and Victoria Cox sat down to discuss the journey that has brought them to open their first brunch spot.

Walking into the Lisburn eatery, aesthetics are key and your eyes are immediately drawn to the sea of green located all over the interior.

Victoria, an interior decorator by trade and David a building contractor, the pair were able to be right in the middle of the renovations of the business.

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“We thought that the one thing that was missing from the area was a nice café, a social hub for everybody to meet up and have good food and coffee,” David said.

“We like our holidays and we have done a lot of travelling and for the menu, we put together certain things that we like, from Dubai to Dublin.

“We have some of our favourites, anything from eggs Benedict, to a club sandwich, to porridge.”

Victoria stressed the importance of having local eateries for families like her and David’s.

She said: “We have five kids between us, it’s always good to open the door and be able to take a walk somewhere local and that was one of the reasons we opened this place.”

David added: “We love to go to Hollywood, to Hillsborough - we love to spoil the kids to a milkshake or an ice cream. If someone else ran this café, we would be their favourite customers.”

Food at Cafe Zulu -Credit:Cafe Zulu/ Instagram
Food at Cafe Zulu -Credit:Cafe Zulu/ Instagram

After opening last month, the pair have described their reaction to the amount of support and customers they are getting as “ecstatic”.

“We are really delighted and proud of ourselves,” Victoria said.

David continued: “It’s really great to hear the feedback we get from customers about the food, the staff and that it is something that everybody has missed.

"Obviously everybody opens a business to make money, but it is also about the neighbourhood and making sure everybody is happy, they enjoy it and have somewhere local to go.”

David explained that it took around a year to fully open the eatery.

“In February [2023] we got the premises, and we gutted the place as we put pen to paper and started designing the café and what we thought we would like to see. That was all down to Victoria. We worked together to bring the product together.”

Victoria added: “That’s what I wanted, something bold, fun and vibrant and something that would be for a family and that could have kids around. I didn’t want something bog standard, we wanted something a bit more fun.”

David explained that his first thoughts on opening his own coffee shop came from a book he purchased whilst working in Australia.

“When I was 20 I travelled around every major city in Australia,” he explained.

He added: “I worked in a book factory for four weeks. The one book I bought out of that book factory was about how to open a coffee shop and I brought it home with me.

“28 years later, here we are! I wish I still had the book, if I did, I would put it on the wall.”

Victoria explained how the entrepreneurs came up with the name of the café.

She said: “We couldn’t really decide on names. I just went with a theme that was like a safari and I googled safari names, to find that Zulu is a safari tribe.

“Funnily enough, the black and white dots on the wallpaper actually relates to the Zulu tribe.”

The café is located on Lisburn’s Pond Park Road. Information on the café can be found on their Instagram page @cafe_zulu_

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