I don’t know what I did to deserve it, but one day the stars aligned and my luck was in: Newcastle opened its very own cat cafe.
Mog on The Tyne is housed down one of Newcastle’s little side streets, so quirkily named ‘Pudding Chare’. I booked online for me, Chris and Chris’s mam to go down on a Friday afternoon – booking online in advance is crucial as they currently have no drop-in spaces for a few weeks!
Cafe front: I LOVE the painted block letters and the kitty image that adorns most of the window.
So, how does it work?
Understandably, people have lots of questions about a cafe that has 10 cats running about in it whilst people eat. How does it actually work?
You book in and have an hour in the cafe. This way, the little furry little critters have little chance of escaping when there are pre-arranged entries and exits. It also ensures that everyone gets their fair share of the furry babes. When you enter, you’ll be asked to remove your shoes, and some slippers are provided should you want to wear them! I thought this was great – this is for practical reasons, but it felt so homely to be offered slippers.
Once you’re in, your orders will be taken. Then, you have the rest of your hour to spend stroking and playing with the cats. It’s such a great space inside; it’s catered perfectly for both cats and humans!
You’re asked not to pick the cats up, but to let them come to you if they so wish. I really liked this guidance, as even though they are obviously the stars of the cafe, they are allowed to get on and do their own thing without being manhandled by loads of different people every day.
Overall, the cafe definitely lived up to my expectations. It’s got a wonderful atmosphere – you end up talking to the rest of the customers as you try and coax one of the little’uns out of the cat tunnel or out of one of their boxes. It’s a really friendly place and as you can see below, their hot chocolates are gorgeous too.
It’s £5 per person to visit Mog On The Tyne which I feel is reasonable, especially when their food and drinks are priced so fairly (P.S. all food is prepared off premises, for the health and safety conscious of you out there!). The entrance fee goes towards the cats welfare – vets, food, care etc.
Am I going to go again? Hell yes I am. I’d love to visit again when the cats are even more used to having people around and the kittens are a little bigger! I’m thinking my mam would love a trip when she visits…
Anyway, enough from me – enjoy some of the pictures I took below! Cue your ‘awwwwww’s!!!