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Dandie Dog Café Review: Where Hounds & Their Humans Can Eat Together

Dandie Dog Café Review: Where Hounds & Their Humans Can Eat Together

Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, a side plate of peanut butter, and some yak chew. Not the most appealing of meals but by the looks of the mouths drooling as I enter the Dandie dog café in Hampstead, I have stumbled upon a diamond in the ruff.

Dandie Dog Café Review: Where Hounds & Their Humans Can Eat Together

For dog-lovers everywhere, this is by far the most perfect re-tail shop imaginable. Not only is it a place to buy your pet accessories, and grab a coffee on the go, but this dog-friendly café serves up a very exciting menu for canines and humans.

And not only will your pup feel lucky, but you can also ensure they don’t dine mucky as downstairs the clever owners of Dandie have provided a DIY wash area for your four-legged friends where you can give them a professional dog wash if you fancy.

Dandie Dog Café Review: Where Hounds & Their Humans Can Eat Together

And most importantly, fur-real, the café may be small but it is totally Covid-secure, with guests (two-legged ones) required to wear masks, tables distanced from each other, and regularly cleaning stations on the go.

For the owners of this establishment know only too well the importance of keeping Covid secure, having been forced to close in March, just days after opening as a new business.

Dandie Dog Café Review: Where Hounds & Their Humans Can Eat Together

With Hampstead renowned for having a large number of dog owners, the café is a welcome addition to the village. I, like many of the other visitors, arrive covered in muddy boots straight from a walk on Hampstead Heath, but there’s no airs and graces here.

Dandie Dog Café Review: Where Hounds & Their Humans Can Eat Together

Dog hair, muddy footprints, and wet bottoms (both humans and pets) go hand-in-hand with being a dog owner so leave it to the fantastic staff to take the lead!  Want a bathrobe or towel, or just need a warm, snuggly fleece? And that’s just for the dogs!

Dandie Dog Café Review: Where Hounds & Their Humans Can Eat Together

Everything for pampered pooches has been thought of here. There are hooks for leads, individual water bowls attached to the wall, luxurious dog baskets, throws, bedding, and even a snug for dogs, which when we arrive has been kitted out like a Santa paws grotto. Our beloved pooches are, after all, like our children.

Dandie Dog Café Review: Where Hounds & Their Humans Can Eat Together

And on the subject of offspring, my 11-year-old licked his lips almost as much as Coco did when presented with a huge mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows.

The human menu was as good as the dog one –with similar menus cooked with different ingredients of course! So, as my son and I tucked into our poached eggs and sourdough brunch, Coco bit down on her Christmas dinner – just one of several doggy foods on the new festive menu.

Dandie Dog Café Review: Where Hounds & Their Humans Can Eat Together

And if there’s something else you want, the staff do everything they can to provide – want a veggie hot dog? No problem. A sausage dog? Sure. In fact……just as you can preface your order for food, the same goes for the dogs……okay you can’t order them but everyone dining around us was so friendly, with every type of breed of dog, so belly rubs and tickles on your neighbours are most welcome!

Dandie Dog Café Review: Where Hounds & Their Humans Can Eat Together

As we leave, Coco – the most nervous of dogs – seems so reluctant to go I can’t pry her from her spot. I guess it is either the beautiful Dalmatian next to us she can’t stop staring at or the bowl of leftovers she is guarding against her fellow canines.

I’m convinced, after everything she has eaten, we need to make a speedy exit! As we howl in laughter at her refusal to budge, it seems to start off all the dogs barking in unison – a noise that seems to bring Coco out of her food indulgent trance!

Dandie Dog Café Review: Where Hounds & Their Humans Can Eat Together

Whatever the reason, this is one pup and family that can’t wait to return soon!

Opening a business in the middle of a pandemic is a bit like barking up the wrong tree. But I have no doubt the Dandie café is set to run and run and run!

For more details, visit https://hampsteadvillagelondon.com/hampstead/dandie/

About The Dandie Dog Cafe
Dandie Dog Cafe – finally a dedicated space where hounds and their humans can eat, hang out and have fun! We love that so many cafes are dog friendly these days, but having occasionally found ourselves on the wrong end of a scornful sigh from less than enthusiastic bipeds, we decided to create Dandie- the cafe that doesn’t just welcome dogs, but ensures they’re at the heart of everything we do.

And while dogs take the lead, generally there’s a human holding it. So we’ve designed a menu for both- flavour-packed, nourishing, locally sourced vegetarian human and dog food. And when you try our cakes? Trust us, if you had a tail you’d be wagging it! As well as a cafe, we have the solution to those times when you’ve slid and slipped around the Heath on the muddiest day and dread dragging it all home. Now you don’t have to!

Come to Dandie and bathe your pooch with ease in our specially designed doggie bathroom with a self-serve dog wash. Pooch scared of hairdryers? He’ll be dry in a jiffy thanks to our in-house bathrobes too! We offer weekly Dog & Human Yoga classes, doggie birthday cakes & parties, dog training, and fun activities and events! Whatever your reason for stopping by, your dog will be our hero, and we’ll take really good care of you too! Don’t have a dog but love them? Come on over for your puppy fix!

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