Before we start, this is an honest review of Tabby Teas Cat Café; I did not get paid to visit this cat café. My husband and I paid the same fees as anyone else visiting the cat café would. Also, we paid for our coffee and cake.
I have always been a cat person, although I do like dogs as well. When I was a child we had a dog called Jane. It was heartbreaking when she died.
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I could carry on talking about all my fur babies, but I don’t want to dwell on pets I have loved and lost, because that’s one of the many traumas I’m trying to deal with. It’s fair to say, however, that we went to the cat café following a conversation with my doctor about my mental health.
How to book
I have wanted to go to this cat café since it opened about eighteen months ago, but for various reasons we just didn’t get round to booking it.
On this occasion, my husband booked online and reserved us one hour for £5 each. Other times are available on request, but an hour is the default.
The booking process is very simple. You can book online, by telephone or in person. It is possible to go without a booking during quieter times in the week.
When you arrive
When you arrive at Tabby Teas Cat Café there is a lobby separating the cats from the outside, for security reasons. You enter through the front door and when that door is firmly closed behind you, then you get “buzzed through” the second door. It’s very important to not to have both doors open at the same time. Also, the second door has a magnetic closure that can only be released by the Cat Café staff. Do not try to wrench the door open in your excitement! All good things come to those who wait.
Inside the cat café
Once through the second door we were greeted straight away by the lady at the desk ……. and a cat! Our human meeter and greeter asked whether we had been before and, because we were new, gave us the house rules to read. We also had to agree to enter at our own risk. Sounds terribly formal, but it was for the well-being of the cats. It’s their home after all!
We were then invited to make ourselves comfortable and to order our drinks if we wanted when we were ready.
We had a look around and chose a comfortable spot about halfway down on one side, near the kitchen. I was happy because almost immediately a very friendly cat came to inspect us.
The café opens at 11.00am, and we were the first visitors. By the time we left another three couples had arrived. The cats were quite sleepy to start with, and had just had their breakfast. They soon started to put on a show though, climbing the cat trees, running around and exercising on the big wheel in the front window. There’s plenty of cat furniture and plenty of places for the kitties to get away from human contact if they need to. The cats were very relaxed and happy, and didn’t seem bothered by any of us being there.
The café owners were very chatty and encouraged us to mingle with the cats, telling us about each of the cats we met. The other visitors to the café were very chatty too, so it was a lovely atmosphere.
Our coffee and cake was delicious. I had traditional Victoria Sponge and my husband had Carrot Cake. There were some vegan options as well. Next time I’ll try a Wookie Cookie (named after one of the cats).
So here’s the bit I know you have been waiting for – the photos!
Make a booking, or find out more about Tabby Teas Cat Café HERE
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