Friday, 16 October 2015

Eating in the North East - Mog on the Tyne

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I kind of think cats are a bit like marmite. You have people who love them, want to constantly stroke them and hold them in their arms like a baby (which I have absolutely never done) and you have people who think they're the spawn of satan.

I personally like them, although my relationship has been reeeally tainted by an experience with my own cats. I have two at home, one which I love, one which is a complete psycho. The one which I love, or should I say loved, has had the cheek to pack her bags and leave to go and live with some strangers down the street. After all that. She didn't even have the decency to say goodbye.

But I'm so over it, like I'm so over it, I'm basically under it.

Still though, what an ABSOLUTE LIBERTY. 


At a recent bloggers event with Iles Tour in Newcastle, I met the lovely Heather and after chatting away, we decided that we should meet up again and take a visit to Mog on the Tyne which had recently opened.

Mog on the Tyne is Newcastle's first ever cat cafe, and is located on Pudding Chare. I wasn't sure what to expect if I'm completely honest, with the idea of cat hair flying around everywhere not my idea of a good time, but having seen and heard so many great things, I was excited to experience the cafe for myself. 

As we arrived at the cafe, we were asked to take our shoes off, pop on a pair of slippers and wipe our hands with anti - bacterial gel. Good sign, liked that a lot. 

Given the freedom to sit wherever we fancied, we sat down at a wooden table, chatted away and ordered a hearty soup, accompanied with crusty bread. 

The cats were very calm and completely content just chilling in their beds (hard life) however their ears pricked up and their eyes snapped open at the scent of treats on their way. Each person in the cafe was given a handful of treats (I want to say they were Dreamies, which my cats go absolutely mental for) and were advised to lay our palms out flat and wait.

We waited approximately 0.0000001 seconds before being completely surrounded by cats (it felt like a glance into my future) as they demolished every single last treat.

Aside from that though, I would say it is 100% your own choice as to how involved you want to be in petting the cats. If you are imagining cats to be flying around, jumping everywhere, it is completely the opposite. It's actually quite therapeutic and really, apart from being laid on a beach with a cocktail in each hand, what's more relaxing than stroking a cat?

There are 11 cats in total, all from the Westgate Ark city cat shelter and yep, they're all pretty cute! I even think it would be difficult for people out there that aren't huge feline fans to not be sat silently urging them to come closer so they can have a quick stroke!

Since opening, Mog on the Tyne has been very busy, so if you do fancy a visit be sure to book beforehand. Admission fee is £5 which goes towards taking care of the animals and the menu is packed full of good stuff, with a variety of sandwiches and pawnin's (geddit??) as well as lots of cakes and other sweet treats. 

Overall, I really enjoyed my time at Mog on the Tyne and would definitely recommend it to others. It really is a cat lovers paradise!

For more information, head over to their website...

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  1. This looks awesome! I've been to the cat cafe in London but the cats didnt seem too happy to be petted so having some treats is ideal! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  2. Yeah the treats are a great idea to be able to properly interact with the cats! xx

  3. SERIOUSLY? This is my dream! I really wish they had one here, i mean the idea is so unique and I mean who doesn't love cats right?!

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