Our Pug Cafe presents Frenchie Cafe Nottingham is a strict booking only event. If you have a confirmed booking and are attending this Sunday 7th October, please have a read of the following information prior to your visit.
Frenchie Etiquette & Care
Pug Cafe presents Frenchie Cafe is a new event so thank you for making your booking and being part of our second pop up cafe for French Bulldogs! Pug Cafe has experience in hosting safe and fun cafe events for dogs, and we cannot wait to see you all very soon.
Please keep a watch over your French Bulldog at the event as we cannot take responsibility of their care while at Frenchie Cafe. While we will do everything possible to make it it safe and secure for them to be allowed off-lead inside, we ask you do still keep a close eye.
We understand it may take a while for your dog to settle into this new environment, but if you feel your dog is really not enjoying the cafe experience then you are able to leave at any time – please just ask a member of staff to help you leave safely.
This event is off-lead so we encourage you to let your dog off their lead and be free to roam, play and make new friends. They will really enjoy the experience, and the cafe will be nice and secure so you won’t need to worry about them going anywhere.
If you keep your dog on lead they may feel anxious surrounded by other dogs off-lead so it’s worth giving them the freedom to have a little play and really enjoy making new friends – even for a short while!
You must ensure your dog has peed and pooped prior to your time slot. If they have an accident and toilet inside the venue, don’t worry, we will have cleaning supplies and dog poo bags on hand for you to clean up.
Weather & Temperature
It is expected to be sunny and breezy with highs of 12 degrees this Sunday so not too hot!
However, the venue has suitable temperature control (full air conditioning) and we will bring additional floor fans, but please do bring any cooling aids that will help keep your dog cool if they get excited and start to overheat.
We will have plenty of fresh water for the dogs, and will keep cooling mats and cooling blankets on hand should your dog be overheating and in need of cooling down.
Dog lovers really make our events super special and we really want you to enjoy this experience as much as possible!
From past events we have found dog lovers really have a great time when they get as close to the action as possible so please don’t be afraid to sit on the floor and get involved – get down to their level and enjoy making some new furry friends.
Please note that all dogs are different and while some may like to be stroked and played with, others may be timid or anxious around strangers so please do ask the owner if in doubt. Pug Cafe does not hire dogs for the day at events nor do we have ‘resident’ dogs who stay there the whole day.
Every dog attending is there with their owner so please feel free to chat to people, and if you’d like a stroke or a cuddle with their Frenchie then just ask – most love if you give their dog attention!
As a Frenchie lover we invite you to come and enjoy this experience with them, and we encourage you to really make the most of your time here – and have fun!
Due to the unique nature of the event, if there are no-shows from owners there won’t be as many as we had planned so please understand this is beyond our control.
Arrival at Frenchie Cafe
Cafe Sobar is located on a main road so there won’t be a holding area for you to wait comfortably. Taking this into consideration, we ask you do not arrive too early for your time slot. 10 minutes before your slot starts will suffice.
Confirmation Email & Entering
The Pug Cafe team will sign you in prior to the slot starting, please show us your booking confirmation either on your phone or printed off and have it ready to present. A Pug Cafe team member will check your confirmation email and tick you off the list.
Your time slot will be 70 minutes long, and while you are allowed to leave early at any time, if you arrive late, unfortunately, you won’t be able to stay longer than your allocated time.
We’ll always endeavour to try to help if you experience heavy delays and miss your time slot completely, if space is available in the next time slot we may be able to move you – but we cannot guarantee this.
If you arrive late or need to leave early, please ask a Pug Cafe team member to help you enter and leave safely. As there are dogs off lead inside, you must not open the doors alone.
Inside the Venue
Cafe Sobar is a large, spacious, modern venue with a mix of high tables and standard tables so select a seat that suits you and get comfy! With a delicious menu on offer for humans including coffees, teas, cakes, savoury dishes, desserts, mocktails, milkshakes and more – there will be plenty of choice!
This event will see many people attending per time slot so there may be small queues to order at the bar, but don’t worry we have extra staff who will be working hard to make sure you are served as quickly as possible.
Safety at Frenchie Cafe
Pug Cafe presents Frenchie Cafe is an off-lead event which means there will be dogs off lead inside. This is what makes our event truly special and enjoyable for the dogs – they get to enjoy socialising with other dogs in a safe area!We do everything possible to secure the venue and keeping the main door closed is very important.
Please do not open the door once inside, there will be a member of staff on hand by both exit doors to help you leave safely should you need to.There will be doggy barriers infront of the main doors to ensure it is extra safe – please do not attempt to remove this barrier by yourself if wish to leave the venue early.
Food & Drink
Pupuccinos and pupcorn are free, but all other drinks and food (for both Frenchies and humans) are chargeable as normal. Cafe Sobar will run their normal menu for humans so please refrain from bringing your own drinks and food, like you would any normal coffee shop or cafe, unless it is for babies or young children.
The pupuccino consists of a paper espresso cup with a small amount of light whipped cream. This is only meant as a one-off treat and you are not obliged to take it if you do not want to. If your dog does not react well to dairy there will be plenty of water instead.
There will be a menu especially for Frenchies – brought to you by Rudi’s The Doggy Bakery. All items on this menu include dog-friendly ingredients, and an ingredients list will be available for you to look at. Please note all items are chargeable and range in price from £0.50p – £2.50.
We can only accept cash for dog purchases so make sure you bring cash with you if you would like to buy any dog treats.
As Cafe Sobar will be serving their human menu too please be careful when eating foods such as chocolate around the dogs – we cannot take responsibility if they accidentally ingests food that they cannot eat.
Press & Filming
Smile! There will be time slots where press will be filming – you will be made aware of this at the time, don’t worry. We will be taking plenty of photos and videos on the day and hope you will too.
We may not be able to capture every Frenchie or guest so if you would like your photo taken please ask Anushka who will happily snap you. If for any reason you would prefer not to be photographed or filmed just let us know.
We would love for you to share photos of your experience at Frenchie Cafe. Please upload your photos and videos using the hashtag #frenchiecafe so we can see and share them. Our social handles are as follows:
Cafe Sobar does not have on-site parking however there are a few different options around the area, with the nearest AND largest car parks being:
NCP (5 minute walk – 475 spaces – £6 for 2 hours) St James Street 5 St James Street Nottinghamshire Nottingham NG1 6EY
Euro Car Parks (6 minute walk – 256 spaces – £3.50 for 2 hours) Upper Parliament Street Nottinghamshire Nottingham NG1 6LD
Please check parking in advance by searching https://en.parkopedia.co.uk/ with the venue address – 22 Friar Ln, Nottingham NG1 6DQ
For cheaper car parking alternatives that can be pre-booked please visit https://www.justpark.com/
The nearest train station to the venue, Cafe Sobar, is Nottingham train station which is a short 11 minute walk away.
Pug Cafe team members are trained in dog first aid so if you have any concerns please see James at the venue.
If for any reason your dog requires urgent veterinary help, we will help you call VetsNow – 0115 9417894 – to arrange an emergency appointment at the nearest vet.