The story behind Dandie...
For the love of dogs... and their humans
We love that so many cafés are dog friendly these days, but having occasionally found ourselves on the wrong end of a scornful sigh from less than enthusiastic bipeds, I decided to create Dandie- the café 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 have a delicious menu of flavour packed, locally sourced vegetarian food for both humans and dogs. And when you try our cakes? Trust us, if you had a tail you'd be wagging it!
Whatever your reason for stopping by, your dog will be our hero...and we'll take very good care of you too!
By the way, you don’t need a dog to visit us – we know lots of people in London who’d love a dog but can’t have one. Now you can join us at Dandie and get your puppy fix!
Dandie's Ethical Vision
At the heart of our vision, there’s only one golden rule - be kind.
We know it's hard to be kind all the time! So for starters, we’re focusing on the 4 P's:
We’re striving to be as sustainability oriented and environmentally conscious as we can. Our own take away packaging is recycled, recyclable & compostable. Third party products that we sell have recycled and recyclable packaging and we commit to recycling anything that’s not eligible for home recycling. We also serve vegan/vegetarian food for humans to support the planet. As a start- up, we don’t yet have the resources to be as wholly sustainable as we'd like, but as we grow, our aim is to be waste free. If there's anything you think we can improve on when it comes to being kind to our planet, please email us at email@example.com
Dandie has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination.
We’re determined to make Dandie a judgement free zone and a safe space where our staff and customers feel supported, lifted and seen as the individuals they are. We want to create a warm, genuine and caring environment. It won’t be a perfect world – we’re human, flaws and all, but we’ll right any wrongs if they happen. Our team will grow over the next year or so and when we are in a position to hire new team members, we will be reaching out to our local homeless shelter and recruiting from there.
We have teamed up with some incredible small businesses, from Laura who runs the beautiful brand Wild. for Dogs to the Life of Riley. We want to support women, those from ethnic minorities and small start ups to the best of our ability. Dotted around our cafe, you’ll see local artists' work featured in the cafe- mostly female and all extremely talented!
A great amount of careful thought and consideration is put into deciding who we partner with and what items we sell at Dandie. Any questions, just ask!
We have a couple of policies regarding the welfare of all of the dogs on site, including our 'staff dogs'. Dogs are at the forefront of our minds at Dandie and we’ll do whatever we can to accommodate each and every dog. We know that like humans, not all dogs like each other, and each has their own quirks. We’ll do our best to keep all dogs calm - with dog barriers, quiet spaces, toys, leads attached to the wall and chews a plenty! We aim to start donating to a non-government funded charity for dogs & animals once we get on our feet. If you'd like to put a charity forward, please contact Cookie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who's behind Dandie?
Meet Dandie's Dynamic Duo!
I was completely unprepared for how becoming a dog owner would change my life until Buddy charged into my arms. There I was, minding a homeless shelter's business, when he showed up and introduced me to a new world! Buddy’s hilarious, complicated, demanding, super smart, preternaturally high energy and the best friend a woman could have. Raising and training him while holding down a job and living a city life has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. And when I wanted to relax and hang out with my pup and our friends, the perfect spot didn't exist. So here we are, Bud and I, making it happen.
My words to live by?
’Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds’ - Emerson
Head of Doggie Resources
I was born on 20th February 2018 and I live in Kings Cross with my human, Cookie. I think she only gave me the fancy title because I’m the cafe's resident dog, but to be fair my work ethic is on point. That, a fine nose and an indiscriminate palate mean the floors are always immaculate but I’m never happier than when me and Cookie are tearing it up on the heath, which is what inspired us opening in Hampstead. I’m really excited about making new friends and showing them around our new pad.
I’ll be the dog no more than three steps away from Cookie at all times. (Oh and if you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving me only two of them!)
My words to live by?
'The bark is the song of the dog!' - Anon