For those who haven’t noticed the giant puppy dog eyes staring out at them as they walk along Blackpool Promenade South, you may do now after we tell you that the dog pictured is a real dog and is often in there as ambassador of his owner’s business.
“Bubba”‘, as he is known, is the inspiration for the doggy café that is now housed within Caffe Chicco on South Shore.
Described as “Blackpool’s only heated dog café”, in Bubba’s café your four legged friends can not only come in with you but they can also eat from their own menu.
The specials include quarter pounder ‘n’ peas, chicken pieces ‘n’ carrots, two sausages, scrambled eggs, a bowl of biscuits and biscuits and milk.
Sweet treats include doggy muffins, cupcakes, popcorn and donuts.
Owner Lee Griffin told LancsLive: “The treats are actually made by my friend and are sold all over the country. We decided to introduce the dog café around 5 years ago but Caffe Chicco started around 14 years ago.
“As soon as we started the dog café we got about 20 dogs in at once and it’s taken off really well.
“They’re always well behaved, sometimes you get the odd little naughty boy but apart from that, they’re really good.
“You get some people who might think ‘oh I don’t want a dog in here, it might smell’ but they don’t and people without dogs love coming and seeing them.
“The dogs can go on the beach, have a walk and then owner’s can come in, have a coffee and the dog can have a treat.
“Because it’s been that hot this summer, we’ve not had that many dogs in because people are keeping them inside.
“Bubba the dog is my dog. He’s a French Bull Dog and he normally sits at the front door. I suppose it’s a little bit of a gimmick but people like it. His picture is all over and people hear about him and the dog café and come from all over the North West.”
Caffe Chicco itself has a nice stylish decor decorated filled with fascinating pictures of old Blackpool on the walls.
In terms of a menu for humans, it’s very reasonably priced with a breakfast menu offering a full English, various barms, toast, crumpets and porridge.
For later in the day you can buy sandwiches, jacket potatoes, pizza, chips, soups and salads and there is also a children’s menu available.
Lee added: “We’re always really busy and this year has been more so but everyone’s mainly been outside because the weather’s been so good.
“We’re open in the winter at the weekends and if the weather is good in the we’ll open in the week so we are here all year around.
“We do get some bad weather and sometimes the wind coming around that corner on the seafront can be pretty bad so that’s why we stress that we’re heated and we welcome people in with their dogs to just come in and sit and have coffee.”
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