At the Corgi Cafe, which bakes dog-friendly treats for the Queen’s favorite breed


Blueberry-infused treats are flying off the shelves, but some of the menu options sound less than appealing. Gravy Bone? No thank you.

On the other hand, the target audience of this anniversary party is a bit different, namely VIPs – this is Very Important Paws.

And where better to celebrate the Queen’s 70th birthday than at a Corgi Cafe?

Since George VI. Brought home the Corgi Dookie in 1933, the breed is one of the greatest loves of the Queen’s life.

She’s inspired many others to follow her example, including some of the owners of the 300 pooches who walk through ankles — dodging waiters who deliver trays full of cocktails for the people — chill out in the royal chill-out zone and in the Generally making a wow in the cafe.

The most popular area, Rudi’s Bakery Stand, which offers the doggy refreshment, is named after co-owner Abbie North’s dog.

In 2012, Buckingham Palace announced the death of 13-year-old Monty, one of the Queen’s corgis


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A corgi in front of the cafe


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Abbie used to take care of people. She started baking dog-friendly treats seven years ago when Staffordshire bull terrier Rudi fell ill.

She says: “Rudi had mange so I had to watch what I fed him so I made my own treats so I knew what was in it. From there it has grown. I realized that I found having canine clients much more satisfying.

“Everything is baked in the oven, then I take out the moisture to make it crispy. If it’s soggy, they won’t like it. I glaze them in dog-friendly chocolate and then color them with natural dyes.”

Nearby, the Puppuccino bar does a roaring trade in corgis getting their cup of whipped cream with a choice of toppings.

Pupuccino bartender Hannah Carter says corgis aren’t all that different from humans. Hannah says, “The blueberries are our best-selling topping, but today they are, especially with the corgis.”

Treats for dogs are on the cafe’s menu


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The café, exclusive to the Queen’s favorite breed, was hosted at The Refinery bar and restaurant on the South Bank in London.

Her Majesty has owned over 30 corgis and you can imagine she would love this platinum pop up cafe. In fact, she was there to greet everyone – well, there was a cardboard cutout of her with a “dogs this way” sign.

This was a truly surreal tea party, with overwrought corgis – wearing chubby outfits complete with Union Jack bow ties – who seemed to outnumber the humans.

Among the drinks for the people were Paw Star martinis.

In the Puppuccino queue, Caitlin clearly introduces me to her corgi, Charmy. Caitlin, who is originally from the US but has lived in Shoreditch, east London for a year, says: “Corgis are such an easy-going breed. I can take them out for cocktails, coffee, lunch… When I moved to the UK I was actually surprised that corgis weren’t more popular.

“Everyone loves her in the States. I have been to so many corgi events there but this is my first here.”

Corgis seemed to outnumber all humans


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Jessica Price, from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, is outside with her puppy, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Scully.

Jessica, 27, says: “Corgis don’t look like they’re supposed to be real dogs – they’re so out of shape with tiny legs and massive ears. They’re just so cute.”

Jessica took Scully home in 2020 and last year celebrated his birthday by getting a tattoo of him on her right leg. She explains, “Scully really shouldn’t be here anymore.

“He was very ill as a puppy and the vet said to put him down. But the Corgi owner community is very tight-knit.

“Someone set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for vet bills. Our insurance couldn’t cover it.

“A lot of those who helped pay for his treatment are here today, so it’s great to be able to say thank you and have Scully give them a cuddle.

“But I could do with everyone feeding him Puppuccinos – he had 10. Corgis are very, very greedy. I come from a long line of Royalists so my family was thrilled when I bought a Corgi as my first dog.

“[Being] being here today is the right way to celebrate our Queen and this anniversary.”

Rufus, four and a half years old, wears a Beefeater outfit outside the Corgi Cafe


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There are also dog lovers here who don’t even own a corgi.

Richard Morley, 35, from London, says: “I booked tickets as soon as I heard about the cafe. Corgis are my favorite dog breed. I love small dogs with short legs but corgis are so playful. I’d like one, but we can’t where we live. That’s the next best thing.”

Charlotte Lee is another Corgi admirer. She has traveled from the spiritual home of the Corgis, Windsor, Berks.

“It feels like all my Christmases came at once. I’ve never seen so many corgis in the same place,” she says.

Charlotte is delighted when corgi owner Katie Carr takes a seat at our table, proudly carrying Dennis on her arm. Katie, who has owned Dennis since 2021, says: “I love the Queen – having a corgi is the closest thing to royal living.

Jessica Price with her corgi named Scully


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“Corgis are so cuddly and always so cheerful and happy. And today was the best day of my life.”

The café was conceived by doggy experts Pop + Bark.

Bakery stall co-owner Abbie, who is almost out of corgi-shaped cookies and crown cookies, says: “This is my first corgi cafe and it was brilliant.

“I’ve never spent time with corgis, but they are such endearing characters.

“There was more [of an] More excitement in the air than other dog cafes – because it was the anniversary.”

It’s as if these dogs know they’re celebrating their patron saint. Charlotte Osten from London, who has owned her Corgi for two years, says: “I wanted a dog with a big personality, lots of energy but not too big and that’s George. He’s my soulmate.”

George is a part-time model who has his own Instagram account.

Charlotte, 37, says: “It was wonderful that George was able to meet so many of his supporters today. Corgis have never been so popular.”

Fernando Salazar, 62, who owns a Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Ruffus, says: “Corgis are an intelligent, friendly and outgoing breed. Ruffus loves the outdoor lifestyle. He travels everywhere with us.”

Before my visit, I confess that I am not a dog lover.

Now I think anyone who doesn’t worship corgis needs to bark.

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