Bad Cat Cafe Wallsend

Thanks to our writer Jennifer for this post. 

We recently visited the Bad Cat Cafe; a novel take on the traditional cat cafe model. Here you can still expect to get your paws on a cuppa whilst mingling with some adorable moggies, however, unlike similar venues the Bad Cat residents are all rescues who will not stay at the cafe long term.

Bad Cat Cafe Wallsend

After an initial settling in period, each feline actively looks for a special visitor to adopt them. Think Costa meets a Cat Shelter.

As well as taking kittys from the North East, the cafe partners with rescues across Europe and takes in strays who have had some of the toughest starts in life. Cats are selected based on their temperament around other cats, groups of people and children. 

That said, the name ‘Bad Cat’ recognises that the felines are not there to perform, and (as cat owners will definitely understand) may simply choose to ignore you.

The cafe is owned and run by friends and fellow cat lovers Tamsin and Roxy, and supported by young volunteers from a local school.

Together they have created a warm and welcoming space which is enjoyed by feline fans from all walks of life. Unlike similar venues, there is a real family feel to the cafe, and no minimum visitor age.

The walls are decorated with pictures of pussycats drawn by little artists, and young guests are encouraged to add their own moggie masterpiece to the display. 

When it comes to the food, the menu is fairly basic but tasty and very reasonably priced. There is a small selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and treats. An afternoon tea option is available for both adults and children (which must be pre-booked).

The venue can also be booked for birthday parties for children over 6.

We really enjoyed our time at the Bad Cat Cafe, and are already planning our next trip! Whether you are looking for a new furry friend to join your family, or simply want to enjoy some kitty company, the cafe is definitely a fun and friendly place to visit.

Planning your trip:

The cafe can be found in Wallsend, and is easily accessible by public transport; Wallsend metro station is just an 8 minute walk away. Or, if you plan to drive there is free on street parking just around the corner. The full address is:

200 High Street E


NE28 7RP

  • Walk-ins are accepted, but if you prefer to pre-book you can do this by calling 07415546790 or visiting the  Facebook page . Entry is a reasonable £5 per person, with no charge for under 4’s. 

  • Opening hours are: Monday- Friday: 11am- 5pm, and Saturday: 9am-5pm. There is also an ‘autism friendly’ quieter session 3-5pm on a Saturday afternoon. 

Please check directly with the venue for the most up to date information when planning your visit.

Looking for something to do nearby? How about visiting Richardson Dees Park or Segedunum

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  1. Is this on the site of previous Tots Tearooms or further along?

  2. I had a lovely cuppa and a cuddle today with 3 cute kittens. Thank you I loved it 😻


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