Sausage Dog Café pops up at Channels Bar & Brasserie

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The Sausage Dog Café is coming to the East of England and it’s bigger and better than ever before.

The event is the brainchild of Dachshund lover Tammy Velissarides from Chelmsford, and her dog Wilbur who together hosted Chelmsford’s first ever Sausage Dog Café and have built a loyal following since.

And now Tammy, who struggles with General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and her favourite companion, three year old Wilbur – a shaded red dachshund who has transformed her life, and become something of a celebrity on social media with 22,000 Instagram followers have teamed up with Katie Squire – the dog mad owner of the award-winning Channels Estate, to create a very special canine get together on Saturday 15 June. 

Katie is committed to welcoming dogs to Channels, offering a special menu within her restaurant – the Channels Bar & Brasserie, along with free treats at the bar, water bowls and dog blankets. She has even built a dog agility course in the grounds and allows dogs to stay in her plush boutique hotel on the country estate. In fact, following the success of her Doggie Christmas Parties over the past two years, Katie is now laying on a calendar of doggie events. 


Such is the popularity of Tammy’s Sausage Dog Café Pop-Ups that 90 minute time slots have been organised starting at 9am, 10.45am, 12.30pm and 2.15pm. Though the slots are specifically for Dachshunds, at 4pm all breeds, large or small will be welcome.

Channels Bar & Brasserie will be serving food and drink all day in the restaurant. Proctors Sausages, Rashers of Bacon, Cheese & Biscuits, and Snuffle Dog Beer are just a few of the treats available for doggy diners to wolf down and visitors are free to use the agility area and beautiful gardens. A marquee will host a number of stalls selling dog related products alongside a dog photo studio. 

The Sausage Dog Café Campaigns For Justice For Jeffrey

There is a more serious side to the event too as it’s designed to raise awareness of Carol Hartnell’s ‘Justice for Jeffrey’ campaign. Her Dachshund Jeffrey was attacked and killed by three dogs whilst walking on Crosby Beach. The Justice for Jeffry Campaign is seeking harsher punishment for people who do not properly train and socialise their dogs, yet allow them to be muzzle and lead free in public places.

Tammy Velissarides explains: “Although the focus is on having fun and is a great opportunity to socialise our dogs, the event is designed to support a very important cause, and one many aren’t really aware of.”

“The laws in the U.K. governing dog ownership need to better protect dogs who may be injured or killed by another dog. By raising awareness of Carol’s campaign, we are hoping to get the law changed to encourage all dog owners to take greater responsibility for their dogs.”

Katie Squire adds: “It’s a great cause and will be a fantastic event. In fact, the demand for tickets for the Sausage Dog Café at Channels has overwhelmed us. It promises to outshine any canine event we have ever laid on!”

The Sausage Dog Cafes have supported a number of charities since its creation including The Red Foundation, Dogs Trust,Age UK and Justice for Jeffrey.

Tickets: £4 per adult, £3 per child, and £3 per dog. You can book and ask questions through the dedicated Facebook page.

Read our review of Channels Hotel here 

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