Month: July 2017

5 dog-friendly places in Bishop’s Stortford to lunch this summer

Pircio Logo

Like most towns, Bishop's Stortford is not an easy place to find a dog-friendly café or restaurant. Many places do not accept dogs into the premises and, even on a sunny day, finding somewhere to sit outside can sometimes prove difficult. Here is a selection of 5 dog-friendly places in Bishops Stortford, some that you can enjoy in the sun and others you can enjoy no matter the weather!

Pircio Logo

Pircio – A place to visit on a sunny day as they have a fantastic decked terrace outside with large umbrellas to provide plenty of shade for your pet (dogs are not allowed inside the restaurant). Although they don’t have water bowls per se, when I went they provided water for my dog in an aluminium container. They serve the most amazing Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine and have a sharing platter available for lunch for the adventurous who don’t know what to choose. I’ve always found them to provide great service and a lovely relaxing suntrap to enjoy a long lunch.

Rosey Lea - Wickham Hall

An old converted barn, decorated in a simple but beautiful style, Rosey Lea is another one to visit on a sunny day. With plenty of outside seating, there’s enough space for your 4-legged companion to spread out and sunbathe while you enjoy a fabulous panini, cake, or afternoon tea. A lovely place to stop and refresh yourself after a walk across the golden wheat fields.

H@me & Eat

With an eclectic mix of chandeliers, clocks, mirrors, hot tubs and some of the funniest, rudest, birthday cards I have ever read; you might be surprised to find a very well established restaurant. You may be even more surprised to hear they are dog-friendly! As long as you sit in the areas furthest from the kitchen, H@me & Eat are happy to accommodate your furry companion whilst you enjoy your food (they do ask they stay off the furniture though). Serving everything from, jacket potatoes, burgers, sandwiches and afternoon tea, to a variety of very tasty English Breakfasts, H@me & Eat is a great place to go no matter what weather the good old British summer has to throw at us!

Caffè Nero

The only dog-friendly coffee chain in Bishops Stortford!  For years I’ve walked past Caffè Nero assuming, like all other chains, that dogs would not be allowed on the premises….how wrong was I!!!  Not only are they allowed in but as you walk in you regularly see dogs on laps, or sitting on a mat/coat on a sofa and no one bats an eyelid – good on you Caffè Nero!!  I’m rather fond of their cool creamy summer concoctions, though I’m sure my waistline would disagree.



Of all the place where I’d expect dogs to be excluded, a book shop would be one of them. I would have thought that the risk of dogs tiddling on the pages would put any shop off - but not the case with Waterstones! Upstairs there’s a café where you can sit and relax with a coffee and a piece of cake, a book, and your dog by your side no matter the weather!

I love to spend time sitting in the sun, Layla my whippet at my side, having a chat with friends over a fabulous lunch. I hope this has given you some ideas to enjoy the summer with your canine best friend. Sit back, relax, take as long as you like. There’s no clock watching or rushing back home….you’ve got your furry family with you!

Posted by 4 Legs Photography in Uncategorised

Love spoiling your furry family? Here are 5 pet subscription boxes to treat them.

We all love to spoil our pets and in recent years a few companies have popped up online that cater to just that need! Here are 5 companies that provide pet subscription boxes for your dog (or cat) so you can regularly spoil your beloved furry friend each month with new toys and treats.….and of course a box, ‘cause which dog doesn’t prefer the box when its just received a load of toys and treats!

1 - Pet Nature Box

Pet Nature Box Logo

Pet Nature Box supply natural and ethically sourced products “often from boutique or independent suppliers” for your dog or cat.  They are “passionate about natural, healthy pet food and treats and love discovering new and unique toys and accessories”. There are 6 subscription boxes available (1 for cats and 5 for dogs) ranging in suitability from small to large dogs, to those that love to destroy their toys.  Boxes range from £9.99/month for a 3-4 item small box to £37.99/month for their double trouble box for two dogs and prices include delivery.  With no contract, the subscription is on a rolling monthly basis and you can cancel whenever you want.

To view their previous boxes you can look here:

2 - Paw Post

Supplying dog, cat, and dog treat boxes, Paw Post provide gluten free treats, grain free food, health boosting supplements, along with grooming and hygiene products. Every now and then they even throw in a treat for your 2 legged self so you can be spoilt as well! Boxes can be bought on a 1,3,6, or 12 month plan with prices starting at £8.95/month for the dog treat box (based on a 12 month plan) to £17.95/month for the cat or dog boxes (also based on a 12 month plan). At checkout you are asked for details of your pet, including size, for an appropriate sized box to be delivered. For every box bought, a donation is made to All Dogs Matter re-homing charity.

3 - Woof Box

As the name suggests, Woof Box offers dogs “a wide range of natural, top quality and more exclusive items which are not commonly found in pet shops”. They provide treats, chews and biscuits, health and hygiene products, along with grooming products and innovative gadgets. Firstly you choose your dog’s size (Less than 10kg, 10-22kg, Over 22kg), then you chose whether you want a 1, 3 or 6 month rolling subscription (which you can cancel at any time). At checkout you can choose a random selection or there is an option for ‘custom selection’ which allows you to specify whether you want none, a little, some, or lots of each of the 8 different headings - including treats, toys, and grooming products. Prices start at £18.95 per month including delivery, regardless of the size of the dog, and is based on a 6 month subscription.

4 - Top Collar

If you are just after a nice regular box of fresh treats for your dog then this option may be for you.  Baked by hand and gluten free Top Collar provide treats with flavours like Fish and Chips, Sunday Roast and Full English, to your door every 2 weeks.  The boxes are available every 2 or 4 weeks, cost £5.99 plus £1 p+p and you can pause, cancel or change the frequency of deliveries in your members area on the website.

5 - The Tail Wagger

The Tail Wagger claims every box they send is unique. You chose your box size based on the number of items it contains.  You fill in a profile based on your dog’s food preferences, what type of chewer they are, whether they like bones or not, their likes and dislikes and whether there is anything you would not like to receive. Based on that information your dog’s box is collated and sent out to you. The website is a little vague on the specifics inside the box but pictures on the homepage of dogs with their boxes show treats, toys, chews and doggy products.  Costs for the box, including delivery, are £14.99/month for 2-3 items, £21.99/month for 4-6 items and £34.99 for 7-10 items. The subscription is monthly and can be cancelled at any time.

I hope you are able to find a pet subscription box suitable for your discerning 4 legged family.  I’d love to hear how you get on if you choose one of these boxes.

If you found this blog post helpful then come follow me over on Facebook and never miss a blog post again.

Posted by 4 Legs Photography in Uncategorised