CAT TOURISM BY SANDY ROBINS
FORTHE L O V EOFCATS and
The best customer-to-cat ratio
is without doubt at the Bag O’
Nails, a tiny establishment in
Bristol that seats 30 customers at
any one time and has 15 cats and
kittens to keep them company.
“They are very much at home
everywhere, and sometimes it’s
hard to find a place to sit,” said
owner Luke Daniels. All the resident felines were born in the pub.
Luke, who has owned the pub for
four years, said he always wanted
a cat. A friend presented him with
a silver tabby with ginger flecks
named Malcolm. Then a stray cat
turned up and stayed. Luke named
after a former
landlord of the pub.
“She had a litter of five kittens,”
Luke said. “We adopted two of them
out to pub regulars and kept the
remaining three. They in turn pro-
duced litters, and the numbers grew.”
Luke has had fun naming them
after beverages, such as Absinthe,
and ancient Romans like Tiberius,
Nero, and Caligula.
He is currently controlling the
number of feline residents, and all his
cats have been spayed and neutered.
The pub is famous for its game
nights, and Lego building is a favorite.
“I bought a whole big box of vin-
tage LEGOS from a charity shop, and
now we hold weekly LEGO nights
on Thursdays,” Luke said. “For some
reason, the cats love sleeping on
Legos as much as they like to sleep
in boxes on the bar counter.”
According to Jay Macey, the
manager at the Pelton Arms in
Greenwich, one of the reasons many
There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of a typical English pub. Lately, British pubs have been in the news not for their handcrafted ales or delicious grub but for their resident
cats. So next time you visit Britain and want to enjoy a pint, be
sure to seek out a feline-friendly establishment where a cat will
greet you at the door, sit on your lap by a log fire, or sprawl out
on the bar counter eavesdropping on your conversation while
soliciting pats and chin scratches.
Check out these furry favorites.
night at Bag O'
COU RTE SY