Our Vision

The Dog House is an artisan tea and coffee café in the heart of Sandgate offering a unique combination of freshly prepared hot and cold food, gifts, arts and crafts sourced locally where possible. We feel extremely passionate about supporting and promoting local artists and crafts people.

This concept was born out of an idea we had whilst working in our separate professions. Karen spent many years as a chef and knows about good quality produce and David’s background is in advertising and he also runs ‘davidcreates’, an upcyling furniture business.

Sandgate is the perfect location for our enterprise and we are really excited about finding the perfect premises for the business. We have brought together talented local artists and crafts people who will be displaying and selling their work ranging from portrait paintings to greeting cards, contemporary jewellery to mixed media textile paintings. We also run paint affect workshops for kids and adults.

We want to provide the highest quality refreshments so customers will be served quality names, Teapigs and Debonaire for specialist teas, our own special recipe for hot chocolate, our own medium roasted Ethiopian Dog House filtered coffee, Kingsdown’s sparkling presses and waters. For those who love cake but can’t have gluten, we specialise in gluten free cakes which Karen bakes daily.
We also serve hot food and lunches which are always freshly prepared by Karen.

We cater for private events in The Drawing Room including; Dinner Parties, Baby Showers and business meetings. In the shop we host a bi-monthly Friday Bistro Night.

We both feel very strongly about promoting and supporting local artists and crafts people. The coast seems to draw very talented and creative people and we are extremely privilaged to have so many here in The Dog House.