A CAT cafe has finally opened its doors in Andover at a very special grand opening despite facing a string of setbacks.

After past struggles with finding premises, Jack Waue and his father Stuart Waue have now opened the Cat-Fe at 2 Winchester Street, which was last used as the Andover Tap. 

As previously reported after being a finalist at the Youth in Test Valley Awards last year, Jack received mentorship from New Street Dental Care in Andover to open his own Cat-Fe. 

The winner of the award, which was open to those aged between 14 and 18, was given £1,000 to start their own business and a 12-month mentorship.Andover Advertiser: Inside the cafe Inside the cafe (Image: Andover Catfe)

Despite the fact that the cat cafe wasn't the winning entry, Jack's idea received a lot of public support.

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His inspiration to open a cat cafe in Andover started when he visited Romsey's Paws for Thought in 2019, alongside being a big cat lover and owning cats himself.

The pair were also faced with other set backs including waiting for a change of use for the premises to be given. Stuart had been left feeling worried that the issues would mean the "end of the Cat-Fe project".

Andover Advertiser: The outside of the cafe The outside of the cafe (Image: Andover Catfe)

The new venue promises a unique and delightful experience offering customers the opportunity to unwind in a cosy atmosphere, surrounded by the playful antics of their resident feline friends.

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With comfortable seating and a carefully curated menu of coffees, teas, and sweet/savoury snacks, visitors are invited to enjoy a moment of relaxation unlike any other.

It also offers visitors the opportunity to adopt some of its resident kitties, which are fostered on behalf of Helping Dogs & Cats UK, a rescue based in Basingstoke.

Andover Advertiser: Jack with one of his three catsJack with one of his three cats (Image: Stuart Waue)

The Andover cat cafe is now open to the public, inviting residents and visitors to indulge in the joy of cat companionship. 

Walk-ins are welcome but residents are encouraged to book in advance for a guaranteed spot by visiting andovercatfe.co.uk/book-now.