Monday, 16 July 2018

Not Dogs Summer #SausageShowcase - The Kickin’ Katie Nacho Dog

Summer is finally here and there is nothing more we enjoy than devouring a Kickin' Katie Nacho Dog in the summer sunshine!



Named after Not Dogs co-founder Katie who loves a bit of spice, the Kickin' Katie Nacho Dog is our second most popular Not Dog after The Original Frank. It’s especially a winner on hot, sunny days - the cooling guacamole, creamy cheese and spicy jalapenos work perfectly together with the added crunch of our crushed nachos!



You can get the Kickin’ Katie Nacho Dog (available veggie and vegan) from the Crew at Not Dogs Birmingham or Chessington World of Adventures - we promise you won’t be disappointed but we can’t promise you won’t become a Kickin’ Katie addict!

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Monday, 9 July 2018

Our Special Summer #SausageSelfie Competition!

It’s a special Summer #SausageSelfie competition this July - either upload your past #SausageSelfie pictures (we’d love to see old festival ones!) or take a new one and tag in #SausageSelfie across Twitter or Instagram for the chance to win… a little piece of sunshine for you and your favourites! 


This month’s winner can come along with three friends to pick one of our favourite summery Not Dogs or burgers to enjoy on-the-house! Choose from…

Kickin’ Katie Nacho Dog - house-made guac with grated cheddar, crushed nachos and vibrant jalapeƱos



Hello Houmous - creamy houmous topped with freshly roasted red peppers and smoked paprika


What the Duck Dog - shredded ‘duck’, refreshing cucumber and spring onions, crackers and a swirl of hoisin sauce


Chris-P Chicken Burger - breaded ‘chicken’ burger with Not Dogs mayo, crisp lettuce and smoked ‘bacon’




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Sunday, 1 July 2018

World Meat Free Week

Last week was World Meat Free Week and Not Dogs were (and still are!) proud to be a supporter of this fantastic campaign alongside many other fantastic brands.


The website www.worldmeatfreeday.com makes a really interesting visit…

Check out the sustainability calculator and calculate the impact of going meat-free. For example, if just you went meat-free one day a week (and we hope Not Dogs make that easier for you!) you’ll save the carbon equivalent of boiling 1,165 kettles!

Over on the recipe section you can enjoy our ‘Jamaican-Me-Crazy’ dog inspired by Jane’s visit to Jamaica a few years ago. Made with jalapeƱos, crispy lettuce, mango mayonnaise and jerk sauce, it will awaken your taste buds and bring a touch of the Jamaican sunshine to your BBQ! 

And of course, the blog is jam-packed with interesting information to make going meat-free any week of the year simple!

Reducing your meat intake for any amount of time - from one meal or one day to a whole week or month makes all the difference so we encourage you to continue 'World Meat Free Week' on into the future! Don't forget every Monday there's 20% off our 'Pizza Mark-herita Dog' in celebration of Meat-Free Monday at Not Dogs Birmingham!


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Opening a Restaurant is a Rollercoaster of Emotions!

After opening our first restaurant in December 2016 the ups and downs of actually opening (let alone the day-to-day running) quickly evaporated from our minds but last month we found ourselves there again opening our second location at Chessington World of Adventures!


The opportunity arose over nine months ago and we just couldn’t miss out on the chance to be the first dedicated meat-free business inside a theme park! Opening the restaurant has taken a lot of hard-work and grit, not only from us but from our fantastic staff at the Birmingham store and also the great team at Chessington World of Adventures themselves. 



Through the hardest work we found many moments to laugh… from when Katie had her head stuck in a bin for over half an hour (really!) to when Jane opened the oven too quickly and nearly knocked herself out! 

That’s what makes the entrepreneurial life so fun and stressful… it really does throw a rollercoaster of emotions (excuse the pun) at you every single day but - we wouldn’t have it any other way and seeing so many happy customers and fantastic reviews already (see below) makes all the hard-work worthwhile.



From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to everyone who supports Not Dogs.

Katie & Jane x







Tuesday, 12 June 2018

It's a Double #SausageSelfie this Month!

To celebrate the opening of our second location at Chessington World of Adventures we've got an extra exciting #SausageSelfie competition this month!

One person from each location can win a Not Dogs’ feast for four people!


Choose from our delicious Not Dogs, sides and wash it all down with a Not Dogs Nice Shake! Perfect!

All you need to do is upload your picture tagging in #SausageSelfie on Twitter and/or Instagram in June and you’ll be in with the chance of winning this epic feast - it’s that simple!


This fantastic #SausageSelfie photo at Not Dogs Birmingham deserved free sides for June - he's got a pretty amazing feast in front of him! Love it!


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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Meat Free this May!

National Vegetarian Week is great for encouraging meat-eaters to reduce their consumption of meat just a little… not only for health benefits but also for the environment and our furry friends! 


Even one day a week (or indeed a month/year!) helps, here are a few simple tips to get you started:

Try a new veggie recipe every week - if you enjoy cooking why not make at least one of the dishes you prepare meat free. Soon you’ll have a list of some great recipes that you love to cook and eat on your meat free days.

Substitutions - suppose you guessed we’d mention meat alternatives but honestly, places like Not Dogs and products like Quorn, Linda McCartney & VBites are a helpful and tasty transition from meat to meat free… you can go on eating what you’d normally eat but meatless!

Tell friends and family - if you really want to make this commitment, then it’s great to have the support of people around you so tell them your reasons why in a positive way. You can still enjoy delicious food together… you never know, you might inspire a few others.

We’d love to hear your veggie tips so please get in touch on social media! And of course, would love to see you at Not Dogs LinkStreet over National Vegetarian Week!

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Plain Jane Jumps for WWF! **UPDATE: She did it!**

**UPDATE: She's only gone and done it! Scroll to the end of this post to read all about it!**

As a life-long supporter of WWF (and animals in general!) Not Dogs co-founder Jane is ticking off something that’s been on her bucket list while raising money for her favourite charity… she’s skydiving!

Jumping 13,000 feet out of a plane is a fear of Jane’s and because it’s a fear… she’s making herself do it! There was no contest when thinking which charity she’d like to support, Jane has already ‘adopted’ a panda and a tiger from WWF and knew she had to do something a bit daring to deserve your donations!

Jane was inspired by Kickin’ Katie who skydived in New Zealand in 2010 and just loved it! Let’s hope Jane feels the same way!


Why WWF? We’ve reached a critical point - our planet is under pressure like never before. In less than 50 years our global wildlife populations have declined by more than half.

WWF is at the heart of global efforts to address the world’s most important environmental challenges: safeguarding the natural world, tackling climate change and enabling people to use only their fair share of natural resources.

Katie & Jane and everyone at Not Dogs would be forever grateful if you could donate to Jane’s Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/janeyateswwf. No matter how big or small, every penny raised will help WWF tackle threats to amazing wildlife and their habitats around the world. For example…

£3 pays for a community based anti-poaching patrol protecting tigers in Nepal for one day

£10 could help fund the training of a boat crew member on smarter fishing methods to reduce their impact on marine wildlife

Head over to social media for updates on Plain Jane’s jump for WWF and of course for her thoughts after the big day in June!


**UPDATE** From Plain Jane...

Well, that was amazing, scary, weird, invigorating, crazy, unreal! Falling through the clouds at 120mph is something I will never forget and, I encourage everyone to do! 

The mix of noise and complete craziness when you're about to jump and while falling through the air to the peace (and relief!) you feel when your parachute catches the wind is simply indescribable - what a feeling!

Hinton Skydiving Centre made the whole thing seamless, enjoyable and in turn, me less nervous! I would skydive back there in a heartbeat... maybe a change in vocation - Plain Jane - Skydive Instructor!?

Again, thank you to everyone who sponsored me - it made the jump even more memorable and I know WWF is very grateful.




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Friday, 4 May 2018

It’s #SausageSelfie Time!

It's time for May's #SausageSelfie competition! Tag in your #SausageSelfie across Twitter or Instagram for the chance to win… your sides for free all of June! That’s right every time you visit us in Birmingham, you’ll receive your sides completely free!


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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Win Yourself a Not Dogs Party #SausageSelfie

March's Sausage Selfie competition saw our winner below win a 'pizza' of Not Dogs (yes... all 8 Not Dogs!)... what a prize!


So, just as good this month you can win...

a mini Not Dogs party! You and three friends can pick a Not Dog to enjoy each totally on the house!



As usual, upload your picture in March using the hashtag #SausageSelfie to be in with the chance of winning.



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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Every Dog Has its Day… Not Dogs bounding into Chessington World of Adventures May 2018!

The secret is out and we are very excited here at Not Dogs! After lots of planning we can announce that Not Dogs will be launching at the fantastic Chessington World of Adventures in May.


We will be bounding in with all the Not Dogs favourites including all our famous dogs, burgers, sides, shakes and loaded Waffle Fries to delight visitors throughout the entire season. We’ll also be launching an exclusive new menu item for Chessington (think creamy sour cream, salsa and summertime!) and of course bringing our fully vegetarian and vegan menu to lots of new customers!

We are looking to create our very own Chessington Crew so if you live within the local area and would like to apply head to our website, download the job descriptions and say hello to Katie & Jane!

We can’t wait to see you Chessington World of Adventures… here we are already on the map!


Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs


Katie & Jane x

Monday, 19 March 2018

March’s #SausageSelfie Competition - Win a ‘Pizza’

Well… a Not Dogs pizza of course! Enter March’s #SausageSelfie competition by uploading a selfie of yourself and your Not Dogs and you can win…

A ‘pizza’ of Not Dogs! The whole Not Dogs menu… Plain Jane, Kickin’ Katie Nacho Dog, The Original Frank, Hello Houmous, Cha-Cha Chilli, Ticklish Tikka, What the Duck and our newest Not Dog The Pizza Mark-herita Dog! 



So either you bring 8 friends with you to enjoy this amazing prize or… you eat them all yourself - we won’t judge!

As usual, upload your picture in March using the hashtag #SausageSelfie to be in with the chance of winning.


February’s winner below won double feast on the house! Two Not Dogs or burgers, two sides and two Nice Shakes! Oh yes!


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Not Dogs Sausage Showcase: Plain Jane

Our first ever Not Dog, the Plain Jane is actually not so plain! It just happened that Not Dogs co-founder Jane enjoys a simple Not Dog and the 'Plain Jane' was created in her honour!

Not Dog topped with Heinz Ketchup and French's Mustard


Plain Jane
At Not Dogs we only use quality ingredients, things we use ourselves at home and we knew when creating the simplest of Not Dogs that high quality was key which is why we're passionate about both Heinz and French's. 

We did try various tomato ketchups and different types of mustards but these two were the perfect combination on the Plain Jane. It's fantastic when customers who may be a little wary of mustard try French's on the Plain Jane and just love it! Plus, the red and yellow look great together - another important part of creating the perfect Not Dog every time!



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Monday, 19 February 2018

Not Dogs’ Daily Promotions

We love to do things a bit differently at Not Dogs and we love to treat our customers so we’ve introduced a number of daily promotions that we hope you’ll all love to use! Here they all are…

Meat Free Monday
Our newest Not Dog is now available - the Pizza Mark-herita! Dog topped with house-made marinara sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil and every Monday to celebrate Meat Free Monday we’re giving you 20% off!



Two for Tuesday*
We created Not Dogs as a place where we could enjoy eating delicious food together so we’re really excited about ‘Two for Tuesday’ - buy any Not Dog between 4 and 8pm and get the Plain Jane for free! How about enjoy the Kickin’ Katie Nacho Dog and then receive Kickin’ Katie’s perfect partner the Plain Jane for free!?

*To claim this offer, show the image to a Crew Member when you order at Not Dogs Birmingham 



Winning Wednesdays
Now this is something special… every Wednesday our ‘winning wheel’ comes out and you can take a spin! From 10% off to free sides, Not Dogs’ merchandise to the big one - Not Dogs for Life - what will you land on!?



Thirsty Thursdays*
All day, every Thursday, buy a Not Dog or burger with a side and you can grab a drink from the chiller for free! Take your pick from Evian fruit water (our favourite) to your traditional favourites… whatever you choose is good with us!

*To claim this offer, show the image to a Crew Member when you order at Not Dogs Birmingham 



Sampling Sunday
On Sundays the Not Dogs Crew gets out onto LinkStreet with some tasty treats for you to try! We know that once you have a bite of our delicious dogs or juicy burgers you’ll want more but the test is in the tasting! We don’t just sample the food but you can get a taste of our Nice Shakes too!



Don’t forget to mention the daily deal to a Crew Member when you order at the Not Dogs till. Enjoy! 

Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs

Katie & Jane