A slice of gourmet life in Portsmouth from the 1970s

Did you feature in this promotional picture taken at The New Richmond Grill in the 1970s?
Did you feature in this promotional picture taken at The New Richmond Grill in the 1970s?
It would take  someone of the age of 55-plus to remember this scene along Commercial Road at the junction of Church Street.

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Hands up who remembers the cafe-cum-restaurant in the picture above?

It was such an attraction that the photograph appeared in a Portsmouth tourism brochure from the late 1970s.

Staff and pupils from Upper Mount School, Waterlooville, about 1957

Staff and pupils from Upper Mount School, Waterlooville, about 1957

The New Richmond Grill was in Arundel Street alongside a tunnel-like walkway linking that street with Buckingham Street, Landport (it’s where Chandos Rise flats are now, opposite Tesco in Crasswell Street).

From Arundel Street the Grill was on the left. The walkway and the old Richmond Grill premises are now occupied by Wilkinsons.

Thanks to Philip Pyke, of Hilsea, for the copy of the picture.

He says: ‘The Richmond Grill was run by Mrs Pike. Mike and Pat Pike, who took over the running of it, are alive and well and living in Gatcombe Park, Hilsea.’

The second picture here was taken in September 1957 and shows pupils and staff at Upper Mount School, Waterlooville.

My colleague Bob Hind published a picture of it here recently and asked for memories of the preparatory school on the corner of London Road and Winifred Road.

The picture comes from Keith Martin who says: ‘As you can see from the picture, it wasn’t that big, only having a staff of eight in the second row (all women).

‘Some of their names, that I remember, were Miss or Mrs Brown; Wilcox; Miss/Mrs Hooper the head, and Jones.’

And Keith features in the picture too.

He adds: ‘I’m the blond kid second left, front row with the knock-knees!

‘The boy to the left of me was Kent, and the girl next to me was Walker.

‘The three boys at the other end of the front row are (from the right) Richard Parrot, Richard Plumbley and Hiscock, if my memory is still intact.’

Former pupil Ian Lawrance also got in touch. He went to Upper Mount in the early 1950s.

He says: ‘If I remember correctly, in addition to the main school house, which I think would have fronted London Road, there were also some classrooms farther down Winifred Road on the right hand side.’