Snookies: dainty rolls and a job for the office junior

Snookies before 1974
Snookies before 1974
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Long-standing Southsea café Snookies was a Portsmouth institution. But, as reported, it’s gone.

It shut earlier this month having been on the market for 18 months.

Snookies Tearoom and Patisserie at Osborne Road, Southsea, as it was in 2004

Snookies Tearoom and Patisserie at Osborne Road, Southsea, as it was in 2004

The Osborne Road café has been bought by the Red Lounge Group which is converting the premises into an Indian tapas restaurant.

Snookies’s passing prompted an outpouring of sentiment from past customers on The News Facebook page.

Jayne Banacle Davies said: ‘Back in the early ’70s whenever mother and I went shopping in Southsea we would have afternoon tea there. Lovely dainty rolls/sandwiches and unbelievable cakes.

‘Most Saturdays father would bring home a large box of cakes as a treat.’

Stephanie Sutton said: ‘When I started work in 1973 one of my jobs as office junior was to get a bus from Kings Road junction to collect fresh cream cakes for the entire office.’

Today we take a nostalgic look back at Snookies in its various incarnations over the years – from both the outside and inside.

The cafe as it ended up

The cafe as it ended up