Portsmouth mum hails 'momentous' opening day for The Cookie Queen as 'queues didn't stop' along Cosham High Street

PEOPLE lined the street as a brand new bakery opened in Portsmouth.

Monday, 16th May 2022, 4:55 am
Updated Monday, 16th May 2022, 9:23 am

The Cookie Queen in High Street, Cosham, made its highly anticipated opening on Saturday.

Customers queued out the door and along the street to sample New York style stuffed cookies, and cookie pie slices.

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The Cookie Queen opened yesterday (May 14) on Cosham High Street, and queues of people lined up out the door to sample New York style stuffed cookies, and cookie pie slices. Gemma Daysh, the business owner, estimates hundreds of people visited the bakery. Picture: Gemma Daysh.

Owner Gemma Daysh, of Paulsgrove, said it was ‘an extra special moment’ to open the shop in her hometown – describing it as a ‘momentous’ occasion.

She said: ‘I think it was a huge success, and an absolutely brilliant day.

‘My feet didn’t touch the floor from the minute I snipped the ribbon and started serving until the doors closed.

‘My god the queue was halfway down the road.

Ms Daysh said she now feels The Cookie Queen is an integral part of Cosham High Street following a 'momentous' opening day. Picture: Gemma Daysh.

‘It was so overwhelming, but I was really pleased with how successful the day was, and I had a really good team behind me.’

Ms Daysh has followed her family legacy of baking.

Now, the business owner has followed in his footsteps, leaving the bakery at midnight on Friday, and returned at 5am the following morning to make sure everything ran smoothly.

Ms Daysh said she completely sold out of stock on opening day, and estimates from her sales that hundreds of people visited the bakery. Picture: Gemma Daysh.

She said her social media has ‘blown up’ since the launch, and the buzz has been contagious.

Ms Daysh added: ‘The queues didn’t stop, and they just kept coming all day long.

‘They completely cleared me out of stock.

‘Stuffed cookies were the first to sell out, then the Cookie pies, and the new cookie cupcakes went down a storm.’

Family members, including Ms Daysh’s mum, Sarah Hardham, sister, Charlotte Daysh-Barbour, and step mum, Claire Daysh, all chipped in on the day.

Hope Lines, an intern from Southdowns College, also supported the team.

Ms Daysh estimates from her sales that hundreds of people visited the bakery.

She added other businesses on the high street reported increased footfall because of the opening, and now feels The Cookie Queen is fully established.

Ms Daysh added: ‘I had a shadow of doubt about how popular of a day it would be, but it was incredible.

‘I feel like The Cookie Queen will be an integral part of the high street, and hopefully many more high streets to come.’