The new Portsmouth cafe putting the likes of Costa and Starbucks to shame

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EVERY so often, a local cafe can put the likes of Costa or Starbucks to shame. The Marmalade Cafe in Copnor Road, Copnor, is no exception.

Run by Copnor local Elizabeth Austin, 40, with the help of three other employees, the cafe first opened its doors earlier this year. 

Copnor local Elizabeth Austin, 40, who runs Marmalade Cafe. Picture: Jonathan Winter

Copnor local Elizabeth Austin, 40, who runs Marmalade Cafe. Picture: Jonathan Winter

Its wholesome menu has been satisfying hungry Portsmouth locals since, with meals ranging from butternut squash soup to chicken and bacon salad.

Aside from their delicious cakes and jacket potatoes, Elizabeth said their best-seller is the cooked breakfast, a speciality of the cafe, which includes sausages and bacon from the local butchers, as well as eggs, hash browns, beans, black pudding and fresh tomatoes, costing £7.50.

Marmalade Cafe’s location has a strong heritage in dining, being the location of various cafes for the past 70 years, before Elizabeth took on the venture. 

The business came about after an initial investment of more than £5,000, which saw Elizabeth pursue her desire to open a cafe after leaving a job in finance.

A dedicated mother of seven, she found her calling for making food when preparing meals for her children, as well as after working in a cafe for a summer job.

Now she says she’s pleased to be at the helm of her own business. 

Elizabeth and the other employees place great emphasis on providing a friendly and accommodating service that yields many loyal patrons.

Elizabeth said: ‘The customers are really the main thing. They return to the business, which is good.’

She said that positive reviews on Facebook have also helped in spreading the word of Marmalade Cafe’s exceptional food and service. 

Marmalade Cafe has more than 1,100 likes on Facebook as well as a 4.9 star rating.

The cafe provides picnics for collection, as well as delivery service and they hope to provide a mobile unit in the coming months.

Portsmouth is on the up with a record number of businesses opening and new events being held in the city.

The News is celebrating this exciting time with our City Buzz campaign as we are proud of our city and its vibrancy.

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