Portsmouth community cafe is seeking enthusiastic new licensee as current management steps down

A POPULAR community cafe is seeking an enthusiastic person to take over at the helm as the current licensee is stepping down.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 17th January 2020, 8:07 am
Pam Henry, 59, runs The Garden Cafe in Eastney Community Centre, Bransbury Park and is stepping down to relocate to France

The Garden Cafe housed in Eastney Community Centre is run separately under licence, with Pam Henry in charge since 2017 serving up her famous home-made cakes and stews.

As Pam’s husband Robert is set to retire after 25 years in the Royal Navy, the pair have made the decision to relocate to France and start a new chapter, leaving the cafe in Bransbury Park to be run by someone new.

‘I have enjoyed it all because I always wanted my own café,’ Pam told The News.

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Talking about her regular customers, the 59-year-old said: ‘I will miss them all but it’s time to move on. They won’t want someone to come in and change it all. It’s been fantastic, it’s my baby.’

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Pam, who used to be a chef in the dockyard, is hoping whoever takes over will be somebody who listens to what the customers want and someone with a kind heart who can carry on serving up affordable home-made cooking.

Individuals and organisations are invited to apply to take over The Garden Cafe.

People of all ages regularly visit the cafe around attending a wide variety of groups at the community centre including the Baby Hub.

The cafe has 24 seats inside and an outside seating area.

For more information and to pick up a tender pack, contact the community centre office weekdays between 10am to 3pm on 023 9286 4306 or e-mail eastneycc.googlemail.com.

The deadline for people who are interested to apply is February 7.