Coastguard Café's community spirit
Hayling’s Coastguard Café has received recognition for outstanding customer service and community spirit.
Local MP Alan Mak hailed the historic takeaway as an excellent example of a successful family-based business, following their success at this year’s Havant Small Business Awards, which was organised by the MP.
The Coastguard Cafe - originally Coastguard Cottages - was first established on Hayling Seafront by Victor and Annie Elliott in 1942. The business was initially conceived as a tea rooms, with a fish and chip takeaway next door.
During the 1960’s, the popularity of the fish and chips grew, with customers taking food away to the waterside, convincing the family to concentrate on the takeaway. The Coastguard Café has been a fixture of the Hayling seafront ever since. A fire in October 2002 necessitated a refurbishment, but owners Jeff and Caroline Clark have worked hard to retain the café’s period charm.
The café celebrates 75 years of trading next year, and continues employ 30 local people as a significant local small business. Owners Jeff and Caroline are also committed to the principle of reinvesting any profits back into the business in order to secure long-term stability and growth.
Coastguard Café owner Jeff Clark said: “Alan is a strong supporter of small businesses on Hayling, and his Business Awards really engaged the local community. We were delighted to win the Best Takeaway Award, and want to thank our customers and local residents for supporting us.”