Surfside at Port Soif

"My step mum and father ran it for some 30 years before me," she explains.  "Actually, my first weekend job was helping at the kiosk when I was around 14, so you could say it's like a second home!"

Situated on the west coast, Port Soif bay is a horseshoe sandy beach, at high tide it's popular with young families and wild sea swimmers and at low tide it offers hours of fun for youngsters to explore the numerous rock pools.

This little kiosk remains quintessentially unchanged on the outside however, the surrounding gardens have been extended over the years providing sheltered, outdoor seating for around 84 customers.  

"Unlike a restaurant we are unable to take bookings to spread the volume of food orders so you can imagine on a sunny day life can be very busy in our little kitchen," said Elke.

"We offer both eat in or takeaway food choices of made to order fresh crab, salads, sandwiches, homemade soup, traditional Guernsey Beanjar, bacon rolls, and homemade cakes. Our all butter, fruit scones are baked freshly on a daily basis waiting to be smothered in jam and lashings of Guernsey cream.

"I really couldn't cope without the help of my father who maintains the garden and is always on hand for general maintenance, as well as my sister who can spend hours of hair pulling working on the weekly rota.

"I am so thankful to have core crew of wonderful ladies that return year on year and of course the many students that help weekends and holidays. On a busy day we can have eight staff carrying out various roles to keep the machine running! 

"I love to see the regular customers and the banter and friendships that are formed between us. It is also a joy to be part of our young staffs' journey, seeing them return each season, progressing through their education, blossoming into young adults and before I know it, they are driving themselves to work."

Being a real animal and dog lover, if Elke wasn't running the kiosk she would love to have a dog sanctuary. 

Surfside Kiosk is open daily between Easter and the end of September (or later - weather permitting) from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. - usually earlier for weekend breakfasts.


Elke Schimek has been running Surfside kiosk at Port Soif for around 11 years, following a career in both finance and real estate.

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