Cafe for sale

High Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23

Sold STC £35,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Jordan Marks Estates At Your Service 7 Days a Week 24 Hours a Day
  • OCCUPYING A PRIME HIGH STREET TRADING POSITION
  • 12 INTERNAL AND 2 EXTERNAL COVERS AS ARRANGED
  • FANTASTIC RANGE OF GOODS FROM ARTISAN SUPPLIERS

Full description

Business Description
• OCCUPYING A PRIME HIGH STREET TRADING POSITION
• 12 INTERNAL AND 2 EXTERNAL COVERS AS ARRANGED
• OFFERING EXQUISITE FOOD, WINES AND BEVERAGES
• FANTASTIC RANGE OF GOODS FROM ARTISAN SUPPLIERS
• SUITABLE FOR DAYTIME AND EVENING BISTRO TRADE
• FULL INTERNAL INSPECTION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

LOCATION:
Christchurch is a borough and town in Dorset adjoining Bournemouth in the west, with the New Forest to the east. Historically in Hampshire, it joined Dorset with the reorganisation of local government in 1974 and is the most easterly borough in the county. The town, thought to have existed since around 650 AD, is at the lowest crossing point of two rivers, Avon and Stour. Following the construction of the priory in 1094, the town became known as Christchurch. It was heavily fortified by Alfred the Great in 900 AD against the Danes and again during the Second World War against an expected invasion by the Third Reich.
Smugglers have made use of the sheltered harbour with easy access to neighbouring towns since the 18th century. Indeed, in 1784, the Battle of Mudeford was fought between such smugglers and Her Majesty's Customs and Excise. The town has had a long association with the military. The Bailey bridge (Sir Donald Bailey) was designed and built at the town's barracks. From 1940 Airspeed Ltd. had a factory in the town which was later occupied by De Havilland. Horsa, Ambassador, Mosquito, Vampire, Sea Vampire, Sea Venom and Sea Vixen aeroplanes were manufactured there.
Once an important trading port, it is now a popular tourist destination, with one-and-a-half-million annual visitors. The borough has 12 conservation areas, 300 listed buildings, 12 scheduled ancient monuments and three nationally important archaeological sites. In addition there is over 150 hectares (370 acres) of nature reserves and wildlife areas including four sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). The population has grown to over 54,000 (2011) making it, in terms of population, the fourth largest town in the county.

BUSINESS:
This attractively presented leasehold café/deli is superbly located in the middle of the quaint town of Christchurch on the High Street. Offering 12 internal and 2 external covers as is presently laid out but easily rearranged to accommodate up to 20 inside, the premises are eminently suitable for both daytime and evening trade throughout the year.

The Café: As a member of the Guild of Fine Food this deli/cafe offers exquisite food made on the premises using locally sourced fresh produce. It is renowned for serving high quality locally roasted coffee and a selection of over 20 loose leaf teas and tisanes; the cafe is also licensed to serve wines and beers. The current menu includes platters and brunch/breakfast dishes, speciality sandwiches, house-made soups, deli made cakes. All recipes together with a supplier list will be available to the purchaser.

The delicatessen: Uniquely this deli offers a stunning range of artisan products, with many local producers delivering personally, alongside Italian and Spanish deli produce including; cheeses, chutneys, fine oils and vinegars, handmade chocolates, teas, cheeses and alcohols including local Gin and Wines. The current owners make Ready Meals using local produce which are popular with local residences and holiday makers alike.

Picnics are made throughout the spring and summer months from the deli produce.

Gift Hampers are continual throughout the year but maximise in November and December and include corporate client gift boxes.

The premises experiences a strong demand for pre-booked monthly dinners alongside private dinner parties. This strong demand has enabled the business to build an extensive mailing list; new owners could maximise this potential growth area.
The mailing list is available to the purchaser along with the successful website.

Potential: E-commerce and weekend evening bistro, outside catering.

An early viewing is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

YEARS ESTABLISHED:
The premises have traded as a café and food takeaway under various trading styles for many years. The current owners have been in situ since June 2011, converting the business from a tea room offering 17-20 covers to the present, delightful combined café/deli combination.

TRADE:
Please note that if a business is VAT registered, all figures exclude VAT.
Sales of £105,907 were reported for the year ended 31 March 2015, a slight uplift on the previous year. Turnover in the 11 month period 1 November 2014 to 30 September 2015 was £97,666; very much in line with the preceding 2 years.

REASON FOR SALE:
Family reasons.

STAFF:
The business is operated by the vendors with the assistance of their son (15 hours pw) and additional part time assistance (up to 23 hours pw altogether) on a casual and seasonal basis as required. As such there may be no obligation for the buyer to inherit any TUPE responsibilities.

OPENING HOURS:
Monday to Saturday: 8.30am to 5.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am to 3.00pm (not January to March except where Easter is early)

The vendors have also opened for pre-booked themed dining on one Saturday evening per month. The very positive response to this suggests there is demand for bistro opening on Fridays and Saturdays each week for a significant part of the year.

BUSINESS PREMISES:
(all sizes are approximate & should be considered 'nominal'.)
The business occupies the ground floor only of a terraced property of brick construction under a pitched and tiled roof. The first floor accommodation forms part of the adjacent shop. Situated towards the eastern end of the High Street the business is only a short walking distance from both the famous priory and riverside walk and is ideally situated to take advantage of the significant tourist trade.

The shop front is most attractively presented with retractable sun canopy and prominent signage over. A display window is set to the left hand side of the entrance door of twin glazed panels, with further glazed panels both above and to the right hand side, all set in a wooden frame. The interior lighting, which includes suspended lights above the display window, naturally draws the eye of the passer by. A double sided painted wooden advertising panel attached to the wall between the shop and its neighbour adds interest and there is sufficient space outside to accommodate a small circular table with two chairs and additional marketing features in the form of 2 x 'A' boards.

The front door opens into:

Café/Deli Retail Area (7.1m x 3.7m approx):
Entrance door mat. Suspended ceiling with diffused lighting units and additional suspended lighting adjacent to the display window. Vinyl floor covering. High level wall cupboard housing meters. 4 x wooden tables with 6 wooden chairs and wooden bench seating currently arranged to offer 12 internal covers. Tall bottle chiller and further tall chiller unit for ice creams and ready meals. Tall wooden product display shelving units to the right hand side. Further wooden display and shelving units inside the front part of the space attractively display a range of local and international deli products.
Towards the rear there is a serve-over glass chiller unit for cheeses etc. alongside the main serving counter which is a vintage antique drapery counter. Much of the decor is of vintage antique theme including teapots, cups and saucers. Front of house service area includes glass cabinet stand for Iberital L'anna 2 group coffee machine and Iberital coffee bean grinder. There is a dedicated decaf coffee grinder on a fitted wooden unit with roll edged work surface with matching shelf under fitted to the rear wall with wooden shelves over for crockery and the display of the tea caddies. On the left hand side at the rear stands a narrow table accommodating an epos till system and electronic scales and further wooden shelf unit for display of high end alcohol and gifts. Three steps rise towards the rear to:

Kitchen Area (4.4m max x 2.7m approx. being of irregular shape):
Suspended ceiling with diffused lighting units. Vinyl tiled floor. Part tiled walls. Stainless steel triple cupboard with fitted wall cupboards over and wooden shelving to the side. Roll edged work surface to rear wall with fitted shelving over. Attractive heavy wooden prep table with shelf under. Stainless steel table with Panini press. Further stainless steel table with open storage under. Stainless steel shelving unit accommodating commercial eye level grill/pizza oven, commercial toaster and two microwave ovens. Further kitchen equipment includes 2 under-bench fridges, Kitchen Aid mixer, Magimix food processor, induction hob and 2 ring electric hob. Speed wrapper. All equipment is owned and regularly serviced by the business; there is no leased equipment. Stainless steel sink unit with single drainer and open storage under and Heatrae Sadia electric water heater over. Small, wall mounted stainless steel hand basin with electric water heater and paper towel dispenser over. Wall mounted Insect-ocutor. A steel hanging curtain is fitted inside a wooden back door which opens to give access to:

Covered Rear Yard Area:
A most useful covered, long rectangular space under sloping roof with a built in transparent roof to enable an all-weather work space. Colour washed walls. Stainless steel sink unit (cold water supply only) with double drainer and open storage under. Fitted washing machine and dishwasher. Long stainless steel table with open storage under. At the very rear of the property an uncovered area leads to a storage area accommodating the waste bin. Whilst there is no formal rear access to the property itself, an arrangement with the neighbouring shop, which does have rear access, means that the waste bin can be collected and emptied. To the right hand side of the yard space wooden doors give access to:

Storage Room 1 (1.5m x 3.3m):
Sloping roof. Stone floor. Accommodating 2 x upright freezers and further tall refrigerator. Small fitted desk surface at one end.

Staff WC:
Sloping roof. Stone floor. Low flush WC with wall mounted wash basin.

Storage Room 2 (3.2m x 1.8m):
Sloping roof. Stone floor. Wooden staging for the storage of dry goods.

Note:
Where items of equipment and appliances are mentioned, no warranty is given or implied as to their operational condition.

PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION:
(all sizes are approximate & should be considered 'nominal'.)
None

PARKING:
The town centre is very well served by public car parks. Short term on street parking is available opposite the premises before 10am and after 4pm daily and it is permissible to stop immediately outside the shop for loading/unloading purposes when required, except on market day (Mondays). There is some free street parking available nearby all day between October and April.

LEASE TERMS:
The current 15 year full repairing and insuring lease is scheduled to expire in September 2016 and the landlord has confirmed that a new 15 year lease will be made available to the buyer. Rent of £19,750 (+ Vat) is currently payable.


Nearest stations

  • Christchurch (0.5 mi)
  • Pokesdown (2.1 mi)
  • Hinton Admiral (3.0 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Jordan Marks Estates, Christchurch

16 High Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AY

01202 066059 Local call rate

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Nearest stations

  • Christchurch (0.5 mi)
  • Pokesdown (2.1 mi)
  • Hinton Admiral (3.0 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Jordan Marks Estates, Christchurch

16 High Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AY

01202 066059 Local call rate

How much will it cost me to call the number displayed on the site?

Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider's call package.

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