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Tenure: Leasehold



Highly desirable and long established business in a superb town centre location.

Traditional café with a welcoming atmosphere (circa 50).

Additional al fresco pavement area (circa 24).

Thriving take-away business.

Fully equipped commercial kitchen.

Advised turnover circa £97,723 (incl. VAT) for year ending April 2016.

Private lease renewed June 2016 with 6 years remaining.


This well presented and popular café can be found in a prominent and enviable town centre position amongst the key high street retailers such as Boots, Pound Land, Holland & Barrett in the busy and vibrant market town of Diss, Norfolk on the A143 and A140. Diss is a long established major Norfolk town with a population of over 8000 and high level of industry with many local businesses and a large industrial park. It has a pretty and quaint pedestrianised town centre, over-looking a lake, with many shops and 'olde worlde' buildings. Diss is rich in history and dates back to medieval times which makes it popular with visitors to Norfolk all year round. For those who are more sports minded, there is plenty on offer including a swimming pool, sports and leisure complex, cycling and athletics clubs etc. and a major league football club. There is also an array of local amenities, such as doctors, dentists, schools etc. There are at least 9 churches including St Mary The Virgin and St. Henry Morse.

Occupies the ground floor of a two storey eye catching building of brick construction under a pitched tile roof and is part of a former coaching inn and has been well maintained throughout.

The Cafe (circa 50) has a welcoming atmosphere with a two tier street level section and a further lower section to the rear. There is good quality terracotta tiled flooring throughout and it is furnished with diner style seating and tables, tub chairs and stools. Fully equipped counter servery with a chilled display counter, 2 fridges, 3 milkshake machines, heated display cabinet, microwave, professional coffee machine & grinder. There is a new EPOS system relaying orders to the kitchen and electronic till.

Catering Facilities There is a fully equipped commercial kitchen with stainless steel surfaces, a new commercial extraction system, fryers, grills and griddle, panini machine, microwaves and jacket potato machine plus a commercial dishwasher, stainless steel sink, large stainless steel work areas and a hand basin (no equipment / appliances tested). It has recently been refurbished and the whole area has tiled floors, also a separate chipping room with fridge and freezer storage and separate prep/washing up area.

Ladies & Gents W/C all in good order.

Storage Room
Which is located to the front of the café currently being used to grind coffee.

There is an additional al fresco paved area in the market square for up to 24 covers with matching tables, chairs and parasols which is rented separately from Diss Town Council currently at £15.00 per week for 16 covers but can be extended.

We are advised that the business trades with the benefit of an A3 licence and a five star food hygiene award (not seen).

Current opening hours are:
Sun/Mon Closed
Tues-Sat 8.30am to 5.00pm

The business is offered for sale as a lease assignment with approximately 6 years remaining of a private full repairing and insuring lease (internal only). We are informed that the rent is currently £12,244 per annum to be reviewed in June 2018. We are advised that the cafe benefits from mains services (no services seen or tested) and has recently had a new boiler fitted.
Business rates payable are advised as currently being circa £7784 per annum.

Our vendor clients took over the business 8 years ago and in which time they have built up a very successful and well established trade from the local community and surrounding area and have many and regular customers.
This establishment also enjoys a reputation for good quality home cooked traditional food and a wide selection of teas and coffees.
There is also a thriving take-away business and due to its excellent town centre location, benefits from a high level of passing trade from the many visitors and tourists to the town all year round.
The business is currently being run by one of the owners part-time and 4 part-time staff.
We are advised that accounts declare takings of circa £97,723 (inc. VAT) for year ending April 2016. Our vendor clients now wish to retire and have decided to sell the business.
There is massive potential for new owner operators to move this already successful business forward by increasing trading days, extending the opening hours and possibly changing the food offer to either an American diner style or more fast food orientated, and also to promote the take-away service and to introduce a 'sandwich round' for local businesses.

Accounting information will be made available to interested parties after viewing.

This business was viewed by Geoff Bryan who would be delighted to discuss further details and can be contacted on 07887 571720.

Viewing appointments must be made by contacting Guy Simmonds
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