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Cafe for sale

Dartmoor National Park


Property Description

Key features

  • Beautifully Refurbished Landmark Property in Unopposed Location
  • Substantial Open Plan Character Trading Area with 110 Covers
  • Sunny Outside Trading Area for 120 & Outside Ice Cream/Takeaway Concession
  • Planning Consent for Superior 2 Bedroom Owners Living Accommodation
  • Healthy Turnover with Strong Net Profit with Huge Growth Potential

Full description

Widecombe-in-the-Moor is a village situated in the Dartmoor National Park, approximately 13 miles North West of Newton Abbot, 7 miles West of Bovey Tracey and 22 miles South West of the city of Exeter. Widecombe-in-the-Moor lies within the vale of the East Webburn River. The ridge of Hamel Down, rising to 1,697 feet above sea level, separates the valley from that of the West Webburn before they both meet the River Dart. According to the Widecombe official website there are 196 households in the village although it's large and sprawling parish stretches for many miles and encompasses dozens of isolated cottages and farms. The subject property is slightly set back from the main village road (B3387), adjacent to the Coach Park and the Village Green. Tourism is the main source of income for Widecombe and the village is an established international tourist destination. In addition to the Cafe on the Green, there are several gift shops in the village including a National Trust Shop, another cafe and two public houses; The Old Inn and the Rugglestone Inn. The Village is probably best known for Widecombe Fair, held annually on the second Tuesday of each September, attracting countless visitors. Dartmoor is a unique place with its wild open moorlands, deep river valleys and rare wildlife; a very popular place to visit and explore throughout the year.

A substantial single storey, detached property sitting in a generous plot on the edge of Widecombe Green. The property was purchased by our clients in 2015 and underwent a total refurbishment including all services and a complete re-figuration of the trading spaces and 'back of house' areas. The property has been completely re-equipped with an excellent commercial trade inventory and the finished product is a beautifully designed café/restaurant, bursting with character and warmth which has been finished to an extremely high standard. To the rear of the premise is a traditional style 'chalet' building which was once used as owner's accommodation however is now unused. The current owners have recently secured planning for a particularly attractive two bedroom owner's dwelling which would enhance the building further. Since reopening in April 2015 the business has gone from strength to strength and now boosts a strong turnover with impressive net profits.

Trading figures for Year End March 2017 show a turnover of £404,747 ex VAT with a very strong Net Profit. This year's trading figures, the period 1st April 2017 to 31st December 2017 shows a turnover of £382,959 ex VAT for the 9 month period with a projected turnover for the Year End 2018 in the region of £460,000- £470,000 ex VAT. With extended trading hours and a more 'hands on' approach, The Café on the Green could see significant increases in turnover and profit from an already extremely strong base.

£19,500. Please note this is not rates payable. For further information we advise you contact the billing authority, Teignbridge Council, Tel. 01626 361101.

We understand the property is connected to mains electricity and water. Cooking is by LPG with a bulk tank situated in the service yard and drainage via a septic tank. The property is heated by an air source heat pump which controls the under floor heating, hot blown air, radiators and hot water system.

To include furnishings and equipment as per an inventory to be supplied, but excluding the owners personal effects.


A beautifully presented open plan character trading space with exposed vaulted ceiling, part exposed brick walls, painted tongue and groove paneling and oak flooring. This is a welcoming and warm space, sympathetically designed with two feature cast iron wood burners and seating for approximately 110 people at a range of rustic timber tables and assorted chairs. There is also an easy seating area with two leather sofas and coffee tables for eight people and an interlinking 'snug' area to the rear accommodating two tables of four.

4 berth. This unit is connected to mains services. This could be used for temporary accommodation prior to the building of the new owner's accommodation, on the completion of which the caravan would need to be removed from the site as a condition of the planning consent.

Dartmoor National Park have granted planning consent (dated 1st December 2017) for the removal of the mobile home, demolition of the existing residential accommodation and erection of replacement residential accommodation to form a 2 bedroom owner's dwelling. Further plans and drawings are available through the Agents, Bettesworths or via the Dartmoor National Parks Planning portal at; planning application number 0514/17.

With bespoke timber tongue and groove painted servery situated to the far end of the room. The equipment includes; inset chiller display unit, 3 group Sanremo espresso coffee machine, electric grinder, milkshake machine and hot water dispenser. Blizzard under counter milk fridge, 3 Blizzard under counter fridges and 1 freezer, sink with drainer and wall mounted blackboard menus.

Well equipped with a valuable inventory including Rational Self Cooking Centre, commercial extraction system, 6 ring gas range with oven, Salamander grill, double flat top griddle, 2 double deep fat fryers and single deep fat fryer. 2 stainless steel topped preparation units with fridges under, under counter freezers, commercial microwave, commercial mixer and heated pass. WASH UP AREA Stainless steel sink unit with drainer, slide through commercial dish washer, sink with Aquajet, storage shelves and racking.

WC, wash hand basin and 2 urinals. Full height radiator, hand dryer and non slip flooring.

Wash hand basin, hand dryer, 2 cubicles with WC and non slip flooring.

WC, wash hand basin, non slip flooring and baby change facilities.

Double fire escape doors to outside.

Currently used for storage with entrance hall, WC and 2 rooms.

The Café on the Green is an extremely successful and stylish café located in a unique and prime location within Dartmoor National Park. The Café's unopposed location in the centre of the village opposite the green and public car park have helped establish the business as one of the best known cafés on Dartmoor and the surrounding South Devon area. This 'first stop' location enables the Café to draw trade from the constant throng of visitors to Widecombe, including the steady flow of coach parties and other tourists from around the world. The current owners of the Café choose to open daily from 10am to 5pm with last orders at 4:30pm. However, as the Café is licenced to open from 08:00hrs to 23:30hrs, the trading hours could be expanded considerably. The Café prides itself on offering a wide range of well prepared, traditional homemade food using locally sourced products and served in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

To the front of the Café is an attractive fenced gravel trade area with seating for approx. 120 at a number of modern style circular pub benches and matching timber outdoor furniture. Langage Ice Cream concession (not owned). Off to the rear of the building is a good sized graveled car park/ service yard with parking for 6 plus cars. Access over public car park through double gates.


The Café offers a range of speciality teas and coffees, cakes and cream teas with breakfasts, light lunches and a daily chalk board offering a selection of inviting plates from slow roasted belly pork, café burgers, classic cod & chips to Haytor Ploughmans. Main dishes are generally priced from around £8.50 to £10.95. Sunday lunch is particularly popular at The Café on the Green with lunch service between 12 and 3pm. For example menus please see The business is operated at 'arm's length' by the owner 'couple' with a full time General Manager, 3 main kitchen staff and 4 'front of house' staff. This team is supported by a number of part time and casual staff, particularly in the busier summer months.

Whilst The Café on the Green is a very successful business with a substantial turnover and strong net profit, there is undoubtedly huge potential for new operators to push trade further still. There is plenty of genuine untapped potential with evening and function trade which there would undoubtedly be a huge demand for. The property is licensed to sell liquor and provide musical entertainment, which at present is only used 3 or 4 evenings a year. The Café on the Green lends itself to function trade for birthdays, weddings and christenings etc and would make an outstanding wedding venue in its own right. Pizza evenings or outside BBQ's would be popular as would music evenings or themed nights on prearranged dates. There is also an outside concession selling ice cream. This is yet to be fully utilised and trade could be increased considerably here with the introduction of a quality outside sales point offering hot drinks, takeaway hot food, picnics, as well as...

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