Cafe for sale

Dorchester, Dorset

£32,950

Property Description

Commercial information

  • Business for sale

Key features

  • Central town centre trading position
  • Spacious unique premises steeped in history
  • 50 cover dining area, commercial kitchen, cloakrooms
  • Destination business, trades daytimes only
  • Sales 80,078, Gross Profit 61,303
  • EM&F reference number: TR34327R

Full description

Tenure: Leasehold

Description: An opportunity to acquire a famous traditional tearooms trading from unique historic character premises, reputed to have been the courtroom of the infamous 'Judge Jeffrey's', the likes of which rarely become available. Deceptively spacious, the premises extend over 3 levels, ground floor entrance lobby, impressive first floor 50 cover wood panelled dining area, comprehensively equipped commercial kitchen considered suitable for a variety of cuisine, second floor customer cloakrooms and useful staffroom. Such is the historic nature of the premises the business proves a real destination, attracting both regular local trade and visitor trade.

Location: Occupying a town centre trading position within a popular part covered shopping arcade type development which also links the town's mains shopping thoroughfares of Trinity Street and Cornhill where numerous national retailers can be found which at the time of our inspection included Boots, Seasalt, White Stuff, Samuels Jewellers, HSBC Bank and Lloyds Bank. The entrance to the arcade is flanked by Body Shop and Accessorize whilst the arcade itself is host to a wholefoods shop, hair salon, lingerie shop, barbers and pasty shop, all of which ensures good pedestrian flow. The main shopper's car parks are only a short walk away together with a number of attractions to include the Teddy Bear Museum, Dinosaur Museum and Terracotta Museum, all of which assist with attracting trade to the area.

Area: Dorchester is the county town of Dorset, a market town with a rich and varied history, host to a substantial resident population and attracting a great deal of tourists and holidaymakers throughout the year. Home to the experimental new town of Poundbury which is situated on the outskirts, built on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall according to the principles of Prince Charles. Dorchester is host to the Dorset County Museum and impressive 'Keep' which houses the Dorset Military Museum. The nearby A35 and A37 provide good communication links with the remainder of Dorset, in particular Poole and Bournemouth, together with Yeovil in Somerset and Honiton in Devon with the world famous Jurassic coastline only a short drive away.

Premises: Quite a landmark property, a 17th Century Oak panelled room restored to the current high standard, deceptively spacious and versatile. Feature solid wooden ground floor entrance door with eye catching signage opening to LOBBY and stairs rising to FIRST FLOOR landing with entrance door to customer DINING AREA, carpeted, wood panelling to walls, feature fireplaces to either end, chandelier style pendent lighting. Freestanding wooden tables and chairs provide 50 covers, 3 sash windows provide view of arcade below, contains glazed front upright drinks chiller and cake display dresser. To one end, tiled topped SERVERY COUNTER, adjacent traditional 'Till Point' with jar sweets display to front. From behind the servery counter, access to COMMERCIAL KITCHEN, non-slip flooring, fluorescent strip lighting, initial WAITRESS AREA complete with stainless steel work table, coffee machine, toaster, wall grill, 2 microwave ovens, under counter stainless steel chiller and storage racking. Main COOKING AREA, containing stainless steel work tables, 4 ring cooker, 4 pot Baine Marie, convection oven, 2 commercial microwave ovens, hot water still, stainless steel upright fridge, under counter freezer and wall storage shelving. WASH-UP AREA fitted with twin commercial stainless steel sink/draining unit and dishwasher, STORAGE AREA fitted with hand washbasin, contains upright fridge/freezer and chest freezer. Stairs from the first floor landing continue to the SECOND FLOOR where separate ladies and gentlemen's CLOAKROOMS can be found together with useful STAFFROOM used for changing purposes.

(None of the above appliances/systems have been tested and a purchaser must satisfy themselves as to the serviceability of these.)

Business: The vendor previously worked in the business prior to purchasing it in 2010, now offered for sale in order to pursue other interests. Operating as a themed daytime tearoom, coffee house and café, staff wear traditional dress reflecting tearooms of old. The business serves a popular easily prepared menu of breakfast, light lunches and afternoon tea along with teas, coffees, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with the premises being licensed. Menu lines include sandwiches, salads, jacket potato's and traditional favourites such as steak and kidney pie, fisherman's pie, lasagne, moussaka, quiche and Chilli Con Carne along with daily specials with no meal costing more than £8.95. A range of cake, scones, cream teas and desserts are also available, the business proves a popular escape from the hustle and bustle of the main shopping street, a great deal of regular repeat trade is enjoyed together with visitor trade.

Trading Hours: The business trades daytime hours, typically Monday to Saturday 8.30am through to 4.30pm and Sunday 10/10.30am through to 3.00/4.00pm.

Staff: Operated by the sole vendor with the assistance of 1 full time member of staff, 1 part time member of staff and 2 weekend staff, the business would be ideal for a couple.

Takings: Accounting information provided in respect of the financial year ended 31st July 2018 confirms Sales of £80,078 ex Vat returning an impressive Gross Profit of £61,303 (76%) reflecting the menu lines offered.

Comments: The sale of The Oak Room provides a rare opportunity to acquire unique premises steeped in history, coupled with this is a long established business lending itself to further development in the hands of new owners through additional menu lines.

Tenure: We understand the premises are held on the residue of a 10 year renewable Lease which commenced in 2017, current rent £13,200 per annum plus service charge, tenants responsible for the internal decorating and windows only.

Rates: To be advised.

Price: £32,950 for the benefit of the Leasehold, Goodwill, Fixtures, Fittings & Equipment (according to inventory) plus stock at valuation.



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  • Dorchester West (0.4 mi)
  • Dorchester South (0.4 mi)
  • Upwey (4.8 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Dorchester West (0.4 mi)
  • Dorchester South (0.4 mi)
  • Upwey (4.8 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

EM&F , Devon

3 Cornhill, Ottery St. Mary, EX11 1DW

01404 606038 Local call rate

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

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