Cafe for sale

Emsworth, Hampshire

£125,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Prime trading position within Emsworth
  • Character premises to include valuable forecourt
  • 40 covers inside and covered alfresco seating for approx 55
  • Serves easy menu, benefits from alcohol licence
  • Renowned business, same ownership over 17 years
  • Sales in excess 7,000 per week in peak summer months
  • Enjoys great deal of regular all year round trade coupled with seasonal boost
  • Close to Quay & Harbour, surrounded by other popular businesses
  • Trading 5 days per week, closes 3pm and all of January
  • EM&F reference number TR34652P

Full description

Tenure: Leasehold

Description: A rare opportunity to acquire a famous coffee house/café within a highly desirable affluent waterside town, serving an easy popular menu, benefiting from an alcohol licence, trading easy hours over a 5 day week. Operating from unique character premises, a most attractive feature being the enclosed forecourt offering alfresco dining facilities proving very popular and lucrative. The main premises offer additional dining facilities, servery counter, kitchen, storage and cloakroom facilities. Such is the length of time established, reputation and trading position the business enjoys a great deal of regular all year round local trade together with a boost during the summer months from visitors to the town.

Location: Enjoying a prime town centre trading position, lying off South Street at the junction with High Street, albeit set back behind spacious forecourt, but still highly visible such is the characterful nature of the building in which the business is contained. Situated next door to the Methodist Church, close to other popular businesses which at the time of our inspection included Estate Agents, Newsagents, Hair Salon Florist, Travel Agent and Dental Surgery. A short walk away is the main shoppers car park, desirable residential housing, waterside walks along with the popular marina.

Area: Emsworth is a small South coast town situated in the South East corner of Hampshire on the border with West Sussex border, known as the gateway to Chichester Harbour, located on its North end arm with a large shallow inlet and 2 tidal millponds playing host to a variety of wildlife. The town is popular with sailors, artists, naturalists and walkers, being easily accessible, lying just off the A27 and M27 motorway network, approximately 8 miles from Portsmouth, 8½ miles from Chichester and 14 miles from Petersfield.

Premises: Holding 5* EHO rating, feature glazed double frontage, central entrance door opening to DINING AREA, wood effect vinyl flooring, wall display shelving, substantial blackboard menu, ceiling spot lighting, freestanding tables and chairs providing approximately 40 covers. To the rear, SERVERY COUNTER with till point, incorporates glazed chiller display unit, fitted with tiled topped counter housing coffee machine, coffee grinder and hot water still, the area also houses 2 under counter freezers, under counter fridge and glazed front under counter fridge. Behind is the PREPARATION AREA, comprises work counter together with grill, 2 microwave ovens, under counter fridge and small freezer. Through to the KITCHEN, fitted with wood effect vinyl flooring, stainless steel counter with inset hand washbasin, twin sink with draining unit, stainless steel wall shelving and ceiling mounted air conditioning machine. Contains a host of equipment, amongst the inventory, 4 ring cooker, griddle, 2 pot Baine Marie, microwave oven, 2 chillers, and commercial dishwasher. Leading off the dining area, REAR LOBBY with dry STORAGE cupboard, also provides access to separate ladies and gentlemen's CLOAKROOM facilities.

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

Outside: To the front of the premises, large enclosed FORECOURT providing ALFRESCO DINING FACILITES, freestanding tables and chairs offering 55 covers but with scope for more, proving very popular with customers and lucrative from a business perspective. To the side of the property, useful STORAGE ROOM, contains chest freezer and upright freezer, a side ALLEYWAY provides BIN STORAGE facilities.

Business: Acquired by the current owners in 2002 since which time considerable success has been enjoyed, only offered for sale in order to pursue a change in direction. Operating as a daytime coffee house/cafe, serving an easy popular menu comprising breakfasts, light lunches, afternoon tea, cakes and snacks, menu lines comprising sandwiches, baguettes, jacket potato's, salads and traditional favourites/specials such as macaroni cheese, bubble & squeak, welsh rarebit, soup, lasagne and quiche. A range of Vegetarian and Vegan dishes are also available together with cream teas, a range of coffees, soft and alcoholic beverages, under the terms of the lease fried foods are not permitted albeit this assists in attracting customers. The business also retails a range of own branded quality condiments which prove popular with customers and local businesses such as nearby farm shops. This aspect of the business could be expanded as undertaken in previous years, supplying other businesses. A great deal of regular local trade is enjoyed, customers attracted by the courtyard, in particular during the summer months, also proving popular with visitors to the town, additional boosts being experienced when events take place in the town. Many vibrant events are organised by the EBO (Emsworth Business Organisation), of which the majority of local businesses are members. Events include Christmas lights, St George's day parade, Red Nose day and the annual Food Festival which are all in addition to the monthly farmers markets.

Trading Hours: Opening favourable hours to suit the lifestyle of the owners, trading Wednesday to Sunday 8.30am through to 3.00pm, opening at the slightly later time of 9.30am on a Saturday and Sunday. The business is closed on a Monday and Tuesday, additionally the owners choose to close for the whole of January, new owners can increase the current trading hours if they so wish.

Staff: Operated by a husband and wife team with the assistance of casual staff/students at weekends and during the holiday periods.

Takings: Accounting information provided confirms a thriving profitable business, in respect of the financial year ended 31st March 2019 Sales amounted to £91,005 ex Vat reflecting the relatively low opening hours and an 11 month trading period. We have been advised Sales can peak in excess of £7,000 per week during the summer months and in excess of £4,000 per week during the winter months.

Comments: The sale of the Greenhouse Café provides a rare opportunity to acquire a famous destination business proving popular with both the local resident community and visitors to the town. Opportunities still exist to build on the current levels of successful trade through increased opening hours with new owners benefiting from unique premises occupying a prime town centre trading position.

Tenure: Leasehold, held on a renewable 15 year Lease which commenced in 2013, rent £15,000 per annum. We understand a new Lease could be made available to new owners at the outset.

Rates: Currently 'Nil' after 100% rate relief.

Price: £125,000 for the benefit of the Goodwill, Fixtures, Fittings and Equipment (according to inventory).



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Nearest stations

  • Emsworth (0.4 mi)
  • Southbourne (1.3 mi)
  • Warblington (1.4 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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