• PROMINENT DOUBLE FRONTED PREMISES
• 44 INTERNAL COVERS PLUS 43 MORE IN WALLED GARDEN
• WELL PRESENTED AND COMPREHENSIVELY EQUIPPED
• NEW LEASE WITH LOW RENT AND LOW RATES
• IDEAL BUSINESS FOR COMMITTED COUPLE
Wellington is an increasingly busy country town lying 7 miles South West of Taunton, close to the Devon border. Over recent years there has been considerable new housing development on the edge of the town as well as the opening of a Waitrose supermarket in its very heart.
The Garden Café is located at 17 High Street enjoying a very prominent trading position with considerable passing trade throughout the day.
This well presented, double fronted, town centre café occupies a strong and prominent trading position in the heart of the main commercial area.
Offering 44 internal covers as arranged, boosted by a further 4 on-street covers, lying to the rear is a stunning walled garden with seating for 43 more and representing a real sun-trap.
Operated profitably since 2009 by a mother and daughter team purely on a day-time basis, rent and running costs are low. The premises, which are licensed, are comprehensively equipped and suitable for a range of catering styles without further expense. The current simple menu comprises traditional breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea options including daily specials and an appetizing selection of desserts as well as hot and cold beverages.
We understand that the landlord is willing to offer a new and long lease if desired and this represents an ideal opportunity for a committed couple to acquire a long established food sector business with good future prospects in an expanding town.
A full external and internal inspection is strongly recommended to be able to appreciate properly what is on offer.
We understand that a restaurant or café has operated from these premises for many years. The café was acquired by the current owner in 2009. The premises are licensed.
Please note that if a business is VAT registered, all figures exclude VAT.
Sales of £110,716 are indicated for the latest 12 months based upon a review of the quarterly Vat returns. Accounts for the years ended 30 September 2013 and 30 September 2014 show turnover, net of Vat, at £105,018 and £118,715 respectively.
A review of the profit and loss account for the year ended 30 September 2014 reveals a net profit of £38,463 for the mother and daughter partnership after wages of £18,896 as well as after motor expenses and accountancy fees.
The ownership of the business was switched from a partnership to sole trader status for tax reasons in June 2015 and we understand that accounts for the 9 month period to 30 June 2015 are available (not seen at this point).
The business has been run by a mother and daughter team with the assistance of three part time staff each working 15-16 hours per week with additional casual assistance as required.
Monday to Saturday: 8.45am to 4.30pm
The business has traditionally closed for 2-3 weeks each year for owner holidays.
(all sizes are approximate & should be considered 'nominal'.)
The lock up premises occupy part of the ground floor and the whole of the rear garden of a period terraced property arranged over three floors with residential accommodation on the upper floors. The shop front is particularly appealing extending forwards slightly to accommodate a fully glazed shop front with twin display windows either side of a fully glazed entrance door recessed and centrally set with a full width retractable sun canopy. A licence is held to locate 2 tables with a total of 4 chairs on the pavement outside.
The premises are simply but attractively presented internally with wood-effect floor covering and would be suitable for a range of catering styles without further expense. The Front Dining Area offers 24 covers as presently arranged and a wide archway leads to the Rear Dining Area which offers a further 20 covers.
A serve over glazed chilled display unit stands in the front dining area adjoining via the open archway the main counter servery being located to one side of the rear dining area which accommodates the electronic till and benefits from open storage under. To the rear of the counter a further work surface provides space for the coffee machine, coffee percolator and grinder with wall shelving over. There is also an upright fridge/freezer.
An open doorway leads to a Wash Area incorporating 2 stainless steel sink units with drainer to side together with a dishwasher. This leads on to the Commercial Kitchen with non-slip floor covering and which is comprehensively equipped to include oven, twin deep fat fryer and 2 microwave ovens, a griddle, eye level grill, hot cupboard, Bain-Marie, upright refrigerator, work surface with fitted floor cupboards and freezer under and stainless steel prep table. Wall mounted insect killer. A doorway allows direct access from the kitchen to service the dining covers in the rear garden.
Returning to the rear dining area, a wooden door gives access to a hallway with doors to separate ladies’ and gentlemens’ WC Facilities, each with wash hand basin.
A wooden door from the rear hallway gives customer access to the stunning, most spacious and fully enclosed Walled Garden. Offering a real sun trap during the warmer months the area is naturally divided by lawns and flower borders accommodating mature shrubs and trees and further divided to offer a covered terrace and sheltered area as well as open areas to provide seating for a further 43 covers in the form of picnic tables set on graveled areas with parasols as well as other smaller tables situated more privately and accessed via shallow steps or lying under mature trees. A useful storage shed stands to the rear. The garden has been the subject of a material investment by the current owner and is a real feature of this business offering an area of calm away from the busy High Street. A visit is essential to be able properly to appreciate this amenity.
Returning inside to the front dining area, a staircase leads to the lower ground floor Cellar, this offering additional storage space incorporating wall cupboards, storage racking as well as accommodating 1 chest freezer and 1 upright freezer. From the cellar a wooden door gives access to a separate external staircase rising to the front part of the rear garden.
Where items of equipment and appliances are mentioned, no warranty is given or implied as to their operational condition.
(all sizes are approximate & should be considered 'nominal'.)
The premises are held under a renewable lease dating from 2009. This is drawn on shop front and internal repairing terms and rent of £10,000 pa is currently payable, this having been subject to three yearly reviews.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE RATING:
Energy Performance Certificate Number: 0980 3077 0351 1730 7020
Energy Performance Asset Rating: 178 Category G
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