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Ian McGregor (Nov 2013)
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Freehold Price: £370,000 Price Reduced Turnover: £105,000
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Business Description
Hilton Smythe is delighted to welcome to the market this well established and very popular bistro and restaurant business, which is ideally located within a town in Cumbria.

The business was established by our clients in 2012 and is only now being offered to the market due to our clients’ desire to re-located abroad. The business currently operates 4 days per week and generates an impressive turnover in the region of £105,000 per annum, with a good gross profit.

The 5-star hygiene restaurant opens during the day for coffee’s, alcoholic beverages and informal lunches, plus evening service for dinner or just a drink with friends.  The property had extensive renovation prior to opening, creating a modern relaxing interior, with the restaurant boasting approximately 44 covers to the ground floor. The first floor offers a large function room, which can accommodate approximately 67 covers.

The second floor, which is currently needing to be completed is the owners’ accommodation. The majority of the work has been done and just needs to be finished to suit the taste of a new owner and offers a large lounge, two bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom. The lounge has a stone balcony, which overlooks the town and countryside with amazing views.

The business has built up an excellent reputation within the area and further afield for the very high quality of the fayre and services offered, which has resulted in a very loyal client base, with a high volume of repeat trade and word of mouth recommendations.

We feel there is scope to increase the turnover significantly by offering full weekly trading. A new owner could also embark on a modest marketing campaign to highlight the excellent food and service offered. There is also scope to market the function room, as it has barely been used and would be a very good income stream. The bistro/restaurant already has an excellent and informative website in place to advert the business. The bistro is also 5 star rated on the popular travel website Trip Advisor.

This is an excellent opportunity for a new owner, perhaps a husband and wife team or partnership, to take this already popular and thriving business to the next level; therefore, early viewing must come highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

This popular restaurant occupies substantial three storey premises, ideally located on a busy street in Cumbria. The Grade II listed property is surrounded by a wealth of complimentary shops and businesses, therefore benefiting from a high volume of footfall and passing trade, as well as good car parking facilities directly opposite the premises.

The area of the property is well served by the public transport system, with several bus stops within easy walking distance. The nearest railway station is approximately 10 minutes’ walk away. The area is also well served by the A-roads, with two being within easy driving distance, which link to the national A-road and motorway networks.  

Substantial three storey premises, in an ideal trading location, briefly comprising:

Lower ground floor:

There are six rooms in the basement which include:

Wine cellar room.

Utility room with washing machine.

Room with walk-in refrigerator.

Ground floor:

5-star rated restaurant with:

44 covers.

Original bay window overlooking the market square and church.

Beautiful décor with original features.

Licenced bar serving beers, spirits, soft drinks and bean to cup coffee, with electronic cash register and credit debit card terminal.

Commercial kitchen with modern appliances including:

Range cooker.


Flat plate.

Commercial refrigerators.

Salad preparation area.

Large work space.

Deep fat fryers.

Microwave oven.

Large wash-up room with commercial stainless steel sink unit.

Disabled WC with wash hand basin.

Commercial dishwasher.

First floor:

Landing with beautiful features including the original parquet flooring, beautiful stained glass window and a section for private dining.

Ladies and gents’ WCs.

Function room with 67 covers, bar serving beers, wines and spirits, large bay sash windows, spotlights, laminate flooring and small balcony.

Second floor:

Our client has planning permission to run into owner’s accommodation, major structural work has been done however we feel extensive refurbishments would need to be carried out in order for the accommodation to be suitable. The rooms would consist of:

Large lounge with stone balcony overlooking the town and countryside.



2 x bedrooms.

Our client has uncovered many original features, which would make this a magnificent building when completed, including a beautiful skylight through a false ceiling, which needs to be finished.


Prominent stand-out property.

Excellent signage.

We are advised Freehold.

The business is open:

Monday – Wednesday: Closed

Thursday – Sunday: 11.00am – 2.30pm and 6.00pm – 9.00pm

The business is owner run and managed with 1 x full time staff member.

Casual staff members are in place.

The business generates an impressive turnover in the region of £105,000 per annum, with a good gross profit.

Tenure: Freehold

Listed by: Hilton Smythe
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