Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market Café Legge, a family run business that was purchased by the family in the 1930’s. Therefore, this is an establishment that is well known by the local residents, bringing in daily return custom from many customers who are known by the staff on a first name basis.
Our client is now looking forward to retirement.
The premises has been fully refurbished over the last 10 years or so and now has seating for over 100 internally and during the summer months the sunny outside terrace brings the seating up to 140. The layout is such that there is a café area for daytime use which then opens up to the bistro for afternoons. This area can be used in the evenings as currently the café is only open until 5pm.
The premises is fully licenced and offers breakfast, lunch and main meals. The owners have often had comments that the coffee they serve is the best in town.
There are many repeat customers and many visitors to the town call back time and again. Café Legge enjoys 4* reviews on TripAdvisor and has a Facebook page, however, there is not a website for either of the businesses and this is one area for development.
Further areas for development:
Open earlier for breakfasts – especially in the Summer months
Open later for evening meals in the Summer months and weekends throughout the year
Launch a website
Introduce a delicatessen area
Reintroduction of ice cream sales
Hilton Smythe highly advise early viewing to avoid disappointment.Location
Café Legge is located in the Norfolk seaside town of Hunstanton occupying a major corner location over four shop fronts, on the High Street. The premises is clearly seen by the distinctive signage, which spreads across the four shop fronts. There are many local car parks and on road parking with free parking for 45 minutes next to the premises.
Hunstanton had a population of 4,229 at the 2011 Census. It faces west across The Wash, making it one of the few places on the east coast where the sun can be seen setting over the sea. Due to this the town attracts many holiday makers that come for day trips, weekends and longer stays, meaning the population grows vastly during the course of the summer months.Premises
The address of the business is number 1 High Street.
Outside there is seating for 15 or so bistro style tables on the terrace that gains sun from morning to evening. All bistro style tables and seating are being sold with the business.
Entrance to main café area. There are two entrance doors to this area, which has a main service bar and comfortable table seating throughout. There is a coffee machine here and open to the bistro area.
The bistro has further seating at tables and soft seating around a coffee table area, with access to the modern toilet facilities.
From here is a door to a storage/office area with boiler, door to staff WC and door to the outside area.
Outside is bin storage and access to a further outside staff WC.
The industrial 5* hygiene kitchen is fitted out in stainless steel.
3 x deep fryers
5 burner range
2 x freezers
3 x fridges
Door to rear area with access to bins and WC. Also there are concertina doors leading to the terrace area, this area used to sell ice creams.Tenure
We are advised the business is being sold as a leasehold business opportunity. Our client is also the freeholder, who is looking to set up a new 5 year lease with an annual rent of circa £20,000.Hours
The business is currently open 7 days a week from 8am – 5 pm or 9 am – 4 pm in the winter months.
However, there will be nothing in the lease to stop longer opening hours and it will be up to the new owner to set these.Staff
The business is run and managed by our client, with the help of 5 full time staff and 4 extra staff in the summer months.Financial Profile
Cafe Legge generated an advised turnover of circa £160,773 as of the 2016 accounts, with a gross profit of £101, 290.
Our client freely admits that they have not put their heart and soul into the business.