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Y. MacGregor (Nov 2017)
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Leasehold Price: £39,999 Price Reduced Sale Agreed Turnover: £129,635 Gross Profit: £96,133
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Business Description
Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market Jacqueline’s Tea Room a 1940’s themed tea room established by our clients in 2014.

Unfortunately, our client is now looking to sell due to ill health.

Jacqueline’s is more than just a tea room as whilst you sit and relax, look around, you’ll be reminded of an age gone by.

The menu is a varied selection which includes:

• Lunches
• Sweet/Savoury delights

They pride themselves in offering a wide range of homemade gluten free products including:

• Tartlets
• Sausage rolls
• Cakes
• Scones
• Also, if it takes your fancy, an indulgent Afternoon or High Tea

Jacqueline’s holds a full alcohol licence enabling clients to add some sparkle to their Afternoon Tea with Prosecco or a glass of wine, or maybe try an alcoholic iced tea, perfect for any occasion. There is also draught beer available.

Jacqueline’s offers a variety of over 50 loose leaf teas and 3 different teas freshly brewed for sampling every day.

Jacqueline’s offers a monthly subscription to its own tea club from just £10 per month, teas are sent based on season, freshness and flavour and on a 3, 6 or 12-month membership.

The Business also offer a loyalty card scheme in the form of a 1940’s ration card.

All teas are branded as Jacqueline’s and can be purchased to take home along with accessories such as teapots, strainers, infusers and timers.

There are currently quarterly tea and wine tasting sessions that are held in the evening between 7pm and 10pm as the full alcohol licence permits the serving of alcohol until that time.

The first floor has been hired out for parties and weddings. Jacqueline’s prides itself in offering gluten free products and being supported by the Celiac Society.

Jacqueline’s purchases its tea through the sister company Constable Tea. Constable Tea has agreed to pass on and honour the reasonable rates currently charged to Jacqueline’s to continue ongoing business.

The business is being sold with the website,

There are Facebook and Twitter pages and Jacqueline’s enjoys 4.5* reviews on TripAdvisor and 100% rating on Groupon.

Jaqueline’s is a profit-making business, however, there is scope for development by,

1. Holding more open event evenings. We have been informed that there is no restriction on the Lease regarding this.

2. Promote the use of the first-floor area for events such as hen parties, weddings, christenings

Hilton Smythe highly advise early viewing to avoid disappointment.

Jacqueline’s Tea Room is located in the thriving town of Colchester, Essex.

The Tea Room is set within the Roman walls of Colchester, perfectly situated for clients whilst shopping or seeing the sites of this historic town, just a few minutes’ walk from Colchester Town Train Station, Colchester Bus Station and Priory Street Car Park.

The main tea room is entered directly off the street and has seating for up to 28 over 8 tables.

The tea room is decorated in a 1940’s style.

There is access to the service counter and stairs to the first floor.

The service counter has 3 taster teas and shelving behind, with approximately 50 different teas at any time.

In the counter area is a till, freezer, coffee machine and a door to the kitchen.

Beside the counter is Birra Moretti on draught.

The kitchen has,

• Sinks
• Base units
• Work surfaces
• Coffee machine
• Microwave
• Toaster
• Oven
• Doorway to a lobby
• Microwaves
• Door to the rear service area

The first floor opens up to large room with a central table and seating for 18, all in a 1940’s style.

There are doors to the customer toilet and the store room.

The customer toilet facilities are decorated in 1940’s wallpaper.

The store room Includes,

• Racking
• Shelving
• Fridge
• Freezer
• Boiler
• Sink
• Microwave

We are advised the business is being sold as a Leasehold business opportunity, with a 5-year Lease that expires in January 2019.

The landlord is flexible with regards to renewing the Lease.

We are advised the Annual rent is £18,000 including VAT.

We have been informed that the current rates are £385 per annum.

The business opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 9.30am to 5:00pm
Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm

Some evening events should be considered to increase turnover.

The business is run and managed by clients, with the help of 3 x part time members of staff and some casual staff.

Financial Profile
Jacqueline’s Tea Room generated an advised turnover of circa £129,635 as of the 2017 accounts, with a gross profit of 74%.

The assets being sold with the business are worth in the region of £15,000.

Tenure: Leasehold

Listed by: Hilton Smythe

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