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Mrs Herbert (Nov 2017)
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Freehold Price: £425,000
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Business Description
ASG Commercial is delighted to bring to the market The Castle Restaurant, a well-presented and popular establishment situated in the heart of Inverness, benefitting from an enviable trading location opposite Inverness Castle. The building is Cat B listed. This deceptively spacious restaurant is a popular dining venue with both locals and the many tourists who visit Inverness swelling demand for tables in the main season (Apr – Oct). The restaurant is presented in good condition for the extant business model and the service aspects have been well-maintained. The restaurant boasts 72 seats and generates a high level of food output through a service kitchen on the ground floor plus a secondary food preparation kitchen on the first floor.

The business offers a true turn-key opportunity where new owners wish to continue a similar trading ethos. The current business model is sustainable and offers scope for new owners to take the restaurant to the next level. The Castle Restaurant has an appealing character offering an excellent mix of traditional Scottish cuisine utilising a range of locally sourced products.

The Castle Restaurant has a strong customer base generating an excellent level of turnover and the business comes to the market ready to operate with minimal requirement for further capital investment. The restaurant also offers a take-away and delivery service providing the full menu range to those who would prefer to eat out-with the premises. This established business has significant further potential to develop trade further, generating greater income. The opening hours are; Monday to Saturday 08:30 – 21:00 and Sunday 11:00 – 16:00 pm.

The current owners purchased the business in 2015 and it is due to a change of personal circumstances that brings this attractive restaurant opportunity to the market.

Castle Restaurant is a well-presented business in a prime trading location. The business operation is set over two floors with customer access at street level. The property which is a ‘B’ listed building is of stone construction under a slate roof. The building dates from the late 1800s.

The business has a commanding presence on Castle Street, which is one of the main arterial routes through Inverness. With excellent signage and decaled branded windows, the restaurant has a distinctive brand image. Customer entry to the trading elements is off the pavement to the front through a double door. There is a separate side entrance for deliveries etc. Once inside the restaurant has a split-level layout with fixed tables and upholstered bench seating. A servery counter to the rear of the customer area is used for the production of coffees etc. The restaurant has seating for up to 72 covers. The property is lit by recessed ceiling lights, and also air conditioned by means of recessed air conditioning units. There are good quality ladies’ and gents’ wash rooms.

There is a commercial service kitchen located immediately to the rear of the main restaurant facilitating ease of customer service. This exceptionally well fitted out workspace comes complete with extraction unit, quality facilities, utensils, etc. In addition, there is a spacious secondary food preparation kitchen on the first floor which is set up to support the high level of food service through the primary kitchen. This food preparation area has a walk-in chill and freezer and also benefits from a large dry goods store. In addition, there are ample store rooms plus a large office and spacious staff room facilities including staff WC. There is a large attic area which has been formed using habitable trusses allowing for further development, if desired, and subject to consents. The side entrances for both kitchens enable ease of access for the delivery of goods.

There is no owner’s accommodation however new proprietors may wish to develop the second floor into private accommodation subject to necessary planning permissions.

The Castle Restaurant is a substantial property with a garden area set to the rear which is accessed from a shared pathway.

The subjects benefit from mains electricity, gas, water and drainage. The premises are fully compliant with Environmental Health and Fire Regulations with modern detection systems.

Offers in the Region of £425,000 are invited for the Freehold interest complete with goodwill and trade contents (according to inventory). Stock at valuation. The owners may also consider a leasehold option, more details will be available upon enquiry to the selling agents.
Tenure: Freehold

Location Details:
The Castle Restaurant is situated immediately across from Inverness Castle with a trading location ensuring a high level of passing trade both from tourists and locals alike. Inverness is a popular tourist destination with a high number of hotels, guest houses and self-catering establishments swelling the number of inhabitants to the City during the spring and summer months. The city itself has extensive facilities boasting two golf courses, an excellent indoor swimming complex, cinema, bowling and ample opportunity to enjoy evening entertainment at a range of venues which includes Eden Court Theatre.

Nearby Cawdor Castle offers a taste of Scotland’s medieval past while Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre are most popular attractions with both UK and overseas visitors. Whether it is a Whisky Trail, a boat trip on Loch Ness or a visit to one of the many accessible Scottish castles, Inverness is an ideal base to explore the many visitor destinations across the Highlands. The City of Inverness is a vibrant centre of tourism and commerce presenting many opportunities for expanding this establishment. The new University of Highlands and Islands campus is indicative of the continuing growth of the City over recent years, as are the increasing number of housing developments.

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