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Busy Café In Guildford For Sale

Guildford, Surrey, UK
Asking Price:
£85,000 Furniture / Fixtures included
Sales Revenue:
£200K - £500K
Cash Flow:
Available on request

The premises have been trading as a café/coffee bar for nearly 100 years and is presently run by only the second owners in the last 50+ years. It is located on a main road into and out of Guildford and only approximately 1/2 mile from the town centre and has main road and side road public parking close by.

The café has gained an enviable reputation for serving a good all day breakfast menu, hot and cold sandwiches baguettes toasties and paninis etc. Their beverages include cappuccinos, lattes, espressos, hot chocolate, tea and cold beverages along with handmade milkshakes. The entire menu is available to eat in or take away and uses Just Eat for some advertising and deliveries
The vendors menu is based on a small core of quality ingredients that are cooked well and served quickly making this a very easy business to learn and run competently by even novices to the trade.
The customer seating area has been redecorated and has a combination of smart retro style booth seating and retro tables and chairs with outside patio seating and tables to the front and side.
A big bonus is the café has a free private car park for around 4-5 vehicles which is a benefit for staff and the owners.
Operating hours have been cut back from 7 days per week to 6 days per week due to the pandemic but trade is rapidly building back up to Pre lockdown figures and reopening on Sundays is being considered in the near future as it was always a busy day.

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Property Information



Lease Terms:

15 years renewable, approx. 7 years remaining but this is renewable with the landlords.

Leasehold Rent:

£21,000 per annum


Located on the Woodbridge Road, a main road leading to Guildford town centre about 1/2 mile away

Premises Details:

The premises are detached and comprise of an internal seating area, a small patio/seating area to the front and a larger covered seating/patio area to one side.
There is an adequate commercial kitchen leading to a rear yard that houses an office, a separate cold room, staff w.c. and a gate that gives access to a side alley for deliveries to the rear.

Business Operation

Expansion Potential:

The business could easily be expanded with minimum cost if it were to open past lunchtime and into the evening for eat in and even later for take aways, opening on Sundays would certainly be very viable as it was before the recent lockdowns

Competition / Market:

The cafe opens early for breakfast etc and closes in the early afternoon after the lunchtime trade, there are nearby food outlets but they mainly rely on evening trade and tend to not be in competition with the cafe

Reasons for selling:

Prior to the covid outbreak both owners were in a fortunate position to retire slightly early but as the lockdowns were enforced the owners decided to focus on the take away side of the business and ride out the pandemic until the business recovered and was back to or close to previous trade figures then continue with their plans to sell

Trading hours:

Monday to Friday 06:45 am to 14:00hrs
Saturday 06:45 to 13:00hrs

There are 2 employees and 2 owners but prior to covid levels were higher and would need to rise again as trade is rapidly increasing again
Years established:
Trading as a cafe for almost 100 years and in the hands of the present owners for almost the last 20 years

Other Information

Support & training:

We would be willing to offer a support/training period to serious buyers dependant on their needs.

Furniture / Fixtures value:
£25,000 - included in the asking price
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