The Stuart Arms Bar & Restaurant is currently non-trading and non-licenced but is a well-presented boutique style establishment. The business benefits from internal investment in both infrastructure and décor. Situated in the centre of Dufftown, this characterful property is not only presented in good order with pleasing décor throughout the customer areas, but also includes a spacious 3-bedroom owner’s flat. The Stuart Arms has an appealing character, warmth and ambience which gives the opportunity to be a true destination restaurant. The previous offering was an excellent mix of modern and traditional Scottish cuisine utilising a range of locally sourced products; the operation provided seasonal fayre to a consistently high level.
Historically the Stuart Arms had a strong customer base generating a good level of turnover, although it is now currently non-trading due to the owners’ change in circumstances. The business comes to the market almost in walk-in condition, as seen. The Stuart Arms Bar & Restaurant was an established restaurant / bar venue but had significant potential to develop the business further. Previously the business operated with the two income streams of bar and food sales. The bar service historically offered over 200 single malt whisky’s as well as stocking local beers made by Spey valley.
The business previously drew in a strong local clientele supplemented by the influx of tourists during the main season (Easter to October). The business was well represented over a number of web platforms with solid Trip advisor reviews.
The Stuart Arms Bar & Restaurant has excellent potential as a business enjoying spacious owner’s accommodation. The business operation is located at street level and the owner’s accommodation is set on the first floor. The building is of traditional stone construction with pitched roofs and the original aspects dating from the early 1900s.
The business is well signed and is located on a main street within Dufftown. The public entry to the premises is from pavement level into a draught lobby from which there is separate access to the bar and restaurant. Both areas benefit from frosted branded windows. The bar entrance is to the right-hand side and upon entry there is a modern and well-appointed bar servery. This attractively presented bar has modern flooring and lighting and a darts lane. There is ample space for 30 seated patrons. Previously this area also accommodated a pool table and juke box in addition to the seating noted. The bar also has a large TV and gaming machine. The bar and gantry are roomy offering the ample space to sell a wide range of beers and spirits. There are ample under-counter chillers to hold bottles and cans. To the rear of the public bar are a ladies and gents WCs. There is a staff connection between the bar and the restaurant facility good control of both areas.
The restaurant is a very pleasantly decorated dining space offering a truly warming ambience. There is a small area with soft seating which previously accommodated a wood-burning stove and large TV. Thereafter are free-standing tables and chairs set comfortably to around 44 covers, however, there is capacity to seat 65 diners should new owner’s wish to increase the serving provision. The restaurant has two levels and both are accessible to wheel chair users. There is a secondary bar in the restaurant area which is themed around whisky. Throughout the restaurant there are good quality carpets and rustic lighting, supplemented by spotlights. To the lower level is a disabled WC and baby changing unit and to the high level, accessed via steps, are the ladies and gents WCs.
At the rear there is a service entry close to the cellar and commercial kitchen area making deliveries easy to accommodate at any time. The kitchen has been very well equipped although some equipment has now been sold. The kitchen is fitted out with stainless steel worksurfaces, some cooking equipment, utensils, stainless steel shelving units, refrigeration units and food preparation aids. Over the winter of 2021/22 a burst pipe did some damage to finishes and lights in the kitchen area. This has been made safe but not repaired, the price reflects this condition. It has a modern extraction hood. The kitchen has a dry goods store and immediate access to the rear of the property to enable ease of deliveries etc. There is a large cellar where beers are cooled by use of a python. In addition, a spirit / bottle store is located behind the public bar.
The Stuart Arms Bar & Restaurant is a substantial property with a tarmac drive to the rear providing access to the kitchen and owner’s accommodation. There is a popular beer garden with a ramped access which is ideally located to take advantage of the summer sun. There is also a large building to the rear which has not been utilised as yet and is only used as a storage space. The vendors believe that this unit could be an attractive development opportunity for new owners subject to consents.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity, water and drainage. Propane gas is used for cooking and the central heating system. The ground floor benefits from gas central heating and the owner’s accommodation has electric heaters. The premises are double glazed throughout. The business is fully compliant with Environmental Health and Fire Regulations with modern detection systems. The property also has a CCTV system.