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• Established over 40 years.
• Prime location within the centre of Cockermouth.
• Elevated position and never been subject to flooding.
• Rent fixed at £15677 per year until 2025.
• Renewable lease.
• Daytime trade only – scope to open in the evenings and on Sundays.
• Opening hours Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.
• Annual turnover of £200,000.
• Premises completely refurbished, large well-equipped commercial kitchen.
• 60+ internal covers with configuration for more.
• Potential for an alcohol premises licence – subject to planning consent.
• Specialises in traditional homemade English meals, cakes, pastries etc.
• Enviable reputation, numerous positive reviews.
Aspire (Business and Company Sales Specialist) is pleased to offer for sale this cafe and tearoom, ideally located within the town shopping centre in Cockermouth, Cumbria. The business benefits from a prime trading location, set in a prominent position within the pedestrianised area. The wide frontage, boasting two very large display windows, gives excellent opportunities for attracting passing trade, and the shopping centre provides a high daily footfall. The business is surrounded by a wide range of complimentary shops and businesses, and there is a sizeable car park adjacent, with public transport accessible nearby.
Cockermouth is a vibrant, traditional town, with a wide variety of shops and businesses. The area is accessed via a number of A-roads, which connect to the M6 motorway at Carlisle and Penrith.
The business has been established for over 40 years and in the careful hands of the current owner for over 10 years. The business is only now available for sale due to retirement. The owner has developed an enviable reputation in the area, providing a wide range of homemade fare, in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The business is supported by a large number of positive on-line reviews and is one of the busiest cafes in Cockermouth.
The cafe is open during the day, and serves a range of traditional English hot dishes, along with hot and cold drinks, snacks and cakes.
The cafe has been fully refurbished including a new commercial kitchen.
These impressive premises boast two wide feature display windows set at right angles and a corner entrance door, with stone flagging to the immediate area outside, which would be suitable for outside seating.
Internally, there is a spacious open plan servery and dining area incorporating
Tables and chairs for 60+ covers
Raised private area
Chilled cake display cabinet
Coffee counter and servery
2 x freezers, various fridges
Serving counter with electronic cash register and card machine
Hand wash sink
Granite worktops throughout
Solid oak doors
Ladies and gents WCs
The commercial kitchen briefly comprises:
Non-slip commercial grade flooring and tiled walls throughout
Stainless steel prep tables
Double milk fridge
Smeg gas range and ovens
Large stainless steel sink and drainer
Wash room with
2 x large commercial fridges
2 x large commercial freezers
Double commercial sink
Rear exit door out to car park with 4-spaces
The premises are raised and have never been subject to flooding.
Monday to Saturday – 9.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday - closed
There is excellent potential to enhance the turnover. The premises would be ideal to utilise as a bistro for evening dining, with the addition of an alcohol licence. Sunday opening and offering a traditional Sunday lunch would also increase income. Other options could be offering Real Ales, or changing the types of dishes available, such as introducing wood-fired pizzas.
Social media is in place and would benefit from more regular updates, allowing the owners to connect with customers, and perhaps showcasing daily specials or particular offers.
Leasehold business for sale - £125,000
Annual lease rental - £15,677
Original lease length – 15years, remaining to 2025
Annual business rates - £7,390
Annual turnover – in excess of £200,000
This is a unique opportunity to acquire a substantial cafe set in an ideal trading location, which has excellent potential. Early viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate the size, location and finish of this business. Contact Aspire for prompt, confidential discussions.
Aspire can also assist in sourcing any finance that may be required for the purchase of this business.
Ref: Aspire 1936
Aspire Business and Company Sales Specialist.
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