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• Beautifully appointed Inn (currently non-trading) adjacent to the popular North Coast 500 tourist route and the Highland town of Tain.
• Prominent shoreline trading position boasting views across the Dornoch Firth and to the Sutherland hills beyond.
• Extensively refurbished business with a lounge bar (40 covers) and public bar plus fully commercial kitchen offering a walk-in business opportunity.
• Ample off-road car parking and fully licensed beer garden.
• Potentially easy-to-operate establishment, ideal for first-time buyers.
Available as freehold and leasehold
The village of Inver is set in the picturesque countryside of Easter Ross with spectacular views across the Dornoch Firth to the Sutherland Hills. A glorious sandy beach stretches along the coastline with a slipway for fishing or leisure craft. The village has a primary school and village hall that plays host to various groups/activities. Nearby Tain is the nearest town, offering a wide range of amenities including a selection of local shops, hotels, primary and secondary schooling and a medical centre. Inver as a general location is certainly popular for walkers and field sportsmen with an abundance of local wildlife, trout and salmon fishing opportunities. Golf is another popular activity in the area with a championship standard course in Tain plus the famous Championship Course of Royal Dornoch which is only a short drive away. Many of the tourists who visit the area are drawn in by an excellent range of castles, distilleries; indeed, the locality is an ideal base from which to make a day trip to Loch Ness and visit the Highland Capital itself.
The Inver Inn is a traditional village Inn within a picturesque setting overlooking Inver Bay which is an inlet off the Dornoch Firth. The property boasts a shoreline location situated between the popular coastal village of Portmahomack and the town of Tain. This region is popular with tourists being an area of natural beauty with stunning beaches. The Inn is a single storey property which has been extensively refurbished by the vendor making this a truly excellent proposition for an owner operator to trade as a destination restaurant / bar.
The trading aspects comprises of a cosy traditional public bar with an adjoining games room. In addition, the dining room/lounge bar which can accommodate 40 guests is beautifully appointed with good quality facilities. The business operates a back-to-back servery between the public bar and lounge area. The business possesses all the necessary infrastructure to support a thriving food operation including a newly refitted commercial kitchen and beer cellar.
The Inn has a strong trading history but was closed for a full refurbishment by the current owner. The establishment has been popular with both locals and visitors alike, offering a wide range of wet sales. The revised configuration of the property lends itself to a more expansive food and beverage operation.
The Inver Inn offers scope for future development and expansion. With historic strong year-round local trade and additional seasonal demand from the large number of tourists who visit the area to travel the North Coast 500. There is little doubt that the Inver Inn will generate a sound level of income through traditional income streams of wet sales and food provision offering an excellent self-employment business opportunity.
The Inver Inn is a single storey unit of traditional stone construction with extensions. The property sits under a pitched roof with elements of flat sheet metal profile roofing. Benefiting from a series of wide-ranging and recent upgrades, which include a fully refurbished rustic style dining room/lounge, set to free standing tables and chairs accommodating up to 30 diners. With a modern wooden bar servery offering a range of taps, optics and chillers, the lounge is supported by new male and female W.C.s. The public bar has its own access and W.Cs, offering fixed bench seating plus free-standing tables and stools for up to 40 customers. Off the bar is an adjoining games room, complete with pool table. The business has excellent service facilities and recent upgrades to the business include a modern commercial kitchen with stainless steel worktops and a range of floor and wall-mounted storage units. Appliances include an induction hob with triple electric oven, electric fryers and contact grill with modern strip lighting and a range of ancillary equipment. Also upgraded is a conveniently located beer cellar with python cooler. The business has ample storage space throughout.
The Inver Inn has a fully licensed external seating area which is laid to gravel and is set to benched seating. To the rear of the property is a large single garage (9mx18m) which offers overspill storage for the business. There is ample parking available to the front of the property.
The external aspects of the property have some excellent development potential subject to planning consents. Planning permission was granted in 2015 to develop out the rear of the Inn converting this area into a two-bedroom owners’ accommodation or a self-catering unit. Further details can be found on the Highland Council planning website using reference 14/04575/Ful.
The business benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage, with oil fired central heating. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. The business is compliant with both fire regulations and food hygiene certification. There is double glazing throughout.
Lease heads of terms
Capital Premium: £20,000
Rent Payments: Quarterly in advance
Rent Reviews: Every 5 years in line with RPI
Lease Duration: 12 – 22 years available
Leaser Type: Full Repairing and Insuring lease
Key Entry Details: Condition photographic survey to be carried out (by mutual Agreement and shared costs)
The current owners purchased the Inn in 2011 and have invested into developing the internal aspects. The vendors would now like to focus on their other business interests and therefore are presenting this superb opportunity to the market.
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