About this property
A great opportunity to purchase an established beach hut business.
The café sits aside an area of outstanding natural beauty with a public footpath running 360 degrees around it. The coastal walk BB40 which carries a walker around the Island, has a footpath to the beach, and along the beach towards Bembridge harbour one way and Whitecliff Bay the other.
The café land is flanked by day beach huts, holiday beach huts and holiday homes giving a local audience.
The area has a rugged feel open to the natural elements of season. The beach is tidal and stretches out for miles creating a wonderful vista for customers.
The café sits directly on the land overlooking Forelands Beach with it’s famous Bembridge Ledge, an area renowned for it’s local crab and lobster, and when in season, local Bembridge prawns.
The café is within Bembridge Village which is the largest village on the Island complete with schools, shops, hotels, local fire station, RNLI and RNLI lifeboat station.
There has been a café on the land for over 40 years. Initially opened as a café by a local fisherman and his son catching the local crab and lobster, whilst his wife and daughter, cooked and sold it. This business has changed hands only a handful of times and the present owners created this business 10 years ago taking a little shack selling chips, bread pudding and mugs of tea and turning it into a well publicised foodie destination, now selling local seafood crab and lobster platters, cocktails and high end wines to a loyal following. The business has gained awards for it’s food and customer service along with lots of local and national press coverage.
Customers can reach the café by road, parking is free nearby, by air into Bembridge or Sandown Airport, Bembridge Airport being a short walk away, by local bus with the nearest bus stop being a 5 minute walk, by foot, by rib, kayak or paddleboard or a short walk from Bembridge Harbour for overnight stays.
There are approximately 100 covers split between outdoor seating for 70 overlooking the beach and an upper level tikki bar terrace with additional covered seating for 28. At present the premises holds an alcohol sales license from 11am – 10pm, 7 days a week with permitted off sales of sealed containers. The café currently holds a 5* hygiene rating.
The original café building houses the galley style kitchen, KP area with commercial dishwasher and 2 food preparation areas, whilst the tikki bar houses the main bar and barista coffee machine area and store. Externally there is a server counter and additional store.
Two WC beach huts house flushing toilets with sink into a cesspit, along with a baby change area.
The café has external power points and two outside taps.
The area is fenced defining the licenced boundary and has a clearly marked entrance point. New signage was installed this year with new defined seating areas, upper terrace bar area with covered seating and 6 booths. A lower decking area with seating for 10. This venue offers the opportunity to create a private VIP dining and drinking area for parties and small groups.
The area is covered by CCTV internally and externally, along with outside lighting for evenings.
The café has been trading as a seasonal daytime cafe with occasional evenings, private suppers and private events between March to September.The café has been trading as a seasonal daytime café with occasional evenings, private suppers and private events between March to September.
For 2021, the café has only traded 5 days a week 11am – 5pm with a 3 hour lunch period 12 till 3pm. Trading hours are at present 30 hours a week, 15 hours for food.
Currently the business is run with a team of 6 paid self employed staff: 2 kitchen, 2 front of house and 2 bar.
For 2021, the café has only traded 5 days a week 11am – 5pm with a 3 hour lunch period 12pm till 3pm.
Trading hours are at present 30 hours a week, 15 hours for food.
The café comes with 8 years of Trip Advisor Awards for Excellence, many mentions in national press including The Telegraph, Mail, Times, Observer, Coast Magazine along with many travel and food blogs.
They have a loyal following on social media with active Facebook and Instagram pages. A regularly updated website which works very hard with an example menu, location information and lovely images of the beach and their food.
At present the café is roughly visited by 40% Island residents and their families and 60% holiday visitors.
This year, the owners have put some considerable investment into improving the site, including installation of ‘proper’ toilets and sheltered seating around the bar area. This attracts customers to stay longer and allows the café to operate when the weather is less favourable. This could be further extended by more covered seating, especially in the colder months, by addition of a marquee for example.
The owners consider that the business has the potential to vastly increase turnover by opening every day, for longer in the year and offering breakfast, evening meals, private functions and even wedding parties.
Opening days and hours are at present 5 days a week, 6 hours a day.
There is an opportunity to increase food sales to include breakfast, lunch and dinner and to open 7 days a week from 11am – 10pm.
The present owners chose to trade the season from March/April until September. Opening for more of the weeks during the year would expect to see a 20% increase in sales.
There are many opportunities to marketing to private parties, music evenings and functions to increase turnover.
Mains water and electricity are connected.
Our client is asking Guide Price £149,950 for the business, FFGW + SAV and the balance of a 21 year lease from 2008.
The owners inform us they are currently zero rated for business rates.
For all vieiwngs please contact HRD Commercial on 01983 527727.