Status: For Sale
Tenure: Freehold
Turnover: £223,898
Busy Tea Room/Restaurant with Owners' Accommodation For SaleBusy Tea Room/Restaurant with Owners' Accommodation For SaleBusy Tea Room/Restaurant with Owners' Accommodation For Sale
£740,000 + SAV

Busy Tea Room/Restaurant with Owners' Accommodation For Sale

For Sale
  • Reference: 13524 I
  • Location: Swanage, Dorset
Hilton Smythe is delighted to welcome to the market this well-established and popular tea room business, which is ideally located within the picturesque village of Worth Matravers, Dorset.

The business was originally established in the 1940's / 1950's, and has been our client's careful ownership since 2012. Only now is the tea room being offered to the market due to our client's desire for a lifestyle change. The business operates at different times throughout the year, depending on the season, generating a turnover in the region of £223,900 per annum, with a gross profit of approximately 64% as per the 2016 accounts.

Our client offers a wide variety of fayre including various cream teas, homemade cake, and locally made ice cream as well as home cooked lunches prepared with local produce available in the area. The premise is fully licensed and offers a full evening dinner menu with starters, main courses and desserts, which is very popular and the restaurant fills with both locals and visitors alike. Bookings are always recommended.

The business would be perfect for a purchaser looking for a small restaurant in an idyllic trading location. The tea room currently opens on Friday and Saturday evenings offering a three-course menu that varies from the lunch time menu. Sunday lunches are also available, this is a popular with custom.

The substantial property offers a spacious tea room including an upper level dining area which leads out onto a well-established cottage garden with outside seating. It also includes a well-fitted commercial kitchen and owner's accommodation which comprises of a large lounge/diner, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The property is very well maintained and decorated to a good standard throughout.

The tea room has built up an excellent reputation within the area and further afield for the high quality of food and services offered which has resulted in a very loyal client base, with a good volume of repeat trade and word of mouth recommendations. The business was voted within the top 30 tea rooms in England as of The Telegraph.

We feel the turnover could be increased by extending the opening hours. A new owner could embark on a marketing campaign to advertise the business, or be a hands-on chef which would reduce the staffing costs. The business already has a website in place to promote the tearoom at with sample menus available. The business has excellent reviews on the popular travel website Trip Advisor, and has a page on the social media website Facebook, with 1,375 likes.

This is an excellent opportunity for a new owner, perhaps a husband and wife team or partnership, to take this already thriving business to the next level; therefore, early viewing must come highly recommended to avoid disappointment.


We are advised Freehold.


The business currently operates:

Wednesday - Sunday 11.00am - 4.30pm plus 2 evenings per week.

During the summer months, the business is open for up to 6 days and 5 nights a week.


The business is owner run and managed with 2 x chefs and 3 x waitresses. The staff varies in busy periods.


The business generates a turnover in the region of £223,900 per annum, with a gross profit of approximately 64% as per the 2016 accounts.
WMTR Ltd. Trading as Worth Matravers Tea & Supper Room occupies substantial premises, ideally located within the quaint village of Worth Matravers, which is situated a short distance west of Swanage in Dorset. The business is located within the heart of the village, opposite a duck pond, with beautiful countryside views. The tea room benefits from good on-street parking to the front of the premises; and a village car park is a short stroll away.

Worth Matravers is a beautiful village comprising of traditional limestone cottages and farmhouses, built around a pond which is a regular feature on postcards for the Isle of Purbeck. Situated on the Jurassic coastline on the South West Coast Path, this is an extremely popular destination for tourists, cyclists, climbers, coasteering groups and walkers all year round. The tea room is particularly busy during the summer months, with the beach at Chapman's pool, and the caves of Winspit and Seacombe within walking distance of the village. The coastline in this area is stunning.

The village is served by the public transport system, with a bus route into the popular seaside town of Swanage. The closest mainline railway station with a direct line to London Waterloo is approximately 7 miles away in the market town of Wareham. The area is also served by good road infrastructure with the A351 being within easy driving distance. Corfe Castle is 2 miles away and Swanage is approximately 3 ½ miles away.
Substantial premises in a prominent and ideal trading location, briefly comprising:

Tea room:

Ground floor easy clean commercial grade flooring
Tables and chairs
Produce shelving
Purpose built serve over counter with electronic cash register
Serve over chilled produce counter
Mezzanine level seating with tables, chairs and bi-fold patio doors leading to garden

Well Equipped Commercial Kitchen:

Stainless steel preparation tables and sink units
Pass through Hobart dishwasher
Commercial Turbofan oven
High grade Induction hob
Salamander grill
Under and over counter refrigeration
Stainless steel halogen gantry and hot box
Industrial planetary food mixer

Attached Owners Accommodation:

Own entrance and porch
Beautifully decorated living/dining room with new flooring, and fully working multi-fuel burner
Master bedroom
Large shower room & WC
Useful store room
Double bedroom currently used as an office, with en suite bathroom & WC


Beautiful, sheltered, cottage garden, featuring stone tables for secluded outside seating.


Storage/prep area with chest freezers
Garage area, laundry with washing machine, tumble dryer and storage shelving
Walk-in commercial refrigerator;
Ventilated area for stock-pot.
Gated courtyard for storage

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