For Sale

The Fat Seagull

Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire


Ref: B04166

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Aidan Murphy


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Hilton Smythe are delighted to welcome to the market The Fat Seagull. The business has been operated by the current vendors for over seven years and has established itself as the must go to venue within Sandilands and the surrounding area. It has built an enviable reputation for quality and service generating huge demand for bookings over the holiday period.

The business serves a delicious range of freshly prepared produce creating a delicious seasonal menu freshly prepared by the vendors and served throughout the day. The Fat Seagull Deli caters for the huge footfall from the Sandilands Beach through the summer months selling fresh sandwiches, salad and pasta boxes to go.

The business also has a Double Header Italian coffee machine serving freshly ground coffee all day, from their extensive Coffee Menu by Barista trained staff, as well as alcoholic beverages. ‘’Take out’’ trade services are hugely popular within the business. The Fat Seagull also has its very own bakery.

The Bistro currently operates a table licence for alcohol which offers the opportunity to be extended to include an evening wet led service by a new operator. Extending the restaurant opening times could also offer more opportunities, as the business currently only operates during the day and on certain months of the year.

The Fat Seagull also has the benefit of an inclusive shop within the site which serves daily essentials along with a handsome offering within the deli display. The business sells homemade chutneys and condiments sold in the businesses own branded jars, traditional sweets and ice creams as well as a range of gifts including the hugely popular Fat Seagull aprons and mugs generating significant additional income streams.

The site benefits from 30 covers inside and 30 outside which remain enormously popular during the summer months. The business has the added benefit of a veranda stretching the length of the frontage, beautifully clad in Cedar Shingles, which is dog friendly. Customer parking is available to the side of the premises. and along Sea Lane.

The property has been extensively refurbished by the current operators and comes with the added benefit of a spacious 4 bedroom apartment to the first floor with a beautiful kitchen diner and lounge which could either accommodate the new operator or subject to the local planning consents be returned into letting accommodation. The apartment was originally two separate flats.

To the rear of the site is further space to create an additional outdoor bar area or extending dining with its own side entrance opening up the possibility to accommodate private functions. Furthermore, the business has a hugely popular social media following.

This is truly a rare and exciting lifestyle opportunity for either an established operator looking for an additional site or an individual looking to obtain a successful and established business with plenty of further growth potential along with spacious seaside living accommodation.




The site opens seasonally with the shop being open throughout the year the kitchen and main trading area closes for 6 weeks a year.
The main service area opens late morning and serves throughout the day there is currently no evening service.


The business is being managed by the current vendors with the assistance of 6 x part time staff.

Financial Profile

We are advised the business is currently turning over in the region of £160,000 per annum trading very limited hours and is currently a seasonal operation.
The rateable value of the business is £8,200.
There are currently no business rates payable.


The Fat Seagull Café and Bistro is located on Sea Lane off the Huttoft Road in Sandilands, Sutton-On-Sea, within the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park. Sandilands is a small coastal village, unspoilt and highly sought after.

The village has a Golf Course, and its own Landmark Hotel. Lincolnshire is a family friendly area and it still has the Grammar school system which makes the business ideal for a family to run.

The business is yards away from one of the most beautiful beaches on this coast.

The business is on the main route to the beach and is in an ideal spot with plenty of free parking surrounding the site as well as being easily accessible on foot.


The property has been completely refurbished throughout when the current vendors obtained the site.

The premises include:
Main trading area with bar, coffee serving facilities, tables and chairs along with 2 ground floor WC’s (including a new purpose built disabled WC).

The business has a fully equipped professional catering kitchen with its own bakery and walk in fridge, cookers, stainless preparation equipment and fridge freezer units rear storage area and access out to the side and enclosed rear with separate side entrance, rear garage and covered bin area. The business has a 5 star Food Hygiene Rating.

To the first floor is handsome 4 bedroom family accommodation, main bathroom and open plan kitchen diner with lounge. To the outside is vendor and customer parking, additional tables and chairs along the Cedar Shingles decked area.

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