Very Popular Café With Owners Accommodation

Bishop Auckland, County Durham

£325,000 +SAV

Ref: 12531 A

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Hilton Smythe is delighted to welcome to the market this well established and very popular café business in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.The business was originally established in the 1970s and has been in our client’s careful ownership since 1999. Only now is the business being offered to the market due to our client’s desire for a well-deserved retirement. The business currently operates on limited opening hours to suit our client. The café offers a variety of traditional home-cooked foods, speciality tea & coffee and tempting patisserie, as well as daily special lunches and an ice-cream sundae menu, which can be enjoyed in the 40 cover café or al fresco in the courtyard area, which boasts 30 plus covers. A seating area is also available at the front of the premises. The first and second floors of the property of the property offers the private living accommodation, comprising of a large lounge, large fitted kitchen and dining area, which leads to a decked balcony, a master bedroom with a dressing room, a guest bedroom and traditional bathroom with roll top bath. The business has built up an enviable reputation within the area and further afield for the very high quality of the goods and service offered, which has resulted in a very loyal client base, with a high volume of repeat trade and word of mouth recommendations. The business also has excellent reviews on the very popular travel website Trip Advisor. We feel there is scope to increase the turnover by extending the opening hours, perhaps by offering service on Sundays and Mondays, as currently the business is closed on these days and opening in the evenings as a restaurant. The property lends itself to various business opportunities subject to relevant planning permissions. This is an excellent opportunity for a new owner to take this already thriving and extremely popular business to the next level; therefore, early viewing must come highly recommended to avoid disappointment.



We are advised Freehold.


The business operates: Monday: ClosedTuesday – Saturday: 9.00am – 4.00pmSunday: Closed


The business is owner run and managed with 5 x staff members.

Financial Profile

Accounts are available upon request.


Hilton Smythe is delighted to welcome to the market this well established and very popular café in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. The café is located in a prominent position on Market Place, close to Bishop Auckland Castle, therefore benefiting from a high volume of footfall and passing trade. the business further benefits from excellent parking facilities to the front of the premises and further town car parks. Bishop Auckland is a market town and civil parish in County Durham. According to the 2011 census, the town had a residential population of 16,276. The redevelopment of the town could generate £20 million a year for the region’s economy and create more than 400 jobs, a report says. More than £100 million is being spent on redeveloping Auckland Castle, Art Galleries in Market Place and an open-air historical show called Kynren has been created. Kynren hosts 14 shows from July to September. It is billed as the UKs most spectacular open-air night show since the London 2012 Olympics. The Ernst & Young report, commissioned by the Auckland Castle Trust, suggests the project will attract 430,000 visitors a year by 2020. Report author David Smith said: “The potential economic output for the town, County Durham and the wider North East is considerable”.A Mining Art Gallery has recently opened and a Spanish Art Gallery is due to open in 2019.A Welcome Tower Building is also set to open in October 2018 bringing additional tourism to the town. The area of the business is well served by the public transport system, with several bus stops within easy walking distance of the property. Bishop Auckland railway station is just under one mile away.The area is also well served by the A-roads, with both the A689 and A688 being within easy driving distance, which link to the national A-road and motorway networks. Durham is approximately 11 miles away and Darlington is 13½ miles away.


Imposing Grade II listed property, offering huge scope and potential for business expansion with private living accommodation, briefly comprising: Lower ground floor: Large cellar for storage. Ground floor: Generous front of house service area.40 cover capacity. (internal)Large kitchen.Preparation area/pantry. First floor: Public WCs. Private living accommodation: Large lounge with fireplace.Landing with office area.Large fitted kitchen with fireplace and dining area leading to decked balcony with private rear access to 1st floor of property. Second floor: Master bedroom with fireplace, dressing room and walk-in wardrobe.Large storage cupboard on landing.Second bedroom with fitted wardrobes.Traditional bathroom with roll top bath, fireplace and jack-and-Jill access for both bedrooms. External: Rear courtyard with seating for 30 plus.Property front seating area.4 x outbuildings, one of which is being utilised as a laundry.4 car garage.Private rear access to the property by means of double gates.Equipment included: Coffee machine.6 x hob cooker.Microwave ovens.Toaster/Grills5 x refrigerators.Freezers.All general equipment.Crockery.Cutlery.Display counter.Tables and chairs.

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