Busy Train Station Café Kent

Crowborough, East Sussex

£44,995 +SAV

Ref: 13767 J

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Hilton Smythe are pleased to welcome to the market the Whistlestop Cafe, owned by our client since 2003 and established at the station in 1998. Now for sale to the market due to our clients wish to semi retire. The business offers a full range of breakfasts, all available to add extras too if extra hungry in the morning. Classic cafe specials such as hotdogs, sausage and chips, pies, omelettes, burgers, jacket potatoes, freshly made sandwiches to orders, baguettes, toasties as well as a range of hot and cold drinks. All the menu is available to eat in or takeaway. The business is very popular with local business people, builders, and commuters. There is no deliveries from the business at the moment; this would be a great bonus to the already healthy turnover. The business enjoys an excellent reputation and even though there is no website enjoys good reviews on Facebook. Currently only serving breakfasts and lunches, there is scope to add later menu options, open Sundays and use the kitchen for any outside catering orders. The business is a turn key opportunity, currently only run part time by our client which allows any new owner to increase turnover and current profit levels.



Rolling tenancy agreement with network rail, £9,300 per annum.


Business opening hours: - Monday to Friday: 7-2.30Saturday: 7.30-1 Potential to open earlier and later as well as opening Sunday's.


Owner works 3.5 days of the week; one member of staff works 4 days and another 2 days a week. A new owner could do more hours to reduce staffing costs.

Financial Profile

Whistlestop Cafe generates a healthy turnover of £82,141 as of April 2017 accounts.With a gross profit of £59,809 and net profit of £30,179 which could be increased. The business enjoys zero business rates.


The Whistlestop Cafe is located on the front of station approach of Crowborough station in the village of Crowborough, Kent. It is the only business located directly next door to the station entry and enjoys direct view from the station carpark, taxis rank and bus stop. There is a local pub across the road and other local shops and a busy convenience store. There is a large sign above the business; visible to passing trade.


External: -1 x table with 4 chairs to the front of the business. Internal sitting area: -6 x tables and 22 chairsFull length menu board over the service counterStorage chest freezerCutlery shelf Service counter and kitchen includes: - Stainless steel extraction hood2 x microwavesBuffalo griddle2 x Lincat fryersGas double ovenToaster3 x stainless steel wall mounted storage shelvesHot water urnTill Storage trolleyZanussi fridge uprightStainless steel preparation sink Hot water boilerStorage rackingAdditional shelving Kitchen is fully tiled in white tiles.

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