Large Coffee Shop With Generous Outside Seating Ledbury

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The Muse Café was founded by the current owner’s in 2012 and is now only being sold due to the owners wishes to pursue other interests.

This thriving business benefits from a very reasonable rent of £7208, with no business rates at present and has a fabulous partly-covered outside seating area for another 30+ covers in a picturesque courtyard that is used all year round. It is being sold as a 'turn-key' business with a solid customer base of locals and tourists.

The popular cafe sells a range of homemade cakes, sweet treats, all day breakfasts, lunches, pizzas and cream teas. They serve excellent blends of tea and coffee alongside local ciders and ales, Herefordshire apple juice and a selection of wines and other soft drinks. They also have an extensive range of gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options. The current owners pride themselves on using local produce where possible and all their cakes are baked on the premises.

The Muse Café has attained a 5* food hygiene rating.

The sale includes a website and currently boasts a Facebook page which should be continued, there is a good visible presence on the internet and enjoys fantastic reviews from the likes of TripAdvisor and Google plus.

The Muse Café has a solid base of regular customers, many of whom are known to the owners on a first name basis.

There is plenty of scope to improve by:
⦁Advertising and marketing campaign.
⦁Maximise the use of social media.
⦁Extending the opening hours, perhaps by opening as a bistro in the evenings.
⦁Expanding the outside catering side of the business.
⦁Introduce a loyalty card/scheme.

The Muse Café Ledbury, Herefordshire.

Ledbury enjoys a good steady all year round income from tourism and thrives off heavy footfall and passing trade. This coffee shop is steeped in history in an attractive rural area. The town centre is a vibrant area full of interesting and independent shops, its certainly not your normal High Street that’s for sure.

The business is ideally situated in an attractive little shopping courtyard which has many complimentary retail businesses and enjoys high levels of footfall and passing trade. There is free on street parking close by as well as inexpensive public car parks. The business is beautifully presented, maintained and well signed.

The main roads through the town are the A449, A417 and the M50 motorway is close by. Ledbury railway station is near the western end of the Cotswold Line and offers direct services to Hereford, Worcester, Birmingham, Oxford and London Paddington.

The Muse Café occupies two floors of beautiful period, mews style property with dining areas situated on the ground floor and within the open-air courtyard. The commercial kitchen and office are set on the first.

Ground Floor:

Beautifully presented and maintained to the highest possible standards. Many original features, three large windows to front creating a light, airy and inviting interior, impressive high ceilings with timber beams, tiled floor, chandeliers with complimentary spot lighting, feature exposed brickwork, wall corner display cabinet, upmarket tables and chairs providing 26 covers (room for more), with specially commissioned art work to walls.

Equipment includes: -
Bespoke counter brick fronted with timber worktop
Generous serving area
EPOS till
Under counter fridge
Glass fronted wine chiller
Iberital Expression coffee machine
Coffee grinder
Milkshake maker
4 slot toaster
Swan urn
Range of base units and worktop
Perimeter shelving
Stainless steel sink with monobloc tap
Tall glass fronted chiller
Different sized glass cake displays

Customer WC with hand wash basin and close coupled lavatory.

The business is housed in a lovely looking period property with clear signage and a wind out awning with the company logo. There is a superb outside dining area which is a real sun trap in the summer months and perfect for Al Fresco dining or to sit with a coffee and watch the world go by. Timber tables and chairs providing approximately 30 covers and could possibly be the largest outdoor dining area in Ledbury. Wooden pergola providing welcome shade on sunnier days, raised flower beds with established borders and a flourishing herb garden; a real oasis in the bustling town centre.

First floor:

Comprehensively equipped catering kitchen with vinyl flooring, window to side and Velux roof window, tiled splashbacks and a generous run of worktops.

Equipment includes:
2 x microwave ovens
Range style cooker with halogen hob and two ovens beneath
Smeg extractor fan
3 pot Bain Marie
Double stainless sink and drainer with useful cupboard storage beneath
2 x upright freezers
2 x upright fridges
Wall mounted magnetic knife storage
Classic commercial dishwasher
Hot water boiler
Circular stainless-steel hand wash basin
Freestanding stainless-steel preparation table
Useful pantry/dry goods cupboard

With window to side, room for desk and perimeter shelving.

Staff WC
With hand wash basin.

We are advised this is a Leasehold with approximately 3 ½ years remaining on the current lease as of 2017.

We are advised that the landlord would be happy to agree a new longer-term lease on mutually acceptable terms with the new owner.

The rent is a very reasonable £7,208 per annum.

There are no business rates currently payable.

Tuesday to Saturday 9am – 5pm (hot food until 3.30pm)

Licensed for alcohol from 10am – 11pm.

Possibility of opening 7 days a week.

The business is run and managed by the two owners with the help of part time and casual staff as and when required.

The business reports an annual healthy turnover.

Reasons to buy:
⦁A well-established business with an enviable reputation, fantastic reviews and many existing customers.
⦁Everything included in sale making this a real Turn Key business.
⦁Ideal owner managed or husband and wife business.
⦁Benefits from a beautiful location with exceptional indoor and outdoor seating.
⦁Minimal running costs with extraordinarily reasonable rent and no business rates.
⦁A “Lifestyle” business offering a wonderful business opportunity in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside.

Listing Details
Leasehold Price: £59,995
Tenure: Leasehold
Sector: Bistros, Cafes, Tea Rooms
Annual Turnover: Available upon request
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