- Cafe & Coffee Shop
- Shopping Village Location
- Near Henley In Arden
- Fully Fitted
- External Seating
Licensed Café & Coffee Shop Located In Wootton Wawen
Facebook Rating 5
This delightful Cafe & Coffee Shop is located in the highly desirable village of Wootton Wawen directly adjacent to and overlooking the busy A34. The café is situated within Yew Tree Farm Shopping Village which is set in the heart of the glorious Warwickshire countryside between the historical and picturesque towns of Stratford-Upon-Avon and Henley-in-Arden. Still a part-working farm, the courtyard and some previous farm buildings have been converted into 16 complementary independent commercial units with seating and plenty of free parking which attract high levels of footfall to the centre, especially during COVID-19 as it’s an out of town, outdoor shopping destination.
Asking Price £69,950 plus SAV (£2,000)
Veritas Business Sales are delighted to offer for sale this well respected Cafe & Coffee Shop located in Wootton Wawen. The business premises has been an eatery for the past 20 years and has been in the careful hands of our client since February 2020. Reluctantly the business is being offered for sale due to COVID-19 and other family commitments.
Since ownership my client has continually invested in new equipment along with fixtures & fittings which are all bought and paid for including the coffee machine & electronic EPOS till system but excluding any flexible rentals (all specified below.) All hardware is included within the sale price which is a huge plus for any new purchaser as additional funds will not need to be spent for some time. In addition to this the current owner has just invested in brand new solid wood chairs and tables, and replacement furniture has been purchased for up on the cosy and very popular mezzanine level as well as installing lined curtains to maximise heat retention. The landlords have recently upgraded all of the radiators and cleaned and repaired the very popular log burner as well as having the chimney swept. Also 6 brand new garden picnic benches were added in the Summer, as well as the existing benches receiving a fresh coat of paint to complement the high-quality outdoor cream parasols, each also complete with new bases.
Additional investments include installation of a new air conditioning unit in the storeroom / prep kitchen as it can become very warm in the summer months, professional cleaning of the ground level cafe and kitchen floors, two new BUFFALO induction hobs, new deep fat fryer, a new upright drawer freezer, new FOH display fridge, recent servicing and overhaul of the commercial dishwasher, significant additions to the decor and ambience in the main seating area, various new kitchen items upgraded as well as undertaking additional staff training. The kitchen extraction systems require professional cleaning after every 6 months of use, and this was just recently done in November but as the kitchen has not been used since due to COVID closures, this would not need to be done for another 6 months. The coffee machine and boiler PSSR testing have been done recently also, as well as the coffee grinder which had a service and replacement blades installed. This means that all FOH coffee equipment will be running at top quality straight away and would not need attention again for 8-9 months.
The till system runs Square for restaurants (£69 per month) and this includes one iPad Pro and 2 iPad minis (The iPad minis have card processing facilities built into the case so they can be used easily for table service or outside service. They all connect remotely to the main system and printers, so you don’t need to go back to the till to print an order or take payment. This makes the system easily adaptable to offer either table service, counter service or a combination of the two.
The system has many other capabilities, including shift scheduling and time tracking for members of staff, making payroll simpler to run and labour costs easy to track. My client spent considerable time researching the options before selecting this system to use. The system is also 100% transferable to the new owners.
The café enjoys a strong, secure Wi-Fi connection and offers diners the same safe and secure connection automatically by logging in with their email address and subscribing to the mailing list. The café can then email all of its Wi-Fi users on a regular basis with special offers and news. The mailing list currently has 612 subscribers. When the café was open this mailing list expanded every day and was projected to deliver around 1500 subscribers in a full working year. This is a very cost effective and simple way to market The Cowshed on a regular basis by email for very little cost with great returns, to a constantly expanding local user base. The Cowshed’s website also collects email subscribers to the mailing list.
The current owner has invested in an innovative device-based system to cope with busy times, enabling the customer to explore the other shops on the site. When their table or takeaway order is ready the cafe staff then “bleep” the customer to let them know. This helps to mitigate wait times, maximise trade and increase productivity.
The café has its own recently developed website, which is modern and easy to navigate. This is included in the sale. Also since opening, the current owner has been very active on social media, increasing the business’s following and engagement on multiple platforms.
The current owner has instilled their values of excellent customer service and attention to detail into the business’s daily operations. As a result of this there is also an evident increase in positive customer feedback on TripAdvisor and Google reviews since the current owner’s takeover in February.
The Cowshed is overseen by the owner but operated mainly by a team of 1 full time and 6 part time members of staff with 6 additional zero hours staff on hand for extra cover. It has an annual projected turnover of circa £220,000 net of VAT although this is difficult to pinpoint exactly as the current owner has had COVID closures to deal with.
They serve a fine range of specialist coffees, teas, scones, cakes, freshly made soups, sandwiches, toasties, cooked breakfasts, jacket potatoes and various other breakfast goods and lunch items. All fayre is freshly prepared to order on site using only the finest locally sourced produce and can be enjoyed with a selection of soft drinks, beers, wines or spirits.
The owner has also invested in developing an additional side to the business, selling high quality homemade ready meals prepared on site that could provide an additional income stream to a new owner, as well as increasing the average customer spend for those customers visiting who also purchase ready meals to take with them - making sales but taking up no covers.
There is a growing database of people who have purchased ready meals, many of which are repeat customers. We believe that there is further potential to significantly increase revenue by extending upon the current opening times and promoting outside catering and the ready meals side of the business further. The business enjoys a strong reputation within the local community and beyond and has such a high level of regular and repeat trade along with many new visitors.
The other independent shops on site of course spend time and energy promoting their businesses as well, which continually drives additional customers to visit the site, many of which pop in for a bite to eat whilst in the area. The Cowshed is not often short of customers, providing a superb opportunity to purchase an established, highly sought after ‘out of city’ business whose reputation has only improved over the last 12 months despite all of the difficulties COVID has presented. This provides a great base to build upon as we emerge from the pandemic, and as such early viewing is highly recommended as this gem is not to be missed.
Monday – Sunday – 9:30am – 4.30pm
Term: 6 years
Remaining: 5 years 1 month
Rent: £14,900 pa
Business Rates: zero
Restaurant comprising: 9 new matching tables & 13 new matching chairs, 1 church pew to seat 2 but additional pew/chairs for 2 could be added here and still comply with the current social distancing set up. Serve over sales counter with cake displays, EPOS till system, receipt printer, espresso coffee machine (Expobar), coffee grinder, water boiler (Marco), worktops, under counter storage shelving, 2 wall mounted shelves, under counter bottle fridge, countertop display fridge, water filtration system, 2 large wall mounted menu blackboards, three smaller drinks menu blackboards with wooden borders and log burner.
Storeroom with water tank, metal storage racking and stainless-steel fridge/freezer (Williams).
Commercial kitchen comprising: stainless steel worktop with under counter 3 door fridge (flexible rental) and chilled saladette unit (flexible rental), combination oven (Merrychef), stainless steel table with 2 shelf pass complete with heat lamps, kitchen order ticket printer, 2 wall mounted metal shelves, stainless steel sink with directional hose and wash basin, stainless steel wash basin, plate warmer (Victor), under counter freezer, stainless steel work tables, stainless steel work table with commercial tin opener, deep fat fryer, commercial microwave (Merrychef), domestic microwave, 4 burner range with hot plate, grill and extraction canopy.
Hallway with shared toilet facilities for the centre.
Upper restaurant area with seating for (8) - one extendable table with 4 chairs, and another solid wood table with 4 matching fabric tub chairs.
Storeroom comprising: washing machine, tumble dryer, stainless steel sink drainer, wash basin, industrial dough mixer, 4 tier metal storage racking, combination oven (Turbofan), cooling racks, 4 chest freezers, x3 induction hobs (Buffalo), industrial meat slicer, stainless steel table with commercial tin opener, vacuum packing machine, metal storage trolley, blender, wall mounted storage shelves, 2 further stainless steel tables, 2 door upright stainless steel fridge(flexible rental), 2 door stainless steel freezer, upright single door drawer freezer, staff area with table & lockers.
Office containing a spacious desk, PC, monitor, inkjet printer, safe, drawers, filing cabinet, shelf storage for folders etc.
Rear seating for (45+) comprising picnic benches and outdoor wicker furniture, front courtyard seating for (18+), garden decor i.e. flowers, plants added, herb garden, vendors parking for (2) and ample free customer parking and 2 bike racks.
EPC Rating D