The Pantry Coffee Shop is a most attractive business and destination venue set within the ever-popular village of Cromarty. Situated within a three and a half-storey building, with a residential property above, the business is located on the ground floor only with access from street level. Of stone construction dating from the 1730s the subjects reflect its origins with some charming features. The property is situated within a corner site providing a most prominent trading location. This excellently presented cafe reflects the sound business application of the vendors who have successfully traded it for some years. The customer areas have a lovely ambience being popular with both visitors and locals alike. Extending to around 50m2, the business provides seating for up to 30 customers with an attractive sunroom. The food preparation area is spacious and separate from the customer service point which is an attractive feature.
REASON FOR SALE
The current owners purchased the business in February 2014 and it is due to their desire to retire from the hospitality sector that brings this highly attractive business to the market.
The trading location for The Pantry provides an excellent level of passing trade as it is situated close to the harbour and in the village centre. The Pantry currently operates to an excellent standard featuring high quality produce with an emphasis on home baking. The cafe menu offers a varied range of fresh sandwiches, soup, beverages etc. and where new owners wish to take on a more adventurous offering, this is an area which could expand the appeal of the business.
The business trades during the main tourist season (April – October) and is open 7 days a week from 10:30am to 4pm. Despite these restricted trading hours, the business is profitable with the scope to increase income and thereby profitability by opening year-round. The business benefits from its regular core of local customers who are drawn from both the local business community and residents of this charming village. During the tourist season there is a tremendous influx of tourists to the area who add significantly to the trading income. The current owners trade the business on a leisurely basis enabling them to prioritise their family commitments. They presently operate with a small team of local staff on a seasonal contractual basis. New owners could operate with reduced staffing should they wish to be more hands-on with matters. The business does not have its own website at this time and this could be a business development opportunity. An additional business development idea would be to expand the menu and provide an evening service.
Situated in the picturesque village of Cromarty, The Pantry is less than a minutes’ walk from the beach and is located in the heart of the village. Cromarty, established in the 13th century as a Royal Burgh and is located at the northeast tip of the Black Isle at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth. Widely regarded as the Highlands best preserved historic village, this area is steeped in history and is home to the birthplace of Hugh Miller (stonemason, geologist & author). With an abundance of local facilities including post office, bakery, library, restaurants, hotels, doctor’s surgery, boat club and primary school, Cromarty and the surrounding areas are popular residential locations. Secondary school children are bussed to Fortrose, 10 miles away, where further facilities include a sailing club and excellent 18-hole golf course. Inverness (25 miles) is within commuting distance.
The Cromarty firth is designated as a Special Protection Area and dolphin boat trips are popular where visitors can catch a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, grey seals and harbour seals who live there. Sometimes minke whales are observed as they seasonally migrate and occasionally larger whales are seen. The many cruise liners which dock in the Cromarty Firth bring in coaches of visitors whom take advantage of the facilities on offer. There is also a ferry service from Cromarty to Nigg which operates seasonally from June-September and draws in visitors from the North. Hugh Miller's Cottage, Cromarty Courthouse, working pottery and the light house are but a few of the other attractions in the area. The beautiful coastline offers pleasant walks, as does the lovely countryside. Cromarty also benefits from the growingly popular North Coast 500 route, visitors often choose to take a short detour to visit the Black Isle and its many points of interest.
An attractive and well-presented café with an appealing façade, the business benefits from a prominent location. The business unit is set to the ground floor with entry at street-level. Dating from the 1730s, the building is of stone construction under a pitched slate roof. There is ample public parking nearby plus there is on-road parking.
PUBLIC / SERVICE AREAS
Customer entry to the public areas is through a single door at street level leading into the main customer area, which seats 22, set to free-standing tables and chairs. To the right is shelving which can be used to display gift items for sale. To the rear of the main area is the sales counter with cake stands, display units and a customer service point with till. To the rear of the counter is a well-appointed food preparation area with fitted oven, hob, dishwasher, double sink etc. The business also has a wide range of equipment and has ample storage units and worktops to achieve a high rate of business activity. There is shelved storage to the right of the service area. Off the main customer area is a sunroom with an additional 8 seats; this is a most popular seating position for customers. Off this area is a unisex W.C.
The café benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. There is electric panel heating throughout.