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Cafe and Delicatessen in the Western Isles

Island Deli and Café, Balivanich, Benbecula, Benbecula, HS7 5LA, Highlands
£ 130,000 / Offers Over
Superb Delicatessen and Cafe Opportunity with Splendid Loch Views, set in the Western Isles.


  • Rarely available lifestyle business venture situated in Benbecula in the ever-popular Western Isles.
  • Profitable, easy to operate opportunity trading as an excellent delicatessen and cafe with a strong reputation and niche market.
  • Bright and modern cafe with 24 covers plus deli retail sales area extending to around 56m2.
  • Generous parking with outstanding views to Loch Dun Mhurchaidh and Rueval.
  • Business and building development potential subject to planning consents.

This successful and popular delicatessen and cafe is a charming yet highly popular business and is supported by locals and tourists alike. There is a high degree of repeat customers who frequent the café for informal meetings, get togethers etc as well as those on business in the area. The tourist season certainly sees an increase in activity but the café and shop opens year round to meet the local demand. Island Deli has a niche market within their trading area.

The Café is a semi-detached building, with the trading elements situated on the ground floor extending to c72m2. The business has been trading since May 2013 and is showing a year-on-year rising turnover with further growth potential. Island Deli is an attractively presented establishment with a fine reputation as a delicatessen and café. The business customer areas are set to an open-plan configuration serving a wide selection of beverages and a varied menu with freshly prepared items. To the rear of the cafe is the delicatessen displaying a wide range of cheeses, cured meats and a selection of other cold items. Attractive shelving displays a further range of goods and produce. In the height of the season the business operates from 8a.m. to 5p.m. serving breakfasts, lunches and snacks. This warm and welcoming café trades year-round opening Tuesday to Sunday in the summer and Tuesday to Saturday in the winter seasons. The first floor of Deli is used as a storage facility at the present time but may have some development potential subject to planning consents. It may be suited to use as an arts and crafts studio or an office facility. There is undoubted scope to develop the trading aspects further where new owners wish to introduce an evening food trade. The business operates with a number of staff, including a Chef, but new owners with a catering / hospitality background could easily develop the business further.

Situated about 1 mile from village of Balivanich on Benbecula within the Western Isle. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Island Deli provides a quality of life seldom experienced anywhere except within the Western Isles. The areas coastal setting and stunning landscapes draw a high number of visitors each year.
The current owner has decided to prematurely place the business on the market due to a desire to move back to the mainland to be close to family.

Benbecula in Gaelic is Beinn na Faoghla which means Mountain of the Ford. This is a very apt name for the Island and its solitary hill, Rueval, acts as a stepping stone between North and South Uist. Balivanich is also known by its Gaelic name, Baile a' Mhanaich which means 'town of the monks' which references back to the 6th century when a monastery was found just south of the village where the ruins of Columba's Church can be seen today. Balivanich is the main administrative centre on the Island with a post office, hospital, primary school plus several shops and cafes. Uists' main secondary school, which also doubles as a community centre containing a swimming pool, cafeteria, sports facilities, a small museum and a library. Benbecula is located between North and South Uist in the Western Isles. Causeways join the three islands and there are ferry connections to Barra in the South and Lewis and Harris in the North. Benbecula Airport has services to Glasgow and Inverness via Stornoway. Ferry services run from Lochmaddy on North Uist to Uig on Skye and from Lochboisdale on South Uist to Mallaig and Oban. There are reduced fares under the road equivalent tariff system. There is a 40% discount on flights to the mainland for Benbecula residents. The Outer Isles are known for their fine scenery and superb beaches that are virtually unrivalled anywhere in the UK.

Activities available locally include golf, sports centre and riding school. Benbecula Golf Course is set on the grasslands between North and South Uist. The golf course has 9 holes / 18 tees and is located in a beautiful setting with views out to the Monarch Isles. The riding school is a close to the Island Deli and is available for locals and visitors alike. The Island is attractive to walkers and cyclists and for those with an artistic bent there is Uist Sculpture Trail.

Built in the early 1900s, the Island Deli is set over 1½ stories of cavity block construction under pitched tiled roof. This is a modern and attractive property, presented in generally very good condition is sign posted from the B892 and the A865. The property has two windows to the front elevation and two further side windows allowing in plenty of natural light. The single glazed units are in need of some attention. The Net Internal Area (NIA) of the property is 72m2 on the ground floor and 35m2 on the first floor. The café aspects have free-standing tables and chairs to seat 24 customers and is set to an open plan configuration with the retail areas. The décor is of an excellent standard and the quality of fixtures and fitting is of an equally high specification. The retail area is set to the rear of the shop and benefits from a selection of chilled and wall-mounted display units. Combined these two areas extend to 56m2. The business benefits from a compact yet well-equipped commercial kitchen and food preparation area. There are ample workstations and the unit is fully compliant with Environmental Health requirements with a pot-wash area to one end of the kitchen. Customer’s washrooms are accessed from the café. The first floor is accessed from an external stairway and is currently used as a storage unit but is under-utilised thus presenting scope for further development. Within the spacious area is a separate and lockable storage room.

There is no owners accommodation with the business, however there is a four bedroomed house next door, which is set over two floors and is available by separate negotiation. This house is in need of modernisation and redecoration.

The garden accessed from the rear of the house and from the side gate is mainly laid to grass but is entirely enclosed and suitable for pets. The area to the side and rear of Island Bistro is set to hard-core and gravel, used mainly for parking. There is ample parking for customers both within the subjects and on the road.

The business benefits from mains electricity, water and private drainage. The business is fire and environmental health compliant and has free Wi-Fi.

Height of season Monday to Saturday 8am to 4.30pm. Winter months Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 4pm.

The business operates profitably and full trading figures will be made available to interested parties subsequent to viewing.

The vendors believe there is scope to develop trade further with the extension of trading hours, property development and the development of a website. There may be scope to develop the property and provide an external seating area subject to consents.

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