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Beautifully Presented Cafe

Crowborough, East Sussex

  • Asking Price: £34,000 +SAV
  • Turnover: Whistlestop cafe generates a healthy turnover of £82,141 as of April 2017, Gp of £59,809 and net profit of £30,179, the 2018 accounts will show an increase of approx £4,000 resulting in £85-£86,000 Turnover for the year.

  • Tenure: Leasehold

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Hilton Smythe are pleased to welcome to the market the Whistlestop cafe , a much loved station cafe established here in 1997.

Our client recently purchased the cafe and completed a total transformation but due to a new job opportunity she has now decided to place the business back on the market to gain a quick sale.
Any new buyer will have the luxury of walking straight into the business and capitalising on the many new additions which have attracted many new customers.


These have included:
● New equipment, chairs and decoration
● New outside seating area with branded parasols
● New signage and window etching
● New internal artwork
● New website, new menus


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 pots, freshly made sandwiches to orders, baguettes, toasties, hot and cold drinks. A new bean to cup coffee machine has been introduced to widen the old coffee menu.
Our client has introduced new lunchtime specials not previously offered which has resulted in new customers now making this a destination visit even if they are not using the station. All menu is available to eat in or takeaway.


The business is very popular with local business people, builders, and commuters particularly during the week and more families and locals at the weekend. Our client recently introduced deliveries from the business which could easily be increased and there is high demand for outside catering. Our client recently added 2 x new menus to promote more outside turnover which will be handed over to any new buyer.
A new open chiller at the doorway is now been utilised to offer more prepared sandwiches and drinks to take away, again this is proving very popular with the customers in a rush. The business enjoys an excellent reputation with a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor, 5 star rating on Facebook, 5/5 score on Yell.com and a 5 star Hygiene rating. Our client also added a new website which will be included.


Currently run by staff, any new owner could reduce the staffing costs by working more hours within the business. Extending the current hours as well focusing on more outside catering and deliveries would have an instant impact on turnover levels.
We advise early viewing by any interested party as cafes of this standard and location rarely come to the open market.


Currently staff run-2 x staff members working 22 hours per week and 1 x weekend member of staff. A new owner could do more hours to reduce staffing costs.

Monday to Friday: 7am-2.30pm
Saturday: 7.30am-1pm
Sunday 9am-1pm


The whistlestop cafe is located on the front of station approach at crowborough station in the village of crowborough, Kent . This is the only business located directly next door to the station entry and it enjoys direct views over the busy station car park , the taxis rank and bus stop . There is a local pub across the road and other local shops including a busy convenience store.

Crowborough is a desirable Town within East Sussex, located at the edge of Ashdown Forest, in the High Weald area of outstanding National Beauty. It is 7 miles south-west of Royal Tunbridge Wells and just 35 miles south of London.

The station is accessed just off the A26 which acts as the main link road from Tunbridge Wells down to Uckfield.


2 x table with 6 chairs to the front of the business.

Internal sitting area comprises 6 x tables and 22 chairs, there is a full length menu board over the service counter as well as a storage chest freezer, cutlery shelf, open chiller. Service counter and kitchen includes a stainless steel extraction hood, 2 x microwaves, buffalo griddle, 2 x lincat fryers, gas double oven, toaster, 3 x stainless steel wall mounted storage shelves, hot water Earn, till, storage trolley, zanussi fridge upright, stainless steel prep sink, hot water boiler, storage racking, additional shelving. Leased coffee machine. Kitchen is fully tiled in white tiles


Tenure
Rolling tenancy agreement with network rail, £9,768 per year, the business benefits from full small business relief paying zero rates in thr current year.

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