- Modern and popular licensed café in an excellent trading location, off the busy A9 arterial route with potential to create a destination shopping and catering business.
- Popular venue in a strategic setting within the Cairngorm National Park, enjoying year-round trade with strong income levels and good profit conversion ratios.
- Well-presented café with seating for over 70 customers and a licensed bar for 40 covers plus external seating.
- Excellent commercial kitchen and support areas, large car park and attractive views.
- Includes owner’s accommodation, comprising 3-bedrooms, lounge and kitchen, in an attached property within the 1 acre of ground.
The Newtonmore Grill is a popular café and licensed venue in an enviable situation located just off the A9 close to the popular towns of Newtonmore and Kingussie, within the Cairngorm National Park. With prominent signage, this successful business operates as a café providing an appealing and wide-ranging menu, a varied choice of hot and cold beverages plus a licensed bar. The business was established in 1947 and the premises were purchased and fully refurbished in 2007 by the current owners. The property boasts a restaurant and bar with seating for around 100-covers. The key features of this excellent business are the spacious trading spaces, commercial kitchen and exceptional external areas which offer some development potential subject to planning consents. In addition to the trading area there is a 3-bedroom owners' unit making this an excellent income earning proposition and home. Located close to the A9, the property could be used for a variety of purposes such as a shopping and catering venue etc, subject to consents.
REASON FOR SALE
It is due to the vendors desire to retire that brings this excellent and easy to operate business proposition to the market.
Income is generated from a wide and varied customer base. The businesses income is generated from café style service, evening meal provision and bar turnover. The business also retails a number of items (sweets / books / car accessories etc.). Within the café is a gaming machine and in the bar is a pool table and juke box. The business also has pay-per-use showers for truckers etc. The Newtonmore Grill is a popular ‘trucker stopover’ plus it is well-supported by the local community and tourists such that it operates year-round. During the main tourist season business increases significantly due to the high number of visitors that are attracted to the region. The property boasts a large car park which is suitable for cars and larger vehicles such as caravans, motorhomes, trucks and wagons with parking spaces for around 30 lorries.
The premises enjoys easy access to the A9, which leads north towards Aviemore / Inverness and south towards Perth. Fort William is approximately 40 miles to the south-west and Inverness is 45 miles to the north. The business operates to a high level of profitability with the key reasons for successes being the simple business-model, its unique offering as a large vehicle parking area and service levels making it a popular and relaxing venue. There is undoubted scope to expand the retail aspects further.
Service levels within The Newtonmore Grill reflect the professional standards required by the owners, who are supported by motivated staff. The current vendors operate the business under a degree of management but new proprietors could easily take a leading role with a more ‘hands-on’ contribution which would undoubtedly make the business more profitable. Full trading figures will be provided to interested parties after formal viewing.
The Newtonmore Grill is situated in the Cairngorm National Park, close to the towns of Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore, with their extensive facilities, shops & restaurants for visitors to enjoy. There are excellent communication and commerce links, situated on the B9150 around half a mile from the A9 arterial road from Perth to the south, and Inverness to the north, and onwards into the Highlands. Kingussie and Newtonmore both benefit from a mainline railway station, Inverness Airport is easily accessible for those travelling by air, all adding to the influx of visitors. The business will also benefit from local on-going developments; the field opposite has planning permission for 70 houses bringing plenty of trade from workmen and additional residents who will be living in the area. Also the continued road works on the A9 will see plenty of business as the new dual carriageway bridge, crossing the River Spey, will be constructed.
The Newtonmore Grill enjoys a very central location, perfect for those wishing to explore the many activities and attractions of the Highlands, the Cairngorm National Park and the Monadhliath Mountains. Within the area people are attracted by the mountaineering, hill walking, cycling and water sports in spring, summer and autumn, while winter offers an array of snow sports. Other outdoor pursuits such as bird watching and fishing also draw many visitors to the region who take advantage of the abundance of wildlife in the Spey Valley. For the dedicated golfer, Newtonmore and Kingussie have excellent courses with many others within an easy drive. Castles, gardens and the local Folk Museum offer visitor’s places of culture and history to visit while 8 miles to the south is Dalwhinnie Distillery which welcomes a high number of tourists each year.
The subjects sit in around 1 acre of grounds with the building extending to a single storey. The property was built circa 1947 and benefits from double glazing and 2 wood-burning stoves. The business has excellent roadside signage.
The café has an imposing presence on the B9150 and benefits from a large car park to its front and side. There is a ramp and steps to the front providing access for less able customers. Access is via a double-glazed door leading into a portico then into an open-plan service area with some 70 bistro style chairs and tables. The premises has full-frontage windows providing a high level of natural lighting into the public spaces and this is supplemented by ceiling lighting. The café benefits from a wood-burning stove which adds a lovely ambience. The main service counter is arranged to the centre of the restaurant where a number of items are displayed for immediate sale. To the rear of the counter is a number of cooking stations offering to allow for ease of service. There is a coffee service area plus an ice-cream counter.
The décor and furnishings reflect modern standards and new owners would not need to incur significant capital expenditure within the near future. The business has modern and well-appointed male and female washrooms. Showers area available for truckers if required.
The bar is situated to the side and rear of the café and is very popular during the evening. It has a warm and cosy character with a feature stone wall and a wood-burning stove. Set to free-standing seating, the bar has a pool table and a darts lane. The bar servery is attractive offering 4 beer points and a gantry selling spirits.
Immediately to the rear of the customer service counter is an exceptionally well-appointed and spacious kitchen with a high level of equipment. This outstanding support facility provides an excellent food preparation space and, with its rear entrance, affords ease of delivery of goods etc. In addition, there is ample storage including refrigeration and freezer.
The owner’s accommodation includes lounge, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and shower room with wash basin and WC.
The subjects extend to around 1 acre and have two external customer areas; one to the front of the main building and a rear space which acts as a smoking area. The car park is laid to tarmac and can accommodate around 30 lorries. The external garden areas are mainly laid to grass. There are a number of storage units to the rear of the cafe.
There is scope for further site development subject to the necessary consents.
Mains electricity, water and drainage are on-site. There is LPG gas for cooking and central heating. There are two wood-burners, one in the café and the other in the bar. The property is mainly double glazed. The business also has Wi-Fi.
The business operates year-round with the café opening hours being:
Mon - Fri: 6.30am to 10.00pm
Sat: 7.00am to 8.00pm
Sun: 8.00am to 8.00pm
The bar opening hours are:
Sun to Wed: 11.00am to Mid-night
Thu to Sat: 11.00am to 1.00am