The Beach Hut Bar and Seafood Kitchen. Specialising in local seafood with a Mediterranean twist. Located right on the beach at Forelands with views across the Solent, Bembridge Ledge and Culver Downs.
Right on the beach at Forelands, Bembridge, Isle of Wight is this hidden gem of a seafood kitchen and bar seating 130 guests. This is a high profile business in a unique location. Very rarely does this opportunity come up. There is nothing on the market at this time on the Isle of Wight that offers this location, this reputation and this office view. .
The location is unparalleled, the view says it all. Located down a flight of steps on an iconic beach with it’s well known Bembridge Ledge rocks, overlooking Culver Downs. Boats passing daily. This is the perfect lifestyle business. Recently featured on the Channel 5 Isle of Wight Jewel of the South, Jon and Emma Guy bought this café over 10 years ago. They have invested year after year transforming what was once a kiosk selling mugs of tea and bread pudding to a well known and respected Seafood Kitchen and Bar. They are stockists of well known top end rose wines such as AiX and Whispering Angel. They specialise in Seafood platters with local crab and lobster. This is a turnkey business set up and ready to be taken to the next level.
They have a loyal following of customers who travel by air and sea to visit them. Bembridge marina is nearby as is Bembridge Airport offering a good option for visiting pilots. Most of their business comes from Island visitors looking for seafood on their holidays.
This coastal gem has recently been refurbished with over £100k invested this year upgrading the facilities from electrics to decor. The site now provides 130 covers split
over three defined areas. Bottom gravel area with 70 seats and an ice cream hut. Mid terrace level covered by a pergola with Astroturf flooring seating 35 and a top level with 24 covered seats, a tikki style bar, a store and two toilets.
The Beach Hut is presently run as a seasonal business March to September and has courted lunchtime trade. New for 2023 they are opening early evenings Fri, Sat and Sun up to 9pm with pizzas, seafood platters and an adult style beach bar vibe. These pizzas are also creating an additional income stream with takeaways.
The main building houses the kitchen and KP area with oven, hob, fridges, freezers, chiller units and extractor. The kitchen and KP area had an investment of £35k in 2022 with new walls, electrics, ceiling, flooring and roof. The entire area is lined with modern hygiene board. This year they have added new extra wide worktops.
Outside is a new outdoor pizza oven area fully equipped with two gas pizza ovens, fridges, chiller unit and a separate hot water handwash. There is a new ice cream hut with hot water hand wash. Outside there are new power sockets and external lighting on all stairs. The top level has a covered tikki style bar with it’s own separate kp area with commercial glasswasher and store. The bar area has a separate power supply. The bar has handwash, prep sink, barista coffee machine and grinder and a selection of fridges and freezers. The bar has a lockable area for stock.
The site is mains electric. There is no gas. Waste water is emptied via a tank. There is commercial waste.
There is Wi-Fi, cctv and a touch till system. The business also comes with newly invested IT of a touch till, three tablets for taking orders, two thermal printers and three card payment handsets.
They hold a music licence and a 5* food hygiene rating.
The current owners have built this business up over the last ten years and now is rated 4th out of all the top places to dine in Bembridge and is in the top 10% of restaurants on the Isle of Wight. This business comes with a high profile reputation, media coverage and PR which the owners have grown and implemented ensuring good reviews and customer relationship.
The business is fully licenced from 11am to 10pm. The chose to open 5 days a week and new for 2023 they are adding three evenings a week.
The Beach Hut has been featured in The Times, Telegraph, Mail, Observer, Coast magazine as well as many on line articles. The final accolade was the inclusion in the recent Channel 5 Documentary ‘Isle of Wight – Jewel of the South’ in October 2022 presented by Alan Titchmarsh which has brought in additional trade.
Marketing is via social media with Facebook & Instagram and they have this year upgraded their website to a fully response site complete with a reservation link to the national booking platform, OpenTable which is gaining momentum with additional reviews.
The owners feel it’s now time to pass the baton onto a new owner to take the business to the next level. There is huge scope to continue to build this business by extending the opening hours, offer brunch or breakfast. Host weddings and parties. The list is endless. But most importantly this business is for lifestyle If you fancy an office on the beach and to own a high profile well respected high end business, This is for you. It’s a very rare opportunity.
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