• Superbly-presented restaurant on the Isle of Skye in an excellent trading location on the A87 in the village of Broadford set within an iconic tourist area.
• Outstanding trading operation with strong turnover and high profitability plus an excellent reputation for food and service.
• Trading on a seasonal basis, 6 days per week and providing dinner service only; this business offers significant development potential.
• Fully refurbished customer spaces extending to 30 covers plus modern service areas.
• Attractive and spacious owners flat with 2 bedrooms, dining kitchen lounge and family bathroom.
• Easy-to-operate business model and perfect venture for first-time operators.
The Harbour Restaurant is a quaint family operated business, set within a prominent trading location in the attractive village of Broadford on the majestic Isle of Skye. This charming business is presented in outstanding condition with a 30-seat restaurant boasting a lovely ambience. The restaurant offers around 45m2 of customer space and the public areas have a quality and charm displaying a good level of décor, with high quality fixtures and fittings. The business has compact but highly effective service areas. Offering an excellent range of modern and traditional cuisine, utilising a variety of locally sourced products, the business has a strong reputation reflected in the many positive reviews. This popular restaurant has a growing and loyal clientele with many repeat customers. A number of the aspects of the trading elements have been refurbished including new flooring, boilers, servery counter plus much more. The owners flat above the restaurant offers a well-appointed family home with 2 bedrooms (1 double and a single) plus a spacious lounge and beautifully appointed dining kitchen. There is also a quality family bathroom. The trading aspects and owner's accommodation combine to provide a stunning lifestyle business opportunity and family home. The restaurant and flat are presented to the market, ready to operate, with no requirement for further significant capital investment.
The restaurant trades up to 30 covers and the business operates on a seasonal basis opening in early March and closing for service mid-October. The trading hours are restricted by choice of the current owners to 17:30 - 21:30 daily (excluding Tuesdays); they do not provide a lunchtime service, again due to personal preference. The restaurant provides a fusion of Spanish and Scottish high-quality catering. This style of catering suits the current owners but other genres of food production would also be successful in this location. In addition to the well-received catering fayre, it is evident that the business offers a superb standard of customer care. Service levels at the Harbour Restaurant reflect the exacting standards required by the owners who are supported by a small team of motivated staff employed on a casual seasonal basis.
Harbour Restaurant is an established destination dining venue but with significant growth potential. The existing trading model generates a sustainable level of turnover and generates a high profitability ratio. Broadford has a very active level of footfall during the main tourist season providing a readymade customer base for the business. The current owners accept that there is greater demand for their services and there would be scope to provide lunches and open 7 days a week plus all year-round. The Harbour Restaurant has its own website and is also reflected on a number of community-based platforms. Boasting a sound reputation, the business has many positive comments on a range of review websites.
The Isle of Skye is a popular tourist destination. The nearby Cuillin Mountains are a major attraction to walkers and climbers alike. However other less strenuous activities also attract a significant number of visitors including; fishing, golf and genealogy. Its location affords visitors access to areas of natural beauty both on the Isle of Skye and the mainland. The variety of wildlife and ornithology in the area cannot pass unrecognised as this is another attribute which helps establish Skye as one of Scotland's strongest areas for tourism. The many prolific hill lochs offer the angler an opportunity to catch spectacular native wild brown trout. The area is renowned for its breath-taking scenery, stunning beaches, distilleries, castles and numerous other historic sites which lure a constant stream of visitors to this special location.
Broadford is a popular location with both residents and visitors alike. Broadford together with nearby Harrapool, is the second-largest settlement on the Isle of Skye. Lying in the shadow of the Red Cuillin mountains, the town has a petrol station, supermarket and various shops etc. The restaurant is a short drive to the Skye bridge crossing to the mainland and the main town of Portree is some 25 miles north. Primary school children would attend Broadford Primary School with older children being bussed to Portree High School. The city of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is approximately 88 miles away.
Reason for sale
The current proprietors purchased the property in November 2011 and have taken great pride in developing Harbour Restaurant to its current successful level. It is their desire to retire from the restaurant trade that brings this charming business operation to the market.
The property combines a ground floor trading unit with a first-floor owners flat. The building dates from the early part of the 1900s and is of stone construction under a mainly pitched slate roof. To the rear aspects there have been more recent extensions which are under sheet metal profile roofing. The trading elements are accessed from an entrance leading from the main street. Access to the flat is via a private external stair.
Harbour Restaurant is a superbly-presented business, set to the ground floor with entry at street level. The current owners have invested significantly into ensuring the business is beautifully appointed. The restaurant benefits from excellent branding and signage. Located on the coast road A87 (Kyle of Lochalsh to Portree), the property has some seaward views and is prominently located. The frontage offers two picture windows affording excellent natural lighting which is supplemented by modern ceiling spotlights. The customer service area is comfortably set to 30 covers within an open plan-room. To the left-hand extension of the restaurant is the newly designed solid wood service counter which facilities ease of excellent customer service. The restaurant has stunning Karndean flooring and lovely décor. There is separate ladies and gents washrooms.
The kitchen and supplementary work areas are ergonomically located immediately to the rear of the restaurant enabling effective customer service. This compact facility is well-appointed offering ample workspaces, complete with commercial extraction, and sufficient major appliances to meet all catering demands. In addition, the business is being sold with a full range of utensils, refrigeration units, storage facilities and food preparation aids. Off the kitchen are additional dry goods and general storage area.
A most attractive aspect of the sale is the owners flat which is located above the restaurant but with a private access from the side of the building. This charming and modern home offers two bedrooms; a single room, currently used as an office, plus a large double room with double aspect windows. Both bedrooms offer views towards Broadford Bay. There is a modern family bathroom which is beautifully appointed with a bath plus shower above, wash hand basin and W.C. There is a modern fitted kitchen with dining area. The kitchen benefits from floor and wall mounted units and is well-appointed. A lovely feature of the flat is the spacious family lounge with characterful exposed stonework and offering views to the bay; the lounge has double aspect windows. The owner's accommodation has full central heating and double glazing. Within the flat there are additional storage areas.
The restaurant is an attractive property with good roadside frontage and excellent signage. To the rear of the subjects is a fully enclosed garden which is mainly laid to lawn with two sheds for general storage. The oil tank is set to the rear of the main building within the garden grounds. There is ample public parking locally.
Harbour Restaurant trades seasonally and only 6 days per week (closing Tuesdays) in the tourist season only. The business currently provides evening meal service only but the vendors believe that there is scope to trade year-round and open throughout the day as there is strong demand for such. Trading 7-days per week would immediately boost turnover.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. Propane Gas is used for cooking in the restaurant kitchen. The building benefits from oil-fired central heating and hot water. The premises are fully compliant with Environmental Health and Fire Regulations. The owners flat is fully double glazed.