Restaurant for sale

The Gutcher Goose Cafe, Gutcher Goose Ferry Terminal, Yell, Shetland ZE2



  • Charming and well-presented, easy-to-operate cafe set on the Island of Yell within Shetland adjacent to the ferry terminal.

  • Set in an area of unsurpassed natural beauty, this is a true lifestyle business with internal areas amounting to 91m2 within a sound trading location.

  • Attractively furnished and well-appointed cafe with customer areas set to 24 covers plus an area for gift sales etc. Extending to 75m2.

  • Well-appointed cafe previously trading year-round with high levels of demand from tourists in the main season.

  • A self-employment opportunity in a stunning location plus a ready to operate business.

The Gutcher Goose Cafe is a popular business within a sound trading location close to ferry terminal. The cafe operation is set to a ground floor unit only with an area for cafe customers extending to up to 24 covers plus areas set aside for retail; mainly gifts. This is an easy-to-operate proposition within a compact property but one which is currently non-trading. The property extends to circa 91m2 and the kitchen and service areas are well-appointed, being highly functional and flexible in terms of potential food provision. The property is well-supported with washrooms and storage areas.

The Gutcher Goose Cafe is currently non-trading, last operating in December 2019 with the tenants doing so as part of a lease. The property is prominently located close to the ferry terminal which provides a year-round throughput but with significantly higher levels of footfall in the main tourist season (April - October). The cafe had a varied client base, which included the support of the local community and bolstered by the influx of high numbers of tourists. This popular business was highly regarded and benefits from a strong trading location. The business is being sold with all fixtures and fittings and web domain name.

The cafe previously opened at 9am closing at 5pm. Historically the business traded seasonally with opening for special events such as Christmas / Valentines / Mother's Day, plus one-off dinner evenings and takeaway provision throughout the year which was very well received. Predominately the trading period was April to Oct. Though no trading accounts are available, the vendor understands that the cafe traded just under the VAT threshold. The business is an ideal location for someone to walk-in and commence trading a good quality cafe with some retail elements. The opening hours could be such as to suit the personal needs of the new owners and indeed, the cafe could operate on a seasonal basis, if required.

The Gutcher Goose Cafe is just a short walk from the ferry and tourism is a key driver of income to the cafe, with many visitors undertaking walking / climbing holidays, water sports, fishing, games sports etc. Others partake in more leisurely excursions of the many sites of historical interest or just taking in the array of natural landscapes. Visitors include ornithologists and naturalists who find an abundance of wildlife to keep them busy for an extended stay.

The cafe is set within a settlement on the northeast coast of Yell in the Shetland Islands. From here, roll-on/roll-off ferry services to Belmont on Unst and Hamars Ness on Fetlar operate. The settlement has a harbour, and a former post office which, in 2012, reopened as a Bed and Breakfast. Yell is one of the North Isles within the archipelago of Shetland and has a resident population of 950. The second largest island in Shetland after the Mainland, it has an area of 82 square miles. Yell has been inhabited since the Neolithic times, and a dozen broch sites have been identified from the pre-Norse period. Norse rule lasted from the 9th to 14th centuries until Scottish control was asserted. The islands economy is based on crofting, fishing, transport and tourism. Notable buildings on the island include the 17th-century Old Haa of Brough in Burravoe, a merchant's house now converted to a museum and visitor centre. The landscape inland is one of blanket peat bog dotted with crofting settlements yet holds great appeal for geologists, botanists and birdwatchers. The island claims to be the "Otter Capital of Britain" and has a diverse bird life including breeding populations of great and Arctic skuas. During the summer the coastline of Yell is also alive with breeding birds such as whimbrel and golden plover. Whales and dolphins also appear off the coast from time to time. Grey and common seals are also regular visitors to Yell's coast.

Reason for sale
The current proprietors purchased the property in 2014 and have subsequently commenced another business off the Island. They therefore have decided to present the cafe to the market to focus on their new venture.

The property
Benefitting from a prominent trading location within the environs of the ferry terminal, the Gutcher Goose Cafe is a well-located business with the customer areas being set on one floor at street level. The property is of wooden construction with a suspended floor and a roof covered with Planwell roofing sheets. Access is achieved from the side of the business. The cafe has a snug and welcoming open-plan layout, creating a warm ambience and making it a simple business operation. The cafe is set to free-standing tables and chairs There are a number of units to present food and beverages for sale. The servery counter / kitchen area is set to the far end of the open-plan customer area and has an adjoining door into the kitchen. This food preparation space is well-appointed with a range of commercial equipment and benefits from a full extraction unit. There are ladies and gents' washrooms within the cafe. The premises offer a good range of general stores with ambient, refrigeration and freezer storage.

There is on-road parking immediately to the front of the cafe plus other parking within a short walk of the business.

Owners accommodation
There is no owner's accommodation included within this sale.

The business benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. The cooking areas have lpg Gas fitting. The cafe is eho and fire compliant.


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