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Keswick café comes to the market


The lease of the popular Keswick market square café Laura in The Lakes is up for grabs, as eponymous proprietor Laura Johnson plans for her retirement. 

The well-know daytime café and takeaway shop in Main Street has built a strong reputation over the last 11 years in the tourist village of Keswick in Cumbria. It is available for a new tenant to take over the reigns, and is being marketed by commercial real estate specialists Colliers. 

The café, which has indoor seating for 16, and al fresco dining for 24, is in a prime trading position off the market square. The double fronted period building includes a large servery area, as well as plenty of food preparation, storage facilities and office space across the first and second floors. The seven year remaining leasehold is being sold for offers around £125,000.

Commenting on the opportunity, Haydn Spedding of Colliers’ Manchester office said: “Laura in The Lakes is one of the best known and highly reputed cafés in the area, offering high quality food both for its seated customers and to takeaway. The business has a high level of turnover and profitability thanks to Laura’s hard work and dedication over the last decade. It’s prime location in the heart of this tourist hotspot makes it a really good opportunity for someone looking to start their own business.”

Keswick, known as the Queen of the Lakes, is a town which lies on the shores of Derwentwater Lake, in the Borrowdale Valley. The café is located across from the 13th century Charter Market which runs on Thursdays and is the location for many festivals and gatherings throughout the year.

Further information on the business contact Haydn Spedding.

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Haydn Spedding


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Haydn qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1972 and has been selling hotels, guest houses and self-catering businesses since 1988. He joined Colliers Robert Barry following the takeover of Staintons Hospitality Surveyors in 2001 and is now an Associate Director. He is an active participant on the Commercial Members Committee of Cumbria Tourist Board.

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