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Unique opportunity to acquire a multi-award winning, nationally recognised fish & chip café / takeaway business, winner of the UK's top independent takeaway fish & chip shop award 2015, situated in an excellent, prominent trading location in the middle of Brae.
Trading from modern, purpose-built premises (built 2008) which enjoy fantastic views over Busta Voe, this well-known, popular eatery which focuses on locally caught and sustainable food, 98% of the fish and shellfish being MSC certified, has built up a huge loyal following, popular with both locals and visitors alike.
The well-equipped, owned premises provide full disabled access and include an attractive seating area for 22 / 24 with access to a further outside deck seating 28, the main serving / kitchen space based around a bespoke, computerised, 'Florigo' island fryer unit, food prep area with walk-in chill, dishwashing area, office, stores and toilet facilities. The site includes ample parking.
The passion of the owners for this business is reflected in the outstanding customer service provided and a policy of continuous proactive development and innovation.
Frankie's Fish & Chips is situated in a very convenient, very prominent trading position on the main A970 North Road in the centre of the village of Brae, the main population centre for the North Mainland of Shetland which is clustered around the head of Busta Voe which the premises overlook. Lerwick, Shetland's capital, lies approximately 23 miles to the south.
The roadside location provides scope for attracting plenty of passing trade whilst Brae's location is in close proximity to several of Shetland's major employers including Sullom Voe oil terminal, the 'Total' gas plant, Scatsta airport, and, close by the business, Brae's High School and health centre.
The Shetland Islands themselves lie in the middle of the North Sea about 100 miles north of mainland Scotland, and are in fact closer to Bergen in Norway than to Edinburgh. Despite the remote ‘get-away-from-it-all’ location, the mainland is still easily accessible as a daily overnight ferry service operated by Northlink Ferries (www.northlinkferries.co.uk) links Lerwick with Orkney and Aberdeen, whilst Loganair (www.loganair.co.uk) operates regular direct flights from Sumburgh Airport at the very southern tip of Shetland, to Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow.
Spread over 100 islands, 15 of them inhabited, Shetland offers a great quality of life, with spectacular and unspoilt scenery, a wide variety of wildlife and many places of historical and archeological interest.
Thanks to the oil boom of the 1970’s, islanders enjoy a fantastic range of services including a network of leisure centres (there is a leisure centre and swimming pool in Brae itself), schools, health centres and excellent transport links with a good road network.
Although only established by the current owners just over eleven years ago, this very successful, well-known and popular, family friendly business, the most northerly fish & chip shop in the UK, has quickly built up a very loyal following locally, but is also now, thanks to its widespread reputation, very firmly established on the tourist trail.
The owners are passionate about what they do and this is reflected in the focus on using the highest quality, locally caught and sustainable seafood (the mussels come from a mussel farm in Busta Voe which can be seen from the outdoor seating area!) with daily specials fresh from the fish market, 98% of the fish and shellfish being MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified. Haddock is the main staple of the extensive menu which is only cooked to order, the menu also including shellfish, mussels, scallops, crab, other daily specials such as hake, plaice & squid, plus vegetarian and gluten free options, the takeaway packaging used being compostable.
The business is very supportive of the local community in other ways having run Frankie's fish course throughout local schools for the past seven years, whilst the disabled access and comfortable seating area lends itself to group visits e.g. school children and touring groups, the outside decked area proving popular in the summer months.
The current opening hours are presently:-
Monday – Friday 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday 12 noon – 7pm
Presently the business employs six full-time members of staff including a Manager and trained chefs, and a number of part time / weekend staff, some of the staff having been with the business since it opened in 2008.
All the equipment, fixtures & fittings are understood to be owned outright.
Although trading from purpose-built premises still only just over eleven years old, the owners have adopted a very proactive approach with a policy of continuous improvement and upgrading. Social media, e.g. Facebook, Instagram & Twitter, is widely used and a new website (www.frankiesfishandchips.com) was launched in 2018. The ten year anniversary of the business in 2018 was marked by the commissioning of a promotional film, a competition to win free fish & chips for a year, and the introduction of a new loyalty card.
The result of all this hard work has seen the business recognised with a wide variety of awards including being voted the best UK independent takeaway fish and chip shop (2015) following on from various awards in previous years including the top independent takeaway fish & chip shop in Scotland (2014), Carlyn Kearney winning National Young Fish Frier of the Year 2013, and the Fishermen's Mission Fish & Chip Shop of the Year (2013).
Other awards / accreditations for sustainability, local produce and quality service, include Food Standards Agency Eat Safe Award, Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Awards finalist - sourcing Scottish food category, Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, National Federation of Fish Friers Fish & Chip Quality Award, Highlands & Islands Tourism Award (best informal eating experience), Food Made Good two star sustainability rating, Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards – highly commended in best eatery café, Visit Scotland Taste our Best, and finally a mention in Giles Coren's 'We are in Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery' guide to the world's truly organic, sustainable and ethical restaurants.
Details of accounts can be made available to seriously interested parties after viewing.
The rateable value is understood to currently be £3,650. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation.
The business trades from purpose-built premises designed by renowned local architect Alan McKay and completed to a high, modern standard and specification by Dennis Thomson Builders in 2008. Of 'Scandinavian' style construction the building is estimated to extend to around 103m² or thereby. It was designed to facilitate further extension to the west to increase the size of the internal café space if required.
The premises are accessed via an entrance lobby with ramped disabled access which leads to the main serving area with the café seating space to the right. Off the lobby is a disabled toilet with baby changing facility, and a cleaning store.
Serving / Kitchen Area
(Overall approx. 7.4m x 5.4m) Well-designed, well-equipped space with main serving counter with recently upgraded 'Aures' EPOS two terminal till system linked to a printer in the food prep area behind, 'Promac' espresso machine with 'Cunhill' silent grinder, 'Lincat' countertop hot water boiler and soup kettle, plus a wash hand basin.
Behind the serving counter is the bespoke, electronically and thermostatically controlled, 'Florigo' island range unit which has an integral filtration system and comprises 2 fish pans, 2 chip pans (3 basket each), 1 chip box, 1 scrap box and 1 bain marie (3 x 1/3). Additional equipment comprises a 'Lincat' single tank countertop fryer for gluten free products, a conventional six hob cooker / oven, separate 'Merrychef' high speed oven, industrial quality microwave, 'Osbourne' double fish fridge and a large upright freezer. To the side is a 'Tefcold' refrigerated salad prep counter and table top salad bar, and a 'Dinkum' milkshake maker.
(Approx. 5.4m x 4m) Attractive, particularly bright, well-lit space with a large window area allowing for fine views of the voe, and tables & chairs seating 22 / 24. Off this space is an external west-facing decked area which provides additional seating for up to 28, again with great views.
Equipment includes an upright drinks chill, separate food chill for sauces, home bakes etc., plus a 5 screen digital menu system which can be operated remotely, a customer buzzer alert system, and 2 promotional TV screens.
Potato Preparation Area
(Overall approx. 6.1m x 2.2m including chill) With separate external access for deliveries, walk-in 'Criocabin' chill, 'Bold' potato peeler, potato tank, chipper & batter mixer, sink unit and shelving etc. 'Megaflo' hot water tank.
(Approx. 2.5m x 1.9m) With 'Hobart' commercial dishwasher, twin sinks and stainless steel units and worktops.
Office / Rest Room & WC
(Overall approx. 3.3m x 2.5m) With CCTV system.
(Approx. 3.2m x 2.7m) Attached external store for potatoes, other dry goods and freezer storage, plus washing machine, tumble dryer and 2 chest freezers. Short term use of a separate larger store nearby could be negotiated if required.
Outside the building is a large tarred car park with disabled parking. A further area of land to the north may be available for further expansion.
Note archive photographs have been used.
The Rateable Value is understood to be £3,650. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation.
The premises are situated on the west (shore) side of the main road through Brae, between the Brae Hotel and the health centre.
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