Attractive and Popular Café Premises To Let

Natland Millbeck Farm Ice-Cream Palour, Natland Mill Beck Lane, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7LH

Per Annum exclusive but including all fixtures and fittings and business goodwill  £30,000 per year

Quick Summary

Price £30,000 per year
City Kendal
Status Under Offer
Size (Acres)
Parking Spaces


Carlisle Office
01228 548385


Natland Millbeck Farm Ice Cream Parlour is situated just off Natland Mill Beck Lane, adjacent to the A65 Burton Road in the south of the popular market town of Kendal, South Lakeland, Cumbria.

Kendal is the principal town of South Lakeland and is situated just outside of the southern boundaries of the Lake District National Park, only 6 miles from Junctions 36 and 37 of the M6 Motorway. The town has a resident population of 29,495 (2011 Census) and is a popular tourist destination being 10 miles south of Windermere and the gateway to the Lakes which has recently gained World Heritage status. The town has a weighted retail catchment in excess of 50,000 people and a greater district catchment in excess of 102,000. The district’s Class Grouping indicates that in excess of 50% of the catchment area is of A, B or C demographic.

Oxenholme Train Station which is situated on the West Coast main railway line is located less than 1 mile away providing direct services to London (approximate journey time 2 hours 50 minutes) and Glasgow (1 hour 45 minutes).

The A65 Burton Road travels north west meeting up with the A6 providing access into Kendal town centre around 1 mile away and also connects up with the A591 which leads to Junction 36 of the M6, around 5 miles away. The A65 also travels south providing access to the villages of Endmoor and Crooklands and an alternative route to Junction 36 of the M6 Motorway and continues on to Kirkby Lonsdale and The Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The immediate surrounding area is leafy and desirable with good facilities in the form of an Asda Superstore and a new exclusive Story Homes development has recently completed to the south and south west providing around 75 new homes and over 100 new dwellings are under construction to the south east at Strawberry Fields.


Natland Millbeck Farm Ice-cream Parlour comprises a two storey purpose built café building that is of stone construction beneath multi-pitched profile clad roofing and is accessed from a private driveway from Natland Mill Beck Lane and has associated car parking, mature orchard/gardens and ‘play barn’.

The accommodation is arranged is as follows:

Ground Floor

The property is accessed from the car park via a tarmacadam ramp bounded in part by a dwarf stone wall and iron railings with timber glazed door opening up into a café area which provides open plan seating for approximately 40 covers. The cafe has a tile floor, panoramic timber framed double glazed windows looking out to the gardens, a rear bespoke serving counter incorporating refrigeration units, coffee machine, shelving and serving area. There are feature stone columns, a plaster painted ceiling with exposed ceiling beams, recessed down-lighting and doors to the rear toilets, first floor, commercial kitchen and secondary seating area.

The main kitchen has a tile floor, tile walls, plaster painted ceiling, strip fluorescent lighting, a range of stainless steel preparation surfaces, freestanding gas oven with gas hob above, a range of commercial microwaves, two stainless steel sinks with large drainer, extractor fan, door to rear yard, wash hand basin, storage area and under-stairs storage cupboard.

The secondary customer seating area has a similar tile floor, wood panel roof, panoramic timber framed double glazing, seating for approximately 15 covers and leads through to a smaller but useful food preparation room and with doors to the outside and further access via a concrete ramp with stone walling and iron railings.

WC facilities including baby changing are provided adjacent to the rear entrance from the car park and a lobby leads back through to the main cafe, a platform lift and stairs to the first floor.

First Floor

The first floor provides an open function suite, office and a fully fitted kitchen. The function suite has carpeted floors, plaster painted walls and ceiling, recessed down-lighting, wall mounted radiators and panoramic timber framed double glazed windows.

The adjacent kitchen has hardwearing resin flooring, a range of modern wall and floor mounted units, integral electric oven with hob and extractor above, plaster painted walls and ceiling, strip fluorescent lighting, stainless steel sink and drainer and integral fridge.

Externally, there is a private mature orchard/garden which is used as outdoor Customer serving and play area, laid with lawn and bounded by a mixture of steel fencing and stone walling.

To the side and rear of the property is customer car parking and beyond an open play barn with concrete hard-standing, part timber/part block elevations and beneath a mono-pitched profile clad roof with an area of hard-standing to the front.

The land and property benefit from a detailed planning permission (Ref SL/2015/0971) for the demolition of the rear barn and development of a new ice cream parlour annexe, including play area and could provide an extra 1,500 sq ft.


It is understood that the premises provide the following approximate gross internal measurements:

Ground floor 154.72m2 (1,665 sq ft)

First Floor 59.65m² (948 sq ft)

Total 214.37m² (2,307 sq ft)


The existing business provides a well-established ice-cream parlour and café which benefits from a private location although very accessible to the main road network and within walking distance to a number of housing estates. The parlour has been established, run and developed for the last 11 years since being constructed and opened in 2006. The café opens Monday to Saturday from around 9am until late afternoon throughout the year and previously opened on Sunday up until the end of 2016, serving in excess of 20,000 customers per annum.

The café is currently focused around home-made ice-cream, boasting 68 different flavours of which 16 are available at any one time. Additionally, light snacks, cakes and refreshments are served using predominantly local produce. There are 14 part time staff members in addition to two full-time owner operators. Further information will be provided to serious parties upon application.


The property is connected to mains electricity, gas, water and the mains drainage/sewerage system.

Prospective tenants should make their own enquiries as to the services available for future use.


The property is available by way of a new full repairing and insuring lease for a term to be agreed and at a commencing rental of £30,000 per annum exclusive.

The rental includes for the use of the modern fixtures and fittings including internal and external table and seating furniture, serving counter, two fully fitted kitchens with ovens, commercial dishwasher, fridges and freezer and cooking/serving utensils, further details upon application.


All figures quoted are exclusive of VAT where applicable.


According to the Valuation Office Agency Website, it is understood that the property has a Rateable Value of £11,500 and is described as a cafe and premises. The current uniform business rate for 2016/2017 is 0.479 equating to approximate rates payable of £5,509 per annum.

Small Business Rate Relief may apply and prospective tenants should check the exact rates payable with South Lakeland District Council – Tel: 01539 733 333.


The property has an Energy Performance Asset Rating of D82 and is available to download from the Edwin Thompson website.


Each party is to bear their own legal costs in the preparation and settlement of the lease documentation together with any VAT thereon.


The property is available to view by prior appointment with the Carlisle office of Edwin Thompson LLP. Contact:

John Haley – [email protected]

Joe Ellis – [email protected]

Tel: 01228 548385


Edwin Thompson for themselves and for the Vendor of this property, whose Agents they are, give notice that:
1. The particulars are set out as a general outline only for the guidance of intending purchasers and do not constitute, nor constitute part of, any offer or contract.
2. All descriptions, dimensions, plans, reference to condition and necessary conditions for use and occupation and other details are given in good faith and are believed to be correct, but any intending purchasers should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact, but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to their correctness.

An established and attractive café premises occupying a strategic location within the popular market town of Kendal

Offering a minimum of 55 covers, ground floor kitchen and serving area, first floor function room with separate kitchen, additional seating in an attractive outside garden and extensive car parking

Providing a range of building and business expansion opportunities

Rental – £30,000 per annum exclusive but including all fixtures and fittings and business goodwill

A superb stone built property set within attractive grounds offering an exciting business opportunity. Comprising an established café premises together with a first floor function room and separate kitchen, mature gardens and leafy surroundings, extensive car park and strong existing customer base.

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