Knutsford cheese shop & cafe comes to market

The Cheese Yard, an established cheese shop and cafe in the centre of Knutsford, the affluent Cheshire market town for sale through Christie & Co on a leasehold basis at an asking price of £99,950 and subject to an annual rent of £16k.

The charming premises has been fitted out to a high standard and is set in a pedestrianised area of the town centre that experiences high footfall. The ground floor comprises an 18 cover café with outside seating for an additional eight, offering a contemporary menu served with wines, local ales and delicious home-made cakes.

There is also a purpose-built, unique, glass ‘cheese room’ which provides an optimum environment to store and display a range of cheeses.

The Cheese Yard has a comprehensive and specialist retail offering, selling a wide range of edible goods including artisan cheeses and crackers, local chutneys, ales and wines, and bespoke gift hampers, plus it also offers wedding cheese ‘cakes’, capitalising on the growing trend of alternative celebration cakes.

The business prides itself in catering for everything a foodie could want. In addition to the core retail and café business, The Cheese Yard also hosts regular ‘cheese and wine dining’ evenings, as well as appearing at farmer’s markets within the local area.

Owner Sarah Peak, who founded The Cheese Yard in 2013, is now looking to sell in order to relocate to Cumbria.

Ashley Cobban, Business Agent with Christie & Co who is handling the sale, commented, “The Cheese Yard benefits from a prime location, with a good level of passing trade. It presents a turnkey opportunity for those seeking a lifestyle business. Additionally, there is scope to develop trade by expanding upon the online sales and events element of the existing business.”