The business is operated from a characterful, Grade II Listed property which retains many original features. The well-presented sales area is located on the ground floor, whilst the first floor houses a large chilled store room and large production kitchen, with scope for further expansion to include more equipment. The third floor provides an ample stock room and storage area for outside catering equipment, as well as office space.
The delicatessen has been in its current location for more than 25 years and owned and operated by current owners, Kirk and Ali Vincent for the last 12 years. Kirk, the former Head Chef at Antonio Carluccio’s Neal Street Restaurant in Covent Garden, makes pates, terrines, soups, salads, quiches, tarts and other dishes for the deli, which are all prepared on the premises. In addition to the well-stocked shelves, deli counter and extensive range of cheeses for which they are renowned, there is a brisk and popular lunchtime trade for filled rolls, salads, hot soups, pastries and cakes to take away.
Kirk and Ali comment; “From our vantage point overlooking the daily market, we source the finest and freshest local and seasonal produce to go in to our in-house specialities. Coupled with this, we source for retail the very best ingredients and delicacies from near and far to fill our little corner of foodie heaven to the rafters. We’ve been in the catering industry for a lot of years now and as much as we still love it, we feel that now is the right time to hand over the reins and move on to pastures new.”
David Cash, Senior Agent at Christie & Co’s Newcastle office is handling the sale and comments; “Yorkshire and York, in particular, continue to see huge visitor numbers and demand for home-cooked, locally sourced produce is stronger than ever. Henshelwoods has a fantastic local following which is bolstered by the seas of tourists descending on the city centre every day. The business would appeal to anybody with a passion for food and an eye for business. An already profitable going concern, the business has lots of potential and could be expanded depending on the new owner’s prerogative.”
Henshelwoods Delicattessen has been brought to the market at a leasehold asking price of £112,500 and an annual rental of £21,175.