10/5/2022 | Restaurants

Popular Durham tearoom comes to the market through Christie & Co

Specialist business property advisor, Christie & Co, has brought to the market Tealicious Tea Room and Bakeshop, in the heart of Durham City. The well-established business has been trading successfully for 10 years and the current owner is now looking to retire.

Tealicious Tea Rooms

Founder Alison Harnett opened Tealicious ten years ago and has since run it with passion and drive. She turned her vision of a successful, specialist tea room into a reality and has established a popular, thriving business.

Tealicious is ranked on TripAdvisor as the number one tearoom in Durham, being the only tea room in the city that specialises in loose-leaf teas. Serving 24 loose-leaf teas blended by a master tea sommelier – all of which are exclusive to Tealicious, the tearoom and bakehouse also serves brunch, light bites, their famous cakes and the popular traditional afternoon tea, which are handmade by inhouse bakers. The business currently runs a popular online store selling loose-leaf teas for delivery, as well as an order and collection service for cakes, picnics and afternoon teas. With a loyal customer base and 5-star reviews, this popular Tearoom and Bakehouse is a turnkey opportunity with plenty growth potential.               

Excellently located on the famous Elvet Bridge, an extremely popular tourist destination, Tealicious benefits from tourists visiting the historic town as well as many local customers. Steeped in history, the city is home to one of the most recognisable landmarks in the UK, majestic Durham Cathedral, and the famous Durham University. Durham is just three hours by train from London, and less than two from Edinburgh.

The Grade II Listed, four floor property is a beautifully decorated throughout and in keeping with the traditional Tearoom theme. The main trade area is arranged over the ground floor and has table and chair

seating for circa 20 covers, with an external trade area for circa eight covers. The second floor offers additional a smaller trading area used predominantly for serving afternoon teas or for busy periods as well as private parties.

Alison Harnett, the current owner, comments, “After having ten extremely happy and fulfilling years running Tealicious it is now time to hang up my apron due to family circumstances changing. We chose Christie’s because of their expertise in the hospitality business and feel they were the best company to find us the most suitable new owner for Tealicious.”

Marslie McGregor, Business Agent at Christie & Co who is handling the sale, comments, “Tealicious is an excellent opportunity for an owner-operator to take over this long-established and extremely popular business in what is, a fantastic location in Durham’s historic city centre. With a great reputation and repeat and new customers, the current owners leave behind a solid foundation for an incoming operator to build on. I look forward to working with Alison in finding a buyer and helping her to achieve her retirement goal” .

Tealicious is on the market for offers over £50,000.

For further information on this press release, contact:      

Bronte Hughes, Corporate Communications Executive

P: 020 7227 0794 or E: bronte.hughes@christie.com

Contact the agent:

Marslie McGregor, Business Agent - Hospitality

M: 07813 072460 or E: marslie.mcgregor@christie.com

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