Scilly Isles seeks restaurant operator


A rare  business opportunity has emerged for an operator to create a new restaurant and food outlet on the idyllic Isles of Scilly, the UK’s most westerly outpost, located just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall.

Landlord the Duchy of Cornwall is planning a multi-faceted business incorporating café, bar, restaurant and retail elements.

It believes the enterprise is set to become one of Scilly’s go-to spots and a reason in itself for people to visit the islands, which are just 15 minutes by air and less than three hours by sea from the mainland.

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With built-in living accommodation for the staff and the operator, refurbished to the same high standard as the rest of the building, this could be one of those life-defining opportunities for anyone looking for a chance to make their mark, or perhaps an interesting addition to the portfolio of an existing operator, says Chris Gregory, land agent for the landlord, the Duchy of Cornwall.

He explains that the development is intended to be much more than an added visitor attraction to this important island community.

“The concept is transforming a building that had become largely redundant and the overwhelming aim is to use the opportunity to bring as much benefit to both the tourism and agricultural sectors as possible.

“We are therefore looking for an operator who will bring the Harbourside development to life, making it a catalyst for the production of more first class ingredients on the islands and, with state-of-the-art facilities and smart training programmes, bring new skills to the Scillonian food and drink supply chain.”

The Duchy of Cornwall is keen to hear from interested parties able to turn this unique concept into reality before the main 2015 holiday season. Joint venture proposals and alternative business models are welcome.

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