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Exmoor Deli, Café and Shop gets new owners

Exmoor Deli, Café and Shop gets new owners

Posted: Tuesday 23 January 2018

A HIGH-quality Traditional Shop, Café & Deli in the heart of Exmoor National Park has been sold to a partnership driven by an ambition for a lifestyle change.

Greg Golder & Dave Weaver have left Surrey to buy the Tantivy – a traditional shop, café and deli in the Exmoor town and tourist hotspot of Dulverton in Somerset.

With the market for lifestyle businesses buoyant at present, there is a surge of people moving from well paid jobs in London and the south east and moving to the Westcountry for a new way of life.

And while the sale marks their first foray into business, the move was motivated by a desire for a lifestyle change.

Devon-based commercial property specialists Charles Darrow facilitated the sale.

Director Paul Heather said: “I handled the sale of the business to the Clatworthy’s in 2006 and I was delighted to have the opportunity to handle the sale for them,

“Greg and Dave are full of enthusiasm for both the business and the town and they have a lot of fantastic ideas which I am sure will be well received.

“It is another indication of people choosing to leave the rat race to taste a more peaceful existence down here in the beautiful South West.”

Nick and Clare Clatworthy decided to sell the business after owning it for the last 11 years.

During that time they invested heavily in the business in a bid to turn it around.

Among the changes was a café added to the rear of the property and the couple have recently introduced a deli. The result has been increased turnover and profitability.

But the couple have been forced to retire owing to ill health.

The Tantivy features both a shop and a café which serves year-round teas and Barista made espressos coffee plus a menu featuring quality, locally sourced ingredients.

To the rear of the property there is a walled courtyard garden accessed from the street of the café with tables and chairs for 30 people.

Paul Heather added: “The café and hospitality sector is currently very buoyant, with many buyers now looking for a lifestyle change, and to take on their own business here in the South West.

“The Tantivy has been a fantastic, family run, independent business for decades, which has seen previous incumbents develop it into a well followed and profitable business.

“The business offers a huge opportunity to further improve turnover and we wish the new owners every success in the future.”