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La Peniche Cafe And Bistro, North Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall

Restaurant & take away for sale

£450,000 Guide price


A once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire this magnificently converted French Barge (Peniche) that is currently moored in the Cosmopolitan Town of Falmouth which is hugely popular with Tourists and boasts a vibrant year round Community to support a business of this nature. The Vessel is beautifully appointed as a Fine Dining Cafe and Bistro and in addition offers two delightful en-suite letting rooms, owners quarters, a refitted Galley and copious storage. The Vessel has a Licence for it's current Berth for a term of 6 Years from 24th July 2020 at a current fee of £35,000 per annum.


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The Business

Our clients operate the business as a husband and wife team with the assistance of a highly experienced Head Chef and a number of part time staff. The business opened in August 2020 and despite the challenging market brought about through Covid they have achieved an impressive turnover in the region of £225,000 for a 6 month trading period. The owners have chosen to operate on restricted hours with the Autumn service times being, Dinner 6pm – 10pm Tuesday to Saturday and Lunch 12 noon – 2.30pm Friday & Saturday. There is obvious scope to expand the turnover through extending the days and times of service along with hosting Weddings and Functions in the quieter periods.

Situated below decks are two sensational ensuite letting Rooms (The Chalon & Paris Suites) which are let through Air B&B at tariffs of circa £150 – £175 per room, per night. Our clients, through choice set a minimum of 3 night stays which of course may be altered by the new owners, should one require additional living quarters then this arrangement could be brought to an end for owner occupier use. For a further overview of the business, additional images, sample menus and room tarriffs please visit our clients website


Delta is a steel hull French barge (peniche). Originally named Raymond she was built at the Mourlon family Boatyard at the village of Pierre le Treiche, near Nancy, France in 1938. As a commercial barge she would have been able to carry 250 tonnes of cargo. During World War 2 she was requisitioned by the German army and was later found in the port of Genoa, Italy. Retrieved and restored by her owners she continued to work as a cargo carrying barge until 1984 when she was converted to take passengers and reborn as Delta.

Later purchased by Englishman Roger Collins, Delta cruised the River from Chalon-sur-Soane in Burgundy for 15 years, giving joy to many dining on fabulous French food whilst enjoying the peaceful bucolic scenery passing by. The current owners Tony and Kate sailed on one of her last voyages before she began her journey to England. Roger and his Bargee Bruno navigated Delta a total of 726.86 KM and through 177 locks as they travelled the network of canals across France over the course of many weeks.

She dry docked in Paris, giving Tony & Kate the opportunity to repaint her hull with antifoul and for their surveyor to take a good look at her. Delta formally exchanged ownership in Poses, Normandy. As work was begun to prepare her for her sea crossing it became clear why so few people had undertaken similar ambitious projects. Red tape from officialdom (French and English) and insurers made this process quite a challenge, with a total of 4 surveyors appointed to satisfy their requirements!

Delta arrived safely in Falmouth Harbour in February 2019 prior to being transferred to Butler’s Boat Yard, Penpol where she underwent a full refit prior to being moved to her current position alongside Falmouth’s North Quay.


Gangway leads to fore deck with seating area, port side gangplank, teak bar, rope cage and anchor chain winch. Hatch to chain locker, 2 red ships lanterns, semi circular canopy over main doors. Wooden gates lead to gunwhale (side) decks.

CHAIN LOCKER (under fore deck, accessed by built in ladder)
Wooden floor, built in shelving, metal extension (support for ramp)

Double window doors with interior thumb screw locks, wooden floor, metal walls and 2 double interior teak doors with portholes leading to main restaurant

Small port hole, White WC and hand sink, fitted hand dryer and wall mounted paper towel rack, mirror, shelf, Tiled floor

Small port hole, White wall mounted disabled WC with 2 SS handrails and hand sink, fitted hand dryer and wall mounted paper towel rack, mirror, shelf, Baby change unit, Tiled floor

19 large windows (17 of which open from the top), Wooden floor & window ledges, metal strip ceiling, devola wall mounted panel heater, 6 air conditioning units, built in cupboard and Bus/service shelves. 2 wall mounted art deco lamps. Art deco style bar with built in storage, double sink/drainer, 2 level tiled bar top, 3 large ships lights, ships bell , mirror, overhead glass racks, built in storage, pass to galley with Fire panel. 14 French SSO in dining area and 9 UK sockets in bar.

Main Equipment
2 lockable double bar fridges (Polar) 1 single bar fridge, ice machine (Polar G series), glass washer (Classiq), coffee machine, grinder, hot water boiler, till drawer & pos

Carpeted stairs with open shelving and 2 art deco wall mounted lamps, leading to lower level hallway (B & B deck) with port hole, ships lamp, 3 mirror port holes, and enclosed lockable storage cupboard with electric panel. Leads to 2 bedrooms.

Fire door with port hole leading to galley and push bar door to starboard side deck.

3 port side port holes with dead lights, wooden floor, panelled/wall papered walls and ceiling, built in shelving & small bespoke wardrobe lined with charts, Devola wall mounted panel heater, 3 double & 1 single SSO, 2 art deco wall lamps, Painting of Chalon sur Soane,
Long ledges running length of exterior wall and wooden panels (Ballast blocks)

En suite shower room with rain mixer shower, with extendable head, WC with macerator, Sink with bespoke wooden cabinet and work top, wall mounted towel heater, built in cupboard, 1 port hole, large mirror, vinyl flooring, sealed ceiling lights

4 port holes (2 each side of vessel), each with deadlights, 4 wall mounted art deco style lamps, Devola panel wall heater, wall mounted air conditioning unit, wooden floor, panelled walls and ceiling, 3 double SSO
Long ledges running length of exterior walls and wooden panels (Ballast blocks).

Large en suite shower room with rain mixer shower, with extendable head, WC with macerator, Sink with bespoke wooden cabinet, wall mounted towel heater, 1 port hole, large ornate mirror, vinyl flooring, sealed ceiling lights. Door leading to tank/tool room

Non slip tiled floor, Tiled walls, Food hygiene plastic ceiling/paint, 2 opening windows, 4 copper coloured extendable heat lamps, 3 strip lights, 9 double SSO. 2 magnetic knife strips, paper towel box, 2 ventilation openings..
Extraction hood, fly zapper, KP sink and SS work top with tap, vegetable wash sink, hand wash sink (knee operated), wall mounted first aid box, 6 x SS wall mounted shelving, 2 x electric isolation switches.

Main Equipment: 2 x 3 door Polar G series fridges (308L each), dishwasher (Classiq), Lincat 6 hob range induction oven, Lincat Silverlink salamander grill, Griddle (Lincat 600), double deep fat fryer (Lincat 2 x 9L capacity) GSU Grease trap.

Food hygiene panelled wall and ceiling, port hole tiled floor, x2 strip lights. Built in shelving and SS work tops, 2 double SSO, magnetic knife strip, wall mounted tag grabber. Landing with door way to starboard side and metal steps to dry stores & cellar.

Main Equipment: Commercial microwave (Buffalo), freezer, Lincat convection steam oven.

3 large metal units with wooden shelves, and additional built in storage, hot water boiler, 2 double SSO, 1 single SSO
1 Port hole, 1 air vent, Walk in fridge with electronic gauge, air conditioning plant, mains electric panel.
Door way to lockable wine cellar, built in shelving , Draught master system

Control panel, wheel, navigation, seating. Boat deck to rear of this and small enclosed deck in front.
Bedroom 3 (Boatmans Cabin)
Built in small double bed, cupboard and work top.
Small shower room with mixer shower, WC with macerator and sink
Steps leading down to lounge with bespoke cabinetry fitted throughout

Accessed via hatch and metal steps. Fully fitted. Baudouin Main engine, Perkins generator and back up.


The vessel is for sale on a Freehold basis with the current Berth being subject to a 6 year Licence with Falmouth Harbour Commissioners at an annual fee of £35,000. A copy of the Licence is available from the Agents.

Local Authority

Cornwall Council
General Enquiries 0300-1234-100
Planning 0300-1234-151

Energy Performance Certificate

The Vessel is exempt from the requirement of having an EPC.


If you require advice regarding the Financing of a Business, at no initial cost, please contact us on the number below.


An Inventory of all loose chattels and equipment, free of any lease/lien, to be included within the sale will be supplied by Miller Commercial prior to exchange of Contracts.

Legal Costs

Each party to bear their own legal costs in association with the transaction in addition to paying Half of the Landlords Legal Costs.

Premises Licence

We understand the business currently holds a premises licence in respect the sale of liquor for consumption on the premises.

Business Rates

We refer you to the government website To find out how much business rates will be payable there is a business rates estimator service via the website.


Prospective owners should make their own enquiries of the appropriate statutory undertakers:
Western Power: 0845 601 2989
South West Water: 0800 169 1144
Transco: 0800 111 999


To be taken at valuation.

Value Added Tax

All the above prices/rentals are quoted exclusive of VAT, where applicable.

Contact Information

For further information or an appointment to view please contact either:
Paul Collins on 01872 247029 or via email or
Graham Timmins on 01872 247019 or via email

VIEWING: Strictly by prior appointment through Miller Commercial.

AGENTS NOTE: Miller Commercial for themselves and for the Vendor/s or lessor/s of this property give notice: [a] These particulars are for an intending purchaser or tenant and although they are believed to be correct their accuracy is not guaranteed and any error or misdescriptions shall not annul the sale or be grounds on which compensation may be claimed and neither do they constitute any part of a Contract: [b] No responsibility is taken for expenses incurred should the property be sold, let or withdrawn before inspection: [c] None of the services or appliances, plumbing, heating or electrical installations have been tested by the selling agent.

Miller Commercial is the trading name of Miller Commercial LLP registered in England and Wales under Registration No.OC373087. The Registered Office of Miller Commercial LLP is Mansion House, Princes Street, Truro TR1 2RF. We use the term Partner to refer to a member of Miller Commercial LLP. VAT Registration No.643 4519 39.

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