Prominent Newquay beach restaurant and nightclub in iconic spot go up for sale

A prominent beach bar / restaurant and nightclub next door have come on the market. The restaurant 12 Beach Road in Newquay and the Dead Famous cocktail bar and nightclub are up for sale. The restaurant is part of the Longstore family operated by Pollocks Pub Co which operates the Newquay venue as well as two Longstore restaurants in Charlestown and in Truro city centre.

The two businesses, which overlook Newquay Bay and its surf beaches, are up for grabs as a single entity or as two separate businesses for £2.5m. SBC Property, which is handling the sale, said that both venues previously operated as a single entity under the ChyBar & Koola Club. In recent years the site was sub-divided, with the main bar restaurant area let to Longstore/Pollocks Pub Co.

The estate agent said: "The Dead Famous Bar Restaurant is currently operated by our client, who now wishes to sell this business as well. Previously, our client operated the entire site as The Chy Bar & Koola Club. Any prospective purchaser would have the opportunity to either run two sites, or reincorporate the entire site, subject to any necessary planning consent."

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They added: "Newquay’s growth in popularity is due to the huge interest in surfing together with budget internal flights to Cornwall Airport Newquay from London and beyond which has greatly increased the popularity of the restaurant and is also accessed via Great Western Railways.

"The bar restaurant is located in the main licensed and leisure circuit of Newquay on Beach Road, overlooking Towan Beach with extensive sea views and lies below Fore Street, the main thoroughfare through the town. Other venues located nearby include Walkabout, Sailors Pub, Central Inn and the Slug & Lettuce. It also lies close to the tourist attraction of the Blue Reef Aquarium."

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Dead Famous nightclub and 12 Beach Road restaurant in beach Rad, Newquay are up for sale for £2.5m
Dead Famous nightclub and 12 Beach Road restaurant in beach Rad, Newquay are up for sale for £2.5m -Credit:Google StreetView

Last winter, the Newquay restaurant was hit with a zero hygiene rating by food inspectors and was told to make urgent improvements, three weeks before the Longstore restaurant in Charlestown was also hit by a zero rating. At the time, owners Mel and John Marquis and Tom Gaze said they had "sought additional advice" since the second rating and had updated the company structure and policies.

The Longstore managed to turn its food hygiene rating around in less than three months and is again rated with a four out of five mark. The 12 Beach Road restaurant, which was inspected in October last year, has now reopened for the season and is waiting to be re-inspected by the Food Standards Agency after changes have been made by its owners.

SBC Property added: "The Dead Famous Bar has traded as a number of years as a quality late-night bar restaurant, open seven nights a week from 12pm to 4am on Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 8pm on Sunday. Both businesses have a loyal and local clientele, boosted by the many visitors to the area in the seasonal months."