Williamson & Henry
Address: 3 St. Cuthbert Street, Kirkcudbright, , DG6 4DJ   Phone: 01557 331049
Email: enquiries@williamsonandhenry.co.uk

Polarbites, Harbour Square, Kirkcudbright

£ 275,000/Guide Price

Polarbites, Harbour Square, , DG6 4HY, Kirkcudbright,
Commercial Business
For sale

Base Information

Bed: 1
Bath: 1
Living Areas: 2
Very successful Fish and Chip business for sale, with thriving takeaway trade and good sized dining area for eating in. Attached Fishmongers also.


Polarbites is a very successful “Fish and Chip” business. Established by its present owners, Robert and Margaret Maxwell in 2007, it is now very well-known and well regarded as a fish and chip shop to purchase takeaway meals, and customers travel from far and wide to purchase from Polarbites.

There is also a restaurant area within the premises which proved so popular that in 2008 this was expanded to allow more tables to be accommodated.

The business enjoys an excellent location, immediately adjacent to the main car park in Kirkcudbright at the Harbour Square. Kirkcudbright is well known for the numerous events that take place in the town throughout the year, all of which draw in additional visitors to the town and increase the trade of Polarbites.

Financial information will be made available at the owner’s discretion to serious enquirers.

Fixtures and fittings included in the sale

When preparing these sales details, we were surprised at the costs involved in fitting out a business such as this, and thought it might be helpful to include details of the equipment included in the sale, along with details of when the item was purchased and the original cost.




Four compartment Kiremko Deep Fat Fryer



Additional Kiremko Deep Fat Fryer



Taylor Flavorburst Ice Cream machine



3 Slushee machines



Microwave Ovens



Titan Insect Lamp



Till with Display Screen for orders



Vestfrost Drinks Fridge



Refrigerated Display Cabinet (for desserts)



Refrigerated Display Cabinet (for ice creams)



Electric Cooker in food preparation area



Serving counter in Fishmongers



3 Freezer units in middle room



3 Shelved freezer units in rear room



2 Pizza Ovens



Chubb Safe




Immediately adjacent to Polarbites is Polarpak, a Fishmongers also selling fruit and vegetables. Again, this is a well-established business. It shares the extensive storage and preparation areas behind the main shops.


The premises are leased and a new 10 year lease has very recently been granted. Full details of the lease can be provided to serious enquirers.

The premises are all on one level and have recently been re-roofed. In addition to the areas to which the public have access, there are extensive preparation and storage areas to the rear. The spacious premises allow a more pleasant work environment to be created in the preparation areas, and extensive storage space allows items to be bought in bulk more cheaply.



9.83m x 5.88m                                               (32’03” x 19’03”)

Double doors open from the exterior and lead to the main counter where orders are taken. There is plenty of room here for customers to wait for take away orders and this area has a tiled floor.

The dining area is separated by a wood and glass partition to half height. There is seating for 40 and the area is well lit with two front facing windows enjoying an open outlook over the car park and the estuary of the River Dee. There are three radiators to the dining area. Both areas are fully tiled to all walls in white tiles.

A corridor leads off to:


2.19m x 1.50m                                               (7’02” x 4’10”)

With disabled access, W.C., wash hand basin, radiator, and tiled floor.


2.13m x 1.51m                                               (6’11” x 4’11”)

With disabled access, W.C. and wash hand basin, radiator and tiled floor.


6.49m x 4.30m                                               (21’03” x 14’01”)

Kiremko Deep Fat Fryers are situated here, set back from the main serving counter which is finished in stainless steel and has space beneath for storage and space above for cash register, salt, vinegar, serving implements, etc. This originally had three frying compartments and a flat plate but had to be expanded as the business was busy to add a fourth fryer in place of the flat plate. Subsequently an additional Kiremko Deep Fat Fryer was added, again to meet growing demand.

To either side of the main serving counter are refrigerated display cabinets, one currently used for desserts whilst the other is used for ice creams. The whole of this area is tiled to match the customer area. Vestfrost drinks fridge. Taylor Flavorburst ice cream machine. Three Slushee machines. Two microwave ovens, stainless steel work surfaces and storage units, stainless steel extractor fan, hand wash sink, Titan insect lamp. Display screen giving details of orders (linked to the till).


3.12m x 2.74m                                               (10’02” x 8’11”)

This room has an electric cooker, stainless steel work areas and shelving. It is used for food preparation for the restaurant and takeaway orders.


5.48m x 4.89m                                               (17’11” x 16’00”)

This unit is linked to the storage and preparation areas behind the main shops, and is currently used as a shop separate from the main fish and chip shop/restaurant. The current use is as a Fishmongers with fruit and veg available also. There are display shelves for the fruit and veg, serving counter for the fish, two wash hand basins, and stainless steel units behind the serving area. Tiled floor, front facing window with outlook across harbour. Twin doors from the street, further door at rear through to storage/preparation areas.


4.92m x 4.84m                                               (16’01” x 15’10”)

Situated immediately behind Polarpak, this room is used for storage, has an office space, three freezer units, and shelving. Off this room is an enclosed space currently used for storing rubbish until it is ready to be disposed of, measuring 3.8m x 2.96m (12’05” x 9’08”).

A corridor from the rear of the middle room leads through to a rear preparation area, and there is a full height shelved walk-in alcove off this.


8.81m x 4.48m                                               (28’10” x 14’08”)

This room has ample space for chipping the potatoes, and contains three full height shelved freezer units. There are stainless steel work surfaces, stainless steel sink, shelving, and roof light over providing natural light. A further door leads off this room in the direction of the chip shop with a corridor leading to:


4.81m x 2.15m                                               (15’09” x 7’00”)

This room contains two pizza ovens and work areas for preparation of the pizzas. Extractor fan. Tiled floor. Slatted cupboard at the rear of the room housing the baxi solo gas central heating boiler.

A door off this room opens to a full height store cupboard measuring 1.59m 1.38m (5’02” x 4’06”). This is currently used for storing the frying oil and ice cream mix. The generous storage space throughout the building allows ingredients to be bought in bulk thus reducing cost.



3.49m x 3.29m                                               (11’05” x 10’09”)

This room is mainly used for washing dishes and cleaning, as well as for some food preparation. There are twin stainless steel sinks with a mixer tap over and drainer to the side, work surfaces, dishwasher, shelving, display monitor allowing the serving area and restaurant to be viewed, and large Chubb safe. Radiator. Tiled floor. Off the rear of this room is the staff toilet with wash hand basin and toilet, radiator, and tiled floor.


The rateable value is £8,500 the property however is exempt of business rates.

The Energy Performance rating for this property is a Band E