Cafe in Cornwall Muddy Beach Penryn put up for sale

The family behind the hugely popular Muddy Beach Cafe in Penryn have revealed they are selling after six successful years.

The lease for the cafe goes on the market today (Wednesday) with Miller Commercial, although the owners have said they will continue to operate it until the right people are found to take it over.

It will be six years in January that the managing director Christian Dann took over the company with his parents, Phil and Lisa.

Christian said: “We are not selling the business for any reason other than a change.

“It’s not sad, it’s exciting! We as a family think it’s the best thing because, after the past two years, the coronavirus has made us reevaluate our lives.

“I want my parents to enjoy their retirement, they have both worked so hard in life and now is the time for them to enjoy life.

“As for me, I have no idea what career path I’m going to take, but I intend to stick with what I love: people.

Muddy Beach has been a family business from the start, run by Christian and his parents Phil and Lisa, whose family, the Barnicoats, opened the very first fish and chip shop in Penryn.

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Prior to Muddy Beach, Christian had worked from home for some of the area’s most successful restaurants, and when the opportunity arose to take over the lease of what was the popular “Miss Peapods” cafe on Jubilee Wharf, all the family jumped at random.

The name Muddy Beach comes from the local nickname for the beach in front of the cafe, which is popular with wildlife and wading birds.

Christian stressed that he will remain as usual until the new owners are found, and the Muddy Beach brand passes the baton to them and the staff.

“This will continue until we find the right owners. If it takes about a year to find the right people, that’s fine,” he added.

Christian said it had been “a fantastic six years,” adding: “As a family we loved being here, we just think it’s time to move on and do something different. it will be, we do not know yet.

“I want to say a huge thank you to all of our amazing regulars who have supported us.

“Of course I will miss Muddy and all of the amazing customers who visit us daily, and the best staff to help me manage it, but it’s time for me and the family to do something completely different – watch this space! ”

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