A “once in a lifetime” opportunity has arisen to own and operate your own coastal food business - run from a vintage train carriage. 

The Atlantic Coast Express, also known as ACE, sits on the Camel Trail and is an open air cafe, which also holds periodic supper clubs. 

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The eatery is one of just 150 carriages of its kind commissioned by British Rail. (Bond Oxborough Philips)

The property itself is a restored 1953 goods wagon from the Atlantic Coast Express train, which had its last journey in 1964 and now sits on the disused railway line.

Only 150 of these carriages were commissioned by British Rail, with this one having operated as a business for the last five years. 

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The business holds supper clubs on summer evenings. (Bond Oxborough Philips)

ACE currently operates from March to October, with a professional caterer’s kitchen that currently serves crepes, ice creams, coffees and shakes. 

The sale includes the carriage, all catering equipment, and any business assets, such as social media accounts and the website. 

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Inside the carriage. (Bond Oxborough Philips)

There are also picnic benches beside the carriage, which offer seating for customers. 

The eatery is currently run as a green and socially conscious business, being predominantly powered by solar energy and using locally sourced produce. 

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The former carriage sits beside the sea. (Bond Oxborough Philips)

As well as this, the current owners contribute to the local food bank and carry out litter picks to help preserve the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

The business is being sold by Bond Oxborough Philips for a guide price of £80,000. 

The agents said: “We are delighted to present a rare opportunity to own and operate The Atlantic Coast Express; a beautifully restored vintage train carriage transformed into a thriving catering business on the popular Camel Trail in North Cornwall.”