TOULOUSE is among four popular south Essex restaurants and cafes that are currently up for sale.

Here we take a look through all four on the market:

1. Toulouse:

Toulouse Restaurant, in Western Esplanade, Westcliff, is a modern bar and restaurant with a French-inspired menu and beach views.

Earlier this month, it was listed on the market for £400,000.

The business was opened 16 years ago on a site which was previously a Victorian shelter and public toilets.

This is where the name Toulouse came from after replacing “two loos”.

The current owner, Colin Thorne, 77, has owned the business for the last 16 years and is now retiring.


2. Eatalia:

Eatalia, on Thorpe Bay Broadway, first opened in 2018, and it has proven popular with residents and visitors.

However, the busy Italian restaurant is up for sale at £215,000 after its owner “made the difficult choice” to sell up after a period of ill health.

Giorgio De Benedetto 25-year lease on the restaurant is now being sold by estate agent Dedman Gray.


3. Trattoria Verde:

Amber Hussein and her husband Surinder Paul have owned Trattoria Verde, in the former station master’s house next to Thorpe Bay Station, for nearly 15 years.

However, they have put the business on the market for £195,000 as part of their “five-year retirement plan”, with estate agent Dedman Gray.

Trattoria Verde, built in a converted station building, has forged a good reputation with as a popular venue for family dinners.

Their plan is to move out of the business and pass it on to somebody else, as part of their five-year retirement plan.


4. Barrington Grill:

Barrington Grill, in Hockley Road, specialises in American barbecue food, small plates and tapas.

It is currently listed at £99,500 with estate agent Dedman Gray.

Owner Mike Sutton helped found the restaurant in 2015.

After two years as the general manager, he bought the restaurant from its original owners in 2017.

Mike, who was “born and bred” in Rayleigh, says he is “moving on” as his family grows.