Belvoir Castle to expand its artisan food offering

L-R Susannah Constantine, Her Grace The Duchess of Rutland and Elizabeth Hurley opening the Engine Yard

Belvoir Castle is expanding its artisan food offering at its retail development, The Engine Yard.

The Duchess of Rutland converted and renovated the three acre Regency site, situated at the foot of the Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, two years ago – and is now looking to add to its growing food offering with a farm shop, a patisserie and bakery, and a handmade ice cream producer, for its newly renovated retail units at The Engine Yard.

“Our offering is truly unique and I would now consider it a centre for excellence for artisan food in the local area. I am really excited about its next phase as we look for more artisans to join us,” said Emma, Duchess of Rutland.

“My dream for The Engine Yard has always been to give local people and all our visitors good quality specialist produce, as well as a lovely retail experience and a great day out.”

Officially opened by actress Elizabeth Hurley and television presenter Susannah Constantine in September 2018, The Engine Yard – which was originally used by artisan tradesmen to produce furniture, windows and doors during the construction of the present castle in the early 1800s, – has undergone an extensive £3m renovation, which took two years to complete.

“We are now attracting regular visitors from all over the area, who come for the growing food and drink experience, as well as building our reputation nationally,” said the Duchess.

“We already have a high-end butchery, a specialist deli, an award-winning chocolatier, a coffee merchant, a home-made pizzeria and a very popular café and gin bar. I am looking to add to the experience so that our visitors can enjoy even more good quality and fresh artisan produce.”

Since lockdown was lifted for restaurants at the beginning July, The Fuel Tank café at the Engine Yard has attracted record numbers of diners, who also come to visit the castle and its gardens, and retailers have seen increased footfall as visitors flock to the picturesque countryside location.

There are three retail opportunities available for lease, each within period and character properties, which have all recently been sympathetically renovated to a high standard. They are being marketed by Woodmore.

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