The three acre Regency site – situated at the foot of the Belvoir Castle and originally used by artisan tradesmen to produce furniture, windows and doors during the construction of the castle in the early 1800s – was converted into a retail development by the Duchess of Rutland two years ago.
It underwent an extensive £3 million renovation – which took two years to complete – and was officially opened by actress Elizabeth Hurley and TV presenter Susannah Constantine in September 2018.
The retail site currently includes a café, a specialist deli, a butchery, a chocolatier, artisan coffee emporium and a gin bar selling Belvoir’s own brand of gin. The Duchess is now looking to expand its food offerings with a bakery and pâtisserie, a farm shop and a handmade ice cream producer.
“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.”
“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.
Retailers at The Engine Yard have recorded increased footfall since lockdown was lifted at the beginning of July, attracting consumers who also want to visit the castle and its gardens.
There are three retail opportunities available for lease – each within period and character properties – marketed by Wood Moore & Co.
Belvoir Castle is the home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Rutland. The historic castle is open to visitors all year round and is also the backdrop for various period drama series – including Netflix’s The Crown – as well as hosting corporate events and weddings. Its gardens and lakes were designed by renowned 18th Century landscape artist Capability Brown.