The Duchess of Rutland is seeking a bakery and patisserie for The Engine Yard, Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire is looking to expand its retail development, The Engine Yard, with the addition of a patisserie and bakery.

The Duchess of Rutland, Emma Manners, converted and renovated the three-acre site, situated at the foot of the castle two years ago. She is now looking to add to its growing food offering with a farm shop, a patisserie and bakery, and ice cream producer for its newly renovated retail units. The three units are within period and character properties.

“Our offering is truly unique, and I 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,” she said.

“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.”

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 £3 million renovation, which took two years to complete.

Since lockdown restrictions were lifted for restaurants at the beginning of July, The Fuel Tank café at the Engine Yard has attracted record numbers of diners.