Actress and model Liz Hurley and TV’s Suzannah Constantine was among guests as the new Engine Yard retail development officially opened at Belvoir Castle.
Liz Hurley, fashion journalist Susannah Constantine and The Duchess of Rutland attended the launch party on Sunday, September 2.
Retailers, including homewares specialist Margo and Plum, Jorge Artisan Foods, the Duchess’ Gallery and the luxury Belvoir Casa Spa opened for business for the first time on Sunday.
The Engine Yard will also host the 45 West gin bar, which was founded by the creators of Burleigh Gin and is due to open in the coming weeks.
Existing venues that opened in the last few weeks included the Idle Mole plant centre, chocolatier Cocoa Amore, premium coffee supplier Cherizena, Crafts4Kids, butcher and farm shop the Country Victualler, and The Fuel Tank café.
The café will welcome a range of pop up restaurants from leading chefs.
There are also future plans for a country pursuits retailer, stocking shooting supplies and fishing tackle, a gents’ outfitter, an antique furniture shop and a garden around the Engine Yard.
There will also be a ‘wellness wagon’, a restored gypsy caravan offering holistic therapies and treatments.
The Duchess of Rutland, who is also the CEO at Belvoir Castle, said: “After so much hard work over the course of the project, it feels fantastic to be able to officially open the whole development to the public as part of a double celebration on my birthday.
“It is amazing to think back to the collection of dilapidated buildings, once used to service the Castle, which have become a vibrant centre for skilled entrepreneurs.
“We are always looking to provide more reasons for people to spend a day at the Castle, and are delighted that the Engine Yard is now able to offer something unique in the region. We want this to be a place for the local community to socialise and a destination for food, drink and crafts enthusiasts and there is still more to come.”
Stores are open seven days a week and free parking is available for visitors.
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