Smokehouse for sale
A well known Yorkshire Dales smokehouse is being put up for sale with a year’s free rent in the offing for the right purchaser
The award-winning Kilnsey Smokery near Skipton is up for sale and the present owners are looking for an entrepreneur with a passion for quality food production who can build on the heritage and successes of the smokehouse including the smoked rainbow trout using fish sourced from the on-site trout farm.
Jamie Roberts, owner of the Kilnsey Smokery, explains: “We spent decades building up a successful smokehouse business and can look back with pride that our smoked trout has been recognized as some of the best in the country.”
“However with the increasing popularity and growth of Kilnsey Park as a visitor attraction, we needed to take a step back from the running of the smokehouse which stopped trading this spring. It’s now time for somebody else to enjoy the business and develop the brand while working in fantastically scenic Dales surroundings.
“We’re offering the rent-free enticement as we’re so keen for the right person to take over the reins and see the smokehouse thrive for years to come. We will also provide full training to those who are new to smoking food as we can see the potential for building on a great artisan brand.”
Prospective purchasers can expect to take on a business with a great heritage. The Kilnsey Estate harks back to the time when Cistercian monks from nearby Fountain’s Abbey farmed the surrounding lands and smoked fish and meat for their guests.
Then three decades ago the Roberts family resurrected the practice, learning the trade from master smoker Jurg Bleiker before developing a range of smoked fish and meat products inspired by authentic recipes and ingredients dating back to the 12th century.
Since then the smokehouse has won a string of accolades including 13 Great Taste awards, a Deliciously Yorkshire Taste Award and a Yorkshire Life food award.
The smokehouse is ready to trade from day one, with premises comprising two smoking kilns, a separate processing room and vacuum packing machine.
The business will also appeal to those interested in sustainability as the smokehouse is powered by green energy and will benefit from Kilnsey Park’s Green Tourism Gold accreditation.
For more details contact Knightsbridge on 01204 227 661 or visit www.knightsbridgeplc.com
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