Property to be preserved
After a long wait, a local woman has secured what she believes are the perfect premises for her growing charcuterie business.
Rachel Hammond has received planning permission to move into the long redundant Cow Port offices and stores, prominently located near Berwick Barracks and the Elizabethan Ramparts.
“It’s absolutely perfect for what I need,” said Rachel, who is currently based in industrial units in Spittal.
“I have been looking for several years for an acceptable premises for my business.
“The amount of space is fantastic and the Cow Port is as near perfect as I can imagine.”
She plans to create an artisan butchery and charcuterie (salt house) from the two buildings.
“The separation of the two buildings will enable me to pass audits and to achieve better accreditation for licences for wholesale and export of my products,” explained Rachel.
The only change to the exterior of the property is the reinstatement of a doorway in place of the existing window and masonry.
“The advantage of this change is that the access from the new butchery to the salt house will be directly across the yard, instead of needing to walk along the pavement on the public road in order to get to the salt house,” said Rachel.
She hopes the new venue will help her to promote and teach traditional charcuterie, perhaps in time opening a shop selling prepared and preserved meats.
“It’s a great location next to the Barracks; more attractive to customers than an industrial site anyway,” admits Rachel.