Eat, Drink & Shop

Enjoy a taste of The Alnwick Garden with a great variety of food and drink; or visit our gift shop and plant centre to take the magic home with you...



Founded in 1847 by John Searcy, the pastry chef to the Duke of Northumberland, British catering company Searcys has been appointed as official caterer for The Alnwick Garden and The Treehouse in Alnwick 180 years later. 

Catering for the Duke and Duchess required skill and artistry few people possessed in 1837 and the high society and royal guests expected the best from pastry chef and confectioner John Searcy. After realising how sought after he was, he spoke with the Duke and Duchess about starting up his own catering company. After 10 years of devoted service The Duke and Duchess both agreed and even loaned him money to help start him off. John Searcy & Sons, the company, was founded in 1847.

Watch this space to find out more about the exciting changes that you can expect this Spring! 



Situated at the main entrance of The Garden, the Gift Shop has an array of gift ideas to suit all pockets. The carefully selected range of products has been sourced from crafts people and manufacturers from within the UK and around the world.

As well as our own branded souvenirs, we stock a fabulous range of locally produced beers, fine foods, gifts, artwork and photography. Wherever possible we try to support local producers and artists.

The shop also stocks essentials such as batteries, sun cream, sun glasses, as well as umbrellas and emergency ponchos.

The Gift Shop transforms in winter into a wonderland at Christmas full of novelties. It becomes home to our fantastic indoor Christmas market, hosting up to 100 local artisans and merchants every weekend on the run up to Christmas.


Visit our Plant Centre to take a piece of The Garden away with you. We stock a large variety of perennials, alpines, shrubs, climbers and roses from our own as well as other specialist nurseries. Many varieties we sell can be found or are propagated from plants found within The Garden by the garden team.

We stock over 100 varieties of scented David Austin Roses including our own famous Alnwick Rose, named after the Garden. For something very different you can buy plants from Chelsea Gold Medal Award winning nursery Kevock Garden Plants. They specialise in rare plants from around the world and always provide us with something exciting and new!

Advice can be sought from one of our Alnwick Garden Gardeners who are often around. They can answer your gardening queries or recommend a plant for that problem spot. The Plant Centre is open seven days a week during the summer and no garden ticket is necessary to visit it.

Our own nursery specialises in plants from The Garden. Here we propagate these plants by seed or cutting throughout the year using our own mixed low peat compost. The plants are grown sustainably with a low environmental impact and are usually bee and butterfly friendly. We ensure the highest quality plants are grown and sold here meaning you really can take a little bit of The Garden away with you!




The Alnwick Garden Gift Shop & Plant Centre is located in the Courtyard opposite the main entrance to The Alnwick Garden.

For more information please contact Tracey Blenkin, Retail and Christmas Market Manager on TRACEY.BLENKIN@ALNWICKGARDEN.COM or 01665 511378.