We are delighted to be welcoming renowned catering company Searcys to The Alnwick Garden where they have fantastic plans in store!
Founded in 1847 by John Searcy, the pastry chef to the Duke of Northumberland, 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.
The Duchess of Northumberland said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Searcys and it is wonderful that they are coming to The Alnwick Garden. They have a world-renowned reputation for quality, sustainability, and innovation - using locally sourced produce to create a delightful food and beverage offering that fits our vision of The Alnwick Garden and The Treehouse.”
Mark Brassell, CEO of The Alnwick Garden said, “We have become one of the busiest visitor attractions in the UK and it is now time to take our hospitality to the next level, whilst retaining high quality, good value, locally sourced produce where possible. Searcys has an impeccable reputation, with clients that include The Orangery at Blenheim Palace, the award-winning Design Museum in Kensington, and the restaurants and bars at the iconic Gherkin and St Pancras International. The new partnership will create a spectacular and innovative food and drink offering at both The Treehouse and The Alnwick Garden with new concepts going live in the Spring of 2019. We are also delighted that all our staff will be retained and we look forward to this exciting next stage together.”
Matt Thomas, MD of Searcys said: “We are incredibly honoured to become the official caterer to The Alnwick Garden. We will continue to support the values important to this landmark British location and first home of Searcys. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive contribution to the local community whilst sharing our commitment to provenance and sustainability. Together, we are committed to sourcing sustainable ingredients, working with British farmers to ensure that up to 90% of all seasonal fruit and vegetables are grown in the UK. We guarantee that only UK-reared fresh meat, flour milled in England, free range eggs and milk from Red Tractor-certified farms and sustainable tuna (line and pole caught) will be used on the menus and we are looking forward to providing the highest level of service and showcase the best of local produce in the months to come.”