Dine in Europe’s Largest Treehouse15 May 2019
Searcys at the Treehouse Restuarant
Searcys was this year appointed as the official caterer for The Treehouse Restaurant in The Alnwick Garden. The largest treehouse in Europe, it is located in the county of Northumberland. The magnificent structure sits high in the treetops in a copse of mature lime trees and looks as if it has been there forever. Undoubtedly one of the most unique locations in the UK, visitors are invited to discover the culinary revamped 85-cover restaurant.
True to Searcy’s roots, the newly appointed British caterer for The Alnwick Garden have reimagined the menus at The Treehouse with a strong emphasis on seasonal ingredients. The appointment of Searcys, Britain’s oldest catering company, is a true homecoming: in 1837 a young John Searcy started his career as the pastry chef for the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. Ten years later and after receiving funding from the Duke, he went on to set up his own catering company in 1847, John Searcy and Sons.
The restauranteurs behind St Pancras Brasserie, Helix Restaurant at The Gherkin and The Orangery at Blenheim Palace have created a special menu using the best produce available locally. Sea trout is caught fresh from the sea just outside Whitley Bay, and served with purple potatoes from Carrols Castle Heaton, located 32 miles from the estate, an example of Searcys’ drive in using the best of local produce. Other highlights include the Ribeye steak served with Treehouse butter. This is Searcys own take on Café de Paris famed butter, their version a curious combination of parsley, tarragon, lemon, Worcester sauce and Marmite. The dessert menu also promises to delight the senses with Searcys’ unique twist on the Bakewell Tart and Buttermilk ice cream, created to celebrate the company’s 170th anniversary, or their Plum and Sherry trifle, a sherry-soaked sponge layered with plum compote, custard and a roasted plum.
The Treehouse restaurant cocktail menu pays a homage to the Duchess of Northumberland, with a variation of five cocktails named after Her Grace, and featuring Alnwick’s very own white and dark rum. The light-hearted cocktail list has been created in collaboration with Jane, Duchess of Northumberland. These include Desirable Jane, a refreshing mix of Alnwick White Rum, lime juice, sugar, soda water and mint, and Deadly Jane, made from apricot brandy, orange, pineapple and lime juice, passion fruit syrup and grenadine.
Enormous and beautifully crafted, The Treehouse is built from sustainably sourced Canadian Cedar, Scandinavian Redwood and English and Scots Pine. It sits high in the treetops in a copse of mature lime trees and looks as if it has been there forever. Opened in January 2005, The Treehouse is spread across 6,000 sq ft of complex buildings, linked by suspended walkways and wobbly rope bridges all accessible by wheelchair and buggy. The Treehouse restaurant can be found at the heart of the structure, beautiful and unique, with a log fire in the centre, trees growing from the floor, handcrafted wooden tables and chairs and screens created from fallen branches.
A very unique destination, The Treehouse Restaurant, Alnwick, Northumberland is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday lunch. Also available for private hire for celebrations, special events and weddings.