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    1837 marked the year Princess Victoria ascended to the throne. It was also the year the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland employed a new confectioner and pastry chef at their home in Alnwick Castle – John Searcy. Catering for the Duke and Duchess required skill and artistry few people possessed. High society and royalty made up this prestigious party crowd, who consistently expected the best.

    Realising how sought after he really was, John spoke with the Duke and Duchess about starting up his very own catering company. After 10 years of service, he wanted his skills and confections to be enjoyed by others outside of Alnwick Castle. The Duke and Duchess both agreed, and even loaned him money to help start him off. And John Searcy & Sons, the company, was founded in 1847.

    He quickly gained esteemed clientele from London and the surrounding area, and was asked to cater to weddings as well as parties, from the cake to the wedding breakfast.

  • Searcys returns to The Alnwick Garden

    Founded in 1847 by John Searcy, the confectioner and chef to the Duke of Northumberland, we have been appointed as official caterer for The Alnwick Garden 180 years later.

    Now a thriving UK visitor attraction, founded by the Duchess of Northumberland, The Garden has attracted millions of visitors.

    Learn more about our partnership