Searcys Family Day: A celebration of special moments20 July 2022
To say thank you to our truly outstanding team, who have worked incredibly hard in these tumultuous last two years, and to celebrate Searcys 175th birthday with everyone who is part of what makes Searcys so special, we thought it only fitting to host a “Family Day” in honour not only of them but of their loved ones.
Hosted in the beautiful gardens of The Inner Temple, 400+ of you came along. It was a glorious sunny day, and our guests dressed in summery florals, shorts and t-shirts. There was face painting, a bouncy castle, a magician, a surfboard game, a ‘giant buzzer’, and many more traditional British fête games, a source of great fun and laughter for all ages. A vintage Rolls-Royce with Searcys branding was the perfect backdrop for photos, and there was also a photobooth to capture these moments with a permanent memento to take home.
The playful competition was introduced with a hugely popular coconut shy with 100 prizes up for grabs, cork shooting and ‘roll a penny’. Our raffle draw, with prizes of Searcys Champagne, dining experiences, and afternoon tea raised over £500 for Searcys £175k charity pledge. The prizes were kindly donated by Drappier, Extract Coffee and Berkmann.
A showstopping barbecue was cooked up, and the guests enjoyed lamb and chicken koftas with tzatziki, honey and tarragon glazed chicken thighs, and lahmacun with toasted cumin yoghurt and babaganoush. Our signature beef burgers with Searcys relish also made an appearance. This was paired with a lavish buffet of Ottolenghi-style salads – pear and fennel salad with pecorino, Tuscan Panzanella, classic Greek salad and more – served in a marquee and washed down with plenty of wine, beers and soft drinks for the little ones. Ice cream was then served in little tubs from a traditional vendor, alongside Kentish strawberries with thick double cream and a selection of other British puddings. Before leaving, Franklin and Sons kindly offered 600 goodie bags with miniature G&Ts and mixers! The drinks were generously sponsored by our wine merchant partner, Berkmann.
All in all, it was an occasion to enjoy family time, celebrate and create new memories together.
Huge thank you to all of those who made this happen – chefs, front-of-house, operations and the people team. And, of course, our wonderful Searcys colleagues at The Inner Temple!