• Searcys Opens at The Alnwick Garden

    8 March 2019

    The Alnwick Garden Opens Their New Catering Facilities

    Award-winning visitor attraction and charity The Alnwick Garden opened the first of their new catering facilities with the Duchess of Northumberland, The Alnwick Garden Director Mark Brassell, and Searcys Managing Director Matt Thomas.

    Our The Pavilion Kitchen will focus on seasonal hot dishes and small bites from breakfast to lunch and afternoon snacks. Artisan, hand-stretched dough pizzas are baked to order in front of the customers along with local hot dishes, seasonal salads, cakes and bakes. As one of the most popular family visitor attractions in the UK, family dishes take high priority with fun family sharing plates and kid’s dishes to enjoy in or to take away including Mrs. Giant’s homemade cookies.

    The revamped Treehouse menu by Searcys will celebrate the best of British seasonal fare with indulgent dishes served with English sparkling wines and a carefully curated cocktail menu.

    Searcys brand-new series of hospitality packages for The Alnwick Garden with venues as diverse as The Treehouse and The Pavilion, will draw inspiration from the seasons and focus on the home-grown products.

    The coffee shop and Bakery by John Searcy will be launched in time for Easter bringing another exciting new food destination to The Alnwick Garden. The coffee shop and bakery is named after the company’s founder and one-time patisserie chef to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. The carefully crafted menu will include award-winning coffees supplied by Extract Coffee roasters from Bristol and a range of freshly baked bread from the oven, homemade sandwiches and wholesome cakes.

    Throughout the day, visitors will be able to enjoy savoury and sweet tarts, pastries and yoghurt pots, cakes, brioches and afternoon tea bakes. Signature bakes include the Scorched Pineapple Cake and Bakewell Tart, one of the oldest puddings in England. All of The Alnwick Garden and Searcys’ tea and coffee are Fairtrade or Direct Impact-sourced, with bespoke coffee beans coming from hand-selected, family-run farms in Peru and Columbia.

    Searcys and The Alnwick Garden have a commitment to sustainability that will be echoed across all the food and drinks menus, with a company pledge to buy the best ingredients available, including English sparkling wines and sustainable Freedom Beer (the only one recommended by the Sustainable Restaurant Association).

    Mark Brassell, Director of The Alnwick Garden said “Seeing this come to fruition with British caterers Searcys and of course the incredible history behind it has been an exciting and exacting journey. As one of the busiest visitor attractions in the UK it has been paramount to take the hospitality to the next level. Searcys has an impeccable reputation, catering for The Orangery at Blenheim Palace, the Design Museum in Kensington, the Iris at The Gherkin and St Pancras International.”

    Matt Thomas, MD of Searcys said: “This is a very close partnership and it is an integral part of our heritage, returning to the North East and catering in such special space. We have worked for months with our talented teams at The Alnwick Garden to bring our offer to life. This is a unique opportunity to make a positive contribution to the local community whilst sharing our commitment to provenance and sustainability.”