The Orangery at Blenheim Palace welcomes you back from 17 May23 April 2021
Just as summer gets into full swing, Searcys and Blenheim Palace welcome guests back to the stunning Orangery on Monday 17 May 2021. Guests can enjoy the ultimate dining experience in the historic setting of the restaurant and the Italian Garden, at what’s widely regarded as ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace.
Running until the end of September, Searcys will be serving lavish brunches, lunches and dinners in the stunning 18th-century Orangery. Guests can also opt to dine in specially created marquee pods overlooking the Italian Garden for more intimate gatherings. This year, Searcys have also created a special Afternoon Tea* menu to celebrate the launch of the Winston Churchill exhibition at Blenheim Palace, complete with Pol Roger Brut Réserve – his favourite Champagne. The menu includes Welsh rarebit and pickled onion, Chicken and mushroom pie and Smoked salmon and caviar muffin, homemade Buttermilk plain and fruit scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam and a selection of Afternoon tea cakes – Passion fruit éclair, Chocolate Yuzu tart and Winston Churchill fruit cake.
Sir Winston Churchill’s love of Champagne sprang from his youth. Wine merchants’ bills in the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge from the first decades of the last century show us that he was buying healthy quantities of the great vintages of the 1890s, and thereafter the 1904, 1906, and 1911. If, as we now know, Sir Winston was a customer for Pol Roger well before the Second World War, it was in the aftermath of the Allied Victory that his loyalty was sealed: and that happened, quite simply, when he met Odette Pol-Roger. This first meeting was the beginning of a long and affectionate friendship. It was to blossom with succeeding generations and strongly endures between the Churchill and Pol-Roger families.
The new Churchill Exhibition will feature a mix of historic artifacts, photographs, letters, and excerpts from his most famous speeches. Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace and often returned during his long life for parties, to paint, and to spend time with his cousin and close friend ‘Sunny’, 9th Duke of Marlborough. He also chose to propose to his beloved wife, Clementine at Blenheim.
Regarded as a masterpiece of 18th-century Baroque architecture, the palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a stunning destination for a day out in Oxfordshire. At the light and airy Orangery, guests can enjoy a brunch, lunch or a three-course supper devised by Searcys Executive Chef Alun Roberts. Here, you can admire the views of the Italian Garden while enjoying British classics like Potted Morecombe Bay shrimps on crumpets, roast Oxfordshire lamb with Evesham asparagus, and Early summer fruit pudding with elderflower.
You can now also finish off your meal with a cup of coffee accompanied by indulgent Charbonnel et Walker chocolates. In keeping with Searcys ethos and heritage, Charbonnel et Walker is a truly historic British brand, with a Royal Warrant as chocolate manufacturers to Her Majesty The Queen, and a history that dates back to 1875.
Searcys also has a winning selection of Champagnes and wines from France, Italy, Argentina and Austria, carefully selected by our in-house sommelier, and a classic cocktail menu for those wishing to enjoy a sundowner on the terrace outside.
In keeping with Covid-19 secure framework, we’re delighted to be providing a space safe to enjoy with friends or family during this time. Our bespoke outside pods will allow visitors to take in the sights of the exquisitely designed formal garden while enjoying the best of what Searcys have to offer.
Our spring-summer packages include:
Afternoon tea Monday – Sunday £29.75 adult, £14.50 children. Churchill Afternoon tea for two £72, Churchill Champagne Afternoon tea for two £100.
Brunch Thursday – Saturday £14.50 adult, £7.50 children
Lunch Thursday – Saturday £28.75 adult, £14.50 children
Sunday Lunch- £36.75 adult, £16 children
Supper Friday and Saturday – £42.75 adult, £21.50 children
*) The ritual of Afternoon Tea is said to have begun in the 1800s when the 7th Duchess of Bedford decided there was too long a gap between lunch and supper. Finger sandwiches, scones, tea cakes and a whole world of baked goodies started being created in households across England, and the tradition became firmly rooted in society.