Searcys has been appointed the official caterer of Alnwick Garden and the Treehouse in the ancestral home of the Duke of Northumberland.
Alnwick Garden and the Treehouse, which incorporates a café, meeting room and restaurant high in the trees, has welcomed millions of visitors since opening in 2001.
The contract caterer will take over the visitor attraction in Alnwick, Northumberland, in spring 2019 and has revealed plans to launch a coffee shop, revamp the treehouse and introduce a series of new hospitality packages for weddings, corporate and private events.
The appointment marks something of a homecoming for the contract caterer whose founder John Searcy was appointed confectioner and pastry chef to the then Duke in 1837. Searcy went on to form John Searcy & Son in 1847 after receiving funding from the Duke.
The Duchess of Northumberland said: "We are delighted to be partnering with Searcys, especially considering that John Searcy was originally appointed as the confectioner and pastry chef for the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland in 1837. With a world-renowned reputation for quality, sustainability and innovation, the long-term partnership is a perfect fit for our vision of the Alnwick Garden and the Treehouse."
Searcys has said the venues will celebrate the best of British produce, using locally sourced produce with an emphasis on value for money.
Matt Thomas, Searcys managing director, said: "We are incredibly honoured to become the official caterer to the Alnwick Garden. We will continue to support the values important to this landmark British location and Searcys' spiritual home.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive contribution to the local community whilst sharing our commitment to provenance and sustainability. Together, we are committed to sourcing sustainable ingredients, working with British farmers to ensure that up to 90% of all seasonal fruit and vegetables we use are grown in the UK. We are looking forward to providing the highest level of service and working with the best of local produce in the months to come."