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Searcys to launch bakery and brasserie at Weston Park

04 June 2019 by
Searcys to launch bakery and brasserie at Weston Park

Searcys will take on catering responsibilities at the 17th-century stately home Weston Park in Shropshire.

Beginning the firm's tenure from June 2019, Searcys will introduce a new culinary offering to the site including the Granary brasserie and bakery at Weston Park, housed in the grounds' restored Great Barn, which was built in 1767. The ‘market-style' brasserie menu will be accompanied by a drinks list with an emphasis on English sparkling wine.

The bakery element meanwhile will draw on the combined history of the site's granary and Searcys' founder John Searcy, a pastry chef who established the firm in 1847. The offering will focus on producing a simple and seasonal British offering, serving the firm's range of coffee alongside freshly baked bread, sandwiches and cakes.

Alongside the Granary, the firm will work to develop menus for private and corporate events including away days, supper clubs and afternoon teas. On-site accommodation includes 28 rooms in the stately home and a range of holiday cottages across the 1,000-acre grounds.

The grounds are steeped in history, including the medieval deer park that was noted in the Domesday book and the house itself, the former home to the Earl of Bradford. The property also includes an art collection dating back to the English Civil War and the Restoration era.

Matt Thomas, managing director of Searcys, said: "We are honoured to be invited to become part of the Weston Park estate. This is an incredible opportunity to partner with a landmark British location that shares our commitment to provenance and sustainability.

"We are looking forward to providing the highest level of service in these wonderful surroundings, to help create memorable experiences together for our customers."

Colin Sweeney, chief executive of the Weston Park Foundation, added: "I am very much looking forward to working with the team at Searcys. We have a shared heritage, passion and vision in delivering exceptional food and service to our broad customer base whether it be a celebration in the house or Sunday lunch in the Granary."

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