Searcys has added the world-renowned St Paul’s Cathedral to its iconic collection of restaurants, bars and venues. Searcys, whose strength is built on consistent delivery of creative food and beverages, will provide catering and event management services at the venue. They have been tasked with bringing a fresh and innovative approach to both the café and event catering at the venue.
Colin Gray, Operations Director for Searcys at St Paul’s, said: “St Paul’s is a stunning and unique location that has dominated the London skyline for over 300 years. It provides such history and heritage and is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world – a truly special place to have afternoon tea or hold an event. Colin went on to say; “We are honoured to be able to add St Paul’s to our diverse collection of venues and with Searcys’ innovative and contemporary approach to hospitality and catering, we are certain that it will become a venue of choice for businesses from the corporate, agency and association sectors.”
Searcys have recently opened Wren’s Pantry at St Paul’s, a relaxed and elegant setting for breakfast or lunch, with barista-made coffee, fresh soup, salads, sandwiches, homemade cakes, sweet treats and ever-changing hot food options. Coming soon will be Wren’s Tearoom, where guests can enjoy an elegant afternoon tea served with a selection of sparkling wines.
The Cathedral hosts a selection of wonderful, flexible spaces suitable for a wide variety of event styles and sizes, from dinners to receptions and conferences. Rooms available for hire include the Wren Suite, Temple Bar, Nelson Chamber, North Churchyard, Chapter House and The Crypt, which can accommodate various sizes from intimate dinners of 20 to 250 guests for a seated dinner or a standing reception.
Event enquiries can be taken via Searcys central sales team who use their extensive venue knowledge to provide buyers with a one-stop service for the sourcing and booking of venues across the Searcys’ portfolio.
Since 1847, Searcys has been one of the UK’s most prestigious hospitality companies. With a passion for quality and an ability to execute an event to the very highest standards, it has developed a world-famous reputation for food and hospitality at its iconic, exclusive venues in London, the City and Bath.
The company was founded by the Duke of Northumberland’s pastry chef with the plan to provide an outsourced catering service for large, private houses in London and the Home Counties that lacked full-time domestic staff. Over the next 120 years, Searcys were awarded a royal warrant and became the contract caterer of choice not just to royalty, but also to many of London’s stately homes.
In the 1970s, Searcys opened a series of bars and small restaurants in London as its first permanent sites, and in 1990, was appointed as catering partner to the Barbican. In 2010, Searcy’s returned to being a privately owned, self-autonomous company, enabling it to focus on an absolute dedication to quality and building on its track record for innovation.
Today Searcys portfolio of venues include M by Montcalm Shoreditch, Searcys St Pancras Grand, Searcys | The Gherkin, 30 Pavilion Road, Barbican, Blenheim Palace and Bath Assembly Rooms
Searcys encompasses three different sectors:
Retail: Its portfolio of restaurants, Champagne bars and private clubs
B&I: Internal catering for companies and organisations
Partnerships: In-house catering and operation of venues, clubs and museums
Although food is at the heart of Searcys offering, the company does much more;
· Events Management: At every one of its London, City and Bath venues, expert events managers have outstanding experience of staging and executing a range of events, from weddings and banquets to private dining and corporate events.
Sales & Revenue Maximisation: They have a large, proactive sales team with an enviable black book of contacts. They work tirelessly at not just filling a venue, but filling it with the right events, driving the venue’s commerciality by increasing awareness and putting it firmly on the map.
Innovation & Development: From creating one of the first in-gallery destination restaurants to opening the incredible Westfield Champagne Bar, innovation drives Searcys forward, working with partners to find new ways of solving old problems.
Creating Partnerships: Partnering clients and customers for maximum benefit is their absolute objective. They do this by understanding needs then delivering the optimum solution. Lasting partnerships are built on the fact that they continually exceed expectations and always deliver on promises.