British caterer and restaurateur, Searcys has today announced its partnership with event and conference venue, Church House Westminster, providing catering services across the venue in a seven-year contract.
Located in Westminster within Dean’s Yard, Church House is a Grade II listed, multi-purpose event venue set across three floors and is home to 19 meeting and conference spaces, along with a virtual studio.
Part of The Corporation of Church House charity, first established in 1888, the event venue is a trading subsidiary for the corporation. With striking oak panelling, stone walls and feature windows, the venue is steeped in history with a rich heritage and notable links to royalty, the United Nations and parliament.
Blending history with modern technology, event spaces include the large Assembly Hall, designed by architect Sir Herbert Baker with a striking 30-foot glass dome and space for 550 guests, the stately Hoare Memorial Hall, once used to host the House of Commons in the Second World War, and the modern Harvey Goodwin Suite, complete with web-streaming and live broadcasting facilities.
The venue also offers a fully equipped virtual studio, ideally suited for immersive live experiences, broadcasts, hybrid events and TV production.
Searcys will be bringing its 175 years of expertise in hospitality and events to cater across the venue, from meetings and banquets to receptions, wedding breakfasts, awards and hybrid events. Menus will showcase the best of seasonal produce from the British Isles, with a variety of packages running from breakfast to afternoon tea and fine-dining experiences.
Awarded a three-star accreditation from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Searcys will continue its drive for sustainability to support Church House in its mission to become a net-zero building by 2030.
This will include sourcing produce from local suppliers, offering plant-based choices, reducing food waste across its menus and minimising its carbon footprint with ingredient swaps and sustainability training for staff on site.
Paul Jackson, Managing Director at Searcys, commented, “We are incredibly delighted to have been chosen by Church House Westminster as its new catering partner.
'Combining heritage with technology and a drive for sustainability, Church House aligns with Searcys own core values and as we round-off our 175th year celebrations, we look forward to working with the team to develop the event side of the business and deliver the expert catering for which Searcys is renowned for.”
Stephanie Maurel, CEO of The Corporation of the Church House, said, “As Church House Westminster works towards its net-zero goal by 2030, it was imperative for us to find a catering company which fits with our values.
'With roots dating back to 1847, Searcys is a proud British company with heritage, quality and service at its heart, aligning perfectly with our vision for the venue. With a proven track record at generating revenue and new business, we are delighted to have Searcys onboard for a long-term partnership founded on shared vision and culture.”