For all applications and enquiries please email a CV and covering letter to cafe@thistledown.org.uk.

Roles Currently Available

We have quite a large team in the café and even if there isn’t a job currently listed below do feel free to get in touch if you’d love to work here and think you’d be a good fit! We are looking for staff with experience in hospitality and catering. We have a few full-time, long term positions available, but we are also starting to hire for the 2020 season and have numerous part-time roles available.

Senior Chef / Sous Chef - full time, daytime hours, up to 27k total (£24k and up to 3k tronc), start flexible

We are looking for a chef to work alongside our current chefs (plus kitchen assistants) at our award-winning campsite and restaurant. The restaurant is relatively new but is steadily building a reputation for delicious, wholesome food made from scratch, with numerous guests each week telling us we’re their favourite restaurant in the county! We have a wood-fired clay oven and charcoal BBQ so an interest in cooking with fire would be beneficial. We produce a lot of our own foods in the kitchen (e.g. yoghurt, labneh, paneer, doughs, preserved fruits, chutneys, pickles and jams and so on) so the applicant must have an interest in cooking from scratch and kitchen processes. The applicant must be able to work well as a team, follow instructions and instruct other members of the kitchen. Salary depending on age and experience, starting at £20,000 – £24,000, plus up to £3000 tronc. The days worked would generally be Weds – Sun. We are open Weds – Sun for brunch and lunch and offer wood-fired sourdough pizzas on Fri and Sat eve in the summer. Most shifts would be daytimes but there may be one evening a week in the summer (in lieu of daytime shift) and occasional evening services in the winter (in lieu of daytime shift).

Responsibilities include:

  • Help to develop menu and hit GP targets, with an emphasis on seasonal, local, and foraged produce
  • Ensuring high quality of food and maintaining and building on our reputation
  • Ensuring a good speed of service – we are often busy so coping well with pressure is essential
  • Working to ensure customer requirements (dietary and other) are met where possible
  • Adhering to best practice kitchen hygiene
  • Ensuring kitchen is cleaned down to a high standard after service
  • Directing and helping staff to complete kitchen and cleaning tasks
  • Ensuring adequate prepared ingredients for service and backroom stock

Applicant must have:

  • Enthusiasm for high quality food and seasonal and local ingredients
  • Calm and confident under pressure
  • Knowledge of Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean and Indian cuisines beneficial
  • Knowledge of sourdough and pizza making processes beneficial
  • Be reliable, organised and committed
  • Friendly and well presented (we have an open kitchen)
  • Experience of catering and ability to cope with busy services
  • Preferably have existing food hygiene certification

What we can offer:

  • Food during shifts
  • Friendly work environment with plenty of light and space
  • Free camping for staff!
  • Potential for development, pop up evenings and so on

 

Pizza Chef / Kitchen Assistant - part time, some shifts available immediately

We are looking for a number of part time candidates to help with pizza evenings (Fri and Sat eve) and general daytime kitchen work (generally Fri, Sat, Sun). Experience with sourdough (making doughs, balling up, pulling out bases, topping, cooking with a wood-oven) would be highly beneficial. Pay depending on experience and age (plus tips).

Applicant must:

  • Enthusiasm for high quality food and seasonal and local ingredients
  • Calm and confident under pressure
  • Knowledge of Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean and Indian cuisines beneficial
  • Knowledge of sourdough and pizza making processes beneficial
  • Be reliable, organised and committed
  • Friendly and well presented (we have an open kitchen)
  • Experience of catering and ability to cope with busy services
  • Preferably have existing food hygiene certification

What we can offer:

  • Food during shifts
  • Friendly work environment with plenty of light and space
  • Free camping for staff!
  • Potential for development, pop up evenings and so on

 

Café Assistant - part time, immediate start

We have a number of café assistant roles available for the 2020 season. Hours can be flexible from 6 – 30hrs depending on the applicant. Mostly daytime hours, but up to a evening a week in the summer. Role will involve taking orders at table and using our till, taking table bookings, serving drinks and food, cleaning, washing-up and so on. Barista experience preferable. Applicant must be minimum 17yrs and have café or restaurant experience. Pay depending on age and experience (plus tips). Applicant must:

  • Have experience working in a café, table service and / or coffee training
  • Happy working as part of a team
  • Be reliable and committed
  • Have a friendly manner and be well presented
  • Interest in locally sourced food and well made coffee preferable

We will provide:

  • Food during shifts
  • Friendly work environment with plenty of light and space
  • Free camping for staff!

 

Kitchen Porter - part time and full time roles available

We are looking for a couple of people to help part time washing up, cleaning and serving. This role is ideal for younger people and hours can work around school / college timetables. No experience is necessary but a good work ethic is essential. Pay is dependent upon age and experience and includes holiday pay. Tips are shared amongst all staff regardless of role. Start ASAP. Applicant must be:

  • Happy working as part of a team
  • Reliable, hardworking and committed
  • Willing to learn
  • Friendly and be well presented

We will provide:

  • Food during longer shifts (4hrs+)
  • Friendly work environment with plenty of light and space
  • Free camping for staff!

 

Muleteer - part time, start April

Available days are generally Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting April, but every day is available in the school holidays. Minimum of one shift per week. Role involves cleaning facilities, delivering firewood, carrying campers’ luggage in our 4×4 Mule, feeding animals and generally helping around the farm. Applicant must be minimum 17yrs and have excellent work ethic and provisional driving licence. Pay depending on age and experience (plus tips). Start in mid-March. Applicant must:

  • Like working with people and provide excellent customer service
  • Enjoy working outside regardless of weather
  • Happy working as part of a team
  • Be reliable and committed
  • Have a friendly manner and be well presented

We will provide:

  • Friendly work environment with plenty of light and space
  • Free camping for staff!

 

Campsite Reception - part time, start April

Available days are generally Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting April, but every day is available in the school holidays. Minimum of one shift per week. Role involves welcoming and checking-in guests, replying to emails, making booking changes, dealing with enquiries and sometimes helping out in the café. Applicant must be minimum 17yrs. Pay depending on age and experience (plus tips). Start in April. Applicant must:

  • Like working with people and provide excellent customer service
  • Be organised and have basic ICT skills
  • Happy working as part of a team
  • Be reliable and committed
  • Have a friendly manner and be well presented

We will provide:

  • Food during shifts
  • Friendly work environment with plenty of light and space
  • Free camping for staff!