We currently have vacancies in the café. In the summer we may need additional help on the campsite, so feel free to send a CV if you are interested in campsite work instead.

Roles Currently Available

We are looking for full and part time staff to work in our new Thistledown Café near Nympsfield, Stroud. We have positions available in our open kitchen helping with pizza nights, BBQ lunches and Middle Eastern mezzes dishes, as well as front of house roles. We’re very happy for the same person to take on roles in both the kitchen and front of house. We are looking for staff with experience in hospitality and catering. For all applicants and enquiries please email a CV to cafe@thistledown.org.uk

Kitchen Porter

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 experience and includes holiday pay. Tips are shared amongst all staff regardless of role.

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!

Daytime Café Chef

We are looking for a chef to work alongside our current chefs (plus kitchen assistants) at our award-winning campsite and café. The café is relatively new but is steadily building a reputation for delicious, wholesome food made from scratch. 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 and instruct other members of the kitchen. We have a collaborative approach in the café with no ‘head chef’, so the three chefs will work together to develop the menu, run service, train staff and maintain stock levels. Pay is £8 – £10ph (depending on experience) but we plan to salary kitchen roles soon. We are open Weds to Sun and we’re looking for 3 to 5 days a week (depending on applicant). Weekends would be required but we can be a little flexible with the other days. There will occasionally be evening services (pop-up events or help with pizza nights).

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 can get quite busy, especially in the summer
  • 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
  • Be reliable, organised and committed
  • Experience of catering and ability to cope with busy services
  • Preferably have existing food hygiene certification

We will provide:

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


Café Assistant

Hours very flexible (Weds – Sun shifts available, 7 days a week in holidays) but applicant must be able to work weekends. Minimum of 8hrs if applicant only wants one shift. Full time positions (40hrs) available. Role will involve taking orders at table and using our till, taking table bookings, serving drinks and food and so on. Applicant must be minimum 18yrs and have café or restaurant experience. £6 – £8ph 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!