Working with us

We are a thriving, family-run pub at the foot of the Cotswolds, tucked away in the village of Little Somerford, near historic Malmesbury.

As a free house, our ethos is to create a pub with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that we would come to ourselves. Somewhere that serves excellent, unpretentious food, fantastic beer and wine while at the same time offering great value for money and accessible for all to enjoy.

Sourcing mainly local ingredients and supporting neighbouring farms and producers, we want to reduce food miles and reflect the great British seasons in their dishes. We have achieved much since taking over the pub in December 2019 and have exciting plans for the future.

We are always interested in innovative, inspirational hospitality or pub people to join our passionate team and help drive our ambition to be a ‘must visit’ pub destination in the Cotswolds.

Please see current roles below.

Kitchen Porter - Full Time

19/04/22

Kitchen Porter / Assistant

We are now seeking to recruit one full time Kitchen Porter / Assistant to work within our busy kitchen at one of Wiltshire’s leading Gastropubs. This is a really exciting opportunity for anyone looking to begin their career in hospitality who is looking for genuine career development.


What you will do:

  • You will report to all our chefs within our busy kitchen. You will be covering:
    • Basic food preparation
    • Washing up, cleaning and clearing all kitchen areas
    • Unloading and putting away deliveries
    • Emptying bins, sweeping and mopping floors
    • Ensuring all equipment is clean and put away correctly
    • Deep cleaning fridges and store rooms to maintain sanitary and kitchen safety standards
  • You will need :
    • Level 1 Food Safety Award
    • Awareness of manual handling techniques
    • Awareness of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) and chemical safety
    • Some experience of kitchen equipment
    • Good basic understanding of English
    • Good sense of humour
    • A team focused work ethic

The Package:

Negotiable base salary of circa £10 pph with pension, 25% off food & drink. Full training provided. 

Evening and weekend shifts approx 60 hours per week.

Apply below

Front of House Manager / General Manager

18/03/22

Front of House Manager / General Manager – Accomodation Provided

£500 signing up bonus paid in advance, T&C apply.


Who you are:

A highly motivated, industry-driven candidate with at least 2 years of pub management experience in a fast-paced, high volume, premium food and drink environment who excels at ensuring the highest level of customer experience is delivered. This role is offered with the option of accomodation.


What you will do:

  • You will lead our FOH team· Manage the weekly P&L performance of the pub
  • Increase sales through best practice and motivational incentives
  • Manage all FOH staff across all shifts
  • Constant reviewing of Covid-19 procedures in line with current guidance
  • Work with the senior team to plan innovative menus and promotions
  • Coordinate media and social comms in conjunction with the marketing team
  • Management at a central level of all booking, till & stock systems
  • Create clear and precise communications processes  with the kitchen, head chef and team. 

What you will need:

  • A minimum of 2 years experience at pub management level in a busy customer facing environment
  • Extremely high customer service skills and an ability to build and maintain relationships with the local community and customer base
  • P & L experience gained in food & beverage management
  • To be a be a natural leader who inspires their staff to deliver 5 Star standard service and quality
  • Excellent organisation, training and development skills
  • The ability to deliver events throughout the year (Weddings and Events up to 150 People)
  • Calmness under pressure whilst being able to adapt instinctively to any given situation
  • The ability to create a disciplined yet fun working environment for the team
  • You must be IT literate – working with systems and processes – previous experience of EPOS and E-commerce platforms would be a distinct advantage.

The Package:

Negotiable base salary of circa £27.5k with pension, 25% off food & drink, performance bonus and 5 day week with balanced shifts & 2 days off. Genuine career development opportunities & training . Long term service reward starts in year 2, includes increased bonus, discounts, pensions and holiday entitlement  

Apply below

Trainee Assistant Manager

18/03/22

Trainee Assistant Manager


Who you are:

A highly motivated, industry-driven candidate with at least 1 years of pub management experience in a fast-paced, high volume, premium food and drink environment who excels at ensuring the highest level of customer experience is delivered. 


What you will do:

  • You will work with our FOH manager
  • Increase sales through best practice and motivational incentives
  • Support all FOH staff across all shifts
  • Constant reviewing of Covid-19 procedures in line with current guidance
  • Work with the senior team to plan innovative menus and promotions
  • Help coordinate media and social comms in conjunction with the marketing team
  • Support at a central level all booking, till & stock systems

What you will need:

  • A minimum of 1 years experience at assistant pub management level in a busy customer facing environment
  • Extremely high customer service skills and an ability to build and maintain relationships with the local community and customer base
  • Some knowledge  of managing busdgets would be helpful gained in food & beverage management
  • To be a be an aspiring leader who inspires their staff to deliver 5 Star standard service and quality
  • Excellent organisation, training and development skills
  • The ability to deliver events throughout the year (Weddings and Events up to 150 People)
  • Calmness under pressure whilst being able to adapt instinctively to any given situation
  • The ability to create a disciplined yet fun working environment for the team
  • You must be IT literate – working with systems and processes – previous experience of EPOS and E-commerce platforms would be a distinct advantage.

The Package:

Negotiable base salary of circa £22k plus tips, with pension, 25% off food & drink, performance bonus and 5 day week with balanced shifts & 2 days off. Genuine career development opportunities & training . Long term service reward starts in year 2, includes increased bonus, discounts, pensions and holiday entitlement  

Apply below

Experienced Front of House and Bar Team Members - Full & Part Time

18/03/22

Front of House & Bar Team Members – Full and Part Time Positions Available – Weekends Required


Who you are:

You are already an experience hospitality individual with Great communication skills and engaging personality is to welcome and serve our guests at the Somerford arms


What you will need:

  • At least two years experience in a fast paced hospitality environment
  • Be energetic and customer focused with a natural sales driven attitude
  • Natural understanding of customer behaviour, anticipating their needs
  • An eye for detail with strong organisational skills
  • Barista trained would be an advantage
  • A passion for good food, fine wine and drinks

The Package:

£8.00 – £9.50 per hour with pension, 25% off food & drink, + tips. Flexible working shifts. Genuine career development opportunities.

Apply below

Chef - Full Time

18/02/22

Chef – Full Time 


Who you are:

You are already an innovative and passionate chef with a minimum of 2/3+ years experience working in small or medium sized team in a busy professional kitchen 


What you will do:

  • Prepare and cook our full service menus for Lunch and Dinner
  • Be responsible for managing ordering, stock control and general stores management
  • Have meticulous attention to food standards and hygiene with a methodical, organised & tidy approach
  • Be a cool character and team player under pressure in a small team

What you will need:

  • An instinctive passion for cooking
  • A strong sense of humour and camaraderie
  • Intermediate level 2 Food Health & Safety or NVQ Level 1/2

The Package:

Package salary starting at £14 per hour.

5 day week with two days off, balanced shifts.

Apply below

Chef de Partie - Full Time

18/02/22

Chef de Partie – Full Time 


Who you are:

You are already an innovative and passionate chef with a minimum of 2+ years experience working in small or medium sized team in a busy professional kitchen 


What you will do:

  • Be confident in fresh food preparation from scratch & running a section 
  • Embrace our food culture & deputise for the head chef 
  • Manage ordering and stock control
  • Have meticulous attention to food standards and hygiene with a methodical, organised & tidy approach
  • Be a cool character and team player under pressure

What you will need:

  • A determination to deliver success every time
  • A strong sense of humour and camaraderie
  • Be Intermediate level 2 Food Health & Safety or above
  • Possess NVQ level 1 / 2 or equivalent 

The Package:

Negotiable base salary of circa £23k with tips & pension, 25% off food & drink, birthday & holiday bonus and 5 day week with balanced shifts & 2 days off. Genuine career development opportunities & training

Apply below

Sous Chef / Second Chef - Full Time

07/01/22

Sous Chef / Second Chef – Full Time 

£500 signing up bonus paid in advance – T&C apply.


Who you are:

You are already an innovative and passionate chef with a minimum of 2+ years experience working in small or medium sized team in a busy professional kitchen 


What you will do:

  • Be confident in fresh food preparation from scratch & running a section 
  • Embrace our food culture & deputise for the head chef 
  • Manage ordering and stock control
  • Have meticulous attention to food standards and hygiene with a methodical, organised & tidy approach
  • Be a cool character and team player under pressure

What you will need:

  • A determination to deliver success every time
  • A strong sense of humour and camaraderie
  • Be Intermediate level 2 Food Health & Safety or above
  • Possess NVQ level 1 / 2 or equivalent 

The Package:

Base salary starting from £28k with tip share. Genuine career development opportunity and training.

Apply below

Head Bartender / Cellar Person

18/02/22

Head Bartender / Cellar Person


Who you are:

You are already an innovative and passionate bartender with a minimum of 2+ years experience working in a fast moving bar with an appropriate cellar management qualification


What you will do:

  • Lead, manage and train the bar team
  • Be the driving force behind the bar with passion and humour

What you will need:

  • Good stock management and margin calculation skills
  • Excellent knowledge of wine and general drinks
  • Well organised with the ability to work under pressure in a small team
  • A passion for the hospitality industry
  • Barista trained would be an advantage

The Package:

Negotiable base salary with pension, 25% off food & drink, + tips. This is a full time 5 day a week role with 2 days off. Genuine career development opportunities.

Apply below

Apply here









    I consent to you collecting my details.

    Somerford Arms