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.

Head Chef

11/03/21

Head Chef – Full Time (Non- Residential)


Who you are:

You are already an innovative and passionate chef with a minimum of 3+ years experience in either a Sous Chef or Head Chef role where you will have successfully run a small or medium sized team in a busy professional kitchen. You will have a passion for your work which is expressed in a meticulous eye for detail and consistency of service.


What you will do: 

  • Embrace our food culture & be responsible for the design of innovative and inspiring menus
  • Work with the rest of the senior pub management team to deliver the values and ethos set by the owners
  • Manage ordering and stock control
  • Be confident in your knowledge of kitchen management and controls
  • 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:

  • The ability to inspire, motivate and mentor your team
  • A determination to deliver success every time
  • A strong sense of humour and camaraderie
  • Menu and dish cost development
  • City & Guilds 706/1 & 2 or NVQ level 2/3 standard
  • Intermediate level 2 Food Health & Safety or above
  • Meticulous in your attention to all aspects of food standards and hygiene
  • Your own transport

The Package:

Negotiable base salary of circa £28k 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

Chef de partie / Sous Chef

11/03/21

Chef de partie / Sous Chef – Full Time (Non- Residential)


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 £21-23k with pension, 25% off food & drink, performance bonus and 5 day week with balanced shifts & 2 days off. Genuine career development opportunities & training

Apply below

Front of House Manager / General Manager

10/03/21

Front of House Manager/General Manager (Non-Residential)


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 


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

Part Time Front of House

10/03/21

Part Time Front of House


Who you are:

A highly motivated, customer service focused individual with a great eye for detail. You’ll need at  least 2 years experience in a fast-paced, high volume, premium food and drink environment where you will have excelled at ensuring the highest level of customer experience is delivered.

You’ll feel you need to take your experience to a higher level where you can learn more and have the opportunity to genuinely develop your career. 


What you will do:

  • Report to & work with the General Manager & team
  • Serve tables with food & drink
  • Take orders and advise on food and drink options with a full understanding of all menus and basic wine knowledge
  • Ensure you have a thorough understanding of all health & safety requirements, allergies and current Covid-19 rules

What you will need:

  • A personality that shines out and makes customers happy that they were served by you 
  • The ability to be part of a team that covers each others back and boosts each other’s confidence and happiness in the pub
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in a busy customer facing environment
  • Excellent customer service skills and an ability to build and maintain relationships with the local community and customer base
  • Calmness under pressure with a ‘think on your feet’ attitude

The Package:

Depending on your level of experience a range of £7.00 – £9.00 per hour on a casual weekly rota with hours required between 11.00 – 12.00 Monday to Sunday. This is a non- residential role.

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