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Commis Chef

Posted 6 February by National Trust Ended

Do you love the Lake District? Are you looking for flexible hours in a beautiful location? Are you looking to spend a summer in an amazing place? Nestled in the beautiful Langdale Valley it’s an adventure playground of rugged slopes, craggy summits and a cracking pint! As the only pub managed and run by the National Trust, this isn’t a traditional pub and we do things a little differently; with fire pits, blankets, board games, mulled cider and fire cooked food.

What it's like to work here

Sticklebarn is a very exciting place to be this year we were finalists in the Outdoor Pub of the Year Award and we have refurbished parts of the Bank Barn to take Sticklebarn back to its origins. We now have the 'Hayloft’ upstairs which used to be a community family space and is now a hive of activity with crafternoons, family movie screenings, mountain heritage suppers, community ceilidhs and race checkpoints! Our traditional bars downstairs is a place which welcomes wet boots, muddy dogs and children; where you can relax with a quiet pint from some of our local suppliers, dry your clothes by the fire or play a board game.

As one of our Cooks you will be a key part of our catering team making delicious dishes such as Local Herdwick Stew, Himalayan Dhal Bhat or Pulled Beef Chilli. All of our profits go back in to looking after the beautiful valley and through our team fundraising, we raise money to support the operation of High Close Arboretum. This year we have raised money to plant new trees at High Close which the team will be able to watch grow throughout their lives and always remind them of their time in Langdale.

What you'll be doing

You will be supporting our Kitchen Manager to deliver the day to day catering offer at Sticklebarn to the highest standard. You may be preparing for a busy shift, working on our German outside Schwenker or running a section. With your passion for food and your appetite for delivering a great experience, you will provide exceptional service to our visitor’s by preparing delicious food in our kitchen. Working with local produce you'll always be looking for ways to minimise waste and control costs and resources. With your attention to detail you’ll ensure each dish is fresh, tasty and beautifully presented every time. You will help our Kitchen Manager plan the seasonal menus within The National Trust food strategy and our Soil Association accreditation always be at the forefront of your mind, and you'll be proud to share our good work with our customers, you’ll look to maximise sales with new ideas so that the profit can be reinvested back into our conservation work.

Who we're looking for

We are looking for someone to join our dedicated team to exceed our customer’s expectations with the delicious food we prepare and serve.


You'll need to be;
  • You will be confident, and have an insight into the importance of the work that the National Trust do in the Lakes and in Langdale
  • Enthusiastic with a willingness to learn
  • A team player but also have the ability to work on your own initiative
  • You will be able to work at pace at busy periods.
  • Have an interest in energy saving and reducing waste
  • Love using local produce
  • Have a strong attention to detail
  • Aware of good working knowledge of Health & Safety compliance requirements
The package

Looking after you

Salary Circa £18,000

  • Health cash plan - from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

Required skills

  • Ready to Learn
  • Active Team Player
  • Attention to detail
  • Health & Safety

Reference: 34408087

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