Jobs | Gladstone's Library



Gladstone’s Library is a Grade I-listed, Prime Ministerial residential library in Hawarden, Flintshire. It also benefits from five modern conference rooms, 25 boutique bedrooms and a bistro, Food for Thought. Gladstone’s Library employs approximately 22 hospitality staff members. An exciting and rare opportunity has arisen to be a part of the team. 

Overall purpose of the role:

You will be an integral part of the development of our Food for Thought restaurant and your role as Head Chef will include the responsibilities of overseeing a small team of chefs, ensuring the kitchen runs smoothly, providing catering for residents, conference/course delegates and external guests throughout the week.   

Key qualities:

The successful Head Chef will be passionate about creating fantastic locally-sourced and seasonal, nutritious food for an eclectic and diverse client base. You will have Senior Chef experience and a proven track record for creative menu planning, confident in supporting the other chefs to produce the food to your same high standards. You should have a good understanding of finances and budget requirements as well as being fully competent with all HACCP, COSHH and health and safety standards. This is an open kitchen environment working with a small, busy team of restaurant staff so you must be presentable, personable and particularly customer-focused. You must show you are able to motivate and coach a team to deliver excellence for this growing business. 

Hours of work: 40 hours per week - 5 days across a 7-day period arranged according to the needs of business. Our restaurant operates from 7.30am to 8pm 7 days per week. Gladstone’s Library closes for 2 weeks at Christmas. 

Rate of pay: On request

Benefits: Pension scheme. 21 days annual leave entitlement plus Christmas closure leave

Closing date for applications: 9am on Tuesday, 7th May 2019

Interviews will be held: Week commencing 13th May

Start date: Immediate start available 

Please note that we are not able to respond to all applications and that any previous submissions will not automatically be informed of this role. 

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To apply, please send a covering letter and your current CV along details of two referees to:

Elizabeth Newmarch, Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF

Tel: 01244 532350