Would you like to join our team? We are recruiting now ready for re-opening.

The Blue Bell at Cocking opened in December 2019 as a community-owned pub, following a village fundraising campaign to prevent the site being sold as housing. We are located just below the South Downs Way in the South Downs National Park and are a SDNP   partner pub. In summer we have a busy indoor and outdoor trade with walkers and cyclists and a good B and B trade in our 3 refurbished rooms. We also have local passing trade as we are on the main road between Midhurst and Chichester and on a half-hourly bus route.

Open positions: Chef (FT) / Kitchen Assistant (part-rime) / Front of House (part time)

Chef (full-time)

About the job

  • Chef to take lead of small kitchen team in village pub
  • Reporting to GM (weekly reporting meeting)
  • Define and create adaptable and frequently changed food offering consistent with the image of the pub and adapted to seasonal clientele profile
  • Take responsibility for ensuring all the team are trained and updated to deliver this at all times
  • Seek out locally sourced products and establish relationships with suppliers
  • Provide and record full costings for all food produced and control margins in agreement with GM
  • Identify staffing requirements on a weekly basis
  • Roster and supervise kitchen team (manage performance and development)
  • Oversee inhouse apprentice and help her develop her skills
  • Establish good team relationship with FOH team and regularly review joint working procedures and suggest improvements when necessary
  • Manage stock and ordering and keep GM informed
  • Manage all FH, H and S requirements and certification checks etc
  • Take full responsibility for kitchen hygiene and maintenance of equipment

About you

  • Recognised qualification
  • At least 2-3 years experience managing a kitchen, with staff supervisory experience
  • All FH, H and S requirements met
  • Creative and interested in a focus on local and seasoning sourcing
  • Experience in stock management and food costings essential
  • Motivated to manage and create successful margin levels for the business
  • Good team player
  • Able to work at speed and manage production under pressure at peak times/seasons
  • Seeking self-development potential in the role
  • Resident within 15 miles of Cocking
  • Articulate and able to create attractive menu propositions

To apply, send a CV, stating the role you are applying for to info@thebluebellatcocking.co.uk

Kitchen Assistant (part-time)

To report to the senior kitchen staff under the direction of the General Manager

Duties to include

  • Keeping equipment, kitchen tools, crockery etc clean and stacked away as directed
  • Assist the kitchen team with some food preparation tasks
  • Clear away rubbish and keep all surfaces and working areas clean as directed
  • During food service time assist with any other tasks requested by the team

About you

  • A clean and tidy appearance
  • An organised and methodical approach to workload
  • Attention to detail especially in matters of hygiene
  • Good team player
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Keen to learn about the operation of a commercial kitchen
  • Adaptable to any tasks requested
  • Available to work a flexible schedule
  • Responsible and conscientious attitude

We offer

  • Hourly rate according to age and work experience
  • Share of tips

To apply, send a CV, stating the role you are applying for to info@thebluebellatcocking.co.uk

Front of House Team Member

To work under the direction of the General Manager to provide efficient and friendly service to a wide range of customers visiting our community owned village pub.

Duties to include

  • Welcoming guests , seating them, and taking any relevant details
  • Preparing and laying up tables
  • Taking orders and relaying them to the kitchen team
  • Serving meals and drinks at tables both inside and in the garden area
  • Clearing tables and keeping the restaurant and outside area clean and tidy at all times
  • Checking cleaning rosters for the toilets
  • Cleaning the public areas from time to time as requested
  • Using the EPOS electronic till system for orders and billing

About you

  • A friendly, outgoing  and self-confident manner
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Good organisational skills
  • Logical approach to prioritising tasks and workload
  • Ability to observe customer behaviour and provide intuitive customer service
  • Able to handle complaints or difficulties in a polite and composed manner
  • Available to work flexible shifts as requested

We offer

  • Hourly rate in accordance with age and experience.
  • Share of tips

Previous experience welcome but not essential. Over 18s preferred

To apply, send a CV, stating the role you are applying for to info@thebluebellatcocking.co.uk