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General Manager

Dog & Bear Hotel, Lenham

  • Full time & permanent
  • Negotiable dependent on your experience plus great training and benefits

Following our hugely successful re-openings across the retail estate, Shepherd Neame is looking for an experienced General Manager to join our team and take on the successful running of the Dog & Bear Hotel in Lenham, near Maidstone, Kent.

Located on the southern edge of the North Downs and overlooking Lenham’s picturesque village square, the Dog & Bear is a 17th Century building that combines the friendly atmosphere of a local pub and restaurant with all the comforts of a stylish 24 bedroom hotel. There is a private function suite available which caters for up to 50 guests for private parties, wedding and events together with a pretty courtyard garden on site.

What are we looking for?

  • Proven experience at GM level within the pub, hotel, or F&B sector.
  • Experience in a busy, high volume food & beverage operation.
  • The ability to build a strong partnership with your Head Chef & kitchen team.
  • First class customer service, quality and service delivery standards.
  • Proven leadership skills in order to recruit, train, motivate and develop your team.
  • You must be commercially astute, able to assume responsibility for the site management reporting and profit and loss budgeting.
  • The ability to engage the local community and drive sales & marketing from site.
  • Hotel/accommodation experience is essential. 


  • Competitive annual salary
  • Bonus scheme
  • Private health care scheme
  • Company pension plan
  • Shares incentive plan
  • Paid breaks
  • Early wage withdrawal scheme
  • Access to a Workplace Mental Health Platform offering proactive support for all areas of life
  • Employee discount scheme at Shepherd Neame managed pubs & hotels
  • 28 days paid holiday per year
  • App for online rota
  • Full company Induction Process
  • Opportunity to develop & move between pubs and grow with the company

Please note that this is a live out role as accommodation is not available at this site.

If you are looking for an exciting career opportunity within a dynamic and ever growing company, please apply online with your CV now.