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Head Chef

Horse & Groom, Wilmington

  • Full time & permanent
  • Up to £35,000 per annum plus bonus scheme, share plan, health care and more

Following our hugely successful reopening, Shepherd Neame is looking for an experienced Head Chef to join our management team at the Horse & Groom in Wilmington, Kent.

Located on the outskirts of Dartford, the Horse & Groom is a incredibly high volume and turnover gastro pub & restaurant boasting a great semi-rural location in the village of Wilmington. We are proud to serve our customers a selection of freshly cooked classic British dishes with a modern twist, using locally sourced and superb quality ingredients. 

We operate full table service seven days a week and the Horse & Groom currently trades on an approximate 50 / 50% food to drink split. We can cater for as many as 600 covers on a busy day and we also have a great trade garden which also allows us to accommodate a further 180 hungry diners when the sun is shining.

Approx. Inhouse Tips System plus £7,000-9,000

What are we looking for?

  • Proven experience at a Head Chef level.
  • An experienced Sous Chef looking to take the next step.
  • High volume Catering experience.
  • The ability to lead and develop a large kitchen team of 15 staff.
  • A good understanding of P&L analysis, GP & menu costing and wage budgeting.
  • Former stock purchasing, ordering and management experience.
  • The ability to implement and monitor health & safety and food safety procedures.
  • The desire to assist with menu development in the long term.
  • Passion and enthusiasm in the kitchen.
  • You must be flexible in terms of the working hours required of you.


  • Salary of up to £35,000 per annum negotiable dependent on experience.
  • Monthly in-house service charge and tip share scheme worth up to £7,000 per annum (seasonally dependent).
  • Bonus scheme.
  • Private health care scheme.
  • Monthly service charge and tip share scheme.
  • Shepherd Neame company pension scheme.
  • Share Incentive Scheme.
  • Structured company induction programme.
  • Paid holiday allowance.
  • Chefs whites are provided.
  • Staff discount scheme in all Shepherd Neame retail pubs and hotels.
  • Potential for further career development with our chef’s development programme in the longer term.

In order to be considered for this role please apply online with your CV now.