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Kitchen Manager / Head Chef

Horse & Groom, Wilmington

  • Full time & permanent
  • Up to £42,000 pa (including service charges) & great benefits package

As we step in to 2022, Shepherd Neame is excited to be looking for an experienced Kitchen Manager / 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.

What are we looking for?

  • Proven experience at a Head Chef level.
  • A very 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.