ONS Data Shows Drop in UK Chef Numbers

We recently conducted some research using the Office of National Statistics (ONS) employment data from 2018 which shows a 17% drop in the total number of chefs reported to be working in the UK compared to the same time period in 2017. Women took the brunt of the decline, with the estimated number of female chefs falling by 39% during the period, and the number of male chefs by 10%. This means that women are estimated to represent less than one in five (17%) of chefs working in the UK.

 

Overall, the data indicates that the number of people working in hospitality in the UK fell by 6%. Just over half of all (56%) people working in hospitality are women. However, one in four (39%) women employed in hospitality work as kitchen and catering assistants – so in the most junior roles. In addition, just over half (57%) of women working in hospitality works part time compared to one in three men (33%) who work in hospitality.

 

However, the data also indicates that the number of women in management positions is on the increase, and that in certain cases, women are over-taking men at this level. For example, the number of women publicans and managers of licensed premises increased by 133%, from 9,000 to 21,000 workers, while the numbers of men in these roles increased by a more modest 11%, from 18,000 to 20,000 people. Similarly, the number of women estimated working as catering and bar managers grew by 52% to 44,000, while the number of men working in these roles has stayed the same, at 35,000.

 

Front of house, the numbers of waiters and waitresses has declined slightly, by just over 5%, while the number of bar staff has increased by around 11%. Women still dominate front of house roles and bar roles, with just over three in five positions being filled by female employees.

 

As ever, the ONS offers a useful snapshot of employment in an industry that continues to be very challenged in terms of sourcing talent. The simple truth is that we need more people to want to work in the industry, especially as chefs. We need to demonstrate that this is a rewarding industry in every sense, and that there is a great career path. The dramatic decline in the number of chefs at a time when hospitality continues to thrive suggests that the real issue is sourcing chefs – it’s not a shortage of positions.

 

The fact that there are now so many women working in management positions sends a strong message that hospitality can be an inclusive environment for female talent. However, the decline in the number of female chefs, at a time when some of the leading lights in London’s fine dining scene are women, is very sad. More needs to be done to ensure that roles are structured to be accessible for women throughout their careers, especially in top kitchens.

 

A main concern is that immigration policy must create a candidate pool for unskilled jobs that British workers often do not wish to apply for. This is especially important as the Brexit negotiations reach their final stages. Attracting skilled talent to the UK is vital. It is also critical to ensure that we have workers willing to take jobs that British candidates are not applying for.

 

Looking for a chef job that offers fantastic training and development?

We work with some of the best restaurant and hotel groups in the world, all of which offer outstanding training and development opportunities, good remuneration and competitive benefit packages. If you are interested in chef’s jobs in hotels or chef jobs in restaurants, give us a call on 02079236021 or submit your CV.

The Best London Restaurants for Pumpkin

With shorter days and colder nights, it’s clear to see we’re firmly in the throes of autumn. From figs, squash, peaches and pumpkins, autumn is one of Britain’s most celebrated times of the year for seasonally inspired menus. We’ve picked the best pumpkin dishes and included a butternut squash pie recipe that’ll leave your house smelling heavenly!

34 Mayfair

Mayfair is home to some of the most renowned restaurants, making it tough to stand out from the crowd but with 34 Mayfair’s autumnal menu, it’s hard not to take notice. Created by Head Chef Harvey Ayliffe, the modern internationally inspired menu offers a delicious spiced butternut squash soup and pumpkin pesto muffin which will be sure to lure you in on a chilly autumn afternoon.

The Hummingbird Bakery

The Hummingbird Bakery first began in Notting Hill in 2004 and quickly became the go to place for quality American baking in London. Today there are 6 branches across London and Surrey all offering a wide assortment of delicious cupcakes and freshly baked sweet treats. Famously at this time of year they bake the most delicious richly spiced pumpkin pies, which will likely be on the table of those celebrating Thanksgiving in London.

Lyles

Opened by James Lowe, Lyles has flourished with achievements and even made it onto The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Their micro-seasonal menu offers an array of delicious autumnal dishes such as quince posset and chestnut meringue, a famous Neal’s Yard cheese board and not forgetting the Girolles, chanterelles and pumpkin broth, making them a popular venture for those looking for a modern British meal.

Barts Speakeasy

It’s that time of year again when every coffee house in London tempts us with their calorie heavy cups of deliciousness that are pumpkin spiced lattes. But this year, one London bar is taking it a step further by offering an alcoholic twist on the autumnal classic.  Hidden away somewhere on Sloane Avenue, Bart’s speakeasy bartender, Alberto Rodriguez Sanchez has whipped up a pumpkin ‘spiked’ latte of dreams with a dash of Tia maria, pumpkin pie spice infused grey goose, oh and not forgetting the generous helping of double cream! YUM!

Café Murano Pastificio

Chef Angela Hartnett’s third venture is all about fresh Italian pasta and what’s not to love about pasta?! With two sites both in the heart of Mayfair and St James, the atmosphere is inviting and the venue a real treat to spend an evening. With pumpkin tortelli with sage and butter on the menu, this authentic northern-Italian is must visit over the Autumn period.

 

For those looking to do a spin-off of an autumnal classic, we have included one of our favourite butternut squash pie recipes from Yasemen Kanmer-White’s cookbook ‘Lemon Compendium’. Follow her on insta.

Grease and flour a 30cm diameter tart tin with a removable bottom. Roll out the dough to fit the tin. Prick all over with a fork. Cover the dough with parchment paper and fill with baking beans. Bake for 15 minutes then remove the paper and beans and bake for another 5 minutes or until golden.

Remove the squash from the oven, allow to cool and peel off the skin. Using a hand-blender, puree the squash flesh. Push it through a fine sieve lined with muslin, suspended over a bowl and leave to drain for an hour.

Discard the liquid and transfer 500g of puree to a bowl stir in the maple syrup, spices, eggs and evaporated milk, until well combined. Pour the mixture into the pastry case and bake for 20 minutes. Dot with the marshmallows and bake for a further 20 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least an hour before serving.

 

Luxury Hospitality Recruitment

The Change Group source superior permanent and temporary staff for some of the best-known restaurants, bars, bistros and hotels in London.

We have an array of positions available so if you’re looking for a new hospitality job, please submit your CV online to register with The Change Group.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to hire Front of House, Back of House or Business and Commercial staff, we have an array of exceptionally talented staff that would easily slot into your business. Please contact us on 020 7923 6021 or email info@thechangegroup.com

October’s New Restaurant Openings

October’s new openings are rather extensive and all equally remarkable in their own right so we’re very excited to announce the following which will be great additions to the London foodie scene. Try one, try all… we can’t wait to!

Berenjak

Reinterpreting the classic hole in the wall kebab house, Berenjak will deliver smart but traditional Persian-style kebabs, stews and sides which we’re sure will have you running back for more.

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Location: 27 Romilly St, Soho, London, W1D 5AL

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MEATliquor Battersea

We have got some fantastic news! MEATliquor have opened their 12th London restaurant so head on down for the best cooked-to-order burgers and loaded fries in town. We’ve indulged ourselves and keep going back for more!

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Location: 74 Northcote Rd, London, SW11 6QL

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Caractère

Michel Roux Jr’s daughter, Emily Roux, has teamed up with her husband, Diego Ferrari and opened a part French, part Italian restaurant in Notting Hill. We expect the queues will be out the door so be sure to book in advance, we sure will.

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Location: 209 Westbourne Park Road, London W11 1EA

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Tracks and Records

Usain Bolt has three restaurants back in Jamaica and we’re excited about his recently launched London eatery, Tracks and Records. The bar, restaurant and late lounge is a stone’s throw from Spitalfields market. Not only are we salivating at the Jamaican influenced grub on offer but also the 150 strong rum menu with 100 of those coming from Jamaica.

Located: 94 Middlesex St, London, E1 7EZ

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Top Cocktail:

‘Cool Rummings’ – a refreshing and fruity blend of Don Q Grand Crystal Rum mixed with gin, apple juice and Agave nectar over ice.

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Cattivo

Brixton now benefits from a new rustic café and underground speakeasy style cocktail bar, Cattivo, situated conveniently next door to Canova Hall. The food is Southern Italian-inspired with small sharing dishes plus pastas and ragus. They’ve even got the vegan lovers covered with a mouth-watering linguine with pistachio pesto, fresh squash and vegan hollandaise as well as a mushroom and aubergine ragu… Mmmm delish!

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Location: 207 Ferndale Road, Brixton, London, SW9 8BA

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The Ivy in the Park

Overlooking Canada Square in Canary Wharf sits the latest addition to The Ivy empire, The Ivy in the Park. Open seven days a week, the large brasserie will sit close to 150 diners, plus there’s also two impressive outside terraces to sit back, enjoy the view whilst indulging in the fine cuisine.

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Location: 50 Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14 5FW

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Art Yard Bar & Kitchen

Forming part of the Bankside Hotel, this new Blackfriars all-day hotspot will feature modern art throughout the venue, as well as a seasonal British produced inspired menu with a European twist. We’re particularly excited to visit on the weekend when they’ll be firing up the wood oven, roasting large cuts of meat served family-style perfect sharing. Sign us up!

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Location: 2 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 9JU

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Cecconi’s Shoreditch

Redchurch Townhouse, a boutique hotel/restaurant in the style of Dean Street Townhouse, will showcase a selection of artwork sourced from 40 artists, all under 40, most living in East London. A massive drawing card will of course be, Cecconi’s restaurant and bar, located on the ground floor which will serve up their famous lobster spaghetti, as well as a selection of cicchetti, pastas and pizzas.

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Location: 1 Whitby St, London, E1 6JU

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Interested in working for some of London’s finest new restaurant, bar and hotel openings?

Whether you are looking for your next Chef job or are interested in Front of House jobs, The Change Group source superior permanent and temporary staff and can help you find your dream job!

Call us on 02079236021 or submit your CV today so we can match your skills to an appropriate job in hospitality.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to hire Front of House, Back of House or Business and Commercial staff, we have an array of exceptionally talented staff that would easily slot into your business. Please contact us on 020 7923 6021 or email info@thechangegroup.com

Front of House Opportunities

We have some fabulous opportunities across London’s finest restaurants, bars and hotels for talented, passionate and hardworking Front of House staff.

We’re recruiting for the following roles:

If you’d like to find out more about any of these exciting roles, please get in touch with us as we are looking to recruit for these positions immediately.

Contact:

Gareth Townsend – gareth.townsend@thechangegroup.com / 0207 923 5258

Conor Daly – conor.daly@thechangegroup.com / 0207 923 6020

Joe Paulinski – joe.paulinski@thechangegroup.com / 0207 923 6036

If these roles are not quite right for you but you know someone who might be interested, please refer them to us and you could earn up to £200* for your referral.

*T&Cs apply

Britain’s Best Country Pubs

Nothing says Autumn like a long weekend in the countryside and lucky for you, we’ve done all the hard work for you and gathered a list of the best country pubs that offer cosy, stylish and affordable accommodation. Grab those wellies, scarfs and beanies and get booking!

The Pig – Brokenhurst

Just a short drive from London, The Pig is the perfect place to admire the changing of the seasons. Set in the New Forest, you can expect picturesque walks where you are more than likely to spot one of the many wild ponies that roam the area. The rooms are elegantly decorated with neutral tones and comfy linens and with a Forager and Kitchen Gardener sourcing the freshest seasonal ingredients from the kitchen garden, The Pig really does offer a unique dining experience.

Hurley House – Henley

If you are looking for somewhere to go that offers a wide array of activities in the surrounding areas, Hurley House is the place for you. This country chic pub offers spacious rooms with rolltop baths and a restaurant that serves modern British fair. If you are into wine, you won’t be disappointed as Hurley House has certainly taken a lot of care in creating a wine list that meets every pallets desires.

Hand & Flowers – Marlow

With two Michelin Stars and the esteemed Tom Kerridge at the helm, The Hand and Flowers is so much more than just a pub. Set in the beautiful village of Marlow, this is the perfect place to stay for a special occasion or a real treat. As you’d expect, the restaurant elevates a pub lunch and makes it something you’ll never forget. Each room offers its own sophisticated charm and comfort with lots of natural light, perfect for those Autumn afternoon snoozes.

The Mayflower

What could be more perfect than a chance to discover the seaside as well as the gorgeous local countryside. The Mayflower offers it all; from beautifully designed nautical themed rooms to a restaurant that offers dishes with a focus on locally produced ingredients. The wine list and hand-pulled ales will also provide the perfect thirst quencher after a long day of exploring.

The Ebrington Arms

Voted the UK’s number 1 village pub by The Times in 2017, The Ebrighton Arms is the perfect country retreat. With comfortable rooms, a restaurant that dishes up hearty pub grub and their very own home brewed ales to sample, it’ll be hard for you not to return feeling rested and relaxed after a weekend in this hidden gem.

The Duke William

Just 10 minutes outside of Canterbury in the heart of England’s garden, The Duke William is a cute casual pub that offers modern rooms, log fires and a bar to perch at and enjoy a drink or two. The food has a strong focus on locally produced ingredients and seasonality, so you can expect delicious pies in the winter months and fresh seafood dishes in the summer.

The Mash Inn

The Mash Inn describes itself as a restaurant with rooms and we can see why. With an open kitchen that uses a bespoke wood-fired grill to whip up skilful tasty dishes, this is a real culinary treat for foodies looking for a country getaway. Foraging and pickling is a daily occurrence and forms a big part of the ethos of the restaurant. The owners have also created an environment that will allow guests to immerse themselves in nature and offer a real escape from city life.

Interested in leaving city life for a hospitality job outside of London?

The Change Group work with many of the UK’s finest restaurants, pubs and hotels outside of London. If you are interested in giving up London life for a quieter life in the country, give us a call on 02079236021 or submit your CV and we will happily help you find your next perfect hospitality job.

Here are some examples of roles we are currently recruiting outside of London:

Change Welcomes Proposed Service Charge Legislation

The Change Group, has welcomed Theresa May’s announcement of new legislation that will make it illegal for restaurants to keep service charge income, ensuring that it is all passed down to employees.

While some employers keep a percentage of the service charge as an administration fee or to offset fees from credit card companies, it is recognised that service charges or tips play a significant part in topping up the wages of hospitality workers.

In its most recent survey of people working in hospitality, we found that one in four respondents (24%) said that they did not did not receive gratuities. Of those who did receive gratuities, one in eight (12%) said that this amounted to between 20% and 30% of their salary, while 18% said that it added up to between 10 %and 20% of their pay. Around a quarter (24%) said that the gratuity represented less than 5% of their remuneration.

“Pay is vital to attracting and retaining employees,” said Craig Allen, The Change Group co-founder and director. “The hospitality industry needs to do everything it can to ensure employees are treated fairly, especially with the current candidate shortage, and the prospect of this tightening with a no deal Brexit – or one where there is restricted movement for EU citizens.

“Customers assume that service charges are passed onto employees, so withholding gratuities from staff is a potential PR bombshell. While there are a small number of hospitality employers who have made a case for doing so, there are many more who agree that service charges belong to staff.”

With the growing scrutiny over the lack of transparency in restaurants over tipping policies, the new legislation coming into place will ensure workers get the tips they deserve and give consumers faith that the money they leave to reward good service is going to the staff, as they intended.

Luxury Hospitality Recruitment

The Change Group source superior permanent and temporary staff for some of the best-known restaurants, bars, bistros and hotels in London.

We have an array of positions available so if you’re looking for a new hospitality job, please submit your CV online to register with The Change Group.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to hire Front of House, Back of House or Business and Commercial staff, we have an array of exceptionally talented staff that would easily slot into your business. Please contact us on 020 7923 6021.

New Restaurant Openings London – September 2018

We’ve handpicked Septembers latest London restaurant hotspots, perfect for when you need to make your next booking. The vegan’s out there will be happy to see a number of new openings that cater for their needs, perhaps a sign of the times? Either way, we are chomping at the bit to get a reservation at all of these amazing new restaurants.

Genesis

Shoreditch welcomes a new vegan restaurant by the Santoro brothers, Genesis. Open 7 days a week (11:30am – 11pm), the restaurant’s modern design, prominent artwork and unique soundtrack provides a pleasurable and relaxed dining experience to enjoy their plant-based, GMO-free and organic dishes. Their street-food influenced menu benefits from signature burgers with creative toppings, hot dogs, sharing plates, tacos, salads and soups, all made using organic fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. We’re excited to try out their scrumptious Mac & Cheese too!

Little Kolkata

Co-founders Prabir Chattopadhyay and Biswajit Deb Das have centred Covent Garden’s latest addition, Little Kolkata, on authentic Bengali cuisine which celebrates the spirit of Calcutta and its culinary delights. They believe Calcutta is a city, Kolkata is an emotion. It’s easy to see the love for their birthplace in the typical dishes which include sharing plates of Lilish Maacher Deemer (a spiced fish egg from the Hilsa, a very popular fish with Bengalis) and Maacher cutlet (a cod fish cutlet served with the typical Calcuttan mustard sauce Kashundi). You can also indulge in some of their speciality dishes, such as chicken liver sautéed with spice and fresh chillies. All ingredients are fresh, dishes are scrumptious with subtle flavours and textures using seasonal produce; cooked from the heart served with love. We’re salivating already…

Red Farm

We’ve been chomping at the bit to let you in on the secret that the hugely popular New York restaurant, Red Farm, has recently opened their UK branch in London’s Covent Garden. Praised for their clever modern twists on Chinese dim-sum, they’re famous for their Pac Man shrimp dumplings – a parade of dumplings that look just like the iconic game. Another firm favourite is their shrimp-stuffed chicken, with magically seasoned and crisped skin encased in chicken and juicy prawn. You’ll be pleased to know that the venue boasts a hidden bar on the top floor too. Lines will be around the corner for this hotspot, so to avoid disappointment, be sure to book in advance.

Farmer J

Looking for a healthy bite in the London Bridge area? We’ve found this little gem! Farmer J has recently opened their decidedly modern looking space, complete with lime-washed brick, rambling greenery and white neon wall sign – waiting for its insta-fame moment. Taking their inspiration from the Mediterranean, Farmer J’s dishes include shakshuka with za’atar sourdough toast, charred tofu steak with aubergine, and whole-roasted cauliflower in spices and black sesame seed. They serve juices, coffee and smoothies by day, and alcoholic kombucha-based cocktails and beers by night. Hell yeah!

Old Compton Brasserie

If you haven’t heard the good news, Soho now benefits from an all-day brasserie which boasts bespoke pop art from local street artists depicting Soho celebrities such as Twiggy and Kate Moss, as well as, urban pieces that celebrate the areas iconic history. The open-plan dining room, horseshoe bar and lounge is the perfect place to work your way through their extremely imaginative cocktail menu which has been curated by ‘The Talented Mr Fox’, the brainchild of highly celebrated mixologist Matt Whiley. The modern British menu champions seasonality and quality, offering chia pudding with yoghurt, cherries, pistachio and honey; a hearty breakfast pot pie or perfectly executed eggs Benedict. All-day dishes will include Kedgeree Scotch eggs with curried mayo; pigs in blankets with creamy mash and onion jus; and aromatic truffle roast chicken. Vegans will be spoilt for choice with plant-based signatures which include a vegan bacon and cheese burger; and charred vegetables with chilli hummus and hazelnut dressing, as well as, gnocchi with asparagus, wild mushrooms, butternut squash and truffle.

If Soho is tricky for you to reach, we can highly recommend their sister restaurants:

PJ’s Bar and Grill

Café de Paris

Tropicana Beach Club

Maxwell’s

Roadhouse

Palm Court Brasserie

Sticky Fingers

Boulevard Brasserie

 

Luxury Hospitality Recruitment

The Change Group source superior permanent and temporary staff for some of the best-known restaurants, bars, bistros and hotels in London.

We have an array of positions available so if you’re looking for a new hospitality job, please submit your CV online to register with The Change Group.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to hire Front of House, Back of House or Business and Commercial staff, we have an array of exceptionally talented staff that would easily slot into your business. Please contact us on 020 7923 6021.

Work in the heart of the capital

Are you a passionate Chef looking to work in a well-established and ever-extending restaurant group? This is a fantastic opportunity for you to work in the heart of the capital.

We are recruiting for the following roles:

We are seeking talented, hardworking Chefs who are looking to learn, progress and be willing to work 50-70 hours a week. If you are strong, energetic and passionate about food and keen to learn from an amazing team you will thrive at joining a brigade of ambitious professionals.

All roles offer very good working hours with salaries paid weekly and great benefits included.

If this sounds like a chef job you’d like to find out more about, please get in touch with us as we are looking to recruit for these roles immediately.

Contact:

Audrey Glynn
Audrey.glynn@thechangegroup.com
0207 923 6049

If this role is not quite right for you but you know someone who might be interested, please refer them to us and you could earn up to £200* for your referral.

*T&Cs apply

How Fine Dining Pubs & Restaurants are Tackling Food Intolerances

With food intolerance’s and dietary requirements on the rise, we recently conducted some research to see the approach fine dining pubs and restaurants are taking to facilitate the ever-rising demand for alternative dishes and how strongly this is being implemented in kitchens across the UK.

Although the results of the survey are not shocking by any means, we do think they highlight the importance of hiring staff who are educated on nutritional information and know the impact food intolerance’s can have on patrons.

The research revealed that while more than 95% of chefs report that their restaurant caters for food intolerance’s and healthy eating, and half are providing on the job training on diet and nutrition, almost one in five chefs (18%) have worked in kitchens that operate a ‘soft’ policy on food intolerance’s.

This means that many of London’s fast paced eateries sometimes serve food prepared with small amounts of, for example, animal stock in vegetarian meals or of wheat in dishes labelled as gluten free. This is not a deliberate policy – this happens accidentally because of the speed with which employees have to work in busy and often understaffed kitchens.

The good news is that almost 50% of chefs said they had received on the job training in diet and nutrition and just over a third chefs (37%) said they had learned about these topics as part of a formal chef training course or through attending a separate course specifically on diet and nutrition (15%).  However, 5% of chefs claim to have had no formal training on nutrition and diet at all.

Taking into consideration the immense 360% increase in the number of vegans and vegetarians in the UK, we asked how many restaurants offered vegan and vegetarian options to their customers:

As many as 48% of chefs working at fine dining establishments say their restaurant offers vegetarian options, and 42% offer vegan dishes. A third of chefs said their restaurant took part in ‘Veganuary’, a campaign that encourages people to try vegan food during January.

Whilst an increasing amount of restaurants are making calorie information more visible, the majority of chefs (69%) think that restaurants should provide diners with more nutritional information such as calorie count, sugar and salt content.

With the rise in hospitality establishments choosing to conduct recruitment via apps where staff are very rarely screened, or reference checked, we do worry about the standard of cooking, health and hygiene in the UK. We believe that in order to maintain a high standard in kitchens, those responsible for hospitality recruitment need to think about everything from working hours of staff, remuneration, company culture and the training and development they offer – especially when it comes to nutrition and dietary requirements.

Looking for a chef job that offers fantastic training and development?

We work with some of the best restaurant and hotel groups in the world, all of which offer outstanding training and development opportunities, good remuneration and competitive benefit packages. If you are interested in chef’s jobs in hotels or chef jobs in restaurants, give us a call on 02079236021 or submit your CV.

Weekend Ideas Outside Of London | Change Group

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – Oxfordshire, England

As per the maître de maison , Raymond Blanc’s passion infiltrates through the hotel Le Manior Aux Quat’Saisons. With stunning Japanese gardens and open fires throughout, it truly is a house for all seasons. Best known as the grandest and oldest house in this secluded Oxfordshire village, Le Manior Aux Quat’Saisons also has an amazing reputation for impeccable service. With 32 rooms individually designed, a 2-star Michelin restaurant and Raymond Blanc’s cookery school onsite, this hotel is a must-visit if you’re venturing outside of London for the weekend.

Things to do nearby: Raymond Blanc Cookery School

With courses available for all levels and many classes focussing on recipes that are important to Raymond Blanc, the cookery school is something you cannot miss! You’ll find out exactly what inspired Raymond to become the Michelin starred chef he is today, and who knows, after the course, you could be next!

Sir Christopher Wren – Windsor

Perched beside the river in Windsor and with striking views of Eton College, this historic 4-star hotel is the ideal location for a getaway in a quaint, romantic town. Named after Sir Christopher Wren, architect of St Paul’s Cathedral, this remarkable hotel really does inhabit a beautiful spot in Windsor. Along with their Tudor-style bedrooms overlooking the Thames, the restaurant offers an enticing menu of modern British European Cuisine, with dishes such as the Pan fried loin of venison and cumin roasted rump of lamb. As if we couldn’t in love with this hotel anymore, they also offer a typically British roast on Sundays with live jazz that plays you into the evening.

Things to do nearby: Windsor Castle

With the oldest and largest occupied castle, just a short walk around the corner from the hotel, what better way to spend an afternoon than exploring Windsor Castle? Explore the quaint town and the boundless amount of history it has to offer.

Great Fosters Hotel – Egham

Great Fosters hotel is a Grade One listed building situated among 50 acres of stunning gardens and parkland. Basking in its historic glory since 1931, the property is home to two onsite restaurants, The Tudor room and The Estate Grill, with The Tudor room offering a series of tasting menus designed by Head Chef Douglas Balish who was awarded his first Michelin star back in October 2016. The luxury hotel in surrey, has a flawless reputation for service and will leave you feeling as though you have been staying at The Royal Residence itself!

Things to do nearby: Royal Botanic, Kew Gardens

Climb to the treetops, delve into rainforests and explore glasshouses. Kew is world renowned for being the centre of plant knowledge, with incredible gardens and green houses to venture around -it’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Danesfield House – Marlow

Standing on 65 acres of formal gardens with outstanding views across the River Thames, this charismatic house is beyond unique. Just a 30 minute drive from central London you’ll feel as though you could be anywhere in the world. Whether you’re enjoying their quintessentially British afternoon tea on the terrace or unwinding in the spa, it’s the perfect place to hit the road on a Friday for a relaxing weekend. Their exquisite restaurant is run by Executive Head Chef Billy Reid, who famously turns simple produce into well executed British classics, will complete your stay.

Things to do nearby: Henley Regatta

If you’re there at the right time, the famous Henley Royal Regatta is a 10 minute drive away. One of the best-know regattas in the world, the five day event has as many as 200 races, on all accessible to the public. A great day out and a wonderful opportunity to be part of the ambience whilst enjoying an array of restaurants and bars.

Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa – Climping

With the smell of crackling log fires luring you in, this is the ultimate country escape for a winter weekend away. Baliffscourt has a unique atmosphere and captivating charisma with its medieval style grounds. The hotel which is family and dog friendly is just a short walk from West Sussex beaches making it an idyllic location for those looking to escape from City life for a weekend of long walks, fresh air and hot chocolates on the beach. The restaurant is brought to life with the medieval architecture, mullioned windows and tapestry-hung walls which make it a stunning setting to enjoy a romantic meal at sundown.

Things to do nearby:  West Sussex beach

Bognos Regis beach is a short drive from the hotel and an ideal place to nab some fresh and enjoy the beachside restaurants and pubs

Are you looking to work in some of the coolest events in London?

We recruit for some of the best events happening in London and around the country from catering jobs to bartending jobs.If you’re looking for a role in London or UK contact us today on 02079236021 to discuss a suitable hospitality vacancy.