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We’re a small but enthusiastic team looking for friendly, motivated people to join us.

Fun but hard working, we’re a diverse business; both an inspiring visitor attraction and a busy wedding, conference and function venue. Our aim is to create a place that people will love and will want to visit over and over, creating happy memories and spending time with loved ones. We’re looking for people who work well in a busy team environment whilst maintaining excellent customer service standards, always going that extra step to deliver a truly personal customer experience.

Current Jobs

Please see below for details of paid and voluntary roles we are recruiting for at the moment:

On site accommodation available if required

Chef de Partie

Seeking a Chef de Partie to support the Head Chef and wider kitchen team in the day-to-day running of the kitchens in a professional manner. The successful applicant will be required to produce excellent food, consistently and to a high standard in a busy but energetic working environment. The role will support our broad catering offer from our popular Stables Cafe, to our waiter served Column Room Restaurant and our growing weddings and functions business.

Responsible to:

Head Chef (Sous Chef in the absence of the Head Chef)

Terms of employment:

40 hours per week (hourly paid). You will be required to work weekend, Bank holidays and limited evenings on rota.


Dependent on experience.

Role summary:

  1. Be responsible for the preparation, provision and service of quality food to the standard set by the Hestercombe Gardens Trust.
  2. Be responsible for the maintenance and cleanliness of your section and the catering facility.
  3. Ensure that the highest levels of food and services are consistently achieved.
  4. Assist with the ordering of all stock and stock control within your section and ensure this stock is stored safely in accordance with hygiene regulations and in keeping with the Hestercombe Gardens Trust’s policy.
  5. Ensure the highest health and safety standards are maintained in areas under your control. Take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work. Carry out risk assessments as required.
  6. To comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Act 1990 and associated Regulations to ensure high standards of food hygiene are maintained at all times. Level 2 Food Safety qualification required.
  7. Undertake other reasonable duties, which are compatible within the overall scope of this appointment.

In addition, all employees are expected to work within the terms of their contract of employment and adhere to Hestercombe Gardens Trust instructions, values and behaviours.

How to apply:

Call Matt Taylor on 01823 413923 or email kitchen@hestercombe.com) for more information.
To apply, complete our application form and return to kitchen@hestercombe.com.

Hospitality Staff

Role summary:

We are looking for waiting staff for the Stables Café and Column Room Restaurant and to work at our weddings and events.  You will deliver exceptional customer service, have a positive attitude and be willing to learn.  Tasks will include taking orders, serving food, clearing tables, laying up rooms ready for a wedding or function and serving drinks from the bar.


National Living Wage (dependent on age)

Terms of Employment:

Flexible hours, this role will support business peaks.  You will often be required to work evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.

Responsible to:

Hospitality Manager

How to apply:

Call Joe Morton on 01823 414197 or email joemorton@hestercombe.com

Gift Shop – Voluntary

As a volunteer in the gift shop, you will enjoy interacting with new people as you welcome visitors to the shop. The role will allow you to assist with customer service, stock replenishment, and housekeeping as well as merchandising and taking money at the till. Full training will be given.

If you are flexible, motivated, fun and hardworking then we would love to hear from you.

Hours include: Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun afternoons.

For more information please call 01823 413923 and speak to Linda, the Gift Shop manager.

Bookshop Assistants – Voluntary

From working selling books to visitors to doing the ‘behind the scences’ sorting there’s lots to be done in the bookshop. We have donations arriving every week that need sorting, pricing and cleaning before they can be put out for sale. And once they’re on the shelves there’s serving visitors and chatting to them about the books they like. We ask for a commitment of one morning or afternoon every two weeks. For more information click here or call 01823 413923 and speak to Gill the Volunteer Co-ordinator. Alternatively email info@hestercombe.com

Gallery Invigilators – Voluntary

As a volunteer in this role, you will meet and greet visitors to the new Hestercombe House Gallery, helping them to get the most out of their visit. You will have information about each of the artworks in your section and will be working as part of a team. You will be responsible for safeguarding the paintings and guiding visitors through the different rooms of the ‘pop-up’ gallery. For more information click here or call 01823 413923 and speak to Gill the Volunteer Co-ordinator. Alternatively email info@hestercombe.com

Event Support – Voluntary

Hestercombe’s busy event schedule is run by a close knit, hardworking team of staff and volunteers. We’re looking for more people to sign up to seasonal events. Whether you’re interested in helping at Easter, or running an activity during the summer holidays or masterminding our seasonal garden trails – please do get in touch! Contact Anna Crew on 01823 413923 or annacrew@hestercombe.com

Plus we still need donations for the bookshop!

We are always looking for donations of books to stock the bookshop, any number, any type. If you have books to donate please bring to the shop or call us to arrange delivery for large donations.