Location:                                The High Force Hotel, Co. Durham
Department:                         Leisure and Tourism
Employment Basis:           Full-time, Permanent
Hours:                                       Full time, (40 hours per week) 5 over 7 days to include weekends and bank holidays
Salary:                                      £35,000 per annum


Job details

High Force Hotel & Waterfall is situated in the North Pennines AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the waterfall attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, being one of the most natural iconic visitor attractions in the North of England.  The hotel is a new addition to the Raby portfolio and features 10 letting guest bedrooms all designed and finished to a high standard and retaining many of the original features of this beautiful country inn.

We are growing our business to develop the hotel offering further, weddings and events have become an integral element of the business as have residential sporting groups where high standards are paramount.

Situated next to the incredibly popular High Force Waterfall, this property enjoys an exceptionally busy lunchtime trade and our evening trade is also developing and gaining a great reputation for our evening menu, using the very best local produce from in and around the Raby Estates.

We are now looking for a capable Head Chef with the creativity to join us on this exciting journey.

What you’ll be doing

We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic Head Chef. The candidate we are seeking will have a proactive approach to hospitality, with the resilience, pride and motivation to strive for excellence at every opportunity with regards to food service standards.


What we need to see

As Head Chef, you must be a strong team player – this is a small, busy team and an ability to work well with colleagues is a must.  Applicants will be able to demonstrate exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and must be prepared to be flexible around the needs of the business.  The successful applicant will be assisted by a second chef, a commis chef and KP during peak periods, but this is a hands-on role, 5 days per week. Holidays and weekends are the busiest times.

You will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of kitchen compliance and ensure that all relevant documentation and records are kept up to date and recorded in accordance with our legislation and our kitchen management system.

As an evolving new business, we need everyone to share our commitment for success and contribute appropriately to maximise revenue potential.

You need to have a flexible approach to duties and to work on a rota, have a positive attitude and the ability to work under pressure with a genuine personality with enthusiasm and ambition.

Food hygiene level 3 is preferred but not essential.

Overview of Raby Estates

Raby Castle near Staindrop has been the home of the Vane family for generations and is a vibrant visitor attraction which is open year-round. Raby has recently been awarded planning permission to significantly enhance the visitor experience at Raby Castle, Park and Gardens, supporting the Estate’s ambition to become one of the region’s leading tourist attractions.

The Raby Estate comprises substantial landholdings and trading operations across Estates in Co. Durham and Shropshire including High Force Hotel & Waterfall which is situated in the North Pennines AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the waterfall attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, being one of the most natural iconic visitor attractions in the North of England.


What we’ve got to offer

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing business and to benefit from the development potential Raby Estates has to offer. Involvement in the wider estate F&B business could be included for the right applicant.

  • Competitive salary
  • A motivating, encouraging environment to work
  • Workplace Pension
  • 33 days holiday
  • Uniform
  • Complimentary meals whilst on duty
  • Free car parking
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities to enable progression
  • Discounts at our retail and food outlets
  • Discounts to our holiday cottage and High Force Hotel
  • Free access into our visitor attractions at Raby Castle and High Force
  • Private, behind the scenes tour of Raby Castle
  • Raby Estate social events throughout the year
  • Accommodation on the Estate may be available if required

Raby Castle (c) Daniel Casson

How to apply

Raby Estates have major development plans across the whole estate in the coming years so it’s a really exciting time to come and work with us. If you would like to be part of our journey and you feel you have the necessary skills, experience and personality to undertake this role, we’d love to hear from you.



Raby is looking for a passionate and enthusiastic Head Chef, who will design menus and deliver food to the highest standard, ensuring outstanding customer service, and providing an unforgettable experience creating loyal, return visitors to High Force Hotel.

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