Job Title:                    Kitchen Porter  

Responsible to:         Sous Chef, Estate Chef, Food and Beverage Operations Manager

Liaising with:             Head of Leisure and Tourism, Events Manager, Leisure and Tourism Team

Department:              Leisure and Tourism

Location:                    Raby Castle

Hours:                        No less than 30 per week, including regular weekends and occasional evenings

Experience:                Experience of working as a Kitchen Porter in a Commercial environment

Rate of Pay:               Competitive (Above NMW)

Job Ref:                     VA150-2024


Job Details

Raby Estates are about to launch the most beautiful dining destination, set in a stunning new glasshouse, surrounded by acres of parkland. The Vinery and accompanying event spaces, part of The Rising development, will deliver a unique experience for diners visiting the historic setting of Raby Castle, Park, and Gardens.

We are looking for the most brilliant person who can become part of the team assisting the Vinery team creating the memorable experience.

It is important that as a kitchen porter you are good a communicator, as working well as a team is vital in a busy kitchen environment. operating as part of a team, you will be likely to work alongside chefs, waitresses, and Food and Beverage managers.

This awe-inspiring family run estate is vast and thriving with opportunities. With a diverse range of departments including, tourism, farming, buildings, forestry, land management and sporting no two days are ever the same!

If this sounds like your dream job, read on to discover the skills and experience required for this extraordinary role.


Job Description:

The Vinery café restaurant is at the centre of this exceptional new development called The Rising. This new tourism destination seeks to exceed all expectations and to deliver a visitor experience which is unrivalled.

The successful applicant will become part of the Vinery Team, delighting hundreds of visitors to Raby Castle Park and Gardens every day.

As a Kitchen Porter, you will use your skills to maintain a high standard of customer care and cleanliness. The role of kitchen porter is to wash dishes, cutlery, glass wear and kitchen equipment as well as sanitizing food preparation areas and keeping the floors clean. You may also be asked to occasionally help prepare food in the kitchen for the culinary Team.

This role has the benefit of primarily daytime hours however weekends and school holidays are essential dates and applicants must be happy to work these on a regular basis.


Kitchen Porter Responsibilities:

  • Ensure all kitchens are kept clean and tidy according to current Health & Hygiene regulations. ·
  • Ensure correct handling of chemicals and equipment as per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Ensure all operating equipment, crockery, cutlery & glassware is hygienically cleaned and safely stored. ·
  • Follow the regular cleaning rosters and standard methods for deep cleaning of floors, walls, coolers, oven’s & operating equipment. ·
  • To contribute to cost control through energy conservation and the careful use of water, cleaning materials and other appliances ·
  • Ensure garbage is collected and disposed of correctly from all kitchen areas each shift.
  • Being an enthusiastic team player
  • Complying with Food Handling & Hygiene standards
  • Complying with Health & Safety regulations


Skills Requirements:

  • Full UK Driving Licence
  • Be adaptable and easily embrace changing priorities.
  • Be a brilliant communicator and easily build relationships.
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure and follow instruction.
  • Ability to work alone with minimal instruction, be self-led and take initiative along with working as part of a larger team.
  • Demonstrate exceptional timekeeping and reliability.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of kitchen team, demonstrating good communication skills and collaborative spirit.
  • Willingness to adapt to different tasks and schedules, responsive to changing needs in the kitchen environment.
  • A kind and caring attitude towards your colleagues and customers.
  • Good level of physical fitness – not just because you’re on your feet all day, but also for unloading deliveries


What we have to offer

It’s people that make a place, without people, a place is simply an empty shell. At Raby this is certainly true, it’s our people that make Raby special.

We strive to offer our employees an excellent working environment and the tools to perform, enabling them to achieve their goals and be the best they can be.

As well as some of the most iconic locations to work we offer:

  • Competitive wage, depending on experience and age. (Above NMW)
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Free Car Parking
  • Continuous improvement through staff training and staff development programs
  • Discounts at our retail and food outlets
  • Discounts to our Shropshire holiday cottage and High Force Hotel
  • Free access into our leisure attractions at Raby Castle and High Force
  • Behind the scenes tour of Raby Castle
  • Raby Estate social events throughout the year


How to apply

If you feel you have the necessary skills, experience, and personality to undertake this role, please apply below.



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