Chefs - Brockhole - various levels

Good rates of pay + benefits

Permanent and seasonal contracts available

No split or late night shifts

Free staff parking  

Paid holidays


  • Average hours up to 45 hours per week during busy periods 
  • weekend and some evening work required
  • Busiest periods during school holidays

Opening Hours:

  • Summer 9.30am to approx 7.00pm
  • The Gaddum summer Thursday - Saturday until 8.30pm
  • Some evening events, weddings and private parties

Brockhole on Windermere is home to a number of popular and busy cafés and a beautiful new restaurant, and we are looking for skilled, ambitious and enthusiastic chefs, of various levels and experience to join our team, either in a permanent position, or for the spring and summer season. Immediate starts available for the right people.

The Gaddum Restaurant opened its doors in April 2018 and has quickly established itself as one of the most beautiful settings for lunch and afternoon teas in the Lake District. Our reputation for fantastic food and spectacular Afternoon Teas has more than matched the setting. The Gaddum caters for visitors looking for a more relaxed and refined offer and has a growing regular clientele as well as many new guests.

The Gaddum is sited in Brockhole House, a great Arts and Crafts house set in 30 acres of stunning Thomas Mawson designed listed gardens on the shores of Lake Windermere. The house and site are also home to multiple cafés, a shop, an art gallery, meeting rooms and many visitor attraction activities.

The main Brockhole café is very busy and popular with families, looking for great food prepared with skill, and served quickly so they can get back out into the grounds and activities. Fresh, fast, fantastic food, served well is what the café aims to deliver consistently and daily. We need chefs who can calmly manage high demand over a short period of time, without compromising on quality.

Brockhole has 2 other café outlets serving grab and go hot and cold food, and we are looking to develop a great BBQ and street food offer during the busy holiday periods. We are also host to a number of events/festivals which give great opportunities for exploring catering for big and busy audiences.

With the Lake District now a designated World Heritage Site, this is a great opportunity to make a significant contribution to the main visitor centre for the Lake District, currently visited by over 300,000 people per year.

Reporting to the Head Chef, the Chef team will be responsible for preparing, creating and delivering for both the cafés and The Gaddum. Your working week, if full time, will normally be 5 days over 7 which may include either a Saturday or Sunday or both, but extra days may be required during busy periods. Our busiest times will be during school holidays.  Part time hours could either be a few days a week, early morning prep or lunch time cover.

In return we can offer you a competitive salary or hourly rate, and a generous benefits package which will be discussed on application. For the majority of the year you will not need to work late into the evenings (a luxury for a chef) and we are closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, so there are many home/work balance benefits.

For further details about Brockhole and The Gaddum please visit and

Employee benefits for all staff

Equality of opportunity

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applicants from all sectors of society. If you are an applicant with disabilities who meets the essential requirements of the job, we will interview you.

Next steps

If you wish to have an informal discussion and to find out more about the roles available, please contact Sam Mason, General Manager on telephone number 07702 656645.

To apply for a chef position at Brockhole, please email your up to date CV and a covering letter (max 1000 words) stating what role, and hours/contract type you are looking for, how your experience and skills would benefit our team, and tell us why you want the post and why you want to work at Brockhole, and email to: