Restaurants recruiting

Crockers, Tring

The hospitality industry has been hard hit by Covid-19, but it’s not all bad news. In fact, with staycations booming, places from Cornwall to the Cotswolds are calling out for staff.

Chef and restaurateur Rick Stein needs hospitality workers to move to Cornwall and join his family’s restaurant group where there are currently 35 vacancies for chefs, waiting staff, housekeepers, kitchen porters and reception staff.

‘If you have found yourself out of work due to the pandemic, I urge you to consider coming to Cornwall,’ says Rick. ‘It’s thriving and with travel bans still in place there is great hope that the "staycation" will extend through to early winter and bring some much-needed revenue to the locality.’

Rick’s son Jack is chef director for the group and says the Cornish tourism industry quickly went from ‘0 to 100mph’ once the ban on overnight stays was lifted. Bookings are also looking very strong for the coming months.

‘We’re seeing unprecedented demand,’ says Jack. ‘We’ve been very fortunate. I’m sure Central London is very different – it seems most of it is down here at the moment, which is great for us.’

Other restaurants making the most of beauty spots include wild food specialist Native, which is moving from London’s Borough Market to Osea Island off the coast of Essex from 22 October. It has recently recruited 12 extra members of staff for the restaurant and a new bakery opening in Blackheath.

Meanwhile, Crockers Henley, sister to the original Crockers in Tring, is a new restaurant with rooms in the Oxfordshire tourist town that is looking to employ another 15 to 20 hospitality staff. It was due to open on 20 April but delayed until 4 July. ‘Guests want to come out and enjoy themselves. They want a break from the grind and isolation of it all,’ says Ian Churchill, operations director. 

The Cotswolds is also proving popular. ‘We are the busiest we have ever been which took us by surprise after lockdown,’ says Georgie Pearman, co-founder of Country Creatures, which has an inn and a pub, The Swan in Ascott Under Wychwood and The Chequers in Churchill. 

They are recruiting too. ‘Our rooms are extremely busy with full occupancy now until the end of October so the downturn in tourist numbers hasn’t really affected us - it’s all staycationers.’