Kitchen Assistant Leckford Abbas (P/T)

Job Type Customer Service
Location Stockbridge - Leckford Estate
Partnership Level 10
Closing Date 21/09/2021
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £18,200.00 - £21,800.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 14 hours per week - 4 evenings 18.00 - 21.30, some weekend work


If you are looking for a hotel with something different and some history to work in, then Leckford Abbas, our Place in the Hampshire Countryside could be the place for you. The Abbas is not only a hotel set in breathtaking countryside within the Leckford Estate, and one of the Partnership owned hotels across the country which are run by Partners for Partners, it used to be the home of our Founder John Spedan Lewis.

Visitors to the Abbas can stay in Spedans old bedroom or sit out and enjoy the same views he saw when he was drawing up his plans for the Partnership, setting it up to be one of the longest running British companies.

What you can expect in this role?

Working in the hotel, you’ll be surrounded by a team of passionate and dedicated hospitality Partners to give our guests the best experience whether they are with us for the day or a longer stay. What is different about our guests though, is that they are Partners, their friends and family.  As co-owners in the business, you’ll see this difference in the way your teammates and you approach your job and carry out your responsibilities. 

You’ll be working closely with all of the kitchen brigade, being responsible for maintaining standards in the kitchen in food safety as well as cleanliness, stock rotation and efficient handling of deliveries.

The role also allows you hands-on experience in food preparation and handling, assisting the chefs with basic food preparation as well as making sandwiches for the guests and you will also receive ongoing training with progression opportunities if you want them.

What can we offer you?

Working at the Abbas, you will get to work in a beautiful location with some of the best views and countryside that Hampshire has to offer. Whilst working you will receive free meals on duty in addition to the great benefits that our Partners receive such as paid holiday, discount in our Waitrose & John Lewis shops and many other benefits designed to allow our Partners a great work / life balance.

You will also be working with experienced and talented members of our kitchen brigade who can share their skills and knowledge with you, allowing you a great start into a hospitality career or opening up another avenue or skill set for you in an established career.

We will also provide you training to help you obtain the skills and qualifications to work in a food hospitality environment, if you do not already have these.

What do you need?

Hospitality is an ever changing environment with a real focus on great customer service and providing an experience for our guests. This is achieved through each Partner being motivated, creative and great teamwork.

In order to do well in this role you will need:

  • Good communication skills.

  • Great customer service skills

  • Proactive and flexible

  • Food Safety Level 2 (will be trained within 3 months).

Desired but not essential skills and experience:

  • Previous commercial kitchen experience including basic preparation of food items

Additional Information:

We have a number of different ways to work flexibly so at your interview feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, it may open the door to not only a new role but a new way of working.

Please review the advertised working hours and contract length to be certain that you can commit to these or we may not be able to progress your application.

Please consider the following when making your application:

  • We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply early.
  • Print off the job description now if you require it.
  • Ensure you have an up-to-date CV.

Duties and Responsibilities

The role of kitchen assistant will see you work in all areas of the kitchen including kitchen porter, basic food preparation and adhering to cleaning schedules.

We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership click here -


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