Temporary Restaurant Manager (Maternity Cover)

RH12 3LN, Horsham
Based on experience
16 Jun 2017
14 Jul 2017
Job Function
Restaurant Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

Temporary Restaurant Manager (Maternity Cover)

Stooks Restaurant, Newbridge Nursery, West Sussex

40 Hours per week, Full Time/Temporary Position

A unique opportunity has arisen at our Stooks Restaurant for a temporary Restaurant Manager to provide maternity cover for between 6 and 9 months starting in July or August.


Our fabulous Stooks Restaurant is nestled inside our stunning Newbridge Nursery garden centre at Broadbridge Heath, Horsham.

Here at Stooks we pride ourselves on the fabulous range of hot and cold dishes we serve which are all created by our team of highly skilled chefs.   Our customers enjoy an inspirational menu of fun and exciting food, packed full of flavour from fresh local, seasonal, and often organic produce.  With a seating capacity of between 150 and 200 and an annual turnover of over £750k, Stooks has firmly established itself as a leading destination restaurant in its own right.


You will be responsible for managing a team of 28 including 16 front of house, 7 chefs, 3 Kitchen Porters, and 1 Kitchen Assistant.  You would be responsible for ensuring that the day to day running of the restaurant is smooth and efficient and that our customers always enjoy exceptional standards of service and food quality.  From day one you will be given a high level of autonomy to manage this business and you will have a significant influence on its overall performance through driving sales and customer loyalty.  


To be the successful candidate you will:

  • Have experience of working in a large restaurant at a senior level and has a track record in delivering high quality food and exceptional customer service
  • An excellent understanding of our AB1 customer base and how to maximise their satisfaction through our product range and service standards.
  • Be used to working with a high level of autonomy and accountability with an ability to make sound business decisions
  • Be focussed on driving growth in margins, revenues and profit whilst minimising costs and wastage
  • Have strong leadership and people management skills, gained from within a similar restaurant environment
  • Have an understanding of how to promote and develop the business
  • Have an excellent understanding of a large restaurant operation (both in kitchens and front of house) with an ability to identify and implement any necessary improvements in service delivery
  • Have an awareness of the relevant health and safety regulations relating to kitchens, equipment, food preparation and service


    Blue Diamond Group is one of the UK’s largest Garden Centre Groups, with 19 centres throughout the UK and in the Channel Islands and we are continuously growing.  Our centres are widely regarded as some of the best in the country and we have won many retail and restaurant awards.  

    We hold a profitable, prominent position within the garden centre industry priding ourselves on our inspirational approach to retailing which gives us a creative point of difference in the market.  Our centres and restaurants offer style and innovation in an aspirational environment which encourages loyalty and satisfaction from our customers.