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Job Opportunities

The following positions are currently available:

Restaurant Supervisor

Full-Time, Permanent

We are currently looking for an experienced Supervisor to assist with the daily management of our thriving 360-cover Garden Restaurant located within Gates Garden Centre.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a Supervisory position in a restaurant or hospitality role. Must have a flexible approach to their working hours as we are a seasonal business (no late night or split shifts required) and must be hands on to lead a large team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsibility for the efficient management of The Garden Restaurant, including kitchen and front of house teams in the manager’s absence.
  • Manage, motivate and help develop a team of over 65 staff to deliver a high standard of food preparation, service and customer care.
  • Deliver an outstanding service to customers at all times.
  • Be responsible for ordering and stock control
  • Implement and maintain the statutory and company standards of hygiene, health and safety and take any action as necessary.
  • Assist to manage staffing including rotas, holidays and absences, ensuring adequate cover at all times.
  • Train new staff.

About You:

  • Extensive hands-on front and back of house experience in a high quality busy restaurant/catering environment.
  • Experience in a high volume operation
  • Staff management and training experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills to co-ordinate the kitchen and front of house teams.
  • Fully conversant with food hygiene regulations, relevant Health and Safety legislation and have appropriate qualifications.
  • A keen eye for cost-control, budgeting, profitability and efficiency.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills.
  • Previous experience as a chef is not necessary, but you must have a passion for food.

About the Business:

  • One of the largest independent destination garden centres in the UK – established for 70 years.
  • A busy and successful 360-cover restaurant with separate 90-cover veranda.
  • Additional seasonal on-site pop-up facilities.
  • Excellent reputation for quality and exceptional service.
  • Beautiful rural setting just 6 miles from the popular tourist destination Rutland Water; 4 miles from Oakham and 8 miles from Melton Mowbray.
  • An independent, family run business, where you can make a real difference.


  • Full Time, 45 hours per week, 5 days out of 7.
  • As the restaurant is open only during Garden Centre hours, there is no requirement to work evenings or split shifts.
  • Due to the nature of the business, the successful candidate will need to have a flexible approach to working hours, especially weekends and Bank Holidays, as these are our busiest times.

Salary: Salary package commensurate with experience. Rob Pell, Catering Manager

Benefits: Pension, staff discount, subsidised meals, free parking.

For more information please contact:
Rob Pell, Catering Manager
Phone: 01664 454309

To apply please complete the Employment Application Form below.

Warehouse and Delivery Assistant 

Full-Time, Permanent

We are currently looking for a full-time Warehouse and Delivery Assistant to join the growing Gates team. The role is primarily warehouse based, but also includes helping out with deliveries in response to seasonal demand. You will work five days a week, including one alternating weekend day.

The Role involves:

  • Warehouse inventory
  • Picking items with a high degree of accuracy
  • Loading and unloading of deliveries safely
  • A physical approach to handling items
  • Maintaining good housekeeping standards in the warehouse
  • Working as part of successful team

The ideal candidate: 

  • Warehouse experience is preferable, but not essential if the candidate has a willing attitude and a can-do approach
  • Forklift experience
  • Attention to detail and takes pride in their work
  • Flexible approach to working
  • Great customer service skills
  • A positive approach to working both independently and as part of a team
  • Clean UK driving licence
  • Smart personal appearance

For more information please contact:
Karl Woodcock, Warehouse Manager
Phone: 01664454309

To apply please complete the Employment Application Form below. 


For more information regarding positions currently available at Gates Garden Centre,
please call in and ask at the tills or telephone us on 01664 454309.

To apply for any available position, please print and complete the Employment Application Form.

Once completed please post to:


Somerby Road, Cold Overton, Oakham, Leicestershire LE15 7QB

Gates Garden Centre, Somerby Road, Cold Overton, Oakham, Leicestershire LE15 7QB