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Chef Jobs Newbury

The catering and hospitality sector in Newbury


  • Head chef salary (August 2019) in Newbury: £36,500 a year / £17.55 per hour
  • Sous chef salary (August 2019) in Newbury: £27,750 a year / £13.36 per hour
  • Chef de partie salary (August 2019) in Newbury: £21,100 a year / £12 per hour
A quaint market town situated in the heart of Berkshire, Newbury is a prime destination for hospitality and catering professionals looking for somewhere with a relaxed pace of life. 

Lying on the edge of the Berkshire Downs (part of the North Wessex Downs), this settlement of 70,000 people combines small-town charm with rural escapism. There’s plenty of history to get stuck into, too, with the medieval Donnington Castle looming over the town. For those escaping the big city, few places offer such a sweet deal.

Newbury is much more than a picturesque backwater, however. The town is only 26 miles south of Oxford, 25 miles north of Winchester, 27 miles east of Swindon and 20 miles west of Reading, meaning it’s truly at the heart of southern England. 

Businesses have taken note. Telecoms giant Vodafone UK have their headquarters here, as do the software company Micro Focus International. And for fans of high-brow, thoroughbred entertainment, Newbury Racecourse acts a major draw to the town.

But what’s in it for catering and hospitality professionals? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that Newbury has a variety of jobs available all year round — from a commis chef in a high-end eatery to a catering assistant in a nursing home. Various events throughout the year (particularly at the Racecourse) also ensure that seasonal employment opportunities are rarely in short supply. 

If that’s not all, salaries are among the most competitive in the region. According to the latest Blue Arrow data, a head chef can earn over £36,000 annually. Meanwhile, a chef de partie can earn over £23,000 a year.

Finally, for chefs looking to expand their culinary repertoire, if you find work with one of Blue Arrow’s catering employers, you can join one of Blue Arrow’s Apprenticeship programmes.

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