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The catering and hospitality sector in Derby

  • Head chef salary (August 2019) in Derby: £29,380.65 a year / £14.13 per hour
  • Sous chef salary (August 2019) in Derby: £24,644.80 a year / £11.85 per hour
  • Chef de partie salary (August 2019) in Derby: £21,731.29 a year / £10.45 per hour

The UK’s most central city, Derby is something of a hidden gem. Located on the doorstep of the Peak District, this friendly, cultural city not only represents great value for money but also has a host of things to do throughout the year: from festivals (Derby has been labelled ‘the city of festivals’) to museums and galleries. The city’s many luscious green parks ain’t half bad, either — Derby Arboretum was the first public park in England and the inspiration for New York City’s Central Park.

As you’d expect with a large city, Derby has a thriving food and drinks scene. Every cuisine under the sun can be sampled in the many restaurants, gastropubs and bistros across the city. Dubbed the home of real ale, the city is ideal for beer lovers and bartenders alike. And with one of the best cafe cultures in Britain, Derby is a natural home for budding baristas.

For catering and hospitality professionals, wages in Derby are some of the most competitive in the region. According to our latest data, a head chef can earn over £29,000 a year, which is more than in nearby Nottingham or Sheffield. Meanwhile, a sous chef can earn over £24,000 annually.

If you’re a chef looking to upskill, Derby also has you covered. Derby College provides hospitality and catering courses, while The University of Derby offers a bachelor's degree in Professional Culinary Management. Work for one of Blue Arrow’s catering employers? You may also have the opportunity to join a Blue Arrow Apprenticeship programme.

There’s never been a better time for hospitality and catering work in Derby. A range of jobs are available across the city from a permanent role in a high-end restaurant to matchday bar work at Pride Park, the home of Derby County Football Club. And with various events running throughout the yearly calendar, seasonal employment is readily available, too. Derby’s food and drink scene is certainly going places.

Cost of living in Derby

  • Average monthly rent in Derby: £400-£900
  • Monthly travel pass: £52 (all forms of public transport)
  • Meal for two in a mid-range restaurant: £40

When it comes to housing, few places offer better value for money than Derby. An average 1-bedroom apartment just outside of Derby city centre costs around £394.44 per month to rent, while a high-end 3-bedroom city centre apartment will set you back £716.67.

With its central location in Britain, Derby is also a fantastic hub for exploring the surrounding region and beyond. Trains frequently service most towns and cities in the North and Midlands. Meanwhile, an extensive bus network means it’s easy to get to most locations across the city without needing a car. Park & Ride services also operate from Monday to Saturday, except Bank Holidays. For more information on public transport in Derby, click here.

When moving to a new city, it’s important for anyone to get to grips with local grocery costs. Fortunately, supermarkets in Nottingham sell food and drink at the same prices you’d expect anywhere else in the country. It’s also easy to eat out without forking out. A meal for one at an inexpensive restaurant costs around £11.50 while a three-course meal for two in a mid-range eatery will set you back around £40.

Council tax in Derby depends on a number of factors, including the area you live and the value of the property you buy or rent. The cheapest tax band for residents is £1,139.92 while the priciest properties will set you back £3,419.78 a year.

Bars, kitchens and restaurants in Derby

In Derby, the cream of the culinary crop can be found clustered around the city centre’s Cathedral Quarter, particularly along the city’s main shopping and dining thoroughfare, Sadler Gate.

The Kitchen is a popular lunch spot serving the best wood-fired stone-baked pizza in town, effortlessly combining industrial chic with country rustic. Also situated on Sadler Gate are The Wonky Table, a cafe-bar-restaurant that serves fantastic food in a relaxed setting, and The Palfrey, a newly refurbished independent restaurant and wine bar with a relaxed, contemporary vibe.

Offering a stunning menu of locally sourced food fresh from the fields of the Derbyshire, The Cow is a traditional 19th-century pub in the quaint village of Dalbury. Since opening in 2003, the award-winning Anoki has been the gold standard for Indian cuisine in Derby. Located in Friars Gate, the restaurant chain Las Iguanas brings authentic Latin American food and cocktails to Derby’s residents. At Annie’s Burger Shack, New England-style burgers are the main attraction.

For a more casual bite to eat, Derby’s vibrant cafe culture will satisfy the pickiest of eaters. And for visitors to the city, it gives them a chance to sample some of the county’s best culinary inventions — from Derbyshire pudding, a lemon-infused variation on Bakewell pudding, to Fidgety Pie, a hearty, centuries-old dish made with potatoes, apple, sweet-cured gammon and onions. Popular Derby cafes among the hip crowd include The Bookcafe and the continental-style Grand Cafe Caruso.

Once the evening rolls around, Derby’s bar scene truly comes alive for hospitality workers and punters alike. There are thirty fantastic real ale pubs dotted throughout the city, with local favourites including The Exeter Arms (named Derby Pub of the Year for 2018), The Greyhound and The Brunswick Inn. For fans of more eclectic drinking spaces, Rowley’s Gin Bar & Wine Cellar, the Bavarian beer hall Stein Strasse and the All-American The Brooklyn Social dive bars demonstrate the variation on offer.

No matter whether you’re a chef de partie, bar manager, barista or catering assistant, Derby is a fantastic location for hospitality and catering work. Aside from restaurants, pubs and cafes, there are hundreds of kitchens across the city — in hotels, hospitals, schools and much more — actively looking for passionate people to up their hospitality game.

Find Blue Arrow in Derby

Click here for more information on our Derby branch:

Blue Arrow Derby
St Katherines House
St Mary's Wharf
Mansfield Road
Derby  DE1 3TQ

Tel: 01332 405 100


Branch Opening Times
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm

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