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The catering and hospitality sector in Eastbourne

  • Head chef salary (September 2019) in Eastbourne: £33,620.51 a year / £16.16 per hour
  • Sous chef salary (September 2019) in Eastbourne: £28,533.46 a year / £13.72 per hour
  • Chef de partie salary (September 2019) in Eastbourne: £22,007.23 a year / £10.58 per hour

19 miles east of Brighton and nearby to the imposing Beachy Head — Britain’s highest chalk cliff face — the charming south-coast seaside resort town of Eastbourne is one of Britain’s most popular tourist locations.

And for good reason. According to the Met Office, Eastbourne is the UK’s sunniest place, while Sovereign Harbour is Europe’s largest man-made marina. If that’s not enough, it’s also regularly listed as one of the UK’s happiest towns. With golden sunshine, blue sea, undulating countryside, decorative Victorian hotels, a picturesque pier, and a colourful art scene, Eastbourne continues to attract droves of people to the sunny south coast.

The picture-postcard backdrop to Eastbourne is evident in the town’s number of on-screen cameos. On the silver screen, Eastbourne has featured in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; James Bond film, The Living Daylights; Pearl Harbour; Harry Potter: The Goblet of Fire; Made in Dagenham; and Brighton Rock. On TV, this stretch of coast has been showcased on Poirot, Little Britain, Foyle’s War, Miss Marple, Top Gear, and That Mitchell and Webb Look.

Such is the allure of Eastbourne that the town attracts 4.9 million visitors each year, who spend a combined £287 million. 13% of this total spend comes from overseas visitors, showing the town’s cosmopolitan pull. Altogether, tourism is worth a whopping £388 million to the local economy and supports over 8,000 jobs — including a large number of catering and hospitality roles.

Surprisingly, Eastbourne is a fairly young town. The average age here is 43 years old, and one in three of its 107,000 residents are under 30. For the millennials and Generations Zers among you, you’ll feel right at home. And with millions currently being invested into town centre redevelopment, shopping, infrastructure, sports and Eastbourne College, there’s never been a better time to move to the town and grow your catering or hospitality career.

Eastbourne also offers some of the most competitive salaries on the south coast. According to the latest Blue Arrow data, a head chef can earn over £33,000 annually, while a part-time sous chef can earn around £14 per hour.

For chefs of all levels looking to upskill, Eastbourne and the broader East Sussex region is home to a number of training opportunities. East Sussex College, for example, offers a number of part-time adult courses at its Eastbourne campus. Alternatively, if you find work with a Blue Arrow employer, you may be able to join a Blue Arrow Apprenticeship programmes.

Hospitality and Catering Jobs in Eastbourne

Cost of living in Eastbourne

  • Average monthly rent in Eastbourne: £400-£900
  • Monthly travel pass: £48 (all forms of public transport)
  • Meal for two in a mid-range restaurant: £46.50

Despite offering a seafront lifestyle under the south coast sun, housing in Eastbourne is relatively affordable. An average 1-bedroom apartment in Eastbourne town centre costs £537.80 per month to rent, while renting a 3-bedroom house away from the town centre costs around £750 per month. Competitive wages in Eastbourne also means you’ll have enough to shelve out on new whites or the latest set of knives.

By road, Eastbourne is connected to London by the A22 and to Brighton and Hastings by the A27. For those without a car,  the town has a local bus network that makes it fairly easy to get from A to B. Buses are operated by Stagecoach, which provides services around the town and to nearby destinations such as Polegate and East Grinstead. A single fare within town costs £2.90.

Eastbourne’s railway station, dating back to 1886, is based in the town centre and served by Southern. There are regular services to London Victoria (1 hour 36 minutes), Gatwick Airport (59 minutes) and Ashford International (1 hour 17 minutes) and a commuter service to Brighton (37 minutes).

Food and drink in Eastbourne supermarkets cost the same as anywhere else in the country. As for eating out, a meal for one at an inexpensive eatery costs around £15, while a decent three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant usually costs around £46.50.

Council tax in Eastbourne 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 £1,266.53 while the most expensive tax band will set you back £3,799.58 a year.

Bars, kitchens and restaurants in Eastbourne

With so many hungry tourists to please, the many restaurants, pubs and cafes in Eastbourne consistently need to bring their A-game to the table. But with a flock of talented catering and hospitality professionals working in the town, Eastbourne’s food and drink scene continues to go from strength to strength.

On the corner of the Grand Parade, Harry Ramsden’s is a world-famous fish-and-chip restaurant and takeaway that’s often the first port of call for food-loving newcomers to the town. The Boathouse is located in the luscious Heart of Princes Park and is the perfect spot for brunch in the sun. Sitting along the Beachy Head walking route to Seaford, The Tiger Inn is popular with families, ramblers and tourists who enjoy traditional pub grub in a cosy atmosphere.

The Green Almond is a family-run vegetarian bistro that serves up a delicious buffet lunch. Pomodoro e Mozzarella is — yes, you’ve guessed it — a rustic Italian trattoria with a fantastic selection of pizzas and pasta. Slap bang in the middle of town is Meze, which offers some of the best Turkish fare on the south coast in the form of mouthwatering small plates. And as far as seafront casual dining goes, few places can quite match the stunning views of The Beach Deck.

Eastbourne also contains a decent number of restaurant chains — Prezzo, Zizzi’s, Bill’s, Pizza Express are just some of the household names that have a presence in the town. There are also plenty of cafes, tea rooms and bakeries for those who prefer working in a more relaxed daytime setting.

As a seaside resort town, there are plenty of catering opportunities in the dozens of hotels that dot the seafront. These range from luxury five-star accommodation like The Grand Hotel (headed up by executive chef Hrvoje Loncarevic) to humble establishments with a small kitchen team.

There’s much more to Eastbourne’s catering and hospitality sector than just pubs, restaurants and hotels, with a wide range of job opportunities in the town’s primary and secondary schools, colleges, care homes and hospitals.

No matter whether you’re an experienced head chef, catering assistant, wine sommelier or part-time barista, Eastbourne is a fantastic place to expand your repertoire.

Find Blue Arrow in Eastbourne

Click the link below for more information on our Eastbourne branch

Blue Arrow Eastbourne
Suite 10, The Old Printworks
BN21 3UH

Tel: 01323 430 055

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

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