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The catering and hospitality sector in Newcastle-under-Lyme

  • Head chef salary (September 2019) in Newcastle-under-Lyme: £29,000 a year / £14.25 per hour
  • Sous chef salary (September 2019) in Newcastle-under-Lyme: £24,800 a year / £11.96 per hour
  • Chef de partie salary (September 2019) in Newcastle-under-Lyme: £22,000 a year / £10.33 per hour

The Staffordshire market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme may not be the most obvious choice for catering and hospitality professionals looking to relocate to pastures new. However, a community feel, charming surrounding countryside and a host of entertainment and dining pursuits make it a great place to live.

Home to 75,000 residents, the town is part of the Potteries Urban Area that encompasses the city of Stoke-on-Trent, the Staffordshire Moorlands and Kidsgrove. Intriguingly, Newcastle-under-Lyme actually takes its name from the new castle erected around 1145 by Ranulf de Gernon, 4th Earl of Chester, in the proximity of the Lyme Forest.

There are four markets in Newcastle-under-Lyme: a general market (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) the antique market (every Tuesday), the flea market (every Thursday), and the farmers’ market (held on the third Friday of the month). Whether you’re after an artisanal Staffordshire oatcake or some handy knick-knacks, the town’s markets will please even the pickiest visitor.

Keele University is located about 3 miles (5km) west of Newcastle-under-Lyme, meaning there’s a vibrant student presence in and around town. The town is also home to the New Vic Theatre, which became the first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round in Europe when it opened its doors in 1983. And with a range of restaurants, pubs and eateries across town, there’s also plenty to explore in Newcastle’s small but eclectic food and drink scene.

According to the most recent Blue Arrow data, the average head chef in Newcastle-under-Lyme can expect to take home up to £30,000 a year, while a sous chef earns around £24,800.

For catering and hospitality professionals looking to up their game, the Potteries has many opportunities for training and development. If you find work with a Blue Arrow employer, you can also upskill with one of our Blue Arrow Apprenticeships.

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Cost of living in Newcastle-under-Lyme

  • Average monthly rent in Newcastle-under-Lyme: £550-£1,200
  • Monthly travel pass: £64 (all forms of public transport)
  • Meal for two in a mid-range restaurant: £40

One of the main draws of Newcastle-under-Lyme is its cheap rent. An average 1-bedroom apartment outside of the town centre costs only £347 per month, while a 3-bedroom town centre apartment costs around £595. A whole spectrum of properties are available, from semi-detached houses in the suburbs to new-build apartments in the thick of the action.

Newcastle-under-Lyme is a decent base for commuting to other towns, with easy access to the M6 and the rest of the Potteries. Getting around the town itself is also relatively easy. There are several taxi ranks on Merrial Street, Hassell Street and High Street, as well as a bus station and car parks in and around the town. Unfortunately, the town’s railway station closed in 1964, meaning the nearest rail connection is a 15-minute drive away in Stoke-on-Trent.

Supermarkets in Newcastle-under-Lyme sell food and drink at the same prices you’d expect anywhere else in the country. Dining out at a restaurant is also great value for money. A meal for one at an inexpensive restaurant costs around £12.50, while a three-course meal for two people in a mid-range restaurant will set you back around £45.

The amount you’ll pay for council tax in Newcastle-under-Lyme depends on a number of variables, including the parish and value of the property. The cheapest council tax band is £1156.44, while the most expensive costs £3590.98.

Bars, kitchens and restaurants in Newcastle-under-Lyme

From atmospheric pubs serving real ale and traditional British fare to classy fine-dining restaurants, Newcastle-under-Lyme’s food and drink scene has something to suit all tastes.

Marloes Restaurant is an intimate dining spot with red-brick frontage and a large arched window that serves bistro dishes. The Ironmarket’s Cappello Lounge is a popular go-to for casual dining in a welcoming space. Amore Italian Restaurant is the brainchild of the experienced Calabrian chef Francesco Alfano, who brings the best in southern Italian cuisine to the people of Staffordshire. At the award-winning Peaches, diners can enjoy top-notch Cantonese fare in a cosy, relaxed setting.

Fans of Thai food flock to Art of Siam for its freshly cooked, authentic food, while Pasta di Piazza is considered one of the best Italian restaurants in Staffordshire. For meat lovers, the White-based grill Blockhouse at The Sheet Anchor is definitely worth a visit. Pubs also abound, with Bridge Street Ale House, Waggon & Horses, The Cotton Mill and The Lymestone Vaults proving popular among locals. And for something a little more laid-back, the town centre’s countless cafes provide both permanent and temporary work.

Catering and hospitality work can also be found in the town’s primary schools, secondary schools and special schools, as well as in its hotels and care homes. The University Hospital of North Staffordshire is one of the largest employers in the area, particularly for catering staff.

Whether you’re a head chef or a catering assistant, Newcastle-under-Lyme is a great place to further your career ambitions.

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Where to find Blue Arrow in Newcastle-under-Lyme

Blue Arrow Newcastle Under Lyme
15-17 York Place
Newcastle Under Lyme

Tel: 01782 714 728

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

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