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The catering and hospitality sector in Peterborough

  • Head chef salary (October 2019) in Peterborough: £27,889 a year / £13.41 per hour
  • Sous chef salary (October 2019) in Peterborough: £26,285.71 a year / £12.64 per hour
  • Chef de partie salary (October 2019) in Peterborough: £23,400 a year / £11.65 per hour

Roughly equidistant between Birmingham and Norwich and between London and Hull, Peterborough is an ancient medieval city with a rich heritage and a prosperous future. From the 900-year-old Peterborough Cathedral, one of the UK’s best-preserved Norman churches, to modern city-centre redevelopments, this city on the River Nene effortlessly blends the old and new.

With a population of just under 200,000, this young, cosmopolitan metropolis is growing rapidly. In recent years, a focus on investment, growth, connectivity and opportunity has bolstered Peterborough’s reputation as the city of choice for major global businesses and innovative start-ups.

A thriving food and drink scene has also emerged, with eateries ranging from tasty Indian street food stalls at City Market to rustic rural inns in the surrounding villages. Combined with an above-average employment rate, this makes Peterborough a great place for catering and hospitality professionals to further their career goals.

For a spot of culture, the Cresset Theatre regularly hosts some of the biggest names in British showbiz, as does the equally revered Key Theatre. History buffs will love Peterborough Cathedral and Peterborough Museum, as well as rural attractions such as Burghley House, John Clare Cottage and the Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre with its historic watermill. Meanwhile, football fans can get stuck into some matchday action down at London Road, home of Peterborough United FC (nicknamed “The Posh”).

If that’s not all, a number of festivals and events are held in the city throughout the year. Cathedral Square hosts established events like the Italian Festival, Diwali Festival and the Heritage Festival. In August, the River Nene Embankment hosts the Peterborough Beer Festival the largest of its kind in Europe, it showcases more than 400 beers from 120 UK breweries as well as a carefully chosen selection of ciders, wines and gins.

According to the latest Blue Arrow data, catering and hospitality wages in Peterborough are well above the national average. A permanent head chef can expect to earn up to £28,000 a year, while a part-time chef de partie takes home around £11.65 an hour. For chefs looking to expand their culinary repertoire in and around Peterborough, opportunities such as the Hospitality and Catering courses at Peterborough Regional College can help you upskill. If you find work with a Blue Arrow employer, you may also be able to enrol in a Blue Arrow Apprenticeship programme.

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Cost of living in Peterborough

  • Average monthly rent in Peterborough: £500-£1,500
  • Monthly travel pass: £49 (all forms of public transport)
  • Meal for two in a mid-range restaurant: £45

One of the major draws to Peterborough is that it’s an extremely affordable place to live. An average 1-bedroom apartment in more affordable neighbourhoods of Peterborough costs £412.50 per month to rent, while a 1-bedroom apartment in the city centre costs £566.88. For a 3-bedroom house in the suburbs, you’ll have to pay £697. In the city centre, a 3-bed apartment costs £731.25.

If that’s not enough, Peterborough can also lay claim to superb transport connections. Direct rail links to London St Pancras and the North of England via the East Coast Main Line have turned it into a commuter town for larger cities, as well as a great base for exploring the rest of England. The capital can be accessed in 45 minutes, while Leeds is less than two hours away. East Anglia, the Midlands and Stansted Airport are also a relatively short train ride away. By car, the north-south A1 road passes right by the city.

Across the Peterborough area itself, public transport is cheap and efficient. The local bus network connects all parts of the city with the suburbs and surrounding towns and villages, with a one-way bus ticket costing £2.70.

In Peterborough supermarkets, food and drink cost the same as anywhere else in the country. Eating out represents excellent value for money, too. A meal for one at an inexpensive restaurant costs around £13 while a three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant will set you back around £45.

The amount you pay for council tax in Peterborough depends on the area you live in and the value of the property you buy or rent. More information on council tax bands can be found here.

Bars, kitchens and restaurants in Peterborough

Peterborough’s multicultural population makes it a natural home for an eclectic food and drink culture. Whether it’s a spicy Mexican, sizzling Caribbean or a hearty English roast, you can be sure to find something to suit your taste.

The fine-dining restaurant Prévost Peterborough’s motto is “flavour without boundaries”, and with Michelin recognition, rave reviews, reasonable prices and nine-course tasting menus set in a 16th-century mews, it’s hard to argue with that statement. Southeast Asian food on a Dutch barge? It’s now a thing thanks to the popular Thai restaurant, East. Indian dining in an 18th-century Georgian building? The Banyan Tree has you covered. Fancy a spot of rural fine dining in a 400-year-old cottage? The Cherry House at Werrington will see to your needs.

At Mattoni Restaurant, stone-baked pizzas and freshly prepared food are the order of the day at this stylish Italian trattoria. A culinary hop across the Mediterranean can be experienced at Salamis Greek Taverna, a welcoming Hellenistic dining spot that combines friendly service with delicious food. Lincoln Road’s Tavan serves up an expert fusion of Moroccan and Turkish cuisine, with dishes ranging from vegan-friendly delights to meaty treats.

As for gastropubs, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The Fox at Folksworth, Dog in a Doublet and The Fitzwilliam Arms are local favourites, but there’s plenty more to explore in the area. Also worth consideration is The Brewery Tap, an award-winning microbrewery that serves local ales and authentic Thai food, as are classic real ale pubs such as Palmerston Arms and Charters Bar.

Meanwhile, the baristas and cafe chefs among you will be happy to know that Peterborough’s coffee culture is alive and kicking. Of the many cafes across town, Bewiched Coffee and Nata Lisboa are arguably the cream of the crop.

In addition to the many independent businesses across town, Peterborough is home to various national and international food and drink chains, most of which are dotted around the city centre. Popular employers include Bill’s, Handmade Burger Co., Côte Brasserie, Prezzo, O’Neill’s, Wagamama, Pret A Manger, and Nando’s.

With such a wide range of options, Peterborough represents a great place to further your hospitality and catering ambitions. Outside of the dining scene, there are hundreds of kitchens across the city in locations as varied hotels, hospitals, care homes, schools and colleges — many of which are actively looking for talented people to improve their service.

If you enjoy working in a close-knit team and have a clear passion for food and drink, take the next step toward your new career and search for catering and hospitality jobs in Peterborough today.

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Where to find Blue Arrow in Peterborough

Blue Arrow Peterborough
1st Floor,
2 The Broadway

Tel: 01733 342 766

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Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 5:30pm

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