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The catering and hospitality sector in St Albans

  • Head chef salary (August 2019) in St Albans: £29,750 a year / £14.30 per hour
  • Sous chef salary (August 2019) in St Albans: £26,500.80 a year / £12.56 per hour
  • Chef de partie salary (August 2019) in St Albans: £23,000 a year / £11.67 per hour

St Albans may take its name from a third-century AD Christian martyr, but it's unlikely that the Alban of history would recognise the city’s present-day incarnation. With medieval structures, lush green parks and modern shopping complexes, this cathedral is characterised by its diversity. From humble origins as a Roman outpost named Verulamium to its current status as a major commuter city for London, St Albans has always undergone significant transformation.

This transformation extends to the food and drink scene in the city: in recent years, the number of establishments has exploded. From a wide selection of global street food on market days to fine dining in smart restaurants, foodies will love this Hertfordshire hotspot. If that’s not all, there are also plenty of traditional pubs serving local ales, thriving cafes on every corner, and street festivals with food and drink taking top billing.

For talented and highly skilled catering and hospitality professionals, wages in St Albans are among the best in the London commuter belt. According to our latest data, a head chef can earn over £29,000 annually. Meanwhile, a chef de partie can earn over £23,000 a year.

For chefs looking to expand your culinary repertoire, St Albans and the surrounding area is home to a number of training opportunities to help you upskill. Oaklands College, a further education college with campuses in St Albans and nearby Welwyn Garden City, offers a range of hospitality and catering courses for budding food industry workers to choose from. What’s more, if you find work with one of Blue Arrow’s catering employers, you can also join one of Blue Arrow’s Apprenticeship programmes.

If you’re looking for somewhere that combines city living with a small-town feel, St Albans is the place for you. A number of hospitality and catering jobs are available across the city from a head chef in a high-end eatery to a catering assistant in a primary school. There are also various events taking place throughout the year, meaning seasonal employment opportunities are rarely in short supply. And with London only 20 minutes away by rail, it's easy to stay abreast of all the culinary trends going on in the capital.

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Cost of living in St Albans

  • Average monthly rent in St Albans: £650-2,500
  • Monthly travel pass: £86.96 (all forms of public transport)
  • Meal for two in a mid-range restaurant: £45

As a city that offers a high standard of living only 20 miles north of central London, rental prices St Albans may seem a little expensive to the uninitiated. An average 1-bedroom apartment just outside of St Albans city centre costs around £883.33 per month to rent, while a high-end 3-bedroom city centre apartment will set you back £1,933.33.

St Albans’ excellent public transport connections make it easy to explore. The local bus network connects the city centre with services from North London, Welwyn Garden City, Luton, Hatfield and Watford, as well as routes to the city’s suburbs and outlying shopping areas. A one-way bus ticket costs around £2.90. By rail, London St Pancras is only 20 minutes away on the Thameslink line. This rail service also connects St Albans to various London stations, Gatwick airport and Brighton to the south, and London Luton Airport and Bedford to the north.

When moving to a new town, it’s important for anyone to get to grips with local food and drink costs — especially those of us working in our industry. As you’d expect, supermarkets in St Albans sell produce at the same prices you’d find anywhere else in the country. It’s also relatively easy to dine out on a budget. A meal for one at an inexpensive restaurant costs around £15 while a three-course meal for two in a mid-range eatery will set you back around £45. Given the standard of food on offer, that isn’t too bad.

Council tax in St Albans depends on a number of variables, including the neighbourhood you live as well as the value of the property you buy or rent. The cheapest tax band is £1,160.02 while the most expensive properties fetch around £3,574.40 a year.

Bars, kitchens and restaurants in St Albans

With a burgeoning food and drink scene, St Albans has a host of fantastic restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars to get your teeth sunk into it.

The Boot is a historic gastropub in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter and is a great place for the best real ales, craft beer and hearty homemade food. The fish and grill restaurant, Lussmanns,  serves up simple, fresh food ethically sourced from British producers, all while giving diners verdant views of the Vintry Gardens from a glass-roofed venue. For many locals, Thompson, which offers a relaxed and affordable fine dining experience with an ever-changing menu, is arguably the best restaurant in the city.

Cafe culture is also buzzing. An all-day, all-day bakery and restaurant, The Pudding Stop has a fantastic selection of handmade pastries made from carefully sourced ingredients. Charlie’s Coffee & Company, based on London Road, serves the best flat whites in town, while Buongiorno Italia is the place to go for authentic ciabatta. The Green Kitchen ensures that vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diners can get a slice of the action, too.

Despite only having a population of 57,000, St Albans has enough pubs, bars and nightclubs to keep revellers coming back for more. Local favourites include White Hart Tap, a traditional boozer with a large beer garden; the 18th-century-mansion-cum-nightclub, Club Batchwood; and Havana, a nightclub that doubles up as a comedy club. From live music venues to VIP lounges, the city has a wide variety of establishments for bar workers to find employment.

Aside from bars, restaurants and cafes, St Albans also has a wide range of opportunities in hotels, colleges, schools and hospitals. No matter whether you’re a sous chef, kitchen porter, bar manager or barista, St Albans is a great place to find hospitality and catering work.

Find Blue Arrow in St Albans

Click here for more information on our St Albans branch.

Blue Arrow St Albans
Ground Floor, 4 Canberra House
London Road
St Albans

Tel: 01727 841433

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

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