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Who we are

Wivenhoe House is a four star country house hotel on the outskirts of Colchester. The hotel has 40 bedrooms, conference and event facilities for up to 120 guests and a 100 seater brasserie restaurant. The Hotel is also home to the Edge Hotel School. The first hotel school of its kind in the UK, the Edge Hotel School, equips its Hotel Management and Events Management degree students with the professional and managerial skills, as well as the academic theory, to prepare them for their future career as leaders in the industry.

Why work for us?

  • We offer competitive salaries
  • We are committed to providing excellent training and development for all staff
  • Generous holiday allowance of up to 36 days depending on grade
  • Discount of 50% on overnight stays and food and 20% on beverages
  • Free overnight stay for two people including dinner for every year of service
  • Dry cleaning service for staff uniform
  • Monthly employee recognition programme
  • Employee discounts on retail items, sports centre and day nursery through the University of Essex


  • Wivenhoe House Hotel, a 4 star country house hotel is currently recruiting for a Commis Chef. Following an extensive, £11million refurbishment of the hotel 6 years ago and a recent Brasserie refurb, this is an exciting opportunity for an aspiring young chef to join our team in a busy and challenging environment which includes 40 bedrooms, an 80 cover modern Brasserie and 120 cover banqueting facilities.
  • The successful candidate will be part of a large brigade of chefs working in our Brasserie and Signature’s Kitchens and also mentoring students of the Edge Hotel School who work with the Hotel as part of their Hospitality Management Degree. If you are proactive, ambitious, a team player, have an eye for detail and a real passion for creating fresh, locally sourced dishes then we’d like you to join our team.
  • Experience Required The ideal candidate will have cooking experience as a Commis Chef at a similar level and will preferably hold a relevant NVQ level 2 or above or equivalent qualification and be able to work in a team or independently. The main duties of the role will include preparation and production of high quality foods (mis en place) for any day to day corporate functions, events, parties, weddings and also for breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant services. You will also have knowledge of equipment and a good command of culinary basics as well as a passion for delivering high quality food.
  • This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a strong professional team and work within a company that has a good work ethic, a keen interest in staff development and a range of staff benefits.
  • A full job pack is available from Wivenhoe House on the email address belowor the University of Essex Jobs pages.
  • Closing Date: 27 August 2019
  • Job Type; Full Time/Permanent
  • Salary £20,899 per annum plus a full range of staff benefits
  • This role is shift based on a notional 48 hours per week (worked 5 over 7) and includes late finishes and weekend work.
  • Please apply with full CV and covering letter to Applications without full detail may not be considered



find us, however you travel
By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

For Sat Nav please use CO7 9HT and then follow signage to Wivenhoe House. Please note, some Sat Navs may direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park so please check our PDF Map

Download our PDF Map

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.