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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, this is an exciting opportunity for aspiring chefs to join our team in a busy and challenging environment which includes a 110 cover modern Brasserie and 120 cover banqueting facilities. The successful candidate will be part of a large brigade of chefs working with students of the Edge Hotel School. Candidates will ideally have previous experience of food preparation, knowledge of equipment and a good command of culinary basics as well as a passion for delivering high quality food.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary £19,868 per annum plus a range of staff benefits

Closing Date 21 October 2018


The ideal candidate will have experience as a Chef at a similar level and preferably holds a relevant NVQ level 3 qualification or equivalent. You will be responsible for mis en place for any day to day corporate functions, events, parties, weddings and also full restaurant service. You will also be required to undertake the occasional breakfast shift, much of which is cooked to order, as part of the role.

This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a strong professional team and work within a company that has a good work and staff development ethic and offers a range of staff benefits.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary £21,395 per annum plus a range of staff benefits

Closing Date 21 October 2018

How to apply

For further information or to apply now please complete a cover sheet and email across along with a CV and covering letter to Alternatively you can also send in a hard copy of your CV to Steph Wilson, Wivenhoe House, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ.

Wivenhoe House Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Essex.


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

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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.