Sous Chef

Sous Chef, The Hare & Hounds, Bath

The Bath Pub Company is looking to recruit a Sous Chef for The Hare & Hounds in Bath.

The Hare & Hounds has won several local and national awards and currently holds one AA rosette. It is a destination site on the outskirts of Bath with stunning views and is busy all year round and all throughout the day.

You’ll be working with high quality regional produce and suppliers and need to be able to help deliver menus that take advantage of this. Our restaurant and kitchen are both busy, so you’ll also need to be able to handle large numbers and busy services (the kitchen generates £15-28k a week in food sales). Shifts will vary and you will be working a mixture of breakfast, lunch, and dinner shifts. You’ll need to be able to demonstrate strong leadership and team management skills.

The role will suit someone who has already established themselves successfully at sous chef level in a quality fresh food operation and is looking to broaden their experience and responsibilities with a view to progressing to a future head chef role.

This is a senior position, providing support for the head chef and senior sous chef, and playing a key role in developing & expanding the food operation (we have ambitious plans to expand both the kitchen and trading areas).

This is an exciting opportunity to join a talented and passionate team delivery great food and service. You’ll be joining a company that believes in investing in its people and treating them well; incentive schemes, staff trips, supplier visits and training & development plans are all part of this. 

About the company:

The Bath Pub Company is an independent company operating 4 premium gastropubs in Bath, including two 2AA Rosette pubs. We are all about great food, fantastic service and a friendly pub atmosphere. 

We’re also passionate about building a great company that people love to work for and plan to add new pubs to our group in time. We look to promote internally wherever possible so there’s plenty of opportunities for future progression. Our staff development policy is to help all our staff realise their potential – and we actively seek opportunities for them to do so. 

We have won many awards and accolades for the pubs: Best Gastropub, two 2AA rosette and one AA rosette ratings, an inclusions in this year's Michelin guide, 3rd best Gastropub in the UK (Tripadvisor). 

Please follow the link to apply and include a copy of your CV along with a cover letter explaining why you think you are suited for this role.



Total annual salary of £24,000, plus bonus of £2,000 per year, and a share of tips (approx. £5,200 a year based on the last 12 months). 

Gratuities are split equally between all staff on a per shift basis. Full time staff at The Hare & Hounds averaged £5,200 per person for the last financial year. 



25% discount on food and drink at any of our pubs for you plus a guest.

Wine can be purchased at cost price (up to 75% discount from list price).

Annual staff party, with the teams from all our pubs.

'Recommend a friend' recruitment scheme, which for each person you recommend and starts working for us, you can earn either £250 or £500.  

Childcare vouchers (20% discount against childcare costs, such as nurseries, pre-school and after school/holiday clubs).

After your 1st year anniversary with the company, our long service benefits kick in, and increase with each year of service. These include:

Increased holiday allowance (up to 31 days).

Increased company contributions to your pension scheme.

Company paid parental leave (up to two weeks at full pay).

Paid sick leave at full pay (up to 5 days). 

Tasks and responsibilities 

• Ensure that all dishes are prepared and presented in accordance with the Head Chef’s directions, while achieving a minimum GP% of 70%.  

• Minimise wastage through proper stock control and menu development 

• Develop an understanding of how all EHO documentation is correctly collated and recorded, and that all EHO documentation is correctly recorded and collated 

• Manage and develop a strong brigade of chefs, training and motivating them, and leading by example to inspire them. 

• Work with the head chef to plan team structure and staff rotas to bring kitchen staff costs in on budget. 

• Work to a consistently high standard in a calm manner and in line with the company’s codes of conduct. 

• Responsible for ensuring all aspects of the kitchen comply with EHO standards to the 5 star level. 

Skills and experience 

• Proven experience working in a busy kitchen as Sous Chef with a quality gastro pub food offering. 

• A strong team ethic - able to develop, inspire and motivate a large brigade of chefs. 

• Strong process, planning and management skills to maximise speed and efficiency both during and out of service. 

• Able to embrace & drive change as dictated by customer & business needs. 

• Demonstrate & demand from your team high standards of professionalism & passion. 

• Strong time management – work effectively within given time frame to finish tasks set 

Applicants MUST... 

- Have your own transport to get to and from work (shifts will be outside of public transport hours). 

- Experience working in busy pub kitchens up to sous chef level as a minimum. 

- Speak fluent English. 

- There is no live-in accommodation available.