Like nearby Hever Castle, the 14th Century Penshurst Place near Tonbridge in Kent could be a valuable source of catering jobs for any students within easy reach of the historic building.
Penshurst Place has a long and rich history, being owned and used by Henry VIII as a hunting lodge. The house was passed down to his son King Edward VI and, then in 1552, was eventually granted to Sir William Sidney who had been one of Henry’s courtiers. The Sidney family continued to live at, restore and expand Penshurst Place for over 450 years - and the house and gardens have now been opened up to the public.
Various features and halls of Penshurst Place have been seen in films and on TV over the years, with appearances on everything from The Beverly Hillbillies to The Other Boleyn Girl, Merlin and The Princess Bride.
These days, Penshurst Place is a hive of activity - with school and group visits, weddings, conferences, events, craft shows, farmers markets, Christmas markets and much much more. School kids love such features as the Maize Maze, the Old Coach House, the Woodland Trail and the Toy Museum at Penshurst Place. Adults can leisurely take in the gardens and grounds of Penshurst Place - and eat at one of the three cafés or dine out in the garden restaurant.
With so much going on at Penshurst Place, recruiters such as the Compass Group are always on the lookout for full or part time catering staff to work during the week, in the evenings or over the weekend.
With most catering roles at Penshurst Place - such as waiting on, portering, meeting and greeting - you’ll be public-facing and expected to be very professional, customer-focused and immaculately turned-out. You’ll also need to be hard-working and flexible to hold down a catering position at Penshurst Place for any length of time.
Full training is usually offered by Compass Group for any of their staff who work at Penshurst Place, but you certainly put yourself nearer the front of the queue if you have some previous work experience in a customer service type role.
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