Careers at L'ortolan

L'Ortolan is a forward thinking, dynamic, fine dining restaurant with three AA rosettes and an AA Notable Wine

List. Would you like to be a part of a passionate team dedicated to providing an exceptional dining experience in every way? 

Assistant Sommelier  £30 to £35kpa


Experience preferable - 2 years experience as Sommelier in fine dining restaurant 

Reporting to: Head Sommelier

Working closely with: Restaurant Team

Job purpose: To assist in the provision of top-class beverage service to guests at L’Ortolan

Key responsibilities & duties:

• Assist in the preparation and checking of all areas, products and equipment required for drinks

• Assist in the upkeep of beverage lists as instructed by Head Sommelier,

• Assist in the receiving of deliveries and storage of wine in the wine cellar, reporting

shortages/changes etc

• Keep wine service and store areas clean and tidy

• Assist in cleaning and preparation of glassware prior to, during and after service

• Service or beverage and wine as directed by Head Sommelier 

• Maintain high person appearance and hygiene standards. Be customer orientated,

welcoming and friendly; maintain a professional and respectful attitude and behaviour to

guest’s colleagues and management

• Undertake self-development by learning about menu ingredients, food preparations,

special dietary requirements, and general industry knowledge

• Take part in and complete all training outlined by management

• Conduct oneself at all times in accordance with L’Ortolan health and food safety policies



Senior Waiter / Waitress £24 to £26kpa

Experience preferable - 2 years waiting experience in quality restaurant 
  • On a day to day basis plan, organise and direct the work of the Restaurant Team
  • Lead by setting a good example
  • Maintain staff efficiency and morale in the restaurant at the highest level
  • Resolve customer complaints about food quality or service
  • Assist restaurant service to ensure a smooth and professional operation of the restaurant
  • Assist the Restaurant Manager with telephone answering, reservations handling, welcoming guests, taking orders, billing, VIP guest management
  • Learn and be fluent in menu ingredients, food preparations and special dietary requirements
  • Maintain high personal appearance and hygiene standards.

Waiter / Waitress - around £22kpa

Job Objective: Deliver outstanding customer service whilst cooperating with all serving and kitchen staff

• Deliver outstanding customer service at all times
• Welcoming customers and presenting menus 
• Taking orders - offering suggestions and demonstrating product knowledge at all times 
• Serving drinks and food to guests 
• Accepting orders and payment
• Assist in setting up and closing down the restaurant areas ready for service or the next day
• Cooperate and communicate with all serving and kitchen staff 

Chef de Partie - around £24-26kpa
Job Objective: Professional chef who can work in a team and lead a section. 

  • Have a passion for food & drink
  • Have high standards and pride in their work and their appearance.
  • Be hardworking, approachable, open and friendly
  • Thrive in a lively and fast-paced environment
  • Support to the sous chef and head chef
  • To be creative and innovative with quality ingredients in production and staging
  • Ensuring that we deliver the best menus that we can offer with innovation, imagination, flair and within the budge
  • Hygiene and other regulations, policies and procedures 

 Commis Pastry Chef - £24 to 26kpa 

Job Objective: To help maintain high levels of service and assist with the smooth running of the pastry kitchen.

Reporting To: Head Pastry Chef

  • As a Commis pastry Chef you are expected to help run the pastry section in a responsible manner
  • Assist the pastry Chef in the day to day running of the section
  • Ensure that the day’s tasks as set by the pastry Chef are carried out efficiently and effectively while maintaining the standards of the kitchen
  • Ensure food preparation waste is kept to a minimum
  • Assist the pastry Chef with ideas for new dishes that reflect L’Ortolan’s standards and customer expectations
  • Alongside the pastry Chef ascertain the next day’s business and order foodstuffs accordingly
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the financial targets outlined within the kitchen budget.

What We Offer:
  • 28 holiday days per year
  • Accommodation Available
  • Meals on shift included
  • We are an independent restaurant where decisions are made quickly if needed.

 Next Step:

Send your CV to and a note about:

  • Why you want to change jobs
  • Why you would like to work in L'ortolan
  • Your previous CV

 Apprenticeships Welcome:
For starters in a chef-ing career we are happy to encourage training and development alongside any hospitality and tourism courses. Even if you are not at college we can organise a suitable college course for you and give you a great career in cooking. Apply by emailing a CV to