Working at Launde Abbey

Working at Launde Abbey

Launde Abbey is a Christian Retreat House and Conference Centre set in rural Leicestershire to the east of Leicester and six miles west from Oakham. We are open to the whole church and the wider community and every year we welcome thousands of visitors to a unique experience of warm hospitality and deep spirituality. The Abbey has 39 bedrooms, conference facilities, extensive cultivated gardens and a twelfth century Chapel which was part of an original Augustinian priory. We also have a café for visitors.

The Abbey employs a diverse staff team working across all aspects of hospitality, including management and finance, administration, maintenance, housekeeping, and operating our kitchen and dining rooms. Our employees work in a positive and inclusive environment where staff contributions are valued, and our staff retention rates are high (people like working with us and tend to stay a while!) As opportunities for employment at Launde open up we advertise them locally and/or nationally as appropriate and on these pages.

Dining Room Supervisor

We are looking to recruit a new Supervisor to lead our dining room team. As supervisor, you will lead all activities in the dining room, supervising staff and working closely with the chefs and kitchen team. You will collaborate with the Operations Manager and Group Bookings team to ensure that booking arrangements are clear and deliverable. We run a small team, so as well as being a leader, you will be hands-on serving guests in the dining room and café and you will set the tone for your team in offering generous Launde hospitality.

Our dining room runs three main sessions usually at set times – breakfast at 8:30, lunch at 12:45 and dinner at 18:30. Typically 40-50 covers – though this can vary up and down depending on occupancy with some occasional significantly larger events. Our café is popular with walk-in visitors, particularly at weekends.

Click here for our full job description and person specification.

An application form can be downloaded by clicking here. Please email completed forms to office@launde.org.uk. Closing Date for applications no later than Friday 19th November. Please apply as soon as possible; we may close the applications window early if we get a strong response.

Dining Room Assistant

We have vacancies for dining room assistants in our busy dining room team to serve residential guests, day visitors and café customers. You will be keen to serve and share our passion for welcome and service. Shifts can vary depending on demand. We expect this role to cover 3 or 4 shifts per week each of 6-8 hours spanning weekdays and weekends. You’ll be part of the team serving and looking after our guests and supporting all aspects of our dining room service and café – taking orders, serving, clearing tables and pot-wash. We run service all day every day from breakfast to dinner (dinner is normally served at 6:30pm and ordinarily we don’t have a later evening service).

Serving experience is preferable. Most important though is that you can demonstrate show interest and capability, that you have a passion for excellent service and can be a friendly face our guests and are open to learning so we continue to offer the best service we can.

Click here for our full job description and person specification.

An application form can be downloaded by clicking here. Please email completed forms to office@launde.org.uk. Closing Date for applications no later than Friday 19th November. Please apply as soon as possible; we may close the applications window early if we get a strong response.