THE LAKE DISTRICT  •  CUMBRIA
Opening Times & Ticket Prices
2018 Season
22nd April - 4th October
Open Sunday to Thursday
Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
(Closed on Fridays & Saturdays during the Season, except for Special Events)
The Gardens
10am - 5pm
The House
12 noon - 4pm
The House will close promptly at 4pm
Admission
House & Gardens
Adult: £13.90
Child: £5.00
Family: £35.00

Gardens Only:
Adult: £9.90
Child: £4.00
Family: £25.00
Season Ticket (single): £30.00
Season Ticket (double): £55.00

Child: ages 5 to 16

Family: 2 adults + 3 children

Free admission to the Gift Shop and Bellingham Buttery.

JOB VACANCIES

FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER

Levens Kitchen will open in March 2019 and will serve bistro/high-end café food to our customers. The restaurant has 64 covers, with a further 20 covers in the open-air courtyard and 40 in the Howard Room which is predominantly used by groups visiting Levens Hall during the summer months.   Although the House and Gardens will continue to be open to the public between April and October, Levens Kitchen will be open from March until mid-December in 2019, and from mid-January to mid-December in subsequent years. The business will initially offer lunch service but it is our intention to host evening events once the restaurant is established.

Levens Hall is an Elizabethan country house, located five miles south of Kendal and six miles from J36 of the M6 at the gateway to the Lake District National Park.  The garden contains the oldest examples of topiary in the world and is regularly voted one of the best gardens in the UK. The Bagot family welcomes over 35,000 visitors each year from all over the world, so is already a well-established business, having first opened its doors to the public more than 60 years ago.

Levens Estate consists of 9,500 acres of Cumbrian farmland.  Our farms produce their own lamb, beef and venison, and the selected candidate will work closely with estate staff and our head chef, to make best use of these resources throughout the menu.  Levens Hall also has an undeveloped three-acre kitchen garden near the restaurant and the candidate will help direct future investment in order to transform this area.

Candidate Role Responsibility 

  • To oversee service five days a week, Sunday – Thursday inclusive (closed Friday and Saturday).
  • To support the chef and other members of kitchen staff.
  • Provide positive support, training and coaching to front of house staff., including upselling.
  • Ensure all front of house staff follow duties listed in their job descriptions.
  • Hold pre-session briefings as and when appropriate, and make sure the team are fully briefed and trained on any new amended food and drink products, and any promotional activity.
  • To oversee effective staff scheduling.
  • To oversee and effectively manage service standards and customer experience.
  • To assist all Managers as and when necessary to ensure the business runs effectively and efficiently.
  • To assist in the running of events and group visits.
  • To ensure high standards of food safety and hygiene at all times.
  • Be responsible for Health and Safety procedures and incidents in line with company guidelines.
  • To supervise opening and closing procedures.
  • To work closely with the owners to create a new and exciting business.

Candidate specification

  • Financially aware and have the capability to develop a new business alongside the chef and other members of staff.
  • Level headed, friendly and approachable.
  • Good management/leadership skills.
  • Capable of taking on new challenges.
  • Be able to consistently deliver and oversee an exceptional level of customer care.
  • Experienced in running similar restaurants.

Candidate Benefits

  • Small well-established family run business in a stunning location
  • Opportunity to grow and develop a business from scratch
  • Two days off every week and closed over Christmas and New Year
  • Excellent pay and further additional benefits available once the business is established
  • £22,000- £24,000 salary depending on experience.

Closing date for applications and Interviews

Application forms are available from houseopening@levenshall.co.uk  Application forms should be returned, along with a CV, by 1200 on Wednesday 14 November 2018. Interviews will be held week commencing 18 November 2018.

Did you know?
Yew trees are either male or female. So, some of our topiary produce clouds of pollen in February, while the rest have a smattering of tiny red berries in the autumn.