Head Kitchen Gardener - £27,300 PA, Plus Service Charge

About the role

Location: The Pig on the Beach, Studland Manor Road, Swanage

Hours: Full Time, £27,300 PA Plus Service Charge

Location: THE PIG on the beach, Studland, Dorset.

Salary: £27,300 PA, Plus Service Charge

Our Pay Promise – no one in our business will earn less than £10 Per Hour, plus service charge. In the busy months our garden team have earnt up to £300 in service charge per month, whilst service charge varies depending on bookings with the staycation concept thriving, you can do the maths.

Hours: Full Time, 40 Hours Per Week

Start Date: July 2022

We grow up to 20 different varieties of tomatoes at THE PIGs, from little cherries to big beefy ones!

At THE PIG it all starts in the Kitchen Garden – the team here are the original Home-Grown Heroes of everything we do. The aim is to grow as much produce on site as possible for use in the kitchens, the garden also acts as a show garden for our guests. We aim to use as many parts of the plants as possible and our Garden team ensure there is always plenty of variety for the chefs to use 365 days per year.

We have over 20 Gardeners across our group, looking after gardens the size of at least two rugby pitches if you put them together.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to join our unique and dynamic team in overseeing the growth and functionality of our Kitchen Garden. You will be responsible for all elements of our kitchen gardens, including the management of the garden team who ensure all tasks are carried out within a timely manner. Communication is key, as you will be working closely with our Head Chef with regards to our seasonal produce.

As our Kitchen Garden is open to all our guests, you must be confident to interact with them daily. We also are home to Pigs, Chickens and Quail so some animal husbandry will be required.

Experience of working in a productive Kitchen Garden growing seasonal produce is essential, as your knowledge will support the development of our team.

We are dedicated to making THE PIGs an inspiring, exciting, and fun place to work and in return for your hard work you can expect something a little different:

  • Numerous retail discounts via our Perkbox Scheme.
  • Discounted room rates and complimentary staff stays across our group.
  • Discounted food, beverage, and spa days across our group.
  • 28 days holiday rising by 1 day each year for the first 5 years.
  • We are committed to providing craft and accredited training to all staff.
  • Meals on duty.


To view our full range of perks, visit our ‘What we can do for you’ section on our career’s webpage: jobs.thepighotel.com

We are proud to have grown our group throughout the recent difficulties faced within our industry. With new openings upon the horizon, it’s a wonderful time to join us for a sustainable future.

Robin Hutson: ‘As with all good hospitality, THE PIG is fundamentally about people; it’s the personalities, passion, knowledge, and skills of the people we work with that somehow converge to creating THE PIG experience’.