Chestnut Academy

Designed to give managers of the future hands-on operational and leadership training, our programme is designed to be fun, professional and packed full of opportunities. It is the passport to an offer of a management role in the Chestnut Group on successful completion – or your own property one day!


Chestnut Academy folk are often spotted as those in the team who have just that bit ‘extra’.  Our Founder, Philip Turner, will personally be involved in your application to join this elite programme.


During the 2-year programme each member of the Chestnut Academy will work across all departments of a Chestnut Group property where there will be an opportunity to perform team leading tasks receiving top line management experience. We will train and educate tomorrow’s hospitality and business leaders by getting to know our suppliers, producers and be part of our stories.



You will earn a basic salary of £18,500 per annum, plus tips. You will enjoy 28 days holiday (inc BH) per year.

We are committed to training you from day one to be the best you can possibly be, understanding your skill level whilst developing your skills and knowledge in all areas of the business throughout the 2 year programme.

Flow Hospitality

Flow Hospitality is our on-line learning platform across the group. You will have access to over 22 hospitality modules. These include health and safety modules to ensure we are compliant across the business plus lots of interactive, on-trend fun modules for you to enjoy. It provides you with accredited, certificated training throughout the industry. The system is packed full of modules to develop your knowledge within your role and the hospitality industry.

Management training

We will support you to in completing a level 3 management course in Leadership and Management or Level 3 in Team Leader / Supervisor for first line management (If you don’t already have a degree or management level qualification within the Hospitality sector).

In-property training

Your placement is supported with a training plan which has to be completed and signed off by your line manager (General Manager) once training has been completed.

The Peter Graham Wine training

6 modules over 3 months providing you with a full knowledge of wines, why they taste different, faults, aromas and flavors, how you pair wines with food and the service of wine.

Internal training

You will be invited to many training sessions being delivered across the Group, including First Aid & Personal License courses, as well as all on-site supplier training required to fulfil your role within your relevant department.

Mentoring and training

The Group Training and Development manager will be your point of contact throughout your time with us, providing you with mentoring and training where required.  You will have quarterly reviews with your line manager.


If you're interested in joining our team, email Sarah Barclay now by filling in the form below.

What does the 2 years look like?

The placements will not necessarily follow the order below:


Food and Beverage Service (total 16 months)


Restaurant – 8 months

You will work within our restaurant environment learning all of the skills you need to become capable of leading a restaurant alone exceeding our customer expectations all steps of the way. From delivering our order of service, briefing and leading your team front of house, and back of house, and being skilled at all aspects of a restaurant manager’s role. Our aim is to instil confidence for you to excel and manage the food service.


Bar - 8 months

Hospitality standards on beverage service have increased dramatically over the years so we will teach you the perfect way to serve a gin and tonic, craft beers, pouring the perfect pint and making cocktails. From understanding our products offered, to line cleaning, costing drinks, stock taking and full cellar management, we will provide a perfect opportunity for you to understand everything about running and managing a bar.


Business Management

You will learn the running of a property from the financial angle of the business, how the budget is managed, forecasting and actual finances as well as the importance of keeping all costs in line to run a profitable business.     


Reservations / Group Management Team – 6 weeks

You will work within our head office securing and managing reservations across our properties within the Group, designing layout of tables in the restaurant and maximise the sell of bedrooms with accurate details, as well as learning the importance of building up guest information. During this time you will have exposure to a calendar of the day to day lives of the Group Management Team working with HR, Training and Development, Group General Manager, Business Development Manager, Group Food Manager and our Leader, Philip Turner!


Kitchen – 6 months

You will work your way around all aspects of the kitchen learning all of the skills and techniques within each of the subsections of the kitchen – larder, sauce, garnish, pastry and the pass.  You will also learn about other aspects of the kitchen – including orders, deliveries, rotas, stock taking, menu design, food safety, health and safety and even washing up!


Housekeeping – 2 consecutive weeks

(with the Head Housekeeper of your property)

Rooms across our business have been awarded the AA 5* accolade with the bedroom experience being viewed as the icing on the cake of our business. You will learn all processes of the housekeeping department to understand how important this is to us.

Are you ready for the challenge?

There is no formal entry requirements to this programme, just a passion for success working in hospitality, a curious nature to learn and drive to further develop your professional skills as well as dedication to hard work.

Team Benefits:

  • Professional development, training and appraisals

  • Reward and Recognition Awards

  • Anniversary Rewards

  • Up to 50% off food in any of Chestnut Group properties

  • Financial discount on-line site membership

  • 28 days paid holiday (including Bank Holidays)

  • Auto-enrolment Pension scheme

  • Free parking at most properties

  • Healthy meals provided on duty

  • Uniform provided


Who are You?

We are looking for someone with natural curiosity, dedication to hard work and a passion for success in our great industry.

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