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Passion. Commitment. Learning.


We are committed to developing our wonderful team here at Chestnut and the Academy is a great example of how rising stars in the business can progress and develop through our fun and rewarding programme.


What is the Academy?


The Academy has been designed to offer a platform for anybody looking for a step up in the hospitality industry. It is a structured two-year management training programme, which offers a unique insight into all areas of our business, from front of house to the kitchens.


Once Academy members have been selected, they will spend two rewarding years with us, learning to craft authentic experiences for our guests through engaging food and drink, home from home stays and informal and warm service; and our experienced General Managers will be on hand to provide coaching and mentor support every step of the way.

As a thank you for the passion and level of commitment shown, at the end of the programme academy members will be rewarded with an exciting role within the management team at one our inns, pubs or restaurants.

What can you expect to learn?

We believe there is no better way to learn than to be on the ground with our experienced team, so while on the programme you will spend quality time in our kitchens, bars and restaurants, housekeeping and with our head office team at The Forge.

Alongside the workplace training there will be also be specialist qualifications and courses, which will include;

  • Supplier training – coffee, cellar management, chemical, beverage brands

  • Wine & Spirit Education Trust courses

  • APLH - Personal license holder course

  • First aid course

  • Internal skills and knowledge training and mentoring

  • Flow Hospitality online training, compliance, service and management modules

  • Training trips at home and away

How do I apply to join the academy?

To begin your exciting journey with Chestnut, simply click on the button below and one of our team will be in touch.