Catering Assistant - Full Time

Working at Buckfast Abbey

Job Title: - Catering Assistant - Full Time

Location: Buckfast, Devon 

Salary: £8.10 per hour (aged 18 to 20 yrs) / £9.10 per hour (aged 21 and over) 

Hours of Work: Approx. 35-40 hrs per week, but not guaranteed. 5 day working week to include weekends.  

To apply: Please submit a CV to 

Buckfast Abbey is home to a Benedictine Community of monks, who live a life of prayer, study and work in accordance with the rule of St. Benedict. The Abbey has multiple retail outlets, a newly expanded conference facility, multiple guest accommodation facilities and a popular tea-room “The Grange.”


Purpose of the Role 

Working under the guidance and direction of the Supervisor as part of a small, busy team, Catering Assistants have a range of duties. They work together to ensure high quality service, are welcoming and attentive to our customers, serving food and drink, helping to keep The Grange Tea room running smoothly. They support the Chefs with food preparation, kitchen cleaning and washing up duties, whilst adhering to food safety standards at all times. Catering Assistants may be required to work across all hospitality areas of the Abbey, to include The Grange, Northgate and The Conference Centre, based on visitor/guest demand and resourcing needs. 


It will be necessary for all personnel in the kitchen to adhere to food safety practices (HACCP) and undertake required training, as necessary.

Main Responsibilities

  • Dealing with the public in a polite and helpful manner, providing excellent customer service
  • Serving food
  • Taking payments for food and drink, processing transactions through the till
  • Support and helping Chefs in the preparation of food 
  • Overseeing and restocking the counters
  • Cleaning tables, sanitising, wash up duties and disposing of waste
  • Understanding all safety procedures relating to fire and security (full training will be provided during employment)
  • Compliance with food safety systems (HACCP) Record keeping

There may be other duties as required by reasonable request

Person Specification – Skills, Personal Qualities and Requirements

  • Experience of working in a busy catering environment
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Have a confident and friendly manner, with a positive approach to solving customer difficulties and problems
  • To work as part of a team
  • Be responsible, honest and reliable
  • Have a tidy appearance
  • Qualifications in food safety in Catering level 1 and 2 or higher(desirable)

To apply, please submit a CV to 

Download an application form here

Please send it to: 

HR Department
Buckfast Abbey