Seasonal Food and Beverage Assistant

Working at Buckfast Abbey

Job Title: - Seasonal Food and Beverage Assistant

Location: Buckfast Abbey, Devon

Contract Type: Fixed Term until 30th September 2022, with potential for permanent.

Salary: £8.51 per hour (aged 18 to 20 yrs) / £9.56 per hour (aged 21 and over)

Hours of Work: 20 per week, but not guaranteed. 5 day working week to include weekends and evenings. 

To apply:  Please submit a CV to 


Located at the centre of a picturesque valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Buckfast Abbey is home to a community of Roman Catholic Benedictine Monks, who live their lives of prayer, work, and study according to the ancient rule of St Benedict. 

The heart of our site is the Abbey Church and Monastery – the place in which the Monastic Community lives and prays at various times throughout the day. Our site is historic – the original Abbey being founded in 1018 AD. 

Today, our site is a flourishing complex of buildings which the monks have continually developed to aid them in realising their vision for Buckfast - to be a national centre of witness to God, and the Roman Catholic faith. To that end, the community places a great value upon hospitality, and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. 

Our site includes beautiful gardens, a restaurant, multiple retail outlets, a conference centre, and a broad range of guest accommodation. To aid them in operating and maintaining the site, the community employs over a hundred members of staff, and offers a variety of interesting and rewarding career opportunities.


Purpose of the role

As part of a small, busy team and working under guidance and direction, Food and Beverage assistants have a range of duties. They work together to ensure a high-quality service, are welcoming and attentive to guests, serve food and drink, take table orders, clear tables, assist in the wash up areas and help keep the Hospitality service running smoothly. The Food and Beverage Assistant, whilst based in Northgate Hotel, could be asked to work in other hospitality areas of the Abbey, to include The Grange and The Conference Centre, based on visitor/guest demand and resourcing needs. 


Main Responsibilities

  • Dealing with guests and visitors in a polite and helpful manner, providing excellent customer service
  • To deal with any queries/complaints, referring to a Team Leader if necessary
  • Taking table orders, as well as serving food to tables
  • Taking payments for food and drink, processing transactions through the till
  • To ensure that all monies are kept in a safe and secure area adopting the cash handling procedures
  • Overseeing and re-stocking counters
  • To operate the bar and restaurant to the agreed standards
  • To maintain the food and beverage outlets, public areas, stores, back office and staff areas in a clean and tidy condition 
  • Cleaning tables, sanitising, wash up duties and disposing of waste
  • To ensure that handover procedures are followed, by reviewing and recording in the daily log, ensuring appropriate actions are taken to resolve any outstanding issues
  • Adopting all safety procedures relating to fire and security (full training will be provided during employment).
  • Compliance with food safety systems (HACCP) Record keeping
  • To communicate professionally and clearly with other departments and the community of Monks as appropriate
  • To portray a positive ‘can do’ attitude at all times, to both guests, customers, community and colleagues alike
  • To carry out any other ad hoc duties as requested
  • To attend training meetings and departmental meetings as requested
  • Be flexible and co-operative with work schedules, to ensure an uninterrupted service
  • To be on-time for all shifts and to ensure that sign in procedures are always adhered to 
  • To ensure a high standard of personal hygiene and presentation, wearing the full uniform and ID badge provided when on duty

Person Specification – Skills, Personal Qualities and Requirements

  • Previous experience of working in a hotel/catering environment, with high levels of customer interaction 
  • Professional attitude
  • An excellent team player
  • Ability to work independently to agreed shift times
  • Effective organisation skills and the ability to manage time effectively. Multi-tasking will be a common occurrence
  • To attend training relevant to the nature of your duties and the organisation
  • To be versatile and flexible if requested to work in a number of different capacities around the Abbey buildings
  • Ability to follow instructions and use initiative 
  • Knowledge of health and safety procedures (desirable). 
  • Attention to detail
  • An empathy with the Catholic ethos of the site

Our Values, Ethos and Culture

Confidentiality: As an employee, you must maintain confidentiality of information about other employees as well as the intellectual property of Buckfast Abbey and be aware of the Data Protection Act 2018. 

Standards of Professional Conduct: We expect all employees to maintain the highest standards of conduct at all times, acting as a positive ambassador for the Abbey. The Employee Handbook sets out these expectations. Copies are available for every new employee.

Health & Safety: All employees should be aware of the responsibility placed on them under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) to ensure that agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment. Further information relating to this is detailed on the Health and Safety signage around the site. Our efforts to promote and operate within an effective safety culture can only succeed with the full co-operation of all its employees.  

Equality & Diversity: All employees are required to treat all co-workers and visitors to our site equally, respectfully and with dignity, regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and personal partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. All employees must abide by these principles and comply with our policies and strategies that underpin this ethos. 

Safeguarding: Employees should be aware of their responsibility to report any unacceptable behaviour / safeguarding issues in a confidential and timely manner to the Independent Safeguarding Co-ordinator. 

Training and Professional Development: To attend all training courses as required and proactively engage in our personal development processes.

Communication: To attend staff and team meetings; this includes 1-2-1 meetings with line management. To keep appropriate, clear, accurate and timely records as required of the role and in line with our policies and legislation. 

Team working: To liaise with, co-operate with and support all employees in a positive way that fosters good working relationships and collaboratively meets our objectives.

Flexibility: Employees may be asked to undertake other duties, as appropriate, which are considered reasonable and equal to the post as described above. 

Culture: Buckfast Abbey is a place of community, where everyone will show respect and dignity towards each other, towards all members of the Monastic Community and guests, be approachable and friendly and have empathy with the Catholic ethos of the site. 

To apply, please submit a CV to 

Download an application form here

Please send it to: 

HR Department
Buckfast Abbey