Careers at Lumley Castle Hotel

‘No Ordinary People’

At No Ordinary Hotels we pride ourselves on exceeding the expectations of our guests. Our hotels are privately owned giving us the opportunity to provide a unique, magical and almost certainly a memorable experience time and time again.

To do this requires ‘No Ordinary People’.

Together our team strive in continuing to be one of the finest luxury hotels. If you are passionate about providing a customer experience that is second to none and add value to our No Ordinary Hotel then we want to hear from you.

If this sounds like you and our current vacancies match your skills and experience, please download and complete our Employment Application Form and tell us how you can be a No Ordinary Addition to our team.

Please return your application form with a cover letter and your current CV to:
Human Resources
Lumley Castle Hotel
Chester le Street
County Durham

or alternatively [email protected]

Current Opportunities


Senior Sous Chef (posted 17th Nov 2016)

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Senior Sous Chef to join Lumley Castle as part of the kitchen team.

Working under the direction of our Head Chef you will have strong kitchen skills along with excellent organisation and people management aptitude.  Your responsibilities will include running the kitchen in the absence of the head chef as well as participation in menu planning, stock taking, ordering and the development of the kitchen team.

The successful applicant will have a strong background preferably in a similar hotel and will have a considerable experience of both banqueting and restaurant catering with the skill to produce a consistent product in a pressurised environment.

Applications should be submitted using our on line application form and forwarded with a covering letter to [email protected]


Restaurant Waiting Staff * – Casual Contracts  (posted 4 Nov 2016)

We are looking for staff to work in our award winning A la Carte Black Knight Restaurant.

The ideal applicant must enjoy working with people, food and wine have a friendly disposition with the ability to deliver first class service for a busy lunch and dinner service.  Under the guidance of our Restaurant Manager you will be responsible for assisting customers by taking their orders, serving food and drinks as well as clearing tables and handling cash.

Full training will be given for the right person who has the drive, stamina, attention to detail and a positive attitude to work within a team of experienced waiting staff.

To apply please complete and return our online application form above with a covering letter to [email protected]


Chef De Partie

Ready to oversee a section of our kitchen and looking to take your career to the next level then Lumley Castle is looking for an ambitious Chef de Partie to join our impressive team.

As Chef de Partie you must be;

  • Have great kitchen skills with a passion for your work and proven experience of coping in an organised fashion whilst working under pressure
  • Be capable of running your own section and willing to learn under the direction of the Head and Sous Chefs

If you feel you have what it takes to join our kitchen please fill in our on line application form and forward to [email protected]


Linen Porter – Casual Register

Working under the direction of our Housekeeping Manager and her supervisors you would be responsible for distributing both clean and used linen and towels around the castle in preparation for the housekeeping team.

To be successful in this role you must be able to take instructions well with a pleasant ‘can do’ disposition and have the ability to work well in a fast moving team environment.

The job requires heavy lifting and carrying along with some cleaning duties.  We operate on a shift basis with a requirement for weekend working.  Hours will be dependent upon the needs of the business.


Conference/Events – Waiting and Bar Staff*

We are looking for new members to join our team. The role involves ensuring that we provide a smooth, efficient and professional service.

As part of a small team and under the direction of the Events Supervisor you would be required to provide quality customer service by taking orders, serving food and drinks, setting up and clearing tables.  Supporting weddings, conferences and special events we need hard working individuals with a high standard of personal presentation, a ‘can do’ attitude, amiable character and good verbal communications skills.

The hours of work are flexible and dependent on the requirements of the business but will include weekends and some weekdays. Full training will be given, so if you have the desire to offer exceptional service to our guests please apply using our application form above.

NB *Due to licencing laws candidates must be 18 years or over.