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Why work at Darwin Escapes?

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Vicky Bennett, Go Active Supervisor

I joined Darwin Escapes in February 2014 as a Go Active Instructor. It was the best career move I have ever made. I was sent on all the relevant training courses and helped to be the best in the field allowing me to help carve lasting memories for all our visitors. It is such a dynamic company with fresh challenges every day. The support and training has been so fantastic that I soon earned the promotion to Go Active Supervisor. If you are looking to work for a supportive company who help you to reach your goals then Darwin is the right choice.

Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat combines the convenience and comfort of modern luxurious with the stunning beauty of Cumbria. The beautiful modern lodges on offer at the resort are equipped with wooden decking areas to enjoy the stunning views and a number boast hot tubs so you can enjoy the great outdoors in virtually any weather in complete comfort! Inside are modern large widescreen TVs and high-tech kitchens which come complete with integrated top of the range ovens and large American style fridge-freezers.

Facilities on the retreat include the stunning Ammara Spa which offers a range of Aromatherapy Associates treatments including massages, facials and wraps, a modern air conditioned gym and a Jacuzzi and sauna. Members of staff receive a discount on all spa treatments and can enjoy free us of the gym at Keswick Reach and all other Darwin Escapes resorts.

Our chefs, cooks and catering staff at Keswick Reach work in the stunning Copper Fells Bar & Brasserie. Featuring a stunning interior as well as views of the beautiful countryside, working at the restaurant is often described as being a pleasure as the friendly and enthusiastic team serve a number of mouth-watering main courses such as the Cumbrian steak & kidney pie and pan-fried fillet of salmon.

All staff working in the restaurant including head chefs, sous chefs, Chef de Partie (CDPs), commis chefs, cooks and porters enjoy being a highly valued member of the Keswick Reach team, as well as a highly competitive salary, a great employment package including an opt-in pension scheme and discounted treatments at the spa and food at the restaurant.

We are often recruiting seasonal, part time and permanent members of staff and are often advertising chefs’ jobs and catering staff jobs. Take a look at our current vacancies above and upload your CV even if you don’t see the specific role that you are looking for.

On a case by case basis we will also consider live-in chef applications from those looking for accommodation. Please contact us for further information about this type of employment.

Working as a Chef at Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat


Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat has fast become a well-known and prestigious destination to enjoy a holiday in the Lake District. Integral to this growing stature as a luxury UK getaway is the Copper Fells Bar & Brasserie which offers a wide ranging lunch and evening menu in a luxurious and beautiful setting. The restaurant is convenient for our guests, yet staff are unrelenting in terms of reaching their goal of creating a fine dining experience, with an outstanding level of customer service and an exceptional standard of food.

The restaurant is central and pivotal in terms of the resort’s offering and as such all kitchen and catering staff are held in high regard by the senior management team and other members of staff.

All enthusiastic and hardworking members of staff are given the opportunity to develop their skillsets and in turn their career with Darwin Escapes. The Darwin Academy portal has been developed with this in mind and with 2 luxury resorts in the Lake District and 20 in total across England and North Wales job opportunities for chef and kitchen staff are regularly available due to the company’s current rate of growth.

If you are a student looking for part time work, or a recently qualified chef looking for valuable experience feel free to get in touch even if you don’t see a relevant position currently available.

Those looking for live-in chef positions providing accommodation, please get in touch being aware that this type of employment is evaluated on a case by case basis.

Why Work as a Chef for Darwin Escapes?


Working for Darwin Escapes whether as a groundsman, a kitchen porter or a chef is a fantastic career move. Owing to the rapid expansion since the brand’s creation in 2015, staff have benefited from ongoing career opportunities and chances to develop their skillset. Such is our investment into our staff and their valuable industry knowledge – it is common to see employees climb the job ladder within the company in terms of seniority but also move laterally to new departments. With a former security guard now head of sales at one of our busiest resorts a former receptionist working as crucial and highly valued member of the current marketing team, you could start work as a commis chef and quite possibly develop into a salesman or a digital marketing executive down the line!

Please see our current vacancies above and get in touch if you have any further questions. We are always on the lookout for hardworking staff, including chefs and catering staff.

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