Careers at The Bedford Hotel

We’re a busy team here at The Bedford Hotel in the heart of Tavistock, and we are always on the look-out for new team-players who share our passion for great customer service, fabulous surroundings, hard work, and a little fun! We are open every day of the year, from early until late, so you’ll need to be flexible and have reliable transport (unless you live within easy walking distance, or the vacancy is advertised as having live-in accommodation available). In return, we offer competitive rates of pay, and meals whilst on duty.

Duty Manager

An excellent opportunity for an experienced hospitality all-rounder to join our professional team.  As Duty Manager you will lead the front-of-house team in delivering an exceptional experience for our guests.  You will be responsible for managing the service in our restaurant, bar, lounges and function rooms, with particular focus on our busy programme of events and weddings.  You will also deputise for the General Manager when required.

You’ll need to demonstrate that you have good knowledge of restaurant and bar operations, with solid experience in customer service and problem solving.  Some experience in a supervisory role would also be advantageous.

Five shifts per week, across 7 days, with a combination of earlies and lates, and one or two sleeping overnight manager duties per week.

A competitive salary will be offered, along with meals on duty, on-going training opportunities, and a friendly and supportive working environment in an award-winning independently owned hotel and restaurant.


A busy and high-profile full-time role, looking after the needs of our customers face-to-face, on the phone, and by e-mail. You’ll need to be passionate about customer service, and the kind of person who instinctively goes the extra mile to delight a customer. Obviously that needs exceptional inter-personal and communications skills, but you’ll also need a real attention to detail and strong computer skills. Variable shifts, including earlies, lates and weekends. Uniform and meals on duty provided.

Bar Person

Our busy bar is popular with hotel guests and locals alike, and gets even busier when we have a wedding or event at The Bedford. If you have some previous bar experience, a fabulously friendly personality, and a can-do spirit, we’d love to hear from you. This is a full-time position, and includes evenings and weekends.


20-25 hours per week, including weekends. A physically-demanding and busy role, preparing our bedrooms for each new guest, and cleaning our public areas to the highest standards. You’ll need be happy working on your own initiative, and have a keen eye for detail.


Whether you’re just starting your career as a chef, or looking to take your next step up the ladder, you’ll find a variety of roles available within our talented team in the kitchen, delivering a top-notch experience for our guests. You’ll be working with the best local ingredients, in a positive working environment, with lots of opportunity to demonstrate your creativity and to further develop your skills and experience.

Chef de Partie

If you already have experience at Chef de Partie level, or you are ready to take a step up in your career as a chef, this vacancy provides a challenging and rewarding opportunity for the right individual to join our talented and hard-working team. You’ll be working with top-quality local produce, in a friendly, positive working environment, and will be leading a section and helping to deliver a first class experience for our guests.

Commis Chef

An exciting opportunity to join our talented team in the kitchen. Experience is not essential – but you’ll need to have plenty of enthusiasm, a strong interest in food and a desire to learn.

Full and part time available. Good rates of pay, plus gratuities and 28 days holiday per annum pro-rata. Live-in accommodation may be available. 

  • To apply for a position at The Bedford Hotel, please e-mail your CV and covering note
  • For chef vacancies, unless specified, contact Mike Palmer, Executive Chef – 01822 892300 or
  • For all other vacancies, e-mail Leanne Wills, General Manager –
  • For vacancies at our sister hotel, the Two Bridges Hotel on Dartmoor, click here