You have two years to explore the four countries that make up the UK – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. With so much to see and do, why not start with a job in hand to help fund your future travels?
* Please note that you may nominate a position of choice, but pub managers will make their selection of staff and will assign positions based on previous experience. Many pubs also hire for a "General FOH role", meaning your position may involve varied tasks (serving, bar-tending, kitchen work, etc...)
If you have culinary education or 1+ years experience in a back-of-house role,you may be able to work as a KP, Cook or Chef.
- Kitchen Porter
- Prep Cook/ Line Cook
- Sous Chef
With more than 600 pubs and employers on our books, we have employment opportunities all over the UK. In order to make your placement arrangements as smooth as possible, it is best to remain completely flexible on the location of your UK job placement. We will always take your location preferences into consideration, but specific placement locations cannot be guaranteed.
(London & the Home Counties - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Heredfordshire, Kent, Sussex-, Oxford and surrounding area, The Lakes District, England's South Coast, Rural UK placements, North England - less common, Scotland & Wales - less common)
Program Start Date
Please register a minimum of 12 weeks in advance of your program start date.
The program is offered year round, however, some months are better than other for arrival, due to seasonal pub trade. Depending on your program start date, the minimum program duration differs. Your maximum program duration is two years.
Minimum Program Durations
Four to six months
Our recommended program duration is always 6 months or more. We feel this length of time will provide you to get the best experience from your placement and allow you to save money for your travels. Pubs prefer you to stay longer, if possible. All placements are full-time, permanent positions, allowing you to stay as long as you'd like (within the limits of your UK visa)
What is a ‘General FOH Role’?
In the UK, most pub & hospitality employers hire general front of house staff, and do not always assign you to specific role or position at the pub. This means that most positions will involve a little bit of everything – from greeting and seating customers, to serving tables, to food delivery, bartending, general cleaning duties, and sometimes even assistance in the kitchen.
Some employers are also Inns/Hotels – and as such, these positions may involve reception & housekeeping work.
All positions offered will include training provided by pub management/supervisors.
What can I expect from a BOH Role?
Most UK pubs split their kitchen staff into two roles – kitchen porters or chefs/cooks.
If you have some BOH experience, but are not a trained/experience chef, you may be able to work in a KP role. This will usually involved general clean up duties, food preparation, dish/pot washing, and other various tasks as instructed by the chef/cooking staff.
If you are trained and qualified chef, we can work to secure your role in a kitchen, dependent on your level of experience and training. Most chef/cooking roles will require you to start in a ‘trial’ position for 2-6 weeks, where your experience and skills will be assessed by your head chef – upon completion of your trial period, your role will then be assigned.
The prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in Wiltshire
One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is an architectural wonder of Britain and covers 2600 hectares and 400 scheduled monuments. This is a must for anyone interested in history or archaeology.
Tower of London
One of London's most famous landmarks, the historic Tower houses the Crown Jewels, the prison cell of Sir Walter Raleigh, known as the Bloody Tower, and the Chapel of St. John and the Royal Armories.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London
Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education. For literary buffs, this is an excellent opportunity to Shakespeare plays at a very reasonable price.
Buckingham Palace in London
This famous building is the London home and primary residence of the queen. Be sure to check out the changing of the guard which takes place daily at 11.30am and lasts approximately 45 minutes.
A fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. With over a million visitors a year, people flock to this attraction wanting to learn about the history of Scotland and look in awe at the beautiful scenery.
If you do not have your visa, please keep in mind that it may take more than a month to get your Working Holiday Visa. We will give you a UK Working Holiday Visa application instruction sheet.