Food and Beverage

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Passionate about food? Want to work with fresh, grown-on-site seasonal ingredients in amazing locations? Then, look no further. If you think Food and Beverage at the National Trust is all quaint cafes and afternoon teas, you couldn’t be more wrong.

We are one of the UK’s largest food and beverage businesses – covering everything from hill-top tearooms to rosette-awarded fine dining in converted barns and 61 pubs across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Serving up fresh, local, excellent quality food for some 26 million people a year generates over £20 million pounds of profit. Every penny of which is reinvested right back into our important conservation work. And you know what? We’re just getting warmed up. With big growth plans and lots going on here, it’s a great time to join one of our passionate food and beverage teams. Working with people who love food just as much as you do, you’ll enjoy the buzz and pace of serving up delicious, wholesome dishes and providing outstanding service in some of the nation’s most beautiful settings. 

Whether you join us as a Food and Beverage Assistant, Cook, Head Chef or Food and Beverage Manager, you’ll share our enthusiasm for fresh food and unique dining experiences. We think it’s important that customers know where their food has come from so we use local and seasonal produce, lots of which is grown in our own kitchen gardens or by tenant farmers or local suppliers. The National Trust Cookbook is the framework all of our food and beverage teams use to make sure we’re linking our relationship with food with the uniqueness of our places. After all, food and beverage is crucial to our cause and crucial to our future. Variety and challenge will always be on the menu in our restaurants – all 300 of them – so if you want to work with great teams and incomparably fresh produce, join us. 


We’re one big family

The work our Food and Beverage teams do helps to support our organisation and the places we look after for years to come. Not only do our teams play a vital role in creating a positive visitor experience, but the money earned in our cafes and restaurants goes directly towards protecting our properties and spaces for the future. With a variety of roles available, there’s room to find and grow your career. Hear from Paige, James, Yas and Hannah as they reveal what it’s like to be part of the National Trust family. Find out why they love working in the Food and Beverage team and why no two days are ever the same.

Typical roles

We have lots of different opportunities in Food and Beverage across our special places and regional and central offices. These include Head Chef, Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, Commercial Support Consultant, Food and Beverage Development Manager, Commis Chef, Development Chef, Food and Beverage Supervisor, Head of Food and Beverage – and that’s just to name a few.

Supplier Manager

You’ll effectively and proactively manage our supply base, collaborating with the Food and Beverage team to develop a robust supplier management framework.

Food and Beverage Manager

Inspiring a team with your passion for food and customer service, you’ll use your food and beverage know-how, bright ideas and commercial mindset to keep our visitors coming back for more.

Food and Beverage Assistant

Welcoming and looking after guests, you’ll ensure that everything they’re served looks delicious – and sometimes you’ll lend a hand preparing it too.

Food and Beverage people

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Food and Beverage Manager

    Working at the National Trust is not just a job; it’s a career and an opportunity to develop. You’ll be supported in whichever direction you want to go.  

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Food and Beverage Manager

    At Killerton, all of our produce has a story that can be traced; from the cider we press here ourselves, to the man who breeds our meat for the restaurants. We’ve also recently won six of the National Trust’s Fine Farm Produce Awards, which celebrate what we’ve made here on the estate.

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