Join Our Team!

The Black Horse and The Birch are family owned Freehouse establishments.  We are very busy restaurants with a fantastic reputation for delivering outstanding service and quality fresh food.  Our team is dedicated, enthusiastic and hands on, with a passion for food and pride in their work.

If this sounds like you and you wish to join our team of talented chefs or customer orientated waiting staff, then we would love to hear from you!  Either contact us by telephone or click here to fill out an application form.

If we do not have a job vacancy at the time, we will keep your details on file, and if we feel you’re right for the job, we will contact you when something becomes available.

Full Time/Part Time Waiter/Waitress

Salary: wages + tips

Pub: The Birch at Woburn

We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic people with previous waiting experience who are passionate about delivering excellent customer service.

Whilst previous waitering experience is preferred, it isn’t essential as training will be given.

Must be:

  • friendly and outgoing
  • conscientious and hard working
  • customer focused

Chef de Partie/Junior Sous Chef

Salary: Salary based on experience + Tips

Pub: The Black Horse at Ireland

County Dining Pub of the Year 2021 – The Good Pub Guide

An exciting opportunity has become available for an experienced Chef de Partie/Junior Sous Chef at our award-winning family run freehouse restaurant in Bedfordshire; The Black Horse at Ireland. We have a fantastic reputation in the area for delivering outstanding, tasty fresh food.

Our Ethos:

We believe in producing fresh food made from ethically sourced local ingredients. Our menu is changed seasonally to make the most of the seasonal produce. We have strived to reduce our carbon footprint and are passionate about sustainability.

As a small family restaurant that has been successfully going for over 20 years, we believe in looking after and supporting our staff and enhancing their personal welfare by providing a stable and happy work environment.


You will be working split shifts (lunch & dinner service) Wednesday – Saturday and extended lunch service with evenings off on Sundays.

Restaurant closed: Mondays & Tuesdays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day

As a Chef de Partie/Junior Sous Chef you will be required to:

  • have previous chef experience
  • have the skills to work with fresh food
  • be eligible to work and live in the UK
  • be passionate about creating excellent dishes

As a Chef de Partie/Junior Sous Chef you will:

  • be working alongside a team of highly talented chefs
  • have the opportunity to give your own input in creating dishes for a seasonally changed menu
  • work with quality fresh ingredients (sourced locally where possible)
  • receive recognition for your hard work and contributions


  • share of the tips
  • working in a restaurant with a fantastic reputation
  • employee discount
  • company pension

Live-in accommodation available if required.

If you feel you are the Chef de Partie/Junior Sous Chef we are looking for please contact us now. Remember to include a CV and provide a contact telephone number with your application.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Apprentice Commis Chef

Salary: From £6.85 + tips

Pub: The Black Horse at Ireland

Commis Chef level 2 standard.

Do you have the passion for food? We are looking for an enthusiastic, hard-working person to join our friendly team of chefs at our award-winning restaurant; The Black Horse at Ireland. Gain your qualification whilst earning a wage and tips as you learn to prepare exciting dishes using quality fresh seasonal ingredients and carry out basic cooking tasks in every section of a kitchen under supervision of a senior chef.

What’s Involved in the Apprenticeship:

You need to be 16yrs+ (salary based on age)

You’ll train for your Commis Chef level 2 through our partners Hit Training.

As an apprentice commis chef, you will learn in different ways, from online learning, practical learning on site with your peers, as well as having a one-to-one tutor who will support you through your apprenticeship.

Each month, you will learn something new and after 12 months, you’ll be a fully qualified and experienced commis chef!

Apprentice Job Role:

You’ll be involved in all aspects of the daily kitchen routine.

Initially, you’ll work closely with other chefs to help build your confidence within a new environment and to ensure your safety, as you become confident in your abilities and using your newfound skills, you’ll begin to run your own areas within the kitchen.


You’ll work split shifts (lunchtimes and evenings) Wednesday to Saturday, and extended lunch shift on Sunday’s (with Sunday evenings off)

Duties will include:

  • Take part in food safety training in line with current legislation
  • Supporting senior chefs
  • Prepare ingredients
  • Cook fresh ingredients using various different cooking methods and techniques
  • Plating and presentation of food
  • Portion and stock control

If you are interested in this apprenticeship, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.