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Why The Ferry House


“Hospitality can be hard work over long, anti-social hours. In order to enjoy this type of work, we believe a good working environment is key. We strive to provide the best facilities & tools we can to enable our team to thrive & enjoy their work. We reinvest in our ‘back of house’ facilities as much as possible & are constantly looking for ways to improve working life for our Ferry House family. As the owners we work every day alongside our team & hope to make them all feel valued as individuals but also as part of something ‘bigger’. We are a rapidly developing company & encourage employee creativity & input into our future journey.”

Alex & Victoria Burden – Owners.

Career Progression Stories


"My journey began as a waitress in 2014, then I worked my way up to a table runner, then I learnt bar work when I was old enough. From that I then changed my role and moved over to the office and became a weddings assistant, fast forward a few years and I am now a senior wedding coordinator.

The biggest element that makes me love working at the Ferry House is the culture of our team. Our core values are family, commitment, consistency, quality, and pride, and throughout my time working as part of the team I have always felt that the family value is the one that stands out the most."

"No matter what department or role you are in everyone works together and supports one another, and it is such an elating feeling to be a part of.

I have been encouraged to always be my best version of myself, and without the support of the team, I wouldn’t be fortunate enough to be in the role that I am in today, having your manager(s) believe in you and wanting you to grow alongside the business is very rewarding.

No day is the same at the Ferry House, you will always be learning new skills and experiencing different events, weddings, etc, so is always kept exciting."

Georgina • Client Relationship Executive

"I started working at the Ferry House in 2018, after taking a few years out from working to be a stay at home mum to my three young children. I started my Ferry House journey as a waitress mainly working on weddings, which I loved and it did so much for my confidence! After two years of working as a waitress and behind the bar on so many beautiful weddings I got asked to become part of the weddings team as a sales executive, I was so excited to start my next chapter."

"The support I have received has been amazing and I would never of dreamed this could of happened when I started my part time role as a waitress. Working at the Ferry House has been such an amazing experience, not only do I get to work at a beautiful place I get to work with lovely people who have supported me and help me achieve my goals. I love my job and the challenges it gives me to better myself in my career."

James • Head Chef

"I began here part time, before joining as a full time Sous, then was promoted to head chef after 18 months. I like the potential here, the sense that business has true momentum, and it's the same thing that everyone says when they come here, it could be something truly special. Which is true of a lot of places, but here it feels achievable, that there's the resources in the right places, with people heading it that are willing to do what needs to be done... and I wanted be part of somewhere that was willing to grow."

"As a chef, the resources are the biggest boon, the farm, the garden, the estate, the local suppliers, now new things likes the butchery, getting in whole animals, the curing cabinet, those are all things that few places have any of, let alone all of them,
I certainly feel like I'm listened to, and my opinions are considered."

"To be in an environment with a lot of culinary resources, that supports my ideas, allows me free reign, and with what I perceive to be no real "limit" any time soon allows me to grow and develop a style of my own, which is really important to me. I like to be challenged and I like to learn, so being in an environment that is always progressing will always yield new challenges and new opportunities to overcome."

An Extra Word


Whilst we are very lucky to retain some fabulous people in our team for many years (some exceeding 10 years service) it is inevitable that some will ‘fly the nest’. Our aim is for all employees to move on with more skills than they arrived with.

So, if you are a 6th form student looking for a weekend job before you go to Uni, you will leave with life skills and great people skills that you can put to use in any career field you choose. For management level staff there is personal development opportunities, including management and HR training. For chefs not only culinary betterment but management skills and kitchen garden knowledge.

During exit interviews we have a 100% positive response to ‘would you return to work here again?’ and almost all of our recruiting is via recommendation/word of mouth. The comments we receive in exit interviews/resignations are great affirmations that we are providing a nice place to work.

"I will definitely miss being part of the BB4 family."

"...a large stepping stone in my career..."

"…so grateful for all the opportunities to better myself and my skills."

"I am walking away with fond memories and friendships."

"I really enjoyed working and being part of The Ferry House Team, and I am grateful for all the help and kindness that I have received during my time with you."