The Reform Club is one of the oldest, and most prestigious, Private Members’ clubs in London and an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Full-Time cocktail waiter working from afternoon or evening shifts, Monday to Friday.
The Reform Club was founded in 1836, in Pall Mall, in the centre of what is often called London’s Clubland and has been operating from the original imposing and palatial clubhouse since 1841.
Primarily based in the Club's all day bar (the Hansard Bar), the bartender serves and promotes the Club's wine cellar and cocktail list in all the Club’s bar areas; the Hansard Bar, the Saloon, the Gallery and the Garden. The role holder will work as part of the wider hospitality team to deliver exceptional service to our Members and their guests. This full-time role will be required to work 5 days per week.
The bartender role comes with:
Requirements for the role:
To succeed, you’ll need to be able to work seamlessly with a range of other departments as well as your colleagues, and communicate effectively with Members, so teamwork and a fluent level of English are key. The successful candidates will show the ability to operate at a high standard and in a fast-paced environment, delivering a friendly and professional service to our members making them feel comfortable in a relaxed and welcoming manner. The right candidates must have a good knowledge of classic cocktails and spirits and basic knowledge of wine. Passion and willingness to learn and improve him/herself are essential. This is a role that involves a lot of time on your feet so would be best suited to someone physically fit and reasonably strong. The successful candidates will also have:
The Coffee Room is the Club’s principal dining room serving breakfast lunch and dinner. It is so named because the clubs of the 1700s and early 1800s evolved from London’s Coffee Houses; previous meeting places of the social and business elite. There is an informal buffet service in the Strangers’ Room. This room is a copy of the dining room in the House of Commons and so called because originally it was the only room where members could entertain guests. If Members wish to host a private dinner, hold a business meeting, or throw a party, Club rooms may be hired for the purpose, including the magnificent library.
In January 2020, the Club opened a new dedicated bar (the Hansard Bar) in the Morning Room. This is a 48 cover lounge bar open all day serving a wide range of beverages including cocktails along with hot and cold bar food.
This is an exciting role for a talented individual who is looking for experience working in one of the most prestigious venues in London and is keen to be part of a committed and stable team.
In line with the requirements of the Immigration Act 2016, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.
To apply, please send an up-to-date copy of your CV via the link.
104 Pall Mall SW1Y 5EW
Up to £14 per hour
Restaurant & Bar Manager
30 November 2023
Alla has been working in the housekeeping department for 13 years. I think my favourite thing about the Garrick Club is that Members respect the staff and they respect my work. The Club has a great atmosphere where everyone helps each other and as staff we get great benefits.
Elias began at the club in 2003 as a steward in the Drawing Rooms before moving to reception in 2008, working in a team of five during the day and evening. Elias likes the friendliness of members towards staff. I have done everything from first aid to security work with high-spirited members and guests. I think you can teach certain skills, but experience is the key to learning great customer service.
Agron started at the East India Club in mid-2000 as a student chef and has risen to Junior Sous Chef. Over the years the club has sponsored college attendance to complete NVQ’s in cookery and English language. Agron says ‘he is immensely grateful to the club for the opportunities it has given him’. What’s most important to him are the friends he has made at the club. “When you start work, you make friends,” he says.
Karim has worked at the club since 2003 and is one of the first faces members and their guests see as they enter. I like it that the staff of the club are so helpful with members and guests, and reciprocal members,” he adds. “We have a very good reputation. People who come here often tell me they have recommended the club to their friends. People love the atmosphere… we build up relationships with them. It is more like a family”.
Teo began working at the club in housekeeping and soon moved into the maintenance team in 2002. His day begins at 6.30am where he completes a check of the building, checking all the lights in the club before reporting to reception to see if there have been any problems overnight in the bedrooms. Although it is an eight-hour-day the job offers variety and there is always something different going on.
Raj joined the Victory Services Club in 2014 as a Reception Supervisor and is now the Front Office Manager. I've had an incredible journey working for the VSC. I started as a reception supervisor and only planned to work for the Club for six months because I wanted to go on sabbatical leave and pursue my MBA. However, I enjoyed working here so much that I made a significant decision to continue to be part of the team.
Adam’s first job at the club was as porter in the Front Hall, after a year he moved to housekeeping and a more physical role as linen keeper. Adam has grown to be an admirer of the club system. “I like the club because there is no owner,” he says. “All the members are the owners. “My colleagues here are like my family.”
Kamil started at the Garrick Club in 2017 as a Maintenance Assistant and was promoted to Maintenance Manager during the Covid-19 pandemic. I come from a hotel background, so the work is similar, but the atmosphere is far more pleasant and the Members really take care of the staff. The ALC also shows great support for staff. I recently attended an event with staff from other Clubs in the same role as me and we got to enjoy a tour of two other Clubs which were undergoing some work. It was really interesting and it was great to meet people in similar roles. We now have a network group we can contact each other for help with suppliers and so on.
Having worked at the East India Club for more than 22 years, Beatrix started in the Dining Room in 2005, and was sponsored on the wine and spirits education trust wine course. In moving to the reception team in 2011. “I like the way that the staff in different departments are very close – like a big family. We look after each other. All the departments work together. They have to, and they have to have a good relationship.”