As a long-established, family-run business with a history of exceptional quality and high standard, we are continually looking for enthusiastic employees with a passion for food, drink and service.

We are always interested in hearing from people keen to join our company, with an exciting year ahead we would love to hear from you. If you are an experienced  Manager, Assistant Manager, Head Chef, Sous Chef email a copy of your CV and covering letter to




We are looking for hard working dedicated individuals to work in the following roles:


Senior Sous Chef

Locations: Briar Dene

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Senior Sous Chef to join our team at Briar Dene. The pub is at the heart of Whitley Bay and has recently had a full refurbishment and restoration to its former glory. The Senior Sous Chef must have the ability to help create menus, be financially aware of food costs and GP margins, they must be able to manage a small kitchen brigade efficiently in the Head Chefs absence and deliver team training along with ideas for generating business.

What will make you perfect for the Senior Sous Chef role?

Experience in a similar role and environment, with a genuine commitment and passion for food and quality service

Responsible for maintaining health and safety practices and good hygiene in line with company food safety standards within our kitchen

Be a team player with Strong leadership, communication and organisational skills

Run the kitchen in the absence of the Head Chef

Manage stock control and operating a kitchen in line with food GP

Be creative in bringing new recipes to the table, and will be expected to help write new menus

Have a genuine passion and flair for fresh ingredients along with first rate culinary skills

Responsible for helping the Head Chef to train and motivate staff ensuring a perfect blend in the kitchen

To apply please forward your CV with a covering letter to

CDPs & Commis Chefs

Locations: Briar Dene

We are now looking for a number of Chef de Parties / Commis Chef for Briar Dene. The pub is at the heart of Whitley Bay and has recently had a full refurbishment and restoration to its former glory. It is essential that the Chef de Partie has creative skills matched to an outgoing personality allowing them to make the most of our locally sourced, fresh ingredients. You will be able to produce food of a high standard, and be confident in all aspects of food preparation and service. You are required to have the willingness to learn from more experienced chefs as well as passing on knowledge to junior members of the team.


Other essential requirements of the Chef de Partie & Commis Chef:


  • Previous experience in a busy restaurant environment
  • Experience working with fresh food
  • Up to date food hygiene and NVQ certificates
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team
  • Driven and self-motivated

to apply, please forward a copy of your CV to

Assistant Managers/Trainee Assistant Managers

SJF are looking to recruit our next generation of management at Assistant and Trainee Assistant level. If you have a passion for hospitality and a desire to progress to Management level we would like to hear from you. Please email your CV to to register your interest.

Waiting Staff

Locations: Cafe Royal

Cafe Royal in Newcastle is a stylish Cafe Bistro with a reputation for excellent food and even better service. We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals who thrive working in a fast-paced, bustling environment and have a passion for delivering impeccable customer service at all times. Full and part time positions are available.

If you would like to apply please email your CV to