Work for Us

We place our customers at the heart of what we do, and we are looking for people who are as passionate about providing 5 star customer service as we are. Our family-run, family-inspired ethos is woven through the very fabric of our business and extends out not just to our staff, but to our customers too.

We pride ourselves on the quality and range of plants offered, many of which are grown in our own glasshouses on-site at W.D. Smith’s growing facility.

Not only do we produce plants, we also have a well-established floristry department, together with giftware, homewares and outdoor living departments, plus much more. We hold regular festivals and events across the year, including our now locally-renowned German Christmas Market, Lavender Festival and Pansy & Viola Festival, and a series of children's events throughout the year.

We also offer an on-site 100-seater restaurant, which regularly features in the top 3 of local restaurants on TripAdvisor. Our restaurant is an integral part of Meadow Croft Garden Centre, which has recently been extended to include an attractive and relaxing alfresco eating area.

We know that it's our team that makes Meadow Croft such a success, which is why we hold regular training, staff social events and more throughout each year.

If excellent customer service and being a valued member of a team are top of your list, we want you to be top of ours.

Staff Benefits

Discretionary Profit-Related Bonus

Staff Discount Scheme

Subsidised Staff Menu from the Restaurant

Uniform Provided/Allowance for Protective Footwear (dependent on role)

Above Statutory Holiday Allowance

Employer Contributory Pension Scheme

Free Parking

Current Vacancies

Full-time Apprentice Chef

Combining off-site training with on-the-job learning, the apprentice chef will work alongside our qualified chefs, assisting in all aspects of food preparation and production in our kitchen.
As an apprentice chef, you will need to have a keen interest in the food industry and creating food from scratch.  You should have basic culinary skills such as knife skills, knowledge of different ingredients, cooking equipment, and basic kitchen procedures.  
You will be keen to learn new skills, be a good communicator and team player.
This position provides the opportunity to learn and build experience and as such, requires commitment to the completion of all learning and 
development activities within the training plan, which will be discussed at interview.

To apply, please send your C.V. with a covering letter to Grant, Restaurant Manager at Meadow Croft.

Application deadline: 28th February

About Meadow Croft Restaurant:

Meadow Croft Restaurant is open from 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and from 10.00 – 4.00pm on Sunday.

Our buzzwords are fresh and homemade! We use fresh, local ingredients to create wholesome meals. Everything is cooked to order and we use the best local ingredient suppliers we can find, from Paddy & Scott’s coffee, Tiptree jams & Tiptree Patisserie cakes, to locally-sourced English breakfast sausages. We also make a lot of cakes on-site. In fact, we make almost 7000 scones each year! Our menu also includes a daily seasonal breakfast and lunch specials board.

Our 90 seater air-conditioned restaurant is a vibrant hub in the centre of a family-owned and run garden centre which attracts thousands of visitors each year. Guests can also enjoy their meals or snacks on our covered terrace, which also boasts heaters and blankets in the cooler months.