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Garden Café General Manager

The Garden Café at the Garden Museum is looking for a new General Manager from December.

Opened in June 2017, the Garden Café was reviewed by Jay Rayner as ‘one of the loveliest new spaces to open in the capital in a long while, and boasting food to match’. In 2018 it was judged the best Museum restaurant in the world by Leading Cultural Venues. Set within a garden designed by Dan Pearson, it is unique in London in being part of a Museum but a dining destination in its own right.

We are looking for a new General Manager to work with founding Head Chefs Harry Kaufman (ex-Great Queen Street, Lyle’s, and St John Bread and Wine) and George Ryle (Primeur, Padella).

‘The menu at the Garden Café changes daily based on the seasons and what our fantastic suppliers have to offer. The best quality ingredients are treated with care and attention by the kitchen team with flavour and freshness at the heart of what ends up on the plate’ write Harry and George. It reflects the ethos of the Museum, whose design is contemporary, authentic, and original with an emphasis upon the honesty of materials.

The café is open for dining every lunch time and one evening a week (Tuesday); in the spring and summer it also opens on Friday evenings. We have just started a programme of once-a-month Supper Clubs.

Turnover is £700,000 p.a., and on top of this we wish to win a greater share of the venue hire events which take place at the Museum: the café is one of five catering choices available to venue hire clients.

The salary is £35,000 p.a. with participation in the tronc scheme in addition.

The ideal candidate will have experience as General Manager of a successful restaurant. Also desirable:

– An understanding of working in a cultural venue, and a creative response to the Museum’s cultural programme

– Events experience, ranging from canapé receptions to celebration dinners

Deadline for applications: 30 October 2019.

Interviews will take place on Monday 4th November. Successful candidates will be provided with a detailed job description and brief to respond to.


  • Apply by: 30/10/2019
  • Full Time
  • Permanent
  • £35,000 p.a.