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Coastal life is calling you. Yes, you! Relocating for a job is one of life’s ultimate adventures. You don’t know who you are going to meet or what new sights you are going to see - and that’s all part of the fun. And what better place to relocate to than the coast? So English beaches may not have the best reputations. Pebbles often come in place of white sand, and the water might not be crystal clear. But there’s no denying that Britain’s coastal spots are some of the most beautiful landscapes our nation has to offer. So if you’re toying with the idea of relocating, here are five things that working on the coast allows you to do: Beach fun – lots of it! Now, you might not think of yourself as a beach person. But that’s what every beach-hater says until they’ve spent a great day at the beach. Trust us! On the other hand, perhaps you’re a beach bum who loves nothing more than the feeling of sand between your toes and the serene sound of waves crashing around you. If just reading this has got you feeling fintastic, then what else is there to think about? A new outdoor hobby You and your work friends have so many new hobbies to choose from. Surfing, fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking and cycling, to name a few. And, if you try your hand at a new hobby and it doesn’t work out, that just leaves you more time to enjoy a leisurely coastal walk or to work on your tan. A great night’s sleep This one might sound weird, so bear with us. A National Trust study found that a coastal walk can help you get a better night sleep. Their research showed that people who went for a stroll by the sea slept for 47 minutes longer, rather than the 12 minutes longer for people who strolled inland. And let’s not forget about all that extra Vitamin D – and vitamin sea - you’ll get. Show off your new home You’re not just moving to the coast to be closer to nature and breathe in that fresh seaside air, are you? You want to show your friends and family that you’re living in the world’s coolest place. So be ready for them to turn up on your doorstep and put on your tour guide shoes – you shore will have a lovely day. Enjoy the wonders of nature You might think that greenery is what you need to look for if you want tranquillity. But one study found that blue spaces beat green spaces in terms of lowering stress levels. Despite this, a whopping 83.65% of the UK population live in cities, and if you ask us, they don’t know what they’re missing out on. Now, doesn't that sound like cause for shell-ebration! Take your hospitality career to the coast with M&B Whether you’re looking for a new role in a kitchen, as a bar and waiting staff, or are ready to put your management skills into practice, we’re sure we’ve got the right job for you. At Mitchells and Butlers, we’ve been serving with pride since 1898. Over this time we’ve grown to a 44,000 strong team of colleagues. And if there’s one thing you should know about our people, it’s that they know how to serve up a good time. So if you’re ready to join the M&B family and take your career to the coast, seas the day and check out our coastal jobs .
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Imagine working in a location where your equivalent of an office view is the rolling hills that make up the fine British countryside. Where you get to breathe in that fresh air and where your commute to work takes you through the winding country lanes. Sounds idyllic right? Well, that’s exactly what you can get with a job at Mitchells and Butlers (M&B) at one of our many locations tucked away in the more peaceful and tranquil spots across the UK. In fact, that’s one of James Hicks’ favourite things about working at The Shy Horse in Chessington. As a General Manager at one of our charming country Vintage Inns pubs, James welcomes guests who are passing through from all over. Read on to hear why James loves working in a rural location and why it could be the perfect spot to take your career: 1) Why did you join the company? I was looking for a career in pubs and restaurants, and I knew the M&B brands well from going as a guest. I knew it would be a great place to work, and I recognised there was the potential to progress at M&B as long as I put the effort in. I started 11 years ago in a sister pub as a kitchen porter doing Saturday shifts. Within two years, I was promoted to kitchen manager. Then I saw an opportunity to support the front of house (FOH) team, and before I knew it, I was an assistant manager. Since then, I’ve steadily built my FOH career and was appointed general manager this year. 2) What is the best thing about working in a beautiful rural area? We get a lot of new faces passing through due to our location. There is nothing better for our guests than stopping for a nice hearty meal, sitting by a warm fire, and watching the sun go down over the hills. We're surrounded by nature and the countryside, making it the perfect spot to relax. 3) What does an average day at work look like for you? I start by entering the business from the guests’ perspective. I stand in the car park and make sure my business looks great from the outside. I move to the inside and do the same. I light the fires so we get that warm cosy and warm feel, ensure the flowers look bright and welcoming on the tables, and then I welcome and brief the team when they arrive. We consider the business performance, talk about our daily specials, and I find out how their weeks are going. I will then float around the business, spot-checking the team, speaking to the guests, and always think about how I can inject some fun into the day. When it's time to leave, I take a minute to watch the sky turn pink as the sun dips over the hills behind the farm opposite. 4) What do you love most about your job? I love passing my knowledge on to the team. After all, they’ll be running the show one day. I want to give as much guidance to our future leaders as I can, so they have everything they need to help the business succeed. 5) How do you spend your time when you're not at work? I spend my time with my two children, who are five and eight years old. They keep me on my toes as we go hunting Pokémon and exploring nature. 6) Why would you recommend a job at M&B at any of our more rural locations? Because they are surrounded by beauty – you might wake up on the wrong side of the bed in the morning, but then you see the view. We have so much nature around us. We get deer in the car park and gardens, hedgehogs that live in the bushes, and a robin that comes to say hello most days. Are you ready to take your career to the country? So, do you like the sound of working in one of our charming country locations? At Mitchells and Butlers, we have over 1,600 pubs, bars and restaurants scattered across the UK, meaning your local M&B business is closer than you might think. Browse our countryside jobs and check out the dos and don’ts when writing your hospitality CV for our top tips.
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Kiran Purewal is one of our General Managers for Premium Country Pubs who recently relocated to Bath to take over one of our most stunning businesses, The Bathampton Mill. Here she talks about her decision to seize upon an opportunity that came her way and how she managed the change. Tell us a little bit about your journey through M&B. When did you first start with us? I joined the company in 2011, so nearly 10 years ago when I started as a waitress at a pub called the Barnt Green Inn which is on the outskirts of Birmingham. I moved to a nearby pub called The Victoria and started my development there and then after 8 years, I moved to The Bathampton Mill where I am today! Moving to Bath must have been a big decision for you after staying near to where you’ve grown up. How did you feel when that opportunity came your way? To be honest, I didn’t ever think about moving away from Birmingham as my family are all here. I’d had a couple of opportunities to relocate but I’d never felt it was the right time or place for me to go. When my area manager came to me with the opportunity in Bath, I decided to take the plunge. I’d visited Bath before and loved it so knew I’d be happy there but also the business I would be moving to would offer some new challenges which I think it is important to take on to keep things fresh. Have you learned anything about yourself through moving? I think I’ve learnt that adapting to a new environment and situation is a lot easier than you build it up to be. I’m really close with my family so I worried I might not enjoy being away from them for so long but with technology today, it’s amazing how connected you can feel to home when you aren’t there. The move itself, I found really easy especially given I was familiar with how the business would be run, it made it one less thing to have to worry about. My area manager checked in on me in the first few weeks to make sure I was getting on OK and once I was settled, I was quite proud of myself for taking the opportunity! What have you enjoyed most about moving to Bath? Sometimes I have to remind myself I’m in England and not Rome! The architecture is amazing and touristy spots mean there’s plenty to see and do - it’s a really idyllic place to be. I’ve met loads of new people here and as we’re coming out of lockdown and things are opening up, I’ve been able to explore a bit more and I’m finding little markets and quirky little cafés and bars which is perfect for me. It’s also really, really close to Bristol another city I love and where I’ve spent a bit of time for work – I didn’t realise how close it was so if I ever do miss that big city feeling, I can just hop on the train and be there in 10 minutes. How does your business here differ to those you worked in back at home? The Mill is definitely more seasonal and I think that has a lot to do with the location – rolling countryside and next to the river. It means that you can go from 0 to 100 when the sun randomly decides to come out. I love the rush and when we get busy out of the blue but I have had to adapt to be prepared for that a little bit compared to the businesses I’ve worked in previously which were fairly consistent in terms of trade but it’s a welcome change. Aside from that, the views here are just incredible and its so peaceful – I wake up and see fields and green rather than the car park which is always nice haha! How do you spend your time when you're not at work – were you surprised at what Bath has to offer? The main reason I love working in this industry is because I just live for eating out and trying as many new places as possible but since moving here I haven’t had much of a chance to explore with everything being closed so that’s something I’m looking forward to. What I’ve really enjoyed though is the shift in the activities I do outside of that, I’m going on walks more than I ever did before and making the most of the environment around me which has had such a healthy and positive impact. For any prospective General Managers considering relocating for a new challenge, what advice would you give? I’d say just go for it – it’s so easy in this industry to get stuck in a comfort zone and since making the change, I’ve realised that it was exactly what I needed to avoid being stuck in that rut. The UK is a big place - there’s so much to see and enjoy and in our industry the seasons just fly by so it’s important to think big and take opportunities. I’ve had loads of support from colleagues in the district, my area manager and my team so I would absolutely tell people to take the plunge!