We are a small, family owned, award winning bar, tea room and restaurant located on the smallest permanently inhabited island in the Inner Hebrides on the west coast of Scotland. We require an experienced chef and front of house staff to help us this year.
We are first and foremost a central hub for the tiny, vibrant community that live here permanently (70 people) however our business relies on a busy tourism season from Easter to October. During that time we are open 7 days a week. Some days can be absolutely hectic and others quieter. Our business can be very weather dependant as visitors arrive by a tiny open ferry boat. Through the summer we work long hours but we are a small, close knit team that thrive under pressure and work well together.
We specialise in promoting Scottish produce within our business supporting local fishermen and farmers in our rural location. We pride ourselves in providing a friendly, warm welcome to both visitors and residents and enjoy many events throughout the year including speciality food nights, karaoke, fancy dress and theme nights.
Our island is tiny and steeped in industrial history having been quarried for slate for over a century. The island landscape reflects this past history with 7 flooded quarries, rows of tiny white slate quarriers cottages and mounds of slate deposits. Located in the Firth of Lorn the island boasts terrific seaviews of the Atlantic and neighbouring islands. The island is only a quarter mile by half a mile wide but has a harbour, a community hall which hosts an annual arts programme, a folk museum and the island hosts the annual World Stone Skimming Championships at the end of September.
Scotland is renowned for its midges (tiny biting insects) in the summer months but we are very lucky here. A sea breeze is usually not far away so we are only bothered by these pesky insects in the early morning and early evening when the wind dies down.
Cooking / shopping
Learn about Scottish food and drink, the island's history and surrounding area. Enjoy the cultural and social events held on the island. Engage with new people from all over the world. Live as part of a tiny island community.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
We require one more experienced front of house staff member to join our team for the coming season. Arriving as soon as possible to stay with us until mid October.
This work will be paid (depending on experience and over minimum wage). Front of house staff must have previous experience and knowledge in barista/front of house/ hospitality/waiter/waitress/bar work. In house training will be provided.
Good English is a necessity and required. Honest, friendly, helpful, outgoing, adaptable, trustworthy, hardworking and able to work alone as well as part of a small team. We will require references of your previous work experience.
Live in our house with my husband and myself and our 2 (slightly mad) springer spaniels.
Due to room share we can currently only accommodate female applicants. You will be sharing a room with one other female, there is a shared toilet and lounge area. Shared cooking area in the house (some food supplied).
Please note this is a paid position ( over minimum wage and at least 2 days off per week). There are many places to visit in the surrounding area. Other nearby islands, local town, boat trips to see local wildlife, learn about our island in the museum, swimming in the quarries, good walks over the hills or just sit on the backshore and watch the waves. Ferry operates a good service throughout day and evening. Bus service operates 5 services a day (not Sunday) to nearest town (Oban). Train services from Glasgow to nearest town 3 times a day. We are 3 hours from Glasgow by car.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Paid work - approx 20 - 40 hours per week