Thurston Manor Leisure Park, Dunbar

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Thurston Manor is our largest park and during peak season the team can grow to numbering around 70. We have a core team of around 40 permanent members of staff with seasonal team members joining us for busy periods. Many of our seasonal staff return year after year, or become permanent team members.
The Complex team are fun, friendly and passionate about providing good quality pub restaurant food and a welcoming environment in which to enjoy it! They work together to ensure that our holiday home owners, holiday guests, visitors and locals have an exceptional time when experiencing the facilities on park.


Some examples of the day to day duties are:


Our Cooks prepare meals and snacks to order throughout the day, producing consistently well presented, high quality and tasty food from our seasonal menu and special boards. You may be working on your own or with assistance from kitchen assistants and waiting staff. This role is key to ensuring that we can provide the quality food service that our guests expect, providing them with another option to self-catering and allowing them to spend more precious time with family and friends.

  • Preparing and cooking food from our regular menu.
  • Working with the other Cooks to develop new dishes for our specials board.
  • Cleaning the kitchen and equipment.
  • Taking delivery of food stock and maintaining an effective stock control system.
  • Ensuring that all temperature checks are carried out and recorded.

Due to the nature of the industry this is a temporary seasonal role and the hours are variable to suit but will include working evenings, weekends and bank holidays. The position may become permanent for the right candidate.

Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate will have:



  • A friendly and flexible attitude.
  • A passion for well prepared and presented pub restaurant food.
  • Previous experience in cooking or catering is required - this includes experience from college or home.
  • A commitment to producing consistent and excellent quality food.
  • Awareness of stock rotation procedures and basic food hygiene.
  • A relevant catering qualification will be advantageous, however training and support will be provided to help you reach your full potential.

Above all, you will need to have the right attitude. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and so we expect you to do everything in your power to make their Verdant experience the absolute best it could possibly be. We don’t believe in ‘that’s not my job’ so you will need to be adaptable and flexible to help the wider park team meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.


To apply for this role please send your CV (or a completed application form) along with a covering letter to

For an informal chat about the role please contact Ian Crawford, Complex Manager on 01368 840643.

Verdant Leisure is not your average Company, by joining our team you join our family and we will support and develop you. You will need to live our brand, work hard and be passionately committed to our mission. We expect great things from you, but we offer plenty in return!

Verdant Leisure is an equal opportunities employer and a member of the Disability Confident scheme. Please contact us if you require any information in an alternative format.

In addition to offering a competitive salary, we also provide an employee benefits package which includes:

  • An online discount platform where you can save money on shopping, dining, travel, days out and much more;
  • Discounted use of facilities on park, including restaurants, leisure and activities;
  • Friends & family discounts on park breaks;
  • Reduced standby rates on park breaks;
  • Access to a 24/7 confidential helpline;
  • Reward and recognition schemes that celebrate excellence;
  • Ongoing training & development opportunities.

Verdant Leisure are proud to be named as one of the Best 100 Companies to Work for 2020, and one of the Best 50 Companies to Work for in Scotland 2020!