Bar Manager

Are you passionate about meeting clients and providing excellent customer service? Would you thrive on managing a bar in a historic venue for a variety of events and weddings?

We are looking for an experienced Bar Manager to join the team at Boconnoc and add value to the experience of the thousands of visitors we have to the estate each year.

We are a small, hands-on team who support each other to live our values; being open and honest and fair in our actions. We challenge the business, ourselves and each other and reflect on what went well, what we can change and where we can improve. We want to keep things real, showing all aspects of the estate from the architecture and the ancient oak trees to the worms and soil. We aim to keep things simple and make sure we have time for playfulness within our roles. All of these things are work in progress and we are looking for like-minded people to join us on our journey.

About Boconnoc:

Boconnoc is a privately owned rural estate, situated near Lostwithiel in East Cornwall. The main house was restored and brought back to life by Anthony and Elizabeth Fortescue and a small team of skilled craftsman between 2000 and 2012 and is now used for private and community events, weddings, retreats and holidays. Holidays and retreats include the opportunity for volunteer work involving anything from picking apples to seed collecting to planting acorns.

There is a kitchen garden onsite which provides fruit and vegetables for events, produce boxes for clients and the onsite shop used by guests. There is woodland, farmland, orchards, a kitchen garden, a dis-used market garden, a Georgian Bathhouse, a water powered sawmill as well as miles of woodland tracks. The opportunities are endless.

The role will encompass the following areas:

  • Managing and running the bar(s)
  • Managing staff
  • Stock checks
  • Locking up the bar/venue
  • Assisting members of the team on duty during events
  • Developing relationships with suppliers and event organisers
  • Supporting the team with set up of events
  • Understanding of current legislation


This role will require you to:

  • Ensure the smooth running of the bar(s) to a high standard during events and weddings
  • Recruit, train and manage/motivate staff
  • Keep up to date with licensing legislation
  • Stock management and ordering of stock
  • Supervision of deliveries
  • Understand profit margins
  • Deal with customer feedback
  • Assist in event set ups and breakdown
  • Close down bar
  • Lock up the venue following events and weddings
  • Assist the on duty event manager during events with ad hoc jobs such as moving furniture
  • Organising storage area for bar stock
  • Manage glassware
  • Create a welcoming environment for guests
  • Oversee the cleanliness of staff and physical bar area and pay attention to possible hazards
  • Work closely with the Sustainability lead and Marketing Manager for the business to understand the story behind the brands we sell behind the bar and to suggest brands that might work well with similar values as well as incorporating produce from the estate where possible in the offering
  • Work closely with the Operations Manager to ensure profitability

*This list is not exhaustive


About you:

  • Enjoy supporting and looking after guests and visitors
  • You want to find a job with a sense of purpose
  • Previous experience managing bars
  • Interested in history, nature, people and the environment
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and professional and likes a challenge
  • Likes innovation and change
  • Passionate about customer service and the products you are selling
  • Interested in sourcing high quality products from brands who align with our values
  • Responsible and organised
  • Smart personal presentation and professional and friendly manner
  • Wanting to deliver the highest standards
  • Playful and able to create a fun and upbeat atmosphere for clients and employees


Key Skills:

  • Proactive
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to understand a brand
  • Commercial awareness
  • Organised, methodical and efficient
  • Able to lead, delegate and train
  • Attention to detail
  • Calm under pressure
  • Creative



Working hours will be varied and include weekends and evenings

Part time role – approximately 30 hours per week – more hours during peak season (April to September)

To apply

Please send your CV to along with a cover letter.

Closing date: 20th March 2023


Diversity and inclusion

At Boconnoc, we value our people.

We will listen, encourage and celebrate uniqueness. 

We strive to maintain diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We’re committed to building an inclusive team of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and skillsets.

If you have questions, or needs that require accommodating, please let us know.