Careers with THOMPSON St Albans


Why THOMPSON St Albans?

Phil Thompson, Head Chef and owner, previously held a Michelin Star for 4 years, before establishing his own restaurant in Nov 2013.  As a team we are literally ‘gunning’ to regain that Michelin star at THOMPSON St Albans and we have recently been given a Michelin plate displayed outside the restaurant, to say Michelin are watching us!  November 2017 saw us gain 3 AA Rosette status.  Other awards we have won include St Albans Chamber of Commerce – Best Restaurant Award, Hertfordshire Life – Best Restaurant and Best Chef and St Albans Food & Drink – Best Restaurant for a Special Occasion.

We believe in progression from within, training and mentorship, offering a good basic salary, performance-related bonus, cash tips and TRONC / service charge on top.  We are closed Sunday night, Monday and Tuesday lunchtime, and you will also receive another day off each week.

We have a great team and strong family ethos; everyone works hard, with much help and support for each other along the way, regular staff socials and of course, team drinks in The Cock at the end of the week.  We are an independent restaurant, make quick decisions and reinvest in the business heavily, most recently with our new pendant lights, painting of the entire restaurant and a new bar and still / coffee area, all renovations carried out in January 2018.

We have an amazing team of which we are very proud – you could be a part of this… and on board when Phil regains his Michelin star.

If you would like to join our team, please call 07946 381599 to speak to James Renfrew, Restaurant Manager for THOMPSON St Albans or send your CV to

Many thanks and we look forward to hearing from you.


Summary of Positions Available:

Front of House: Head Waiter, Chef de Rang (Waiter), Commis Waiter

Kitchen: Chef de Partie, Commis Chef, Kitchen Porter

Head Waiter

3 AA rosette, THOMPSON St Albans seeks a Head Waiter to manage, lead and inspire the front of house team alongside out Assistant Restaurant Manager.  You will have a minimum of 1 year’s experience in a 2 / 3 AA Rosette or Michelin Star restaurant, with good food and wine knowledge.  You will drive training and product awareness to ensure the highest possible standards are maintained in line with that of a 3 AA Rosette restaurant.  You will support the Assistant Restaurant Manger as their deputy on a day to day basis and in their absence.

Chef de Rang (Waiter)Download full job description

3 AA Rosette restaurant with Phil Thompson (and his team) pushing hard to regain his Michelin star, THOMPSON St Albans seeks a Chef de Rang.  You should have a minimum of 1 year’s experience in a 2 / 3 AA Rosette or Michelin Star restaurant, be keen to learn and maintain our service, general restaurant and front of house standards.  Food and wine knowledge is desirable.

Casual Waiter / WaitressDownload full job description

If you would like to join our close and supportive team, with staff drinks after shift, TRONC / service charge and cash tips on top of hourly pay, we would love to hear from you.  Previous experience is desirable, as is a passion for food.

Chef de PartieDownload full job description

Working with a Michelin star status Head Chef, in a 3 AA rosette kitchen.  You should have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a 2 / 3 AA Rosette restaurant, good knowledge of seasonal ingredients and food hygiene awareness.

Commis Chef: £14,500 to £16,000 Basic SalaryDownload full job description

With an eagerness to learn and hardworking attitude, you should have NVQ level 1 or 2, or equivalent and basic food hygiene awareness.  Experience in a 2 / 3 AA Rosette kitchen and knowledge of seasonal ingredients is desirable.

If you are interested, please call James Renfrew on 07946 381599 or forward your CV to:

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