Here at Darbys we are committed to employing fantastic customer focused staff to work as part of a new team in this lovey rural pub/restaurant. Below are the available employment opportunities at Darbys.


If you’d like to apply for a position with us please, in the first instance, please email your C.V to

Head Cook/Chef (Full time)

We’re looking for a very experienced professional chef/head cook for our new venture at Darbys in Swanton Morley, Norfolk.  


Darbys is a classic English country pub in a great Norfolk village where our locals appreciate great tasting traditional dishes as well as some culinary adventure!

Our kitchen, in size/ layout and resources is well beyond what you’d expect to find in a rural pub/restaurant, giving the successful applicant a fantastic place to work, to cook and to create. 


As the first Chef in this new venture you will play a key part in our operation and our plans. As well as being a great cook you’ll be able to work with, and be supported by, a small team delivering great service. You’ll possess a positive and friendly attitude and enjoy engaging with our customers.


Responsibilities will include:

  • Menu preparation - Create a standout menu for Darbys.

  • Preparation of dishes to a high standard

  • Stock ordering and cost control, ensuring all dishes are viable and waste is minimised

  • Fresh food ideas that keep our customers engaged and satisfied throughout the year

  • Maintain cleanliness to very high standard and maintain our 5-star food hygiene

  • Record keeping including stock-control

  • Working with us to continually improve

Please note that a 2-bedroom apartment on-site is potentially available, terms are TBA.

We’re planning to open in May 2021 with the successful applicant fully involved beforehand, and so early applications are encouraged.

Assistant Cook (Full Time)

This position is to assist the head cook and also work in his/her absence in preparing our
menu to achieve a seamless high standard.


A great knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, pub/restaurant cooking is required. You’ll need
to work well under pressure and enjoy working as part of a team.

  • References are required

  • Previous experience required

Morning Cleaner

Cleanliness at Darbys is vital and so we require a highly capable and experienced cleaner who can work mornings to have the pub clean and ready to open at 11am. We’re estimating around 2 hours a day.

  • References required

We very much look forward to hearing from all applicants and are excited to form a friendly and hard working team here at Darbys.

Darbys Freehouse

Elsing Rd, Swanton Morley, Dereham NR20 4NY

01362 637346

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