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Oddfellows Hotels O


ddfellows was historically a global society for misfits – for those who didn’t conform to


the more conventional professions. The artists and inventors, philosophers and dreamers all belonged to Oddfellows. We carry on the Oddfellows spirit by delighting in the unusual and creative. We’re independently owned and not afraid of challenging the way that we approach the hospitality business. Our hotels are housed in interesting buildings and locations and we revel in the history and stories that surround them.


Oddfellows Chester Chester is where the Oddfellows story started in 2012, when Jonathan Slater renovated an existing restaurant and bar with rooms in one of the city’s most beautiful examples of Georgian architecture into a unique boutique hotel. Eighteen bedrooms, apartments, a restaurant, cocktail bar, stunning event spaces and a secret garden have followed suit. We’ve won architectural awards for our conversion. It’s a beautiful, eccentric and imaginative hotel, a pleasure to work within and we’re very proud of its evolution.


Oddfellows On The Park Our second hotel joined us in spring 2017. Set in the leafy enclaves of Bruntwood Park in a magnificent example of a Gothic Victorian mansion, Oddfellows On The Park is defined by the story of its past inhabitants. There are 22 beautiful bedrooms, a cocktail bar, the Galloping Major restaurant, amazing event spaces overlooking the park and a salon de beauté, the Pigsty, all in a building that has been carefully restored.


SHOWCASE Case study


For a career with character, consider this independent company’s beautiful, quirky and original hotels


This is the very start of our story. We expect our hotels to stampede across the country in the coming decade. Grab the reins and join the adventure!


The team Our team is small and impassioned. We have official job titles to define things, but we like an atmosphere where everyone pitches in. It means our junior team get involved in as many parts of the business as possible and have the opportunity to learn everything we can teach them. Meetings will regularly include the senior team, so if you bring an idea to a meeting that works, you can expect the go-ahead to have it implemented immediately.


Why Oddfelllows? We are a growing collection and through that is huge opportunity – we also like to think that we treat our team like a family. We reward loyalty and have brilliant staff retention. It all begins with the induction, where you will


have the chance to meet the existing team, and continues with personalised development plans and individual training programmes. If you want to become a senior manager and we see the potential in you, we will nurture, teach and fast track you. We offer all the usual benefits – eye care,


pensions, holiday entitlement and more. We also offer discounted rates at our hotels for yourself and your friends and family and these extend to other Design Hotels™ across the world.


Contact To find out more, go to www.oddfellowschester. com/our-story/positions-available or www.oddfellowsonthepark.com/careers


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The Oddfellows team are unashamed foodies! Our hotels have a very strong food and beverage slant and our two head chefs are young, dynamic and brilliant. Elliot Hill (above left) leads the team at


Chester, where he brings his seasonal and very local ingredient-led food to restaurant Cultivated, private dining and events. Elliot is passionate about the ingredient and has introduced vegetable planters and a herb garden to the Oddfellows city centre hotel. He has transformed the menus to introduce his ‘odd plate’ concept – where dishes are designed by size according to the ingredients and the richness or flavours of the dishes. Ross Chatburn holds the reins at Oddfellows


On The Park. He finds inspiration from the parkland that surrounds him for his dishes – not only through foraging, but also creating ingredients like fir-needle vinegar and reflecting the seasonal colour of the park through his food. The Galloping Major restaurant (named after the second owner of the hall, a major who ran the parkland as an equestrian stud) is just part of the food offering at Oddfellows On The Park, which can include everything from casual bites on the terrace to weddings and corporate events. Both chefs are passionate about their brigades and train and nurture their team. Oddfellows run an apprenticeship scheme in conjunction with Total People, with on-the-job training and learning.


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ON THE PARK


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