The Recruitment Room has been operating successfully since 2003; specialising in permanent recruitment to the catering and hospitality industry.

We effectively recruit for restaurants, bars, premium branded groups, city and country house hotels, gastro inns, event and contract catering companies across the UK








What We Do

We focus on front of house management and chef appointments, recruiting and interviewing candidates on a national basis throughout the UK.



We understand that different clients have different requirements and so we pride ourselves on offering a bespoke service to ensure we find the right people for your business and support your future growth

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Don't just take our word for it…Testimonials speak volumes

  • The Recruitment Room has made every effort to visit each of our  restaurants and meet the managers in place to gain a greater understanding of each specific site and our requirements for the profile, experience and personality for our senior team. In doing this I can be assured that every candidate introduced to me by The Recruitment Room will be of a high caliber and as a result I have recruited many members of my management

    Brett BoyersOperations Manager - Giraffe

  • Although agencies are not always ideal, we found The Recruitment Room really worked for us as the standard of candidates matched our criteria which is often not the case. Along with that, their service is professional, thorough and friendly

    Martin WicksManaging Director for Ashdale Hotels

  • The Recruitment Room have worked with us closely for over 5 years now and they have placed some fantastic people in front of house positions. They have really got to know us as a business and understand the type of quality we require. We have found them to be very friendly, organised and professional business who we will continue to work with.

    Marie RamskillBettys Human Resources Manager

  • The Recruitment Room have been a great asset to me both as a candidate and client. I found their approach to be simple, honest and candid – a refreshing break from the norm! From our initial meeting they took time to get to know me as an individual, my needs and what I was looking for in my next career move. Throughout this process I found their service to be very organised, approachable and professional. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to both companies and potential candidates alike

    Fiona PattersonPlaced as Restaurant GM
    Marco Pierre White - The Cube

  • We have used the Recruitment room for two or three Le Bistrot Pierre restaurant openings, and exclusively for our most recent opening in Ilkley. Their local knowledge and professionalism has been incredibly helpful. The Recruitment Room’s approach to recruitment is not only professional but passionate, combined with their in-depth knowledge of the hospitality industry. They are thorough, trustful, diligent, helpful and good customers. We have a great business to business relationship with them. They have been a real help in recruiting in what are difficult locations.

    John WhiteheadDirector – Le Bistrot Pierre

  • Although The Recruitment Room is based in Leeds they have been very efficient in sourcing the right candidates for our businesses all over. The team have a good knowledge of our industry and really take the time to get to know and understand their clients. What is guaranteed about The Recruitment Room is that rather than bombarding me with CVs, they will present me with a precise shortlist after personally meeting up with the right candidates.

    Jason AlmeidaFood Production Manager, Chaophraya

  • The first time I have worked with The Recruitment Room and I’m sure it won’t be the last!

    I was particularly taken not only by Carole and Paul’s in-depth knowledge of our hospitality industry – they clearly do constant research – but also by their innate understanding that great people make great businesses.

    They are a pro-active, attentive pair and always quick to respond. They grasped very quickly my vision for the site and indeed helped me to refine it, and brought me a strong shortlist of suitable candidates from which I was able to recruit two high calibre people to the key positions of GM and Head Chef.

    If you should wish to contact me via Carole, I would be only too pleased to reinforce verbally this brief written testimonial.



    Stewart TaylorOwner, The Black Hat Ilkley

  • There are not many consultancies out there that really listen to what you say and understand fully what you need. Pretty much every application put forward from Carole and the team at The Recruitment Room will be someone that I want to hire – you can’t ask for much more than that from a great recruiting partner. Long may this continue!!

    Marcus WeedonSenior Recruitment Manager, Carluccio's

  • We have used The Recruitment Rooms a number of times in the last six months to secure staff for the launch of Chop Bloc and continue to do so as our requirements grow.


    Carole and her team have been a real asset to Chop Bloc helping us find senior members of staff that other recruitment specialists could not match in caliber nor experience.


    We always feel confident interviewing candidates that are put forward to us by Carole as we have come to appreciate and understand the groundwork that The Recruitment Rooms have done prior to us receiving the application. Its comforting to know that all candidates are pre-screened by Carole and their experience and caliber is verified and vetted prior to us meeting them which helps provide a more streamlined and coordinated approach to recruitment for us as a business.


    Dave PattenManaging Director - Chop Bloc

  • There really is no other choice for me when it comes to Recruitment for key personnel. It’s got to be The Recruitment Room all the time. They really have a knack of getting under the skin of the business and are able to deliver exactly what the requirements are for the post.

    John DammoneOwner, Salvo's and Salumeria, Leeds

  • The Recruitment Room have been very effective in finding us good candidates. With their support we have recruited a number of managerial staff who have been instrumental in taking our business forward.  Carole and Sarah understand our culture and empathise closely with our brand.  They are also a pleasure to work with!

    Ian LeighHigher Performance Director, Chaophraya Restaurants

  • Having previously been dubious about using an agency to find staff I cannot stress how much time and effort it has saved in finding the right candidate to fill three of our most important positions within our Pub Co recently. Professional and attentive at any time, day or night, always following up immediately after any given interview. The Recruitment Room listens and understands your business making it easy for you trust them and allow them to recommend the right person for the right job.

    Craig MintoOwner - Well Fed Pubs

  • Stars & Bars above other recruitment agencies! The Recruitment Room has found suitable strong candidates for both front and back of house for me for over two years. Friendly & professional I would recommend to all. Testament to the successful placements is in my customers consistent positive feedback.


    Tom Van ZellerOwner - Van Zellers - Harrogate


    The speed at which a solution to our recruitment requirement was found was remarkable and with a very high calibre of candidate.  Working with Carole made the recruitment of key positions a simple and professional process; one that I wouldn’t hesitate to repeat.


    John WrightOperations Manager - Viva Brazil

  • Both Carole and Paul really listened to what we needed as a business which meant the shortlist of candidates were all very well suited to our business and ethos. Their knowledge of the hospitality industry helped identify the right candidate and skills our businesses really needed. They were much more than just a recruitment consultant for us. Having been very sceptical of using a recruitment company in the past, The Recruitment Room are my first port of call when looking to hire people for key positions and i look forward to many more in the future.


    David StacheCEO - Nourish

  • Carole at The Recruitment Room has helped us recruit two strong General Managers over the last six months. We gave her our brief which she matched perfectly. The process from start to finish has been seamless and she goes out of her way to help wherever and whenever she can. I would highly recommend them.


    Claire KitchingOwner, Friends of Ham

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