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 8 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

  • We have used the Recruitment room for two or three Le Bistrot Pierre restaurant openings, and exclusively for our 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

  • 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 her team understand our culture and empathise closely with our brand.  They are also a pleasure to work with!

    Ian LeighHigher Performance Director, Chaophraya Restaurants


    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

  • I have worked with Carole and the team at The Recruitment Room for many years and have always found them to provide an efficient, professional and comprehensive service. They have a strong understanding of our specific sector and selecting the right candidates in all departments of my business, which is one of the reasons why when we need to use an agency we pick up the phone to them.

    Rena Gueller, Owner – The Box Tree Restaurant, Ilkley

    Rena GuellerOwner, The Box Tree Restaurant, Ilkley

  • We’ve used Carole and Paul from The Recruitment Room for filling several positions as part of our opening recruitment campaign for Headrow House in Leeds. They always understand exactly the kind of candidates we’re looking for and deliver a top class service from start to finish would highly recommend them to anyone looking to use an agency.

    Ben DavyHeadrow House/Ox Club - Consultant

  • Very competent, very cooperative, and extremely collaborative in their approach to understanding our business. The Recruitment Room always seem to be one step ahead of their competition.  The Recruitment Room evidently have a sound business plan of their own to be a successful recruitment agency. They have admirable integrity, they understand our company culture, and deserve to be part of our long term recruitment and employment strategy.

    Their candidate profiling is sharp and accurate and communication is speedy. The results speak for themselves in that every candidate introduced to us by The Recruitment Room are of a high caliber, they are well briefed and fitting for the role, many of their successful candidates are the infrastructure of our management team and kitchens. They have helped us fill many roles and often are prepared to really think outside of the box.   (more…)

    Michael IbbotsonOwner, Provenance Inns & Hotels

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