Clocktower Bar Staff

Rudding Park Bar Academy

What is it?
A structured 12 month development programme designed to provide you with a holistic insight and practical application, into all areas of a running a successful bar.

Is it for me?
If you have a passion to provide great service, and love the idea of bar tending this could be your perfect route to a career in hospitality. Whether you are a graduate, college leaver or looking for a career change, the Rudding Park Bar Academy could kick start your career.

What to Expect
The programme is split into four quarters. There are theory & practical sessions one day every two weeks, alongside workplace training. All learning resources and theory tests to be administered via Flow Hospitality.

We have a maximum of four trainees per year, ideally starting around July/August time. All trainees meet monthly with the Training, Learning and Development Manager who designs the programme, mentors the trainees to ensure continued development.

You will be set objectives as you experience each department. Ad hoc projects will also be set to support your learning and growth.


Course Outline

Quarter 1 (Months 1 -3)

  • Introduction to Beverage at Rudding Park
  • Introduction to Coffee
  • Introduction to systems

Quarter 2 (Months 4-6)

  • The Bar and Food
  • Spirit Knowledge
  • Tasting – The Senses
  • Distillery Visit
  • Introduction to Wine Knowledge
  • Beer

Quarter 3 (Months 7-9)

  • Cost Control
  • Stock Taking
  • Cellar Management
  • Omnia
  • Supplier Meeting
  • Wine Knowledge and tasting

Quarter 4 (Month 10-12)

  • Presenting
  • Support for Wine Tasting/Cocktail or Gin Demo
  • Section Leader for Large Function
  • Hot Beverages
  • Liqueur Coffees – Alcoholic Hot Drinks
  • Cocktail Creation – costings and execution


Fixed term, full time, 40-hour contract.


In addition, you will be entitled to enhanced pay and a share of the tronc (tips, paid quarterly) You will also be eligible for the Rudding Park team discounts and work perks.


Career Opportunities
Throughout the programme you will have acquired insight and hands-on experience of all areas which go into running a successful bar. You will also be fast tracked through the recruitment process for any suitable at Rudding Park vacancies.