Working at Depot

Depot is an independent community cinema, café-restaurant and bar with education facilities. We aspire to create a venue that serves as a focal point for the local community, not only through film but through a wider range of art forms. The skills and passion of our people play a vital role in helping us to achieve our aims.

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We welcome applications from all sections of the community. All applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner regardless of gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation.

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Current vacancies


Head Chef – permanent contract – full time

We are currently looking for an experienced and passionate Head Chef or senior Sous Chef who is ready to take the next step in their development. 

Located in the center of beautiful, historic and culturally diverse town of Lewes in East Sussex, Depot Kitchen and Bar opened its doors in May 2017. We’re big on sustainability and passionate about fresh, local and delicious food.

The right candidate will have a proven track record of delivering inspiring menus, high quality dishes and managing a professional kitchen, ideally in a large and fast paced venue. They will really understand what our customers want and understand the complexities of running a restaurant as part of an arts venue with peaks and troughs.   

The kitchen creates delicious dishes from breakfast through to dinner and as Head Chef you will thrive on working busy evenings and weekends. You will have a natural ability to motivate others and work to create a professional and happy team.  You will need to know when to be hands on with your chefs, developing them and inspiring them, and when to step back and allow them to get on with it. You’ll need to make sure our standard of service remains high at all times, GPs are met, hygiene is excellent and ensure the kitchen is running smoothly at all times.

In return we provide an excellent salary (£35k + negotiable for the right candidate), a sensible work / life balance, great annual leave entitlement, staff discounts and free cinema tickets, meals on shift and a contributory pension scheme.

To discuss the role further or to apply, please contact CV’s to be received by 31st October


Commis Chef – casual / permanent contract

We are looking for student level commis chefs to join our fantastic kitchen team.

The right candidate will be keen to learn, show great potential and commitment. Be passionate about cooking with fresh, seasonal produce is essential, as is being reliable and hard working.

We really look after our staff here at Depot and offer the Lewes Living Wage of £8.75 ph for the commis chef roles, along with many benefits such free cinema tickets, staff discounts, meals on shift, a company pension, great holiday entitlement, reduced fee gym membership. 

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions. If you wish to apply, please send a brief cover email and your CV to Immediate start available.



Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering at Depot is a great opportunity to be part of this exciting project, to develop new and existing skills, meet new people and work as part of our friendly team. We currently have vacancies to join our team of volunteer ushers at weekends (weekdays and evenings are currently fully covered). If you are interested in taking part in the usher volunteer programme, or would like to find out more, please email Emma:

Do you have green fingers and enjoy being outdoors?
We are also looking for volunteers to help maintain the Depot gardens and chalk down roof. Starting towards the end of May,  if you can spare a couple of hours every few weeks and are prepared to help please contact