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About Penny Cook Recruitment

Launched in 2011, Penny Cook Recruitment is an established and respected recruitment agency specialising in the UK hospitality industry. We are truly passionate about hospitality recruitment, with a proven track record of success and long-term client and candidate relationships.

We are based in the South West near Bath, but we place talented people at the mid to senior level across the UK. We work with a range of hospitality and leisure businesses, including restaurants, retail catering, hotels, pubs, leisure, tourist attractions, coffee shops, café bakeries, contract catering and garden centres/farm shops.

Our reputation is based on our industry knowledge, integrity, and ability to add value. We have a strong industry network, have our ear to the ground and also think we’re good fun to work with. We take pride in our very personable approach and can be trusted to deliver, whether that’s finding you your ideal next career move or the perfect new addition to your team.

About: About

Types of roles we typically recruit for

We work mostly at the mid to senior level, placing talented professionals with fantastic hospitality and leisure companies across the UK.

About: Job Seekers

Operations Directors

Operations Managers

Area Managers

Group Managers

Senior Managers

Assistant Managers

Head Chefs

Sous Chefs

Hotel General Managers

HR Managers

Leisure Club Managers

Sales & Marketing

Finance Managers

Restaurant/Catering Managers

Food & Beverage Managers

Modern Work Space

Penny Cook, Director

About Penny

Penny has amassed over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. She founded Penny Cook Recruitment after a decade of working for leading hospitality recruitment agencies at director level.

Prior to her recruitment career, Penny gained over 10 years’ experience working in operations, managing restaurants for the likes of Center Parcs, Scottish & Newcastle, boutique hotels and large London hotels.

So when it comes to hospitality, Penny definitely knows her stuff.

Penny is passionate about people and the industry and always makes time to catch up for a chat with clients and candidates, new and old. Outside of work she is a real foodie, loves to travel and is often seen cycling around Somerset.

About: Team Members

Why Choose Us?


Our core values are all delivered with warmth and personality. We are dedicated to providing high quality, innovative and responsive recruitment service to those in the hospitality industry. Our clients and candidates put their trust in us and value our transparent, supportive and consistent approach. We take great satisfaction in building long-term relationships, particularly when ambitious candidates who we’ve placed go on to become our clients and continue to work with us.

About: Why Choose Us

“Penny has been an invaluable partner to me and our Restaurant operations. The experience within the industry Penny has ensures we have been able to fill our recruitment needs quickly and with quality candidates. Testimony has to be the very high levels of retention of placed candidates.  She has ensured all applicants have been managed professionally all the way through the recruitment process making a potentially stressful situation as painless as possible."

Ricky Towers

Group Restaurant Director | British Garden Centres

About: Testimonials
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