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Careers at Honesty

We often have roles within the business that require skilled and unskilled workers.

Please drop us an email with your CV and let us know what kind of work you are interested in.

We employ bakers, pastry chefs, waiters, coffee shop attendants, housekeepers, office workers.

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Meet our tutors - Mariella Bliss

Mariella has been tutoring courses regularly at Honesty Cookery School for several years now. We love her passion, extensive knowledge and commitment to sharing her love for Italian food. This is her story…

“18 years ago some friends suggested that I made and sell some focaccia at a recently opened farmers’ market in Oxford. It quickly sold out. Glowing with pride, I suddenly realised that I had inadvertently combined the two loves of my life - people and food.

My market stall got bigger and catering requests started to come in.  During a party I was flattered when some of the guests wanted to know the supposed ‘secrets’ of my tomato sauce and then a second thunderbolt hit me - many people don’t just want to eat good food; they want to make it for themselves. And I wanted to pass on the knowledge that I had gleaned from growing up in a big traditional family just south of Naples.

So in 2008 I started running Italian cookery classes. There are a lot of myths about Neapolitan and Italian food in general and it’s a joy to set people straight. Again: people and food…

I love to share my passion and experience at Honesty Cookery School where the choice of genuine and locally sourced ingredients are a priority. 

I am committed to the use of Fair Trade and ethically sourced ingredients and I am a member of the Slow Food Movement.”

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Locally sourced, seasonal food at The Crown and Garter

A world increasingly affected by climate changes means that restaurateurs have to think and behave more responsibly when it comes to sourcing food and creating menus. The chefs at The Crown and Garter believe that locally and responsibly sourced food has to be the way forward. Being locally sourced in turn requires food to be seasonal. Eating in harmony with the seasons and with nature makes sense. It sounds right, feels right and most importantly tastes right. From local chalk stream smoked trout with truffle honey to our homemade custard tart, good quality local ingredients, freshly prepared and made from scratch are the priorities of the kitchen at The Crown and Garter.

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Inspirational Meeting Venues

Honesty is proud to have two separate spaces that work well as relaxed and inspirational meeting venues.... be they for work or play!

The Honesty cookery school is the larger of the two spaces and is ideal for team building events and events where space is important.  The school can offer breakfast and lunch at competitive prices and can provide cookery events which are ideal for team building or simply rewarding your hardworking staff.

Honesty Inkpen offers a smaller space where you can plan, discuss, eat, sleep and walk !  Adjacent to the Crown & Garter pub, hotel and restaurant you have all the facilities of a larger hotel but no plastic sandwiches or cold coffee !

Both venues offer exclusivity, free parking, wifi, hire of AV goods and competitively priced packages.

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The Crown & Garter

The Crown & Garter restaurant in Inkpen serves well cooked everyday food. The menu is changed frequently so that our regular customers can usually find something new and interesting to entice their taste buds.  We pride ourselves on our good service and can boast a high level of staff retention compared to other rural restaurants.  We stock only European wines because we care about food miles.  We are experimenting with more biodynamic wines and tend to buy from small producers.  All our bread is made in our own bakery in Greenham near Newbury, produced using organic, stoneground flour.  We strive to buy our produce and ingredients only from the Uk and wherever possible support small local producers.

Our hotel offers style and comfort at competitive prices in its own courtyard garden at the Crown & Garter near Hungerford.  We cater for corporate guests as well as those seeking a quiet, rural place to stay.  There are plenty of good walks, good views and good cycle routes close to the hotel.

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The Honesty Group

Honesty was an idea that had been floating around my head on and off for a while before I was actually brave enough to take the plunge. To create a food business in a world dominated by big business was a daunting prospect. I wanted to show that food can be supplied to the consumer with honesty and integrity. An honest producer declares what is in their food, how it is produced and where it comes from offering consumers the ability to make an informed choice. It retains integrity by paying staff a living rather than minimum wage and respecting suppliers costs.

I have for many years been interested in the politics of food and am of the firm belief that in the majority of transactions it is the consumer who is valued least in the chain despite what is said to the contrary. Without wanting to state the obvious food is vitally important to the human race, not only because it sustains us but also because its consumption whether over or under can make us ill. It can for example affect the ability of our off spring to get the most from their lives. It has an effect on the relationship we have with our planet and life on that planet and it provides many of us with a living. Running a food business brings all of these issues and many more into sharper focus.

The cookery school was the first part of Honesty to get up and running. We wanted to create a great environment for learning about all things to do with food and drink. Working with local tutors and doing some of the teaching myself has meant that we are able to keep the cost of the courses at an affordable level. At this stage we had already purchased The Crown and Garter set in the idyllic Inkpen village. After much remedial work this 1640’s coaching inn now consists of a pub, 10 hotel rooms and a restaurant which showcases our seasonal, freshly cooked menu. When we first opened, the old skittle barn where the previous owners had lived, was turned into a bakery and a small coffee shop. Both areas of our business have since grown and flourished, with a much larger bakery moved to Turnpike Lane to serve local businesses and seven Honesty Coffee shops based in local communities. It's all a challenge and most of the time is an enjoyable challenge.  It is not easy but then things worth working for rarely are. 

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The History of Honesty Inkpen

Honesty Inkpen is a beautiful place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or a cup of coffee. There is something about the atmosphere that makes me happy. It sits next to the Crown and Garter pub, restaurant and hotel, in the heart of the beautiful West Berkshire countryside and it truly is a super location. In the winter the coffee shop is cosy and inviting and in the spring or summer when the sun shines there are tables outside where customers can soak up the sun. It's an ideal spot for walkers or cyclists to sit and have a break, with plenty of room to leave cycles. It is also welcoming to children and dog walkers. It is important for me that when we open coffee shops they sit well within the community which they serve. For too long commerce has helped to destroy community.

Once upon a time the coffee shop was a barn and part of the coaching inn. I imagine a place where the horses might have been rested, fed and watered on a journey somewhere. It was also used on one occasion as a place to lay out the corpses of two people who ended their days swinging on the gibbett at Combe. Thankfully it fills a happier role now. In later years it became a skittle alley for the pub and when I purchased the pub in 2014 it was a place of residence for the previous owner.

I took a gamble turning the barn, as it was then called, into a tiny coffee shop and artisan bakery, a gamble because it would have been easier to turn it into another bedroom for the hotel, but I like a challenge and I thought that it would add another dimension to the Crown and Garter having it as a coffee shop, and I think it has achieved this aim. It was lovely seeing it work as a coffee shop and a bakery when we first opened.  The bakery walls, facing out to the coffee shop, were perspex sheets so that the customers could see the baker at work and the smells were enticing to say the least. It did quickly become apparent, however, that as soon as the demand for bread and cakes increased so the space at the bakery became inadequate and had to move to larger premises.

The upside was that we now have a lovely roomy space for a coffee shop that also doubles up as a private dining room in the evening. It is one of the nicest private dining rooms I have eaten in. The space also makes a great place for meetings for businesses and as the coffee shop is served by the Crown and Garter kitchen a variety of hot or cold food for lunch or dinner is not a problem.

Take the time to pay us a visit. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.

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Bread

You can trace the history of human civilisation through the development of bread.  Over the last 20 or 30 years, as a nation, we have treated it with contempt that it does not deserve.  This is odd given there is little that touches the senses as much as freshly baked bread.  The Chorleywood process changed the way bread was produced in this country.  Minimum heed being paid to the health and well-being of the consumer, maximum attention being paid to the shelf life and bottom line.  In comparison to our European neighbours, who have held onto their bread cultures, we have let our fall by the wayside.  There is nothing really that demonstrates the decline in our food culture as does bread.  Honesty Bakery, along with many other traditional bakeries, is trying to turn back the tide, making British bread great again.

Why not visit one of our coffee shops in either Hungerford, Kingsclere, Overton, Bucklebury or Inkpen to try our traditionally made bread.  Our Wholesale bakery in Greenham bakes daily to supply our outlets and those of many restaurants and cafes in the area.

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What is Honesty Group Video

Find out more about how Honesty Group came about with founder Romilla Arber

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