This week, we sit down with our Employer Partners and Greek Street neighbours –Noble Rot, who champion good work by providing our graduates with fair and decent working conditions, secure hours and opportunities for training and progression – paid at London Living wage.
Tell us about your business!
Noble Rot is an award-winning magazine and two restaurants. Founded by Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew in 2013, the magazine is the home of exciting wine and food writing and has seen chefs such as Fergus Henderson and Yotam Ottolenghi rubbing shoulders with Keira Knightley, Caitlin Moran and Brian Eno, blurring the boundaries between gastronomy and the creative arts.
Noble Rot restaurants opened in Bloomsbury in 2015 and Soho in 2020 and have won the coveted best wine list award at the World Restaurant Awards in 2019, and the National Restaurant Awards in three consecutive years (2018, 2017 & 2016). Head chefs Myles Donaldson and Alex Jackson (ex-Sardine) work with consultant chef Stephen Harris of The Sportsman in Seasalter.
How long have you been an Employer Partner? Why did you become one?
We became an Employer Partner in May 2021. Noble Rot is proud to partner with the House of St Barnabas because of the positive changes their excellent programmes make to the lives of London’s homeless people.
What job roles are House of St Barnabas graduates working in?
So far we’ve offered the House of St Barnabas graduates roles in our Kitchen. Our most recent employee from the House – EPP16 graduate Dave Green, has been employed as a Kitchen Porter May 17th .
What do our graduates bring to your business?
They bring a diversity of working backgrounds. Our current graduate brings an incredible work ethic, positive attitude and gets on incredibly well as a part of the whole team.
What support does the House of St Barnabas provide to you as an Employer Partner?
We feel very supported by the House of St Barnabas’ Employment Support Officer, Ollie Stewart, who checks in with us regularly and is always available. We always feel that the House of St Barnabas has a great interest in their graduates’ progression and success.
Tell us about your broader connection with the House of St Barnabas.
We are the House’s neighbour on Greek Street and we support each other wherever we can. We also participate in the fantastic workshops that House of St Barnabas organise, where we discuss solutions to the challenges surrounding employment in the hospitality sector.
Is there anything else you want to share with us?
We add a discretionary £1 to every bill at Noble Rot Soho to raise money for The House of St Barnabas charity, so far raising over £3000 since we opened in September.
Interested in becoming an Employer Partner? Find out more – here.