• National Waiters’ Day 2019

    5 September 2019

    As the brainchild of Fred Sirieix, National Waiters’ Day aims to celebrate and promote the hospitality industry as an exciting profession, with a particular focus on waiters.

    Inspired by the original ‘course des garçons de café’ which began over a century ago in France, the Waiters’ Day competition involves hundreds of waiters racing with trays of water and bottles without spilling or dropping anything.

    Springboard’s National Waiters’ Day race raised over £30,000 in 2018 to go towards Springboard’s FAB programme which helps those with barriers to employment to achieve sustainable careers in the hospitality industry.

    What our waiters think about Searcys

    We have interviewed two of our amazing waiters at The Alnwick Garden. Read more to find out what they have to say about working for Searcys, their aspirations and their tips on how to be a great waiter.

    ZARA’S INTERVIEW

    Zara at The Alnwick Garden

    What appealed to you about being a waiter?

    I am very sociable person so the opportunity to be around people and conversing with them made me apply. and I like to stay busy!

    What’s been your most interesting day as a waiter? Any funny stories?

    My most interesting day at work was a particular Asian wedding we had In The Garden. It had, fire, animals and the outfits were Incredible! I find different cultures fascinating and this wedding was so stunning!

    Where do you see yourself in five years – do you still see yourself in the hospitality industry?

    I am an aspiring actress, so hopefully with an oscar! But my love for this Industry is apparent and I definitely would like to develop my career!

    Who’s your favourite person you’ve served? Have you ever served anyone famous?

    Prince Charles attended the Duchess of Northumberland Garden Party last year…I was very excited to be serving/meet him!

    What’s the best thing about being a waiter for Searcys?

    The best thing about being a waiter for Searcys Is the range of jobs. Every day I finish my shift with a feeling of accomplishment as every day is a different outlet or venue I worked. It’s a very well organised company also.

    How often do you partake in Searcys training? Which has been your favourite training you’ve done?

    Every day is a training day, but admittingly I enjoyed Health and Safety training with Helen the most. She is really a lot of fun considering how in-depth this topic is.

    What are your top four tips for being a great waiter?

    Be:
    – Approachable and willing to help
    – Enthusiastic
    – Calm
    – Efficient
    – Enjoy what you do!

    JOE’S INTERVIEW

    Joe at The Alnwick Garden

    Where do you work and how long have you been working there for?

    I joined the team in May this year.

    What appealed to you about being a waiter?

    I enjoy interacting with people and … new people every day is ideal!

    What’s been your most interesting day as a waiter? Any funny stories?

    My favourite time was when I was given the chance to work in the ice cream hut, there are so many kids who are struggling to pronounce what they want, and their expectations are out of this word! (A unicorn ice cream!)

    Where do you see yourself in five years – do you still see yourself in the hospitality industry?

    In five years, I will be most likely finishing university and still working at The Alnwick Garden over weekends and school holidays. At this moment I am still finding out what I really want to do, but regardless, my decision in hospitality will be part of my journey for a long time.

    Who’s your favourite person you’ve served? Have you ever served anyone famous?

    We have had a few famous people in The Garden, but my favourite customer must be the 3 years old obsessed with unicorns! She was determined to have a unicorn flavoured ice cream…

    What’s the best thing about being a waiter for Searcys?

    Opportunity – with a company with so many prestigious venues, the world is your oyster!

    How often do you partake in Searcys training? Which has been your favourite training you’ve done?

    Considering the size of our venue and how many outlets we have, every day is a training day!

    What are your top four tips for being a great waiter?

    – Smile and be positive
    – Care
    – Listen
    – Train
    – Enjoy

    KICK START YOUR CAREER AT SEARCYS

    Looking for a fantastic job opportunity or apprenticeship at Searcys? With venues across the UK you are sure to find the perfect place to progress your career in the hospitality and F&B industry. View career opportunities here.

    The Team at The Alnwick Garden