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Who are we

We own and operate hotels and restaurants and are a group of chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, hoteliers, graphic designers, artists, event creators and interior designers, who all have a passion for design, travel, food and drink.

We believe in exceptional service and hospitality, sourcing our food locally and wherever possible, from farmers and producers we know and trust.

Whatever area we specialise in, we all feel strongly about designing the best quality products and sourcing things that are interesting and artisan.

The Lucky Onion Story

There was once an old, crusty onion sitting on a kitchen shelf at the Wheatsheaf Inn. The chef legend, Antony, who was then the head chef kept it because it brought him good luck in service. The owner walked in and threw the onion in the bin. All hell broke out. Clients complained, people walked out. It was the worst service in catering history. From then on the onion became the Lucky Onion and lived on the shelf happily ever after.

We didn’t actually start as the Lucky Onion. We couldn’t find a site anywhere. We had no money but there was backstreet restaurant full of litter, with a ceiling that was caving in, squatters and a reputation for lap dancing. No one else would touch it. The Royal Well Tavern was born. We decorated it ourselves in a rather basic and distasteful way but we had a great chef, Humphrey, who cooked wonders and we got noticed by Michelin inspectors. We won a Michelin Bib Gourmand. That was in 2009.

The Tavern Cheltenham is now one of five Lucky Onion sites; each one with its own distinct character and personality whilst all sharing our genuine passion for high quality food & drink and exceptional service. Since 2009 other industry professionals and friends appear to have noticed what we are all doing and seem to love it too. We are grateful for these acknowledgements and support.

Our Awards

"Best of British" for the Lucky Onion Tatler Restaurant Guide 2015

Runner up "Above and Beyond" Mr and Mrs Smith Awards 2014/15

"Best Foodie" Award in the Ultimate 100 Hotels in Britain, The Sunday Times September 2014 for No 131

Finalist "Best Newcomer" The Independent Hotel Show 2014 (with Chiltern Firehouse, Ham Yard and Pig on the Beach)

"One of the coolest places to eat in England” Tatler Restaurant Guide 2014

"The Wheatsheaf is the kind of place that gives me reason to believe there is genuine substance to this country’s restaurant sector” Jay Rayner The Observer 2014

"Best 101 Hotels in the World” Tatler Travel Guide 2014/15 No 38 the Park and No 131

Our Values

We are proud of our guiding principles that underpin everything that we do at The Lucky Onion. Whether we are working behind the scenes, cleaning rooms, washing up, preparing vegetables, designing graphics, meeting suppliers, working at the pass or pouring a glass of wine and looking after our guests; we all share these common values and think they are important enough to talk about regularly and share with anyone who begins their career journey with us.


We are inspired to create the extraordinary.


We give above and beyond expectation.


We set high standards for ourselves and for others. We challenge mediocrity.


We are skilled, business minded professionals who act responsibly and consistently deliver.


Together we learn, grow and succeed.


We live and work with dedication, fun and sincerity.

Reasons to work with us

We honour our heroes

At The Lucky Onion we are really proud of our people and once a month we take the opportunity to thank our local heroes, recognising their talent, skills and commitment and to let them know that their work is really valued and appreciated. Our stand out hero for each month receives a meal for two at a property of their choosing.

We invest in your training

We support our talented and motivated people to develop skills, confidence and knowledge and to help everyone to build a successful career with us. Our training schemes and academies are designed to enable everyone to develop their passions and interests so that they can grow with us and be the best in their chosen field.

We understand that a career path is not always a straight one

- and we want to help you find the path that suits your individual talents, ambitions and passions. In a young, growing company there are always opportunities for career progression and opportunities for our staff to find a role they love and that plays to their strengths.

We love hiring friends

Having a happy, professional and friendly working environment is really important to us so we offer a recruitment bonus if you bring a great, trustworthy friend into the business and they stay with us successfully for 6 months.

Happiness is important to us

We love sending our guests’ home happy but generating happy and rewarding experiences for our staff is also hugely important.
Happiness is a subjective commodity but there are few things we do to grow this vital ingredient. We aim to:
• Create a culture of fun and professionalism in equal measure
• Give opportunities to explore - providing trips to suppliers, vineyards and foodie places of inspiration
• Recruit interesting; knowledgeable and enthusiastic people whose common objective is to give happy and memorable experiences to others.
• Provide generous discounts for our staff to enjoy our food and drink, stay at our sites and enjoy our products.

A job you can boast about

Working at the Lucky Onion with its award -winning reputation for excellent service, great culinary know-how, knowledgeable Sommeliers, talented Head Chefs and industry experts is really valuable for career progression and industry know-how. Because we love what we do, we hope you will as well and will feel so great about it that you tell everyone.

And in addition we offer:

• Childcare voucher scheme
• Additional holiday entitlement - depending on length of service/ role
• Free meals on duty
• Opportunities for rewards and bonus - depending on your role
• Competitive salary
• Company Pension Scheme


Head Office
Wild Duck
adminAug 13 2018jobs, THE WHEATSHEAF INN0
The Lucky Onion are now searching for a talented Commis Chef to join our highly regarded kitchen team at The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach; our fine boutique hotel in the heart Read More
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The Lucky Onion is looking for a talented and dedicated Assistant Restaurant Manager to support our highly-regarded team at our award winning establishment; No. 131 The Promenade in Cheltenham. A Read More
adminAug 08 2018jobs, Wild Duck0
The Lucky Onion are searching for a talented and dynamic Head Chef to lead, coach, and inspire our passionate kitchen team at our beautiful country inn; The Wild Duck in Read More
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We are looking for a reliable and committed Kitchen Porter to join us at our beautiful Cotswold Inn; The Wheatsheaf in Northleach. The Lucky Onion have a passion for high Read More
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We are searching for a talented Chef De Partie to join our highly regarded kitchen team at No. 131 The Promenade in the heart of Cheltenham. Ideal candidates will have Read More
Head Waiter – The Lucky Onion The Lucky Onion are now searching for an experienced Head Waiter to work alongside our talented Front of House team at our town sites. Read More
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Hospitality Business Intern required for growing and dynamic business 12 Months FTC Further to the growth of the business, The Lucky Onion are now looking for an enthusiastic and keen Read More
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We are looking for full time talented waiting staff to join our friendly front of house team at No. 131 The Promenade in Cheltenham. A genuine passion for great food Read More
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Beverage Manager Opportunity with growing and dynamic company The Lucky Onion is a dynamic and exciting family of hotels, inns and restaurants, in The Cotswolds, England. Our portfolio is broad Read More
adminAug 02 2018131 THE PROMENADE, jobs0
We are looking for a talented and approachable Receptionist to join our highly regarded front of house team at our award winning establishment in Cheltenham. Our ideal candidate will have Read More
adminAug 01 2018131 THE PROMENADE, jobs0
Kitchen Porter – No. 131 The Promenade, Cheltenham We are looking for a reliable and committed Kitchen Porter to join us at No. 131 the Promenade. No previous experience is Read More
adminJul 29 2018jobs, THE WHEATSHEAF INN0
The Lucky Onion are searching for a bartender to join our friendly staff team at The Wheatsheaf Inn; our award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of the Cotswolds. A genuine Read More
adminJun 30 2018131 THE PROMENADE, jobs0
We are searching for experienced bartenders to join our talented bar team at No.131 and Crazy Eights. A real passion for cocktails, craft beers and service is a must, as Read More
adminMay 17 2018jobs, THE WHEATSHEAF INN0
The Wheatsheaf Inn, an award-winning restaurant located in Northleach, is looking for talented, fun and professional waiting staff to work with us. We are a popular, locally cherished pub with a restaurant boasting Read More
adminMay 17 2018jobs, THE WHEATSHEAF INN0
The Lucky Onion is a dynamic and exciting family of hotels, inns and restaurants, in The Cotswolds, England. Our portfolio is broad and growing, each with a passion for excellence Read More

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