Position: Café kitchen cook
Location: The Reading Room, The Barlow Institute, Edgeworth
Working Hours: Thursday – Monday, 8.45AM to 5:00 PM
Venue: The Reading Room Coffee Shop & Wine Bar
Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack items in accordance with
    established recipes and quality standards.
  • Ensure the kitchen area is clean and organized at all times, following health and
    safety regulations.
  • Collaborate with other kitchen staff to ensure a smooth flow of service.
  • Monitor food temperatures and quality, disposing of any items that do not meet
  • Provide excellent customer service by interacting with patrons, taking orders, and
    addressing special dietary requests.
  • Perform other kitchen-related duties as required.
  • Proven experience as a cook or chef, preferably in a café or restaurant setting.
  • Knowledge of various cooking methods and techniques.
  • Ability to follow recipes and instructions while adapting to changing menus.
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills.
  • Knowledge of food safety and sanitation procedures.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Availability to work weekends and potentially cover occasional shifts during the
  • Food handler’s certification – minimum Level 2 Food Hygiene
    Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to stand for extended periods.
  • Work in a fast-paced, potentially high-stress environment.
  • Opportunity to work in a friendly and welcoming environment.
  • Potential for growth and development within the organization.
    If you’re ready to join a dynamic team and contribute to a thriving coffee shop and
    wine bar atmosphere, apply now. Please Submit your resume and cover letter to
    Jasmine Coleman at rrcafe@thebarlow.co.uk.
    We look forward to welcoming you to the Barlow Institute family!


Blackburn with Darwen Council handed over the running and upkeep of The Barlow to the community in 2013. Since then The Barlow Charity has relied upon the generosity of benefactors and income from users of the facilities, plus the efforts of volunteers to sustain this much valued community facility. Significant improvements have been carried out to help ensure a long-term future, including a new roof, replacement windows, new hygienic worktops in the coffee shop kitchen and a new hot water & heating system. Most recently (summer 2022) the renovation of the outdoor veranda has been completed and a new adjacent decking area has been installed. In addition the snooker room has been restored to its former splendour by a small group of volunteers.

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An important source of funding that has contributed to the above mentioned improvements is The Friends of the Barlow scheme.  By becoming a Friend you can contribute to a fund that is used for repairs and renovations to the structural fabric of the building and pathways etc, and to upgrade, refresh and improve facilities e.g. now that the building is once again weathertight there are plans being drawn up for the main hall can be deep-cleaned, re-decorated and refurbished and other water-damaged areas such as the main stairway & its beautiful large, stained glass window to also be restored to their former glory.

As a Friend of The Barlow, your regular donations provide a much appreciated, steady income stream that to date (summer 2022) has raised in the region of over £40,000, which has been mostly used contributing towards paying for the roof, windows and heating system.
We intend to soon publish the overall list of improvements/tasks and from that you will see that there is a significant amount of expenditure still needed to achieve all of the identified tasks and improvements. We would welcome donations/sponsorship for specific items that may be of particular interest to individuals or families or groups, but the regular donations by Friends of The Barlow are also crucial. Therefore, we welcome any and all new donors and are grateful for whatever amount you choose to donate.

We are of course also very grateful to all of our existing Friends of The Barlow and if you are able to increase your monthly donation by any amount, that would be hugely appreciated – you can either make the increase to your standing order directly with your bank or you can complete a new form and send it to your bank or give it to us to process.

Please also consider increasing the value of your donation at no extra cost to you by using Gift Aid – as an example, an £8 donation from you becomes £10 with the Gift Aid add-on!

If you wish to donate please click on the link below, complete the form and either send it to your bank with an email copy to our email address fotb@thebarlow.co.uk  or return the completed form to the Barlow’s office in a sealed envelope addressed to Friends of The Barlow.  Paper copies of the form are available from The Barlow.

For any further information please email fotb@thebarlow.co.uk or contact the office via info@thebarlow.co.uk or 01204 852216.

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