We're hiring! Want to be our new Head Chef/Kitchen Manager or know someone who might? Find out how to apply

Head Chef/Kitchen Manager required for a Hackney Wick canal side bar and kitchen which is also an independent music and art space operating as an experiment in ethical and sustainable business. 

Grow is looking for ambitious, motivated and creative Head Chef/Kitchen Manager to join the team to lead on building on its reputation for sustainability including being one of Foodism’s 16  best sustainable restaurants in London in 2019 and one of its top 10 bars in 2018.

TO APPLY: please send a covering letter and CV to Jordanna at jordanna@growhackney.co.uk

The menu is carefully designed so its high-quality, sustainability-sourced and served at speed to ensure customers have an excellent service as part of their overall experience in this unique space and in harmony with the diverse events it hosts (including live jazz, reggae and art festivals).  

The ideal candidate will have previous experience as a Head Chef/Kitchen Manager in a premium restaurant environment and be comfortable with designing a freshly made menu with a modern take on Middle Eastern and Eastern Mediterrean cuisine (we are happy for other influences as you will see from our previous/current menus). You will also need to innovate and be inspired by current food trends.  The menu uses British seasonal ingredients and is predominantly vegan and vegetarian (at least 60%).

Grow offers a vibrant working environment with a passionate team who support and champion its offerings and each other.

Head Chef/Kitchen Manager Responsibilities;

  • Planning, organising and directing the preparation and cooking of food to build on the Grow's reputation for quality and sustainability

  • Construct inspiring menus which ensure speed and consistency of the servings

  • Manage stock, profit margins and wastage within agreed budgets

  • Plan and make orders of equipment or ingredients according to identified shortages & needs.

  • Reporting issues and problems and arranging for repairs when necessary 

  • Hire, manage and train 1-2 sous chef and KPs, including rota, attendance and payroll (dependent on season)

  • Outstanding communication and leadership skills to foster a climate of cooperation and respect between co-workers

  • Be responsible for all aspects of food safety, HS and COSHH

  • Maintain legislation, compliance and due diligence


  • Proven experience as head chef / kitchen manager

  • Exceptional proven ability of kitchen management

  • Passion for fresh food and sustainability with a proven ability to prepare and deliver high quality dishes

  • Ability to lead and direct the small kitchen team work under pressure including dividing responsibilities and monitoring progress

  • Up-to-date with culinary trends and kitchen processes

  • Good understanding of useful computer programs (Google Suite and POS)


  • Food Hygiene (Required)

  • Health & Safety at Work (Required)

  • HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) (Required)

Reports to: Directors

Responsible for: Kitchen team of 2/3 (dependent on season and event)

Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 per annum (dependant on experience)

Job Type: Full-Time

Payment: Monthly/weekly (In arrears)

Kitchen core hours: Tuesday– Sunday Midday - 10pm (not needed to be in the kitchen at all times)

Job Type: Full-time

TO APPLY: please send a covering letter and CV to Jordanna at jordanna@growhackney.co.uk

Book your 2019 Christmas Celebration at Grow in Hackney Wick, with Slow Fire London in the kitchen!


Carved out of what was once a sausage factory, we've transformed into a unique, independent canal side bar, kitchen & creative space, conveniently located near Hackney Wick & Stratford stations.  There is indoor seating that can be moved when it's time to dance and an outdoor Hackney Wick Winter Gardens with an outside bar serving mulled wine and cider so you can relax by the River Lea, even in winter!  

You won’t have another party like it this year!  We’ve teamed up with kitchen residents Slow Fire London, local artists, DJ's and musicians so you can have the party which meets your needs.  Plus, we’re an experiment in ethical and sustainable business that aims to support the local community, we pay London Living Wage and work with local partners to put on a range of free community events throughout the year. Here’s 10 more reasons why you should come to Grow this Winter!

We create a mouth-watering menu with equally-tasty vegan options too.  At the bar, we serve winter warmers (mulled wine and cider and Scottish whisky), organic wines and prosecco, cocktails and a range of locally crafted drinks.  For entertainment, we can work with you to design your night dependent on your budget (from live music, DJs to art performances) and what you want from your festive night out.

SAMPLE MENUS (dependent on numbers and budget)

Buffet Menu

  • Smoked Turkey & Cranberry Wrap

  • Celeriac & Sage Falafel Wrap (vegan)

  • Halloumi Wrap (v)

  • Christmas Pilaf (vegan)

  • Jewelled Freekeh Salad (vegan)

  • Roasted Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Salad

  • Mince Pies

Sit Down Menu


  • Venison Bresola, Cherry Compote, Cornichons & Sourdough

  • Goats Cheese, Pear, Frisse & Candied Pecan Salad


  • Smoked Turkey, Pigs in Blankets & Sausage-meat Stuffing

  • Cranberry, Chestnut & Sage Nut Roast

All served with roast potatoes, maple glazed carrots, braised red cabbage, brussel sprouts & gravy


  • Christmas Pudding with Brandy Custard

  • Salted Caramel Yule Log 

We’re a bespoke space and your event should be the same so please email hello@growhackney.co.uk with your contact details and she’ll call you for a chat!

Stormvogel The Herbal Barge's Moors up canal side at Grow for a new monthly residency

We’re so happy that we’re partnered with Stormvogel the Herbal Barge and this amazing boat’s captain - the experienced herbalist Melissa Ronaldson for a residency at our Hackney Wick canal side space. After holding a fundraiser with the Heliocentrics back in May, we welcome Stormvogel back once every month or so, this beatiful herbal barge can moor up and open it doors so you can take part in workshops and also meet Melissa at different music and art events we hosting at Grow throughout the week.

On Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August, the Herbal Barge Apothecary shifts into evening party mode with invigorating guarana and chilli party mix and the famous sinus tingling extra-stimulating herbal snuff No. 5. On the Sunday 16 and Tuesday 20 August, Melissa is hosting workshops - see below.

Sunday 16 August - Introduction to skin-cream making
Experienced herbalist, Melissa Ronaldson, guide you though this intimate workshop on the Herbal Barge, looking at the properties of botanical ingredients and preparations that can be used to make nourishing and healing skin creams. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with ingredients and make their own personalised product to take home. Melissa will also demonstrate the alchemy of making a cream from scratch.
Workshop is £25
Proceeds help to support the work of the Herbal Barge
Can accept cash and card
Limited places, please book by contacting Melissa directly

Tuesday 20 August - Medicine Making
This workshop is a chance to be part of the Herbalists Without Borders Campaign to help support refugees in Northern France. Melissa will guide you and together you will make medicine which will be distributed by the Herbalists Without Borders team when they next visit Calais.
Suggested donation for the workshop is £20
Proceeds help to support the work of Herbalists Without Borders
Can accept cash and card
Book online

About Stormvogel the Herbal Barge
The Herbal Barge is a very special floating Herbal Medicine Clinic, Apothecary and Teaching space. It is run by experienced herbalist Melissa Ronaldson and offers one to one consultations; over the counter and online products; regular courses, workshops and plant walks;and occasional special events.

6 fundraising events in 6 weeks: Collaborating with passionate people to raise funds for the causes we care about....

Every since Grow opened 5 years ago, we’ve been committed to helping raise vital funds for the causes we care about. We usually host between 1-2 fundraising events a month, but over 6 weeks in May and June, we had a marathon of our own and squeezed in 6 events. We work in collaboration with our partners to organise these events and where people give up their skills, time and talent for the causes they are passionate about.


1) The amazing Heliocentrics returned to Grow’s stage for a special performance to raise funds for Herbalists Without Borders who are a grass roots organisation providing herbal medicine for herbal healthcare to people fleeing conflict, persecution and intolerable living conditions.

Helicentrics Fundraiser at Grow

2) In the same week, Love Music, Hate Racism brought a whole host of local talent or their fundraiser, including: BB James, Jed Payne, Holly Holden, The Nominees and DJ Ohcee. Proceeds from the event help the Love Music, Hate Racism team to use the energy and vibrancy of the music scene to promote unity and tackle racism through education and events.

3) Extinction Rebellion took over for all-day festival of live music, block printing and workshops with a full and eclectic programme including Alice Callari, Super Full Moon, Bamboo Smoke, Smiley & The Underclass, Alissa Skorik (Alberto Rettore) and Liba Ravindran . It was organised by Extinction Rebellion Haringey, Extinction Rebellion Hackney (EAST LND) and AM Productions and 100% proceeds go to support XR Hackney projects and other London groups to facilitate more outreach events.

4) On a Tuesday evening in May, the People's Film Club & Divest Hackney hosted a film night to show a documentary film about the sustainability called TOMORROW. Proceeds from the event support EcoACTIVE Education, a charity which provides hands-on, practical environmental education to children.

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5) In May 2018, our friend Kevin Headley suddenly passed away. Many people knew and loved Kevin as he was an amazing force and continues to be missed by many. Kevin was involved in many music and art projects across London (including hosting our open mic night and art fesitvals) but he also worked tirelessly to support charities and people experiencing homelessness, including The Big Issue Foundation and Groundswell UK so to celebrate his life we had open decks and live music event in his memory to help raise money for the above charities and the British Heart Foundation.

Kevin at Grow.

6) We're big fans of the work of local mental health charity Core Arts in Hackney and have raised money for them at our Hackney Half Marathon After-Party for the past few years. This year, one the Grow team, Anthony Nidis, ran the 13.1 miles to raise funds and we also donated some money taken at the bar during the pary where legendary DJ Dominic Benjamin graced the decks.

Dominic Benjamin at Hackney Half After Party 2019

Looking for Affordable Desk or Studio Space in Hackney Wick? Grow Studios can help!

Grow has provided space for creatives and entrepreneurs in Hackney Wick for over 10 years.


Grow Studios presents GroWorking, our new creative co working space.

We have a handful of partitioned 2 x 2.4 metre spaces for artists with overhead storage.  

As well as partitioned spaces for artists and creatives, we have a number of desk spaces (permanent) available for £180 a month

Our small community is made up of visual artists, creatives and graphic designers who are mindful and respectful of each others working habits. It's generally a quiet place but has a friendly and social atmosphere. Collaboration is encouraged.


• Meeting room for up to 10 people (Free for members) 

• Super high speed internet 

• Natural light 

• Communal lounge space 

• Unlimited free tea and coffee 

• Flexi rolling contracts 

• 20% off drinks and 10% off food at Grow, Hackney Bar & Kitchen 

• Access to Grow’s creative community 

DESK SPACE *** £180 PER MONTH *** 


3 x 5m SPACE AVAILABLE *** £400 PER MONTH ***

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Join the team to run the Hackney Half on Sun 19 May and support Core Arts!

At Grow, we're big fans of the work of Core Arts in Hackney so for the 3rd year in a row we're putting a team of runners together to take on the Hackney Half Marathon on Sun 19 May 2019 to help support them!

This 13.1 mile route takes you all around Hackney and goes past both Grow and Core Arts along the way so we think it's the perfect combo to get fit, have fun and raise some money for this amazing charity - all at the same time.

Core Arts has 24 years promoting positive mental health and wellbeing through creative learning. Providing quality education, training, employment and social enterprise initiatives that enable people who experience mental health issues to overcome barriers, fulfil their potential and participate fully in their community.

They also work with our partners at Hackney Wick Boulder Project on an amazing project to help people with mental health issues as part of our Mental Wellbeing Boulder Project 

Everyday they show how art, commununity can change lives and demonstrate just how vital art is.... Let's come together to show our support!


If you want to join in but don't want to run, just come along to Grow on Sun 19 May 2019 have have some food and drinks as we'll be donating 10% of the profits from the day.  If you want to run with us, here are 3 simple steps:


1) If you already have a place on the Hackney Half OR are still able to get one - please check the Hackney Half Website to see if places are still available…

2) Email hello@growhackney.co.uk to register your place (we have a limited number for the team so don't delay).  On the day,  we'll have a table reserved for us all to unwind after the run.   In return for your effort, lunch and 2 free drinks are on us! 

3) Share this JustGiving link and ask friends and family to donate whatever they can - this is a team page so no pressure to raise money on your own but we do ask that you try and raise a minimum of £20 each so we can add that together to raise vital funds and awareness for Core Arts. 

About Core Arts

Core Arts has 23 years experience in providing best practice and best value in Mental Health Creative Day Care in London. Based in Hackney, it promotes positive mental health and wellbeing through creative learning. Providing quality education, training, employment and social enterprise initiatives that enable people who experience mental health issues to overcome barriers, fulfill their potential and participate fully in their community. More at corearts.co.uk

The Air Draft returns to Grow as we host the London Short Film Festival in January 2019

We’re very excited to annouce we’re hosting next year's London Short Film Festival in January, alongside the ICARich Mix LondonRegent Street Cinema and Curzon Cinema Soho . On Sat 12 and Sun 13 January, the Air Draft returns to Grow and throughout the weekend, films and performances will be shown in this floating pavillion and inside Grow itself. This weekend also includes the LSFF 2019: Emo Video Jukebox and LSFF 2019: Sketch Night + Live Comedy.

The Air Draft is repurposed industrial barge-turned-inflatable theatre, the Air Draft (created by architects Thomas Randall-Page and Benedetta Rogers) and is designed to float atop Hackney’s waterways hosting performance and play. Inspired by architect Jeffrey Shaw’s “floating city” Ant Farm, the London Short Film Festival has programmed two days of live performance and film, taking the Air Draft’s homage to public art and playfulness further down the rabbit hole of LSFF’s fascination with the pneumatic. Full programme below.

Arrive an hour early before the performance and stay-for-a-long-as-you-like post-film in the Winter Garden to enjoy a range of organic, independent and fair-trade drinks (including organic wines and processco , mulled wine and cider, ales and a range of soft drinks including Kompassion Kumbucha and Rejuce and some food from guest vegan kitchen at this totally unique creative space by the River Lea in Hackney Wick. 


Saturday 12 January


(16:00 & 19:30) on the AirDraft
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Fresh from the twisted machinations and fertile imagination of Cumbrian-born, London-dwelling artist and seer Natalie Sharp, Lone Taxidermist’s debut album Trifle is a gallery of grotesquerie not recommended for either the nervous of disposition or lactose intolerant. Arriving from a nocturnal world of sex and skullduggery, these irreverent and outlandish ditties exist on a unique psychic realm in which the profane and profound happily step out together on the lash - a collision between the high-maintenance and the kitchen sink that’s a feverish spectacle tobehold. The live experience of this musical and visual journey takes us into the unruly depths of sploshing, gender bending, food porn and squelchy mass ritual. Lone Taxidermist’s utterly bizarre and otherworldly dominatrix tactics, all wrapped up in plastic, turn audiences members into exhibitionists.

Invariably on the lookout for new and surreal dimensions of expression, Sharp’s malicious metier lurks somewhere between the eldritch diva manifestations of Diamanda Galas and the wry reflections of Victoria Wood, yet equally driven by a magpie spirit and conceptual chutzpah redolent of Leigh Bowery and an acidic wit damaged by John Cooper Clarke. It’s a stylistic path that has led to her being increasingly over-subscribed as collaborative maverick of choice for a dizzying array of artists, including recent work with Jenny Hval and Gazelle Twin.



16:30 in Grow
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Huw Wahl, UK 2016, 86 mins

Founded by the filmmaker’s father Ken Turner and Mary Turner in 1968, Action Space used large interactive inflatable structures to create interventions into public spaces. By bringing together artists, performers, dancers, painters and musicians, the movement sought to produce cultural democratic spaces for art, education and creative play outside of the restrictive gallery system arena. This film looks at the years between ‘68 and ‘78, exploring contemporary and pertinent issues around public / private space, individual / collective creativity, community and responsibility, emancipation and play. Featuring archive footage alongside discussions with key members of the movement, present-day writers and theorists, it uses the construction of a new inflatable to bring these arguments into the contemporary realm. This is the story of a radical artist-led art movement told through a personal lens.

Action Space


17:45 (Air Draft)
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Also shown on Sunday 18:30 (Air Draft)
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A programme of work by artist filmmakers whose work delves into manipulation of the human body, whether through animation or in real life, to create grotesque and stunning images which amaze and astound. We showcase work by Rachel MacLean, Ross Blake, David Lewandowski, Jasmine de Silva, Bart Hess, Nadia Lee Cohen, Monica Menez, Harriet Fleuriot &; Sarah Cockings.

A Beautiful Body Horror Video Show


18:30 (Grow)
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Also shown on Sunday 16:00 (AirDraft)
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Brecht Debackere, 2016, Netherlands, 65’

Knokke, Belgium. A small mundane coastal town, home to the beau-monde. To compete with Venice and Cannes, the posh casino hosts the second World Festival of Film and the Arts in 1949, organized in part by the Royal Cinematheque of Belgium. To celebrate cinema’s 50 year existence, they put together a side programme showcasing the medium in all its shapes and forms: surrealist film, absolute film, dadaist film, abstract film. The side programme would soon become a festival in its own right called Exprmntl, dedicated to experimental cinema, and would become a mythical gathering of the avant-garde, championing Expanded Cinema and the integration of multimedia arts, music and non-cinema spaces. Exprmntl knew only five editions, in 1949, 1958, 1963, 1967 and 1974 but those five editions became known as the most legendary of all experimental film festivals.

The documentary Exprmntl tells the story of experimental film through the history of this festival, a history which tells us how we came to understand what we watch, a history which questions the very nature of film and how a big part of how we understand our world relies on the very nature of moving images, very much in line and a source of inspiration for LSFF’s programming.



20:30 (Grow)
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After gestating for the better part of the Nineties, emo broke through to the MTV2 mainstream in the early Aughts, suckering in the angsty young hearts and existential woes of a million kohl-eyed teens.

For LSFF’s Saturday night offering, we bathe in the millennium’s last true subculture. We’re throwing it back with a music video jukebox from the pre-broadband golden age of punk rock and emo, featuring directors Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry and the music of Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World, Rival Schools and many more.

Emo Video.

Sunday 13 January


16:00 (AirDraft)
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17:00 (Grow)
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LSFF’s always raucous Sketch Night is back delivering quick hit shorts and live comedy to thaw out your wintry soul. Warm up with Bug’s Adam Buxton, Steve Oram (Aaaaaaaah!), Mathew Kelly (Stars in your Eyes), Asa Butterfield (Hugo) and Jason Flemyng (Lock Stock &; Two Smoking Barrels) appearing as psychopathic puppets, Scandi detectives, devil worshippers and, you know, everything in between. 64’

Live comedy from sketch duo Ladylikes interrogating gender expectations and female relationships, and Nigerian-born, London-based stand up Akin Omobitan. In association with Short Sighted Cinema. Hosted by Gem Carmella.

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17:15 (Air Draft)
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Nick Jordan/Clara Casian, 2017, UK, 59’

A documentary portrait of Braziers Park School of Integrative Social Research (Braziers), a resident community and progressive college exploring co-existence, collective work and our place in nature. Centred upon insights from current residents and members, the film interweaves scenes of daily life with the natural features, architectural characteristics and diverse cultural history of the community.

Set in the wider context of intentional communities, sustainable living, and the economics ofpostcapitalism, Intentional Community explores the ‘sociobiological’ ideas of Braziers’ founders -psychiatrist Norman Glaister and educationalist Dorothy Glaister, who established the community in 1950 as a social experiment in group co-existence. Today, Braziers is the longest-running secular resident community in the UK, and hosts courses and festivals such as Supernormal.

Structured with a collaged, layered approach, the composite film makes correspondences between the past and present, combing interior and exterior spaces of the gothic manor house with material from Braziers’ archive of photographs, audio recordings and film; including scenes from a Situationist gathering in 1964, attended by writers Alexander Trocchi and Jeff Nuttall, artist John Latham and psychiatrist R.D. Laing. Intentional Community also explores Braziers’ links to the Common Wealth political party, the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry/Kibbo Kift and GrithFyrd peace camps, reflecting Braziers’ deep-rooted social values, progressive ideas on education, ecological awareness and pertinent links to the counterculture.

Original soundtrack score by Lord Mongo.

Intentional Community


18:30 (Air Draft)
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About the Airdraft

The AirDraft is an innovative and purpose-built inflatable performance venue on a former industrial barge designed by Thomas Randall-Page and Benedetta Rogers and funded by East London based charity Antepavilion.  The golden balloon-like pavilion with is undulating air-supported floor is an intimate yet dramatic and cultural venue like no other.  It is a unique and exceptional environment to experience performances and with its eye-catching form it will be a striking addition to the cultural landscape of the canal.


End of Year Fond farewells and New Food! We're looking for a new kitchen resident in 2019!

After 2 and a half  years of making glorious food together, at the end of the year, we wave a fond farewell to kitchen residents ‘Slow Fire London’ as Pete and the team move onto pastures and culinary adventures anew..  We wish them all the best and will continue to follow their journey! This means, we’re looking for a new kitchen resident in 2019.

We’re looking to partner up with a new kitchen business in late January 2019 who shares the same values as Grow. The contract is for 1-year (which could result in an extension) and we would expect to work together to ensure a great menu is on offer, coupled with great service and a positive working relationship - all with with the aim of both Grow and your business being financially sustainable.

We are welcoming expressions of interest. Please email jordanna@growhackney.co.uk with what you can offer and why you think we would be a good fit and we will send you more details to make a full proposal.

Women of the Wick - artist Sara Kärpänen takes over the eco-pod in Grow Studios


Sara Kärpänen is the latest artist to take over the eco-pod in Grow Studios and this month she launches the Women of the Wick project where shes invites local artists to talk about their creative work, the highs and lows of being an artist and everything from sex to social media, mental health, and the future of the artistry scene in London.

The project aims to create a safe and supportive environment to help others in their creative paths—and to celebrate and give a voice to the talented group of diverse women in the area. If you would like to get involved, please contact Sara at sara.karpanen@gmail.com

Sara will also be part of the open studios on Saturday 8th December 11-5pm and the project will culminate in an event including a panel discussion and a night of live music, screenings and poetry readings.

The podcast series will be streamed through Wick Radio and you can keep up to date on Women of the Wick blog.

Photo Credits: Hunter Sloan Photography


Sara Kärpänen is a Finnish-born poet, artist and writer living and working in East London. Through her art, she explores narratives that focus on sexuality, feelings of solitude and the connections we crave and create with each other as citizens. @sarakarpanen

Studio Bark's ‘U-Build’ eco-pod is designed to make the process of building more accessible and affordable, using a modular system suitable for the circular economy, where all parts are fully adaptable, ecological and recyclable with potential to create your own furniture, buildings, community + offer solutions where people build and inhabit a space of their own.

Grow, Hackney exists for music, art, food, conversation, community and a space where everyone is welcome. Run as an experiment in ethical and sustainable business, Grow works in partnership with local artists, musicians and community groups, while asking: Is it possible to be a financially sustainable enterprise while:

  • Using eco-electricty; eco cleaning and recycled products

  • Sourcing locally and sustainably wherever possible

  • Working in partnership with independent and ethical enterprises wherever possible

  • Using organic and fairtrade wherever possible.

  • Offering free entry events wherever possible to share music, art and community workshops