The Independent Management School for Independent Bar & Restaurant Businesses

From the ancient to the futuristic there are few things quite as multifarious as a restaurant. It is a business, a hobby, a passion and a calamity. Between a restaurateur and a chef, or the two combined, it takes ingenuity, business acumen, creativity, technical expertise, design or artistic sensibility, accounting sense, literacy, people skills, public relations proficiency, marketing know-how, negotiating talent – and it helps if you can cook. – William Sitwell, The Restaurant: A History of Eating Out

At Watershed we are proud to work alongside some of the very best independent bar & restaurant companies in London and the UK. Together we develop their managers and chefs to enable exceptional rates of promotion from within.

We run open programmes on management and personal effectiveness.

  • Founders Programme – for founders and multi-site operators. Five days over five weeks. £1450.00 prospectus / dates / book
  • Good to Great – for experienced managers and head chefs. Five days over five weeks. £825.00 prospectus / dates / book
  • Building Strong Brigades  – for head chefs and chefs with management potential. Three days over three weeks. £575.00 prospectus / dates / book
  • The Badge –  for chefs and managers new to leadership:  Two days over two weeks. £395.00 prospectus / dates / book

And we work in-house designing and delivering programmes to suit you.


A great opportunity to take time to think about people’s thought processes, not just to understand their way of thinking but to adapt. 

Nigel, The Barbary Next Door, June ’22

…….Not just a bunch of skills…about your persona…what you’ve experienced in life…that PLUS these skills creates a great manager …

Alessio, Sam’s Riverside, April 22

A great experience, particularly the psychometric part:  “you’re not ‘wrong’, it says: but not everyone works that way. You must adapt. The superlens that you get from an early age.

Egzon, The Mothership Group, April ‘22

A wonderful therapy session! Leadership is not ABCD, it’s a journey. I didn’t have a clue that leadership is coaching, and management is simply administration. When obvious things are explained to you in a way that makes sense it becomes practical; it’s coaching it’s not babysitting.

Malika, The Book Club, Shoreditch, April ‘22

Coming up soon:

  • What is a brand?

    Join us on 19 September at 11.00am at Sophie’s Steakhouse, Great Windmill Street, Soho for a one-off, 2-hour session on The 3 B's of Brand. We will be joined by expert and author, Ian Henderson, CEO of brand agency AML. The session will be complementary, informal and interactive. Optional lunch afterwards, £15 ph.