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 the quality of their management to enable these businesses to achieve exceptional rates of promotion from within.

We run open programmes on management and personal effectiveness.

This Autumn, rather than setting fixed dates for programmes, we’re forming groups of participants and then setting dates. If you’re interested in joining us, we’d love to have you with us. We’re also offering special financial terms, depending on the length of our business relationship  – these will involve a payment plan starting in January 2021. If you prefer to make payment immediately, that’s good too, and to show our thanks there’s a 10% discount on all the prices below

  • The Badge – for new front of house managers:  a two-day programme scheduled two days over two weeks. These run quarterly and cost £395.00 + VAT
  • Good to Great – for experienced managers: a five-day programme scheduled five days over five weeks. These run every other month and cost £845.00 + VAT
  • Building Strong Brigades for head chefs and chefs with management potential:  a three-day programme scheduled three days over three weeks. These run every month and cost £575.00 + VAT
  • Directors & Entrepreneurs: a five-day programme scheduled five days over five weeks. These run three times a year and cost £1450.00 + VAT

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

Coming up soon:

  • Attend now - pay in 2021

    From today, 8th October we're pleased to offer a very special offer. If you would prefer to pay in 2021 for attendance in October or November this year, we will set up a mutually satisfactory payment arrangement.