22 Jan Imperial Hotel Great Yarmouth
Nicholas & Aileen Mobbs
The hotel was originally run by the grandfather Campbell Lindsay from Aberdeen until the late 60s. Then Nick’s parents, Roger and Jill Mobbs took over the helm running the business until the late 90s. Nick joined the business in 1984 straight from University and joined as the Manager whilst his father Roger ran the kitchens, and mother Jill looked after the Housekeeping.
Nick and Aileen first met at the Scottish Hotel School at Strathclyde University in Glasgow in 1981, while studying for a degree in Hotel and Catering Management. As Nick unexpectedly went straight off to Great Yarmouth, Aileen left university and went to London to pursue her catering career in the city working at places such as Citibank in the Strand, British American Tobacco at Westminster and Arthur Young accountants, in order to develop her management experience. Nick and Aileen were married in 1987 at which stage Aileen joined the family business and they took over the Imperial Hotel completely in 2002. Over the years Nick and Aileen have worked tirelessly to raise the standards at the Imperial Hotel. Taking the hotel from a two star property to a four star property where it is now considered to be the premier hotel in the Borough. From the early 90s Nick has put to good use the wine knowledge that he gained whilst at University under the tutelage of David Steel, where his first wine success came from winning the prestigious Harvey’s wine award for blind tasting.
This laid the foundations for Nick to enter the world of Sommelier competitions both in the UK and Internationally. In 1993, he won the Ruinart UK Sommelier of the year competition at the Savoy hotel in London, competing against the top professionals from the capital. Nick then went on to represent the UK in the world finals in Rio de Janeiro and a European final in Reims. These successes have led to the Imperial Hotel enjoying a reputation locally for an excellent wine list as well as superb cooking, whether it be in the Cafe Cru Restaurant or The Terrace. Nick and Aileen continue to have very active roles in the day-to-day business. They have two daughters, Madeleine who is 26, and is currently working Morgan Stanley in Canary Wharf in middle office doing corporate actions. The younger daughter Heidi, who is 24, is working at the Marriott Bristol Royal Hotel. Sam the Labrador will be 5 this year he continues to help the girls behind the desk charming all who comes in.Nick and Aileen has just been awarded The EDP Food and Drink 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award.
Staying at Imperial.
Many of our 39 Rooms have outstanding sea views all well designed, comfortably furnished with bright bathrooms, flat screen smart televisions, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, telephone, ironing centre. Also with hard wired high speed internet access.There is complimentary wifi throughout the hotel.We welcome families, business travellers, groups and well behaved dogs.
Dining at Imperial
With an AA rosette the Café Cru serves a modern British Menu whilst the Terrace continues the theme with outstanding Sea Views offering Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Teas & Dinner. Both restaurants using only top quality ingredients.
THE IMPERIAL IS GREAT YARMOUTHS PREMIERE HIGHEST RATED 4 STAR HOTEL.
OUR FLEXIBLE AND HIGHLY ADAPTABLE MEETING ROOMS ENABLE US TO HOST ALL SORTS OF EVENTS.
Parties and private dining
From private lunches or dinners, birthday parties, baby showers or christenings we are happy to help you plan your perfect event.
The perfect wedding venue
Weddings at the Imperial Hotel are a very special occasion and we have been looking after Couples on their special day since the 1960s. So we have the expertise to ensure that your big day runs smoothly and professionally. We have excellent facilities for weddings and plenty of space. If you are getting married in a church when you arrive at the Imperial hotel you and your guests will be welcomed into the Sandown Suite. Here your guests can relax chat and enjoy a drink whilst your photos are being taken.