Stephen Allison has been appointed as the new managing director of the 117-bedroom Bromley Court Hotel in South London.
Allison has a strong background in hotel management, joining The Bromley Court Hotel from Interstate Hotels where he was cluster general manager based in Southampton.
His career has also seen him work with Menzies Hotels and Macdonald Hotels.
He replaces Max Ball, who has left to pursue other interests.
“I’m looking forward to taking The Bromley Court Hotel into its next phase of development,” said Allison. “Over the past three years the hotel has gone through a major refurbishment with redesigned bedrooms, bathrooms, public areas and restaurant. This phase of the work is almost complete so my ultimate goal now would be for the hotel to move up to a four-star rating from its current three-star, and to gain an AA rosette for the Garden Restaurant.
“I am very fortunate to be joining a fantastic team at Bromley Court, combined with huge support from the board of directors,” he added.
The Bromley Court Hotel has been owned by the Frenkel family since it became a hotel in 1931. The building was previously the Bromley Hill Estate, and is set in two acres of landscaped gardens.
In April 2015 the 180-cover Garden Restaurant was re-launched with a regency-style makeover created by interior designer Joe Hoare, of Tunbridge Wells.
Under head chef Steve Clark, along with Simon McNamara, formerly of Reeds Restaurant in Faversham, the hotel has since become a popular destination for diners.
The hotel has a rich and varied history. During WW2 it was used as a base for fighter pilots. Having survived London’s blitz, the hotel received a visit from Prime Minster Harold MacMillan, who held a cabinet meeting there while he was MP for Bromley.
In the 1940s the hotel became a popular jazz venue featuring artists such as Acker Bilk, David Bowie, Eric Clapton and Cream, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix – who started his ‘experience’ tour at the hotel before playing Chislehurst Caves.