Paul Milsom is the chairman and managing director of Milsom Hotels & Restaurants (MH&R), a progressive and forward thinking group of hotels and restaurants in north Essex and Suffolk.
The company was founded in 1952 when Paul’s father the late Gerald Milsom ‘discovered’ Le Talbooth in Dedham followed by Maison Talbooth in 1969 and then The Pier at Harwich was acquired in 1977. Paul took over the running of the business in 1993 and since that time the company has gone from strength to strength with the addition of Milsoms in Dedham in the year 2000 and Milsoms Kesgrave Hall in Suffolk in 2008.
Each property is unique in style and character and continued investment is one of the keys to the group’s success. In the past 10 years, the company has refurbished, opened and reinvested in Maison Talbooth, with the addition of three new bedrooms, the Garden Room, a day spa, tennis court, swimming pool and pool house. This was alongside complete refurbishments of the restaurants at Le Talbooth and Milsoms in Dedham, as well as opening Milsoms’ Kesgrave Hall in Suffolk, a 23 bedroom hotel with brasserie restaurant. The Hangar, an exciting new events and wedding venue also opened its doors as part of the Milsoms’ group.
In Harwich, another phase of development is happening at The Pier, as the hotel is currently closed for a rebuild costing in excess of £1m. The project will see the restructure of the restaurant space, new kitchens installed and the creation of a private dining room and destination bar, all of which will be overseen by Paul.
In any one year, MH&R serves in excess of 300,000 covers between its four restaurants, and this coupled with the 46 bedrooms in the group means the business never stands still. Paul has managed to strike the right balance between formal and informal dining combined with a real boutique hotel experience that holds personal service to its core.
Former chairman of the Pride of Britain Hotels, Paul is also a Master Innholder and a liveryman of both the Worshipful Company of Innholders and the Worshipful Company of Distillers. He is also president of the University of Surrey’s Food and Wine Society, and was instrumental in the setting up of The Edge Hotel School, Essex University.