The Hornsbury Mill team is pleased to welcome Paul Mullen as the new Hotel Manager. Paul is a Sheffield lad and comes with excellent credentials and huge experience having been in the hospitality sector for over 25 years.
Paul started his career in potwash and has experienced every aspect of the hotel business and hospitality industry from small hotels to pubs and bars, from trendy cocktail bars to silver service at the Houses of Parliament.
His early career included several years employed by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire working at the famous Chatsworth House, Bolton Abbey and Lismore Castle in Ireland.
He honed is waiting skills at the flagship hotel, The Devonshire Arms, hosting prestigious large corporate and charity events and smaller intimate functions for celebrities including television stars, popular singers and the royal family.
An interest in cocktail mixing took him to Amsterdam where he spent some time learning the craft of building, mixing, stirring and shaking cocktails – a skill he is keen to bring to Hornsbury Mill!
Paul’s most recent role was as the Operations Manager at the George Hotel in the centre of Axminster, which he opened in conjunction with the proprietors after a £1.2 million refit.
Paul is passionate about customer service, an ethos that sits beautifully alongside that of Jane Nagle, the current owner, caring and looking after customers, be it for a coffee and cake mid morning, a three-course or light lunch or dinner for a special.
He is already planning to a number of events, including afternoon tea with strawberries and Baileys Eton Mess ice cream to celebrate Ascot Week and Wimbledon, a sausage and cider festival showcasing local Somerset produce and a ‘Meet the Morris Dancers’ event with bells and battens, sticks and swords, headgear and hankies!
Hornsbury Mill offers a multitude of services from overnight hotel rooms, weddings and wakes, to a restaurant and lounge area ideal for an informal business meeting. The hotel is currently developing its lakeside conference facilities to accommodate around 100 delegates.