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EDP Nor­folk Food and Drink awards win­ner Aileen Mobbs

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AILEEN AND Nick Mobbs won the out­stand­ing achieve­ment award at this year’s EDP Nor­folk Food and Drink Awards.

Nick’s grand­fa­ther, and then his par­ents, ran the ho­tel, with Nick join­ing the busi­ness straight from univer­sity in 1984. He and Aileen met at the Scot­tish Ho­tel School at Glas­gow’s Strath­clyde Univer­sity, and mar­ried in 1987. Aileen, who grew up on a tea es­tate in Kenya, then joined the Im­pe­rial and she and Nick took over the ho­tel com­pletely in 2002. The cou­ple have two grown-up daugh­ters and live in Ormesby, near Yar­mouth, with a Labrador called Sam.

What does win­ning the out­stand­ing achieve­ment award mean to you and Nick?

Recog­ni­tion of 30 years of hard work try­ing to help make Great Yar­mouth a bet­ter place and to build a busi­ness to be proud of.

What’s so great about Great Yar­mouth?

The fact we have the priv­i­lege of liv­ing by the sea, some­where that other peo­ple pay to come to on their hol­i­days! It is so much bet­ter here than peo­ple ex­pect. I feel we al­ways seem to strug­gle to get peo­ple to feel proud and con­tent here and yet we should con­sider our­selves lucky.

What do visi­tors to the ho­tel like most about Yar­mouth?

The Im­pe­rial Ho­tel (they say), the amaz­ing beach and the location as a base for tour­ing the whole area.

What do you love most about the Im­pe­rial?

The peo­ple that work with us. We see them more than our own fam­ily and they are very spe­cial peo­ple. Also the cus­tomers who have been sup­port­ing us for so long that they are now part of the Im­pe­rial fam­ily. We are third gen­er­a­tion hote­liers so lots of these peo­ple have been part of our lives for years.

What do you love most about your job?

The va­ri­ety; no two days are the same and you never know what the day will bring.

Where do you make your busi­ness de­ci­sions?

In the hot tub, no mo­bile phones anywhere near!

What are you most proud of?

Our busi­ness, our 30 years of marriage, our beau­ti­ful daugh­ters, Nick’s wine suc­cess in com­pe­ti­tion (he was named UK som­me­lier of the year in 1993) and Aileen’s part in the Great Yar­mouth Mar­itime Fes­ti­val.

What do you like do­ing in your spare time and where do you go on your own hol­i­days?

We do not take much time off but the golf course al­ways beck­ons Nick, and I like swim­ming and craft ac­tiv­i­ties. Sadly my daugh­ters have grown out of the craft era so I have no one to play with! We like a bit of a sun hol­i­day but as I don’t like fly­ing it is never fur­ther than the Mediter­ranean. And as we love our dog Sammy so much and hate leav­ing him we’ve spent sev­eral hol­i­days in Scot­land, vis­it­ing fam­ily and fish­ing.

Left: Im­pe­rial Ho­tel, Great Yar­mouth

Above: Nick and Aileen Mobbs at the Im­pe­rial Ho­tel, Great Yar­mouth

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