On 18 August, friends, family and colleagues past and present were invited to the Dartmouth & Lewisham Suite to celebrate the retirement of Stephen Kimbell, General Manager of Patshull Park Hotel, Golf & Country Club who has held the reigns since October 1990.

Mr Kimbell’s experience in the hospitality and catering industry has stemmed from his training as a college student, before his Trans-Atlantic move to Bermuda in his early career to become Convention Manager at The Hamilton Princess Hotel.

Throughout his tenure, Stephen has worked tirelessly to improve all aspects of the hotel and has become a familiar face to many returning guests over the years.  His belief has always been to lead from the front; you will have often seen him serving Christmas Day lunch alongside the restaurant staff, or manning Reception to greet guests as they arrive to check in.


 “It’s been a pleasure to work with him. His support and guidance has been invaluable throughout my time here and it’s credit to him that he has developed a team of long-standing staff who are committed to the longevity of the hotel.
His enthusiasm for the success of the hotel goes beyond numbers; he has always had a vested interest in the welfare of the staff and he’s always supported me.
His caring nature has never waned, and his standards for the hotel have never dipped below excellence. I’m sure I speak on behalf of the team in saying that Mr Kimbell will be sorely missed, but that we look forward to seeing him as he enjoys many rounds of golf with the members.”

Jo Guest (Operations Manager), who has been working alongside Mr Kimbell for the past twenty one years

As many of his staff will know, he has always tried to keep motivation high by disseminating positive feedback forms to all departments. He has often written encouraging comments such as “well done team!” or “keep up the hard work”. 

Throughout the years, Mr Kimbell has been quick to recognise the hard work of the team around him and had such developed a phrase to accompany this recognition. Subsequently, if you were given a hearty handshake and told, “good man, well done” by him,  it was always seen as the highest accolade.

We want to thank you for creating an amazing community of long serving staff who continue your legacy at Patshull Park Hotel. May we wish you the very best in your retirement!

Thank you to Chris Nutt from Codsall Photographic for photographing our event.