Justin Pinchbeck, chief operating officer of Beaverbrook, the new £90m luxury country house hotel and exclusive golf club in Surrey, is to leave the property in the summer.
He will oversee the opening in June or July of the Grade-II-listed mansion with 18 bedrooms, a bar, restaurant and screening room, which will join the already open 11-bedroom Garden House with restaurant and cookery school, as well as the club house for the Tom Watson-designed golf course, before stepping away from running the business near Leatherhead to pursue “other interests”.
A hotel manager is close to being announced for the mansion, while the head chef is yet to be confirmed. Pinchbeck will continue to act as a consultant to Beaverbrook following his departure. Meanwhile, a new chief operating officer is being sought.
Pinchbeck said that having been involved in the creation of Beaverbrook for the past 14 months, during which time he has been involved in selecting and growing the team, establishing the infrastructure and “successfully launching and uniquely positioning the property at the top of the luxury hotel market”, he will handle over the reins to the operational team following the opening.
“I am delighted with the progress achieved at Beaverbrook and remain totally committed to supporting the directors and the fantastic team that we have built together whilst excited by the prospect of pursuing other interests,” he said.
Set within a 400 acre estate, Beaverbrook is the former home of media magnate and politician Lord Beaverbrook. It was acquired in 2011 by Longshot, headed by Joel Cadbury and Ollie Vigors, with the intention of creating a world class, luxury hotel.
Vigors said: “We would like to thank Justin for his excellent contribution to Beaverbrook and we look forward to completing the opening of the hotel.”
Prior to joining Beaverbrook, Pinchbeck, who was named Manager of the Year at the 2012 Cateys, was general manger at the five-red-AA-star, 210-bedroom Berkeley hotel, London, for three years. He was previously involved in opening the Zetter hotel in London and Lime Wood in Lymington, Hampshire, having worked for Firmdale Hotels and Grosvenor House earlier in his career.
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