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Surprise yourself

There’s more to The Comfy Duck than the awards we’ve won, the local, season produce we source daily and the distinctive dishes we’re famous for. There’s a real sense of excitement every time we open our doors. We love what we do – and you can tell. We’re trying to create something truly unique and every member of our close-knit team is proud to be a part of it.

So please join us for special occasions, impromptu pick-me-ups or for no reason at all – and you’ll soon see what all the fuss is about.

Meet the Team

Barry Flint

General Manager

Grimsby born, Barry has worked locally recently but has enjoyed managerial stints in Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge to name a few.  In recent years however his heart has always been with the Oaklands and he has some great plans for the future of the hotel, we’ll keep you posted!

Jeff Jafari

Restaurant Manager

Jeff Jafari has been with our restaurant The Comfy Duck for 5 years and is known to our guests for always going the extra mile, whether that be celebrating birthdays, anniversaries or simply dining with us and always has a welcoming smile for new and regular customers alike.  Jeff is really looking forward to working with our new Head Chef, Chris Davey and our Banqueting Team headed up by Chris Deering and Ben Leeming for a further 5 years and beyond.

Scott Underwood


Growing up in his parent’s hotel on Skegness seafront, Scott started working in the hospitality industry from a very young age, waiting tables and washing pots. By the time he was 18 he also had Reception, Bar and Kitchen experience behind him.
He then spent 3 years at the University of Leicester following his beloved Leicester City Football Club home and away whilst also achieving a 2:1 in History.
With his history degree in the past, he joined the Oaklands fresh out of University in June 2013 mainly working Reception and Accounts.
Over the next few years, Scott worked his way through the ranks of the hotel before leaving his position of Operations Manager in February 2017 only to return to the hotel in May 2017 in order to push the hotel forward in light of the changes the hotel was undergoing at the time.

Ben Leeming

Banqueting Manager

Ben Leeming joins us as Banqueting Manager. Ben began his career with us here at the Oaklands before going off and gaining experience from some other great hotels in North East Lincolnshire. Ben now re-joins us with his reputation as one of the best Master of Ceremonies in the area preceding him. During his spare time, Ben enjoys spending time with his children.

Chris Dearing

Food & Beverage Manager

Chris Dearing joins us as Food & Beverage Manager bringing with him a wealth of experience from his years in hospitality around the Humberside region. When he isn’t with us here at the hotel striving to drive the hotel & restaurant standards forward, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Sharon and his children as well as following his beloved Hull City Football Club.

Chris Davey

Head Chef

We are thrilled that Chris has joined us, bringing with him a wealth of experience from across the world including much of Europe and New Zealand.  Most recently Chris has spent 8 years working in Leeds with many top named chefs including Michelin starred chef Jon Bentham who has been a particular inspiration.  He now joins us in his beloved Lincolnshire to show our guests what he has learned along the way!

Join our VIP Club

All of our guests are important, but for a one off payment of £5 you can join our VIP club and take advantage of all sorts of exclusive discounts and special offers. All our VIPs enjoy 10% off our full regular menu, 50% off function suite hire, 10% off gift vouchers over £40, B&B for just £89 and if you join us for your birthday with 3 or more friends, we’ll say happy birthday with a free main course and a £10 gift voucher.

To sign up, please get in touch via our contact page.

Here are April’s exclusive VIP offers:

20% Off your Food Bill on a Friday Evening

1 VIP Card per 4 People, Pre-Booking Required

Spend £89 in The Comfy Duck & Stay the Night for £1

When Staying in a Standard Double Room, Room Only. Breakfast & Room Upgrades Available, Pre-Booking Required, 1 VIP Card per Room

Enjoy a 2 Course Lunch for £14.95 Per Person

Monday-Friday, when Dining From Our Table D’Hote Menu, 1 VIP Card per 4 People

Dad Eats Free When Booking Father’s Day in April

Full Payment Required Upon Booking, Minimum Table Size of 4 People

Free Tonic When Buying A Double Gin

Maximum of 3 Doubles Per VIP Card. VIP Card to be Presented When Ordering

Next Month's VIP Offers

Check back soon to see VIP offers for May...


What's On

All the latest goings-on at The Comfy Duck.

  • royal wedding

    Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea

    Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea 14 th May – 26 th May (excluding Sundays) Mini Yorkshire Pudding with Roast Sirloin of Beef & Horseradish Cream Coronation Chicken Finger Sandwich Cream Cheese & Cucumber Finger Sandwich Homemade Wild Boar Sausage Roll Smoked Salmon Bagel Eggs Royale *** Queen of Puddings Victoria Sponge with Royal Icing Homemade Ginger Bread Man Cream Tea Scone Served with a choice ...

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  • fathers day

    Father's Day June 17th

    3 Course Sunday Lunch and a bottle of Craft Beer for Dad! £24.95 per adult and £11.95 for children

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  • tapas

    Tasting & Tapas May 18th

    A night of Spanish Wine & Tapas hosted by our Wine Merchants, House Of Townend. Boquerones with Tomato Bread & Padrón Peppers Castell d’Olerdola Brut Rosado, Cava *** Calamari with a Cheesy Orzo Risotto Coroa Douro Branco, Pocas, Douro Valley, Portugal *** Prawn & Chorizo Paella Chardonnay Principe de Viana, Navarra, Spain *** House Smoked Duck & Celeriac Rémoulade with ...

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  • masquerade

    Masquerade Ball May 12th

    Black Tie Dinner with live music from  Paul Pashley and his band, followed by a disco to see you partying in to the early hours! Masks a must! Menu Chef’s Selection of Savoury Canapés on Arrival with a Glass of Jules Larose Blanc de Blancs *** Duck Liver Parfait with Balsamic Croûtes and Apple & Cherry Chutney Or ...

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  • may flowers

    Spring Flower Shop May 6th

    Join us and local Florists, Essence Flowers for Prosecco and Scones whilst partaking in a flower arranging masterclass. £25 per person – all you need to do is bring a vase! To view our full 2018 Calendar of Events click here or to book your place call on 01472 872248 or drop us an email at reception@oaklandshallhotel.co.uk

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  • cocktails

    Cocktail Masterclass

    Introducing our Cocktail Masterclass with our very own Banqueting Manager and Master of Ceremonies Ben Leeming. Perfect for Hen nights, birthdays or just a fun night out! Package includes 3 cocktails plus the chefs choice of canapés. £25 per person (minimum of 4 people per booking) For more information or to book give us a call on 01472 872248 or drop us an email ...

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Contact Us

To get in touch, call 01472 872248, email reception@oaklandshallhotel.co.uk or complete the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

The Comfy Duck, The Oaklands Hall Hotel, Barton Street, Laceby, Lincolnshire DN37 7LF