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
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!
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 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.
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.
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!
Front of House
Meet 2 of our front of house team, Carla and Becky.
Carla is one of our Receptionists and joined the hotel around 8 months ago. In that time she has become an important member of the reception team. In her spare time Carla likes to spend time with her children and fiance and is getting married next year, right here at the hotel! Becky is Reception Supervisor and has worked at the hotel for over 4 years. She started in our restaurant, worked on functions then moved departments to Reception. They are both highly valued members of the team and the faces you will see when you visit us so make sure to say hi!
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 October’s exclusive VIP offers:
£89 Dinner, Bed and Breakfast on a Sunday to Thursday
Staying in a Standard Double/Twin Room. Room Upgrades available, Pre- booking essential. One VIP Card per room. Subject to availability.
2 Afternoon Teas for £28
One VIP Card per 2 people. Pre-booking essential.
Buy any gin and get a free fevertree tonic
One VIP Card per 2 people
Book your wedding with us and receive a free bottle of champagne
Next Month's VIP Offers
Check back soon to see VIP offers for November...
All the latest goings-on at The Comfy Duck.
We are serving Christmas Lunches here in The Comfy Duck, Monday – Sunday throughout December from 12pm – 2.30pm. Our delicious festive lunches are made using the best locally sourced ingredients, and cooked by our team of award-winning chefs, making for the best winter treat. £19.95 per person Pre-order for parties of 8 or more. Menu COURSE ONE Winter Vegetable Soup (V)(CGF) With ...Read more
Here at The Comfy Duck, we take the tradition of Afternoon Tea very seriously. Packed full of nostalgic wintery flavours and a few modern twists, sit back, relax and enjoy Grimsby’s most fabulous Winter Afternoon Tea in the comfort of our restaurant, next to our roaring open fire and views over the garden. Served 18th November – 31st December (excluding ...Read more
Get into the festive spirit and join us for one of our themed Christmas Party Nights. You can rock and pop your way through the decades with our fantastic live band, “Swing” into the Christmas spirit with “Robbie and Buble”, or why not have a “Soul and Motown” Christmas, or maybe “Mercury and May” will rock your boat. The ever ...Read more
Join us on Friday, 22nd November for Psychic Night with Steve Holbrook Psychic Vibration on the Medium Wave – Ex-hairdresser Steve Holbrook, regarded by many as one of the UK’s top Clairvoyant Mediums, explains how he hears the voices of our loved ones that have passed away. His ability started from behind the salon chair, and he will join us ...Read more
Served 21st October – 2nd November (excluding Sundays) £16.95 for Adults & £9.95 for Children Including a Glass of Pro Psycho or a Soft Drink Menu Mini Cauldron of Pumpkin Soup Havocado Monster Roll Rotten Egg (Egg Mayo) Sand Witch ‘Bat’tered Fish Goujon with Tar(tar) Sauce Skeletor’s Finger (Homemade Sausage Roll) with Vampire’s Tomato Chutney Ghost Cheese Bon Bon *** ...Read more
To get in touch, call 01472 872248, email reception@oaklandshallhotel.
The Comfy Duck, The Oaklands Hall Hotel, Barton Street, Laceby, Lincolnshire DN37 7LF