Laceby's Comfy Duck takes on second restaurant manager

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 19 Apr 2017

A SECOND restaurant manager has been recruited to The Comfy Duck at Laceby's Oaklands Hall Hotel.

Jamie Loring has joined Jeff Jafari front of house at the venue, under chef patron Steven Bennett.

It comes as bookings mount for the double AA rosette-rated restaurant, with weekend tables now on a waiting list.

Mr Bennett, director at the Barton Street hotel, said: "The restaurant has become so busy, Jeff cannot do it on his own. Bringing Jamie in will allow us to make sure we hit customer expectations and service, and we wanted to secure him, having known him for a long time. The great thing is we now have two full-time restaurant managers, on the same level, which is unusual. I think they are the best two restaurant managers in the county, and they are in one restaurant."

All three men have previously worked together at The Brackenborough Hotel, near Louth.

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Mr Loring first started at the Kingsway Hotel in Cleethorpes as a teenager, staying for seven and a half years before leaving as senior waiter, and heading to the Oak Ridge venue. He worked there for three years, before taking the role of bar and kitchen manager at Relish back in Cleethorpes.

And it isn't just a work venue he has joined, for he will be marrying fiancee Bethany there in September next year.

Mr Loring said: "I feel like I have come home now, it is a real family environment. For me this is a hotel that is constantly pushing forward, and it is just fantastic to be working with Jeff, someone who has got a few more years experience than me."

Mr Jafari said the role was "all about looking after a customer, making sure they have what they require and are happy and satisfied".

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