The Comfy Duck has to be one of North East Lincolnshire’s most respected restaurants. Since opening its doors in 2012, the restaurant has become renowned for its use of fresh, local, quality produce, and dishes which are not only delicious and give an interesting twist to the food, but look beautiful too.
Located within Oaklands Hall Hotel, The Comfy Duck is run by Executive Head Chef Steven Bennett, or The Lincolnshire Chef as you may know him, and has won numerous awards within just three years, including an AA rosette. If this isn’t enough to tempt you, then perhaps you should carry on reading.
Having not visited The Comfy Duck in a while, I met Charlotte of The Creative Larder for a catch up over some good food, fine wine and a cocktail.
To begin, you can enjoy an amuse bouche as you mull over the menu. On this particular night, we had a creamy carrot soup full of flavour, and then a taste of the cauliflower and blue cheese soup too, which was thick, salty and lovely.
Because The Comfy Duck’s menu is full of wonderful ingredients, making your choices can be difficult! I heard fantastic things about the Asparagus and Carpaccio of Lincolnshire Red Beef appetisers, and I very almost chose the Traditional Farmhouse Pate with Oaklands Garden Herbs (grown on site) and Toasted Lincolnshire Plumb Bread, but in the end I decided to go for Seared Scallops (a first for me!) seasoned in Nutmeg and served with Apple Fondant, Apple Purée, Pickled Walnuts and Micro Celery.
I had never heard of serving apple with seafood, but this was delicious! The apple fondant was lovely and soft, and still had a strong, sweet taste which I liked. And luckily, Charlotte chose the Farmhouse Pate, it certainly looked a treat!
A rustic, chunky pate decorated with delicate flowers – and served with gluten-free bread too. The Comfy Duck has many options for those requiring gluten-free, and you can discuss any dietary requirements with the team when booking.
Then came the Mains. After some thinking, Charlotte chose the Confit Shoulder and Roasted Rack of Lamb with Sour Cream and Chive Potato, Spinach Purée, Confit Peppers and Olive Dust.
While I decided to go for a good, trusty chicken from the Grill menu, topped with a blue cheese glaze and a little red wine jus (thanks to Charlotte’s recommendation), served with dauphinoise potatoes and a selection of seasonal greens.
Chicken is certainly a go-to choice for me in most restaurants, but I really wanted to try Steven’s version as I knew it would be cooked exceptionally well – and I was right! Very succulent and super tasty, especially with the salty blue cheese glaze. Also on the menu is a Roasted Duck Breast, Line Caught Sea Bass and of course, a selection of fine steaks which, a fellow diner of mine once described as “the best steak ever”.
Finally came the dish we had been waiting for, the dessert! There was only one option we both had to choose, the White Chocolate and Strawberry Pavlova with Vanilla Mousse and Cardamom.
It really was something quite special, with a crunchy meringue, tangy sorbet and what is like a thick block of gooey white chocolate ganache, my absolute favourite! However it was a difficult choice between this, a mojito parfait, steamed sticky toffee pudding and a smoked chocolate mousse – doesn’t that sound interesting? And of course, we had to finish with a drink from the new cocktail menu created by the Strait & Narrow, a cocktail bar in Lincoln – a mojito and, for me, a fruity raspberry daiquiri. The perfect way to finish a wonderful evening.
Oaklands Hall Hotel and The Comfy Duck have some fantastic events lined up, including an Outdoor Movie Night, Beauty Lunches with the likes of YSL, and His & Her Afternoon Teas, which are being greatly anticipated. Take a look at upcoming events, menus and the VIP Card on The Comfy Duck’s website.