Ben Handley -
Ben began his cooking career aged 15 in his parent’s kitchen at The Lifeboat at Thornham on Valentines day. His job was to offer red roses to the ladies. From that point onwards Ben’s formidable 25-year career as a chef has swept through the competitive North Norfolk food scene finally coming around to realising his dreams and getting the keys to The Duck Inn on Valentine's Day 2013. During Ben’s youth he travelled and worked in the cool city of Melbourne, Australia at Ruby, Ruby an experience that has shaped his global approach to flavours combined with the best possible produce from Norfolk and the UK. Ben’s aim is to provide food and service which is both inclusive and familiar, but of the highest possible quality. Ben's hobbies include crochet and synchronised swimming.
Shaun Ireson - Sous Chef
Shaun has been a chef for an impressive sixteen years, working at our good neighbours The Hoste Arms and The White Horse at Brancaster. Shaun is a passionate small holder, living almost completely self sufficiently, growing all of his families fruit and vegetables, raising chickens and quail for both eggs and meat. Shaun created the very popular sticky toffee apple cake something which we are all very happy about. Shaun loves making fruit leather for his kids and talking about chickens.
Sarah Handley -
Co-owner of The Duck
Sarah's warmth and maternal nature are what keep both The Duck Inn and their family of three lovely children afloat. Sarah has a background in hospitality and retail management that began when she was a teenage waitress for Ben's parents, Nick and Lynn Handley, where she and Ben met. She went on to work as manager for the luxury knitwear brand, John Smedley, in London. Sarah loves running, cycling and sipping expensive gin with her friends.
Sam Handley –
Sam and Ben are brothers as the name suggests. Sam's experience spans a formidable fifteen years,
managing The Anchor at Morston and Briarfields Hotel at Titchwell. The Duck Inn is truly a family business. When Sam is not working he loves sea fishing, Glastonbury, Hendricks gin and Manchester United.
Andrew Waddison - Manager
Andrew loves playing the piano whilst drinking fine wines. He has also been known to cook and enjoy outdoor pursuits, especially professionally pottering in the garden, but not all at once.