The Dabbling Duck – Great Massingham, Norfolk
In picturesque Great Massingham, The Dabbling Duck is a successful village pub, run with great warmth by experienced, hands-on manager Mark Dobby and his wife Sally, a professional photographer, whose prints decorate some of the walls. As soon as you walk in, you’re struck by the cosy, rustic decoration: wooden floors, tables and bar, hops hanging from beams, and shelves of books. There are eight bedrooms – five upstairs as well as three garden rooms – plus the newly refurbished Duckling Cottage, a few doors away, which sleeps six. The pub has a well-deserved reputation for its own Mucky Duck gin, real ales and curated wine list. The terrific food is made using local produce and prepared by skilful chef Dale Smith. For a more al fresco dining experience, there’s also a beautiful oak-beamed barn with a cosy wood burner for the winter months, an outside bar and a kitchen that showcases Dale’s menu of street food and wood-fired pizza. The barn opens up on to the pub garden, where there’s a play area to keep the little ones busy.
Doubles from £110
+44 (0)1485 520827; thedabblingduck.co.uk