The Dabbling Duck – Great Massingham, Norfolk
In picturesque Great Massingham, The Dabbling Duck is a successful village pub, run with great warmth and efficiency by experienced, hands-on manager Mark Dobby and his wife Sally, a professional photographer, whose striking 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 nine bedrooms in total: six fresh and appealing spaces in the upstairs section of the pub, as well as a further three garden rooms. The pub has garnered 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
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