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The Dabbling Duck, East Anglia

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The Dabbling Duck, East Anglia

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In picturesque Great Massingham, The Dabbling Duck is a successful village pub, which might not have existed if it hadn’t been for two brave Norfolk farmers who stepped in to save their local from re – development in 2006. A third owner, experienced, hands – on manager Mark Dobby, was brought on board in 2013. He and his wife Sally ( a professional photographer, whose striking prints decorate some of the walls) run the pub with great warmth and efficiency. As soon as you walk in, you’re struck by the friendly atmosphere and cosy, rustic decoration – wooden floors, tables and bar, hops hanging from beams, and shelves of books. There are nine bedrooms in total: size fresh and appealing spaces in the upstairs section of the pub, as well as a further three garden rooms. The pub has gained a well – deserved reputation for its real ales, curated wine list and terrific food, particularly seasonal game dishes, all prepared by skilful chef Dale Smith. In summer you can eat in the attractive garden, where there’s street food, a wooden – fired pizza oven and children’s play area.

Doubles from £100

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Sandringham House is a few miles up the road if you fancy trying to get a glimpse of royalty! Or visit Houghton Hall in the next village for a bit of culture, to see their beautiful gardens or try and catch one of their exhibitions, this summer Damien Hirst has an exhibit.


Choose from our seasonal menu, using local produce, with pub classics like our Dexter Beef Burger, or something a little different with a restaurant dish. In the summer months we open our outside bar with street food and wood fired pizza galore!


Visit Holt or Burnham Market, nearby villages, for boutique shopping and local produce.


The Red Room restaurant’s stone flooring is older than Westminster Abbey.

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