The Dabbling Duck

Norfolk
Inn


By the village green with a duck pond, this super local with good food, scrubbed tables, views to the village, and bedrooms with brass beds

Bedroom

6 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 1 - 2

The
Experience

After a campaign by villagers to buy their local in 2006, the neglected Rose & Crown became the Dabbling Duck and the pub was revived with panache and perches prettily by the green. Business has been brisk, food is the draw and beers from the barrel – well-kept Adnams and Woodforde’s. As for the mood, it is warmly endearing. The bar has been cut from a single slice of ancient Norfolk oak, there are high-backed settles by a blazing log fire, sober hues, rug-strewn floors, chunky candles on scrubbed tables, and shelves lined with books and board games. Views are to the village. There’s local Brancaster mussels, fish and chips, homemade pies. There’s often game from the owner’s farm on the menu too. The care and attention to detail extends upstairs to gorgeous bedrooms with big brass beds, colourful cushions and throws, plasma screens, Roberts radios and wood-floored bathrooms; cookies and fresh coffee on tap. All this, 20 minutes from the beach and the bird-rich saltmarshes.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
Closed
Never.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Meals
Lunch from £5.75. Bar meals from £5. Dinner from £10.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £75
Surcharges
Singles £75-£130. Dinner, B&B £70-£85 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available £15-£40 per person per night.
5 Twin/doubles
From £100
1 Single
From £75

Reviews

Very enjoyable stay. Staff really friendly and helpful and a special mention should be made of the delicious breakfast menu. The Pub is ideally located for the various historical houses and the coast. We hope to visit again.

Jean, Colchester

Lovely quiet location. Good choice of beers,ciders & wine. Our room was tastefully furnished, although I thought the cheap white paper light shade an odd choice. Loved the bathroom; the shower over the bath easy to use. I found the bed very comfortable although my husband thought it was too soft. Superb cooked breakfasts. We ate dinner there both evenings and found the food to be a very high standard. Friendly staff. Would certainly like to return.

Jackie

Friendly staff & locals, welcoming, warming, lovely wood burning stoves, superb food, brilliant weekend & our dog loved her walks & the sausages!

Rosie

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Dominic Symington, David & Steve Killham

  • Massingham Airfield which was home to a number of RAF Bomber Squadrons during the Second World War, the three bedrooms in the Dabbling Duck have been named after pilots who were stationed there.The airfield is still used today for small aircraft!
  • It is possible that the origins of Gt. Massingham date back as far as the 5th Century AD when the area was inhabited in the wake of the Roman withdrawal, by a group of Angles and Saxons whose leader’s name was Maesron. The settlers were known as Maersings,
  • We are situated 10 minuets from Sandringham, One of the Queens favourite residences, she spends Christmas here every year, and you can see her arrive for church on Christmas morning.
  • We are very near to the most stunning and diverse beaches, we have cliffs, marshes and wide open sandy beaches. What more could you want ?
  • We have a well recognised range of local ales, and a fabulous gin menu as well as a carefully selected wine list.
  • Two of the owners of the The Dabbling Duck are farmers, and during shooting season a lot of the game is brought to us at the pub and put straight on the menu.