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, shelves lined with books and board games. There’s local Brancaster Mussels, fish and chips, homemade pies. There’s often game from the owner’s farm on the menu too. Twenty minutes from the beach and the bird-rich saltmarshes.