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.