The Dabbling Duck


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


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 2


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.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Lunch from £5.75. Bar meals from £5. Dinner from £10.


Nightly price
from £75
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


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.


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


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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.