The Dabbling Duck

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Atmospheric English pub with rooms by the village green and duckponds in a pretty village, with walking and cycling routes to join


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Join the locals propped around the bar with a real ale or their own brand gin, or book a table to sample gourmet pub food – If you sit in the garden on Friday and Saturday evenings in summer you can have pizza from the wood-fired oven.

Bedrooms have home-made biscuits; dogs are welcome and there’s a communal hallway with books and a sofa. A varied breakfast menu is served at separate tables in a high-ceilinged room called The Library – duck egg waffles; Mexican breakfast with smashed avocado, beans and salsa; full English with sausages and bacon from the local butcher.

The Peddars Way walking and cycling route runs past the back of the pub, and you’re ten minute’s drive from Sandringham, Castle Rising and Houghton Hall and Gardens. The coast at Hunstanton and bird-rich salt marshes are 18 miles away.

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We think you'll love

  • The interesting breakfasts served in an atmospheric library room
  • The quintessential English village pub atmosphere
  • Having pizza and listening to live music in the garden in summer
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You should know

  • Ask for fresh milk in your room otherwise you’re stuck with UHT
  • It’s best to book a table in the restaurant at busy times
  • Stairs to the bedrooms are steep


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • 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 £100
Singles £95-£100. Dinner, B&B £120-£200 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available £25 per person per night.
8 Twin/doubles
From £100



A lovely authentic old pub in a picture-perfect location. Fabulous food, very comfortable rooms and a friendly team who couldn't have made us feel more welcome. A real find.

Catherine, Huddersfield

A picture perfect pub in the middle of a pretty Norfolk village; an oasis for hungry and thirsty hikers or cyclists or those wanting a peaceful break in this quintessential English pub. An innovative menu, local beers and ciders as well as 25 gins; one of their own - The Muddy Duck, served in atmospheric rooms. A log burner in winter and outside seating in summer in the BBQ area. Local produce too.

Sarah, Sawday's inspector

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

Great Massingham is a typical English village with a large green in the middle and two sizable duck ponds. The Peddars Way (129.5 miles) walking and cycling route runs at the back of the pub. It’s a bit of a backwater but can get very busy in the summer with tourists and locals.

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.


Dominic Symington, David & Steve Killham

When the pub, then called the Rose & Crown, was going to be sold to developers in 2006 two local farmers stepped in to save it. The third owner, Mark, manages the pub with his wife Sally. They are both very friendly and welcoming, and you’ll probably meet their black Labrador Doris in the bar.