The Dabbling Duck

Great Massingham, Norfolk

Overlooking the green in a village known for its numerous duck ponds, the old Rose and Crown was facing conversion into housing in 2006 when two local farmers stepped up. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Overlooking the green in a village known for its numerous duck ponds, the old Rose and Crown was facing conversion into housing in 2006 when two local farmers stepped up. In 2013 they brought in Mark Dobby, an industry pro, no dabbler, who now presides with his wife, Sally. ‘It is a good gastropub with very satisfactory rooms,’ write Guide inspectors, ‘very dog- and baby-welcoming.’ There are six rooms over the pub, two larger ones in an annexe. ‘A friendly lad took us to our garden room. It had interesting decor, a super-king bed, a large bathroom with a rain shower over the bath, a tea/cafetière tray and biscuits.’ You can eat in ‘nooks in the old pub, in a library with comfy sofas and a wood-burning stove, a conservatory, or the barn with pizza ovens’. Dale Smith cooks modern pub fare, with meat and game from local smallholdings and Shorthorn beef from the owners’ land. ‘We enjoyed the cured trout with pickled vegetables, Cromer crab with potato salad, and the inevitable duck accompanied by deep-fried polenta and rich reduced blackberry sauce’, served by ‘well-trained, efficient, friendly, engaging young staff’.

Hotel details

Address

11 Abbey Road
Great Massingham
King's Lynn
Norfolk
PE32 2HN
England

Telephone

01485 520827

Bedrooms

8. 2 on ground floor in garden annexe.

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar, 3 private dining rooms, hallway/library, in-room TV, barn and garden (pizza oven, alfresco dining).

Background music

jazz and soul throughout the building.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £20, children’s menu, play castle.

Dogs

allowed in 2 bedrooms by arrangement (£10 per night, doggy menu), in bar and 1 dining room.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £140, single occupancy from £130. À la carte £30.