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The Dabbling Duck

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11 Abbey Road, Great Massingham PE322HN, England
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As soon as we walked through the door we felt immediately welcome. The staff here couldn't help us enough!. We only stayed two nights in what was a very clean functional room and was greeted each morning by a smile and "good morning!". Amazing food with great atmosphere. We Will be staying here again, hopefully very soon...Thank you Hannah and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went out for an impromptu meal and ended up at the dabbling duck. They had a table for four, unfortunately when we looked at the menu there was nothing on there that we fancied. We did not like the fact that the steak was only cooked medium rare with no other options. We were also put off when we... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a lovely Sunday lunch here. Food is well cooked and presented with some unusual touches and additions that make it stand out from the crowd. Welcoming but busy ambience with friendly staff. The sticky toffee pudding was particularly good :-)

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Mark D, Manager at The Dabbling Duck, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving us a review. We are pleased to read that you had a lovely Sunday lunch with us and particularly enjoyed the sticky toffee pudding. We hope that you will be back for another meal soon! More 

Barnsley, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a gem of a place in a beautiful village. The best pub we've stayed in. We can't praise it enough, but we'll try. The friendliest and most polite staff who all make you feel so welcome. We relaxed as soon as we walked through the door to be greeted with a lovely welcome. The pub has a very... More 

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Mark D, Manager at The Dabbling Duck, responded to this review

Thank you so much for a great review. It is so nice to read that we are the best pub you have stayed in. All of the staff aim to make every guests stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible, so it is great to read that we succeeded on this occasion. I will pass all of your lovely comments... More 

London England
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50 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The Dabbling Duck is a small pub / restaurant / B&B in the quite village of Great Massingham. The pub / restaurant is rustic in style and we found all the staff to be friendly and helpful. The food was good and we had no complaints. Breakfast which was a good choice of cooked options as well as cereals and... More 

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Mark D, Manager at The Dabbling Duck, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. It is great to read that you had a nice time visiting The Dabbling Duck. The Library is a lovely room especially for breakfast and I am glad that you enjoyed the artwork displayed at this time. I am sorry that you found your bedroom a little too warm. We would hope that you shall... More 

Holt, Norfolk
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100 hotel reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We ate as a group of four recently and whilst the staff were very friendly and polite and the venue pleasant the food was a huge disappointment. I chose the burger and it was possibly the most tasteless burger I have ever had in a restaurant, it was nicely cooked but I was not impressed with the meat, cheese or... More 

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Mark D, Manager at The Dabbling Duck, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to read that you did not enjoy your visit to us. I apologise that the burger was not to your taste. The fish and chips is served with salt and vinegar powder, as stated on the menu, however the chefs are always happy to create a dish with or without these extras.... More 

Derby
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I visited Great Massingham this weekend for some R&R with a couple of my friends. Prior to arriving we had read that the place to go for dinner/drinks was The Dabbling Duck and, on arrival, we discovered we were staying next door to the pub. We ended up going both nights of our stay as the food was so fantastic!... More 

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Mark D, Manager at The Dabbling Duck, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us and decided to return to us the second night as the food was so 'fantastic!' Alongside this, it is great that you found the service to be outstanding. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Dabbling Duck,... More 

East Anglia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 hotel reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Avoid disappointment and BOOK YOUR TABLE (even lunch midweek). The building is a sympathetically restored old country pub with an eclectic mix of furniture to sit or relax in. There are several separate areas which create a pleasant feeling of intimacy. There a few duck ponds within 100 yards so arm the kids with the necessaries! Food prices are a... More 

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Mark D, Manager at The Dabbling Duck, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving us a review. We would agree with many of your comments, so thank you for a very fair and balanced review. I have passed the comments onto the kitchen regarding the desserts, - which as you mentioned yourself, the menu does change regularly, so some these desserts may well have changed since your last visit to... More 

Chatham, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Another Secret Escaoe eat and a very enjoyable blue location . Although the room was small it was ours fault as we had to change our date. All the staff were very helpful. 5 stars for the food, the steak was excellent and the breakfast exceeded our needs. Would have been 5 stars all round but we lacked hot water... More 

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Mark D, Manager at The Dabbling Duck, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review on us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. It is great that you rate the food with 5 stars, I shall pass this onto the chefs. I apologise that you lacked hot water sometimes, this is something I will look into. We hope that you will be back to stay with... More 

Rawdon, Leeds United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

On holiday recently in Castle Acre, and looked up dog friendly pubs, this one came up so we decided to try it. The menu was so different to anything we had seen before and we were not disappointed, the food was delicious. Served by a very friendly young lady. Would recommend this place.

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Mark D, Manager at The Dabbling Duck, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind review. I am so glad that you found the food to be delicious and the service friendly! Hopefully you will be in to visit us on your next holiday in the area. More 

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