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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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Barnsley, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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London England
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50 hotel reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Holt, Norfolk
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100 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Derby
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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East Anglia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 hotel reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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Chatham, United Kingdom
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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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Rawdon, Leeds United Kingdom
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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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Three of us had lunch here on boxing day. The restaurant was lovely and warm (lovely wood burning fires) and the staff were working at top speed to ensure everyone was served in good time. The food was excellent, portion sizes were huge! Also, dogs are welcome, which is actually the same for most Norfolk hotels and restaurants. We will... More 

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Downham Market, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

It's been years since we visited Great Massingham and this pub restaurant really is among the best in the area. Friendly and informal, the food is excellent with service to match. We visited on a busy lunch day, most tables were occupied with some people taking a full meal, others home made soup and sandwiches. We will certainly return.

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Hevingham, null, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Having read lots of positive reviews we were looking forward to a nice lunch, however we were very disappointed. The food was very average and uninspired. Perhaps less time wrapping the lemon in gauze and more time spent on the flavours would produce something more appealing. Unfortunately we will not be rushing back. We eat out a lot and feel... More 

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