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Dabbling Duck

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Bar, British, Pub
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11 Abbey Road, Great Massingham PE32 2HN, England
+44 1485 520827
12:00 - 23:00
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I wouldn't re-visit. We have a very good local that serves the same deal on a regular basis and has done for many years. Good luck guys but I won't pay for that again.

Thank Shannon D
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We made this our base as a group of ladies on a Garden Tour of Norfolk. The breakfasts were amazing and the evening meals were lovely. The service was good and the staff friendly. Recommend this as a place to stay in this area.

Thank Murdoch46
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Duck is our favourite pub and this visit was no exception. We managed to bring a couple of friends with us this time though as we wanted to share our find with them too. starters were amazing, the ploughmans (nothing like a ploughmans) is insanely good, The mains were all great, the burger is out of this world. I... More 

Thank JackFLo
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88 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The pub is in a great location and we visited for lunch after a walk in the area. Our expectations were quite high from reading the reviews but we were disappointed. After waiting 10 minutes my husband had to remind our waitress to bring our drinks. I ordered the bream which was nice but it was topped with shellfish which... More 

3 Thank PMurray
Mark D, Manager at Dabbling Duck, responded to this review

Thank you for writing us a review. We are sorry to hear that you didn't have a very enjoyable experience with us, This is not a common occurrence for us. I'm pleased to hear that your husband and son enjoyed their burgers. and I am extremely sorry that the bream on the menu does not mention the shellfish. I have... More 

Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us went for my boyfriends birthday meal. As always, a lovely atmosphere and really nice decor. We all had three courses which were well received. I had the ploughmans starter and roast pork main and crumble for pud. One of our guests is a celiac and this was no trouble for kitchen staff and they made a real... More 

Thank FoodieFanGirl
Mark D, Manager at Dabbling Duck, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review, We are really pleased that your overall experience with us was a good one, and the birthday boy got a surprise with the help of our staff. We are always happy to help with celebrations. I am sorry about the pork, and the crumble plum being a bit bitter.... More 

Gayton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Had a much looked forward to Sunday roast before Christmas. Food disappointing, burnt Yorkshire puddings, nice roast beef, dry roast pork, but the potatoes and vegs under-cooked and in a sauce that tasted strongly burnt!!!! most likely to do with the cheese sauce. When mentioned to the waiting staff was told it was to do with the smoked bacon??? No... More 

2 Thank Julie E
Mark D, Manager at Dabbling Duck, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We take all customer comments on board, I would like to apologise about the Yorkshire puddings and the fact your meal tasted burnt. We do add smoked bacon which sometimes can give off a strong flavor. I do hope this one experience doesn't put you off visiting us, we... More 

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73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

At the pubs advise we were requested to go for a late lunch as they recommended their would be more time and a better service if we came mid afternoon. How wrong they were, the staff are in need of training as they didn't appear to know what was going on and we were definitely confused. WE must have had... More 

1 Thank sugaraunty
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Lovely clean pub with separate dining areas - service was attentive and swift - quite pricey for quality of food - rump was chewy and no inspiring sides for £16 which is more than you'd expect to pay in London for a cheap cut of meat but mussels were tasty and others had sausages and mash which was well presented

Thank pudge74
Mark D, Manager at Dabbling Duck, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us, We are glad you enjoyed the mussels and sausage and mash. I am sorry to hear about the Rump steak all of our meat is locally sourced and its unusual for us to get complaints about it, sometimes you do get an odd bad one. Please if you visit again let... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Superb character pub in idyllic location on village green. Excellent food and beer. Scope for a large party if you need it.

Ashford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

They are clearly doing a lot right here. On a cold Tuesday evening in November the place was packed. The pub is warm and welcoming, the staff are friendly and helpful, the real ale is good, the décor, standard gastropub, is rural chic. We had high hopes of an excellent evening when we booked in for dinner. But the food... More 

1 Thank John R C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 Abbey Road, Great Massingham PE32 2HN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Norfolk  >  Great Massingham
  • Phone Number: +44 1485 520827

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?