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My train from Hastings to Norfolk went via London, so I had a brief scamper from Charing Cross to Kings Cross, where I boarded a train to Kings Lynn – a 25 minute taxi journey away from Great Massingham in Norfolk, where I’d be staying the night at The Dabbling Duck as a secret judge for the Dorset Cereals B&B Awards…
The Dabbling Duck is a pub and B&B in the heart of Great Massingham – a picturesque village with a green, a church, a village shop and I’m sure I saw Postman Pat pootling by…
Two local farmers stepped in to save the day when the pub was being threatened with re-development in 2006… and the third owner is a chap called Mark Dobby, who was brought in to manage the pub in 2013.
The taxi driver carried my suitcase into the pub and I checked in. After I was handed the key to room 2, I took my case up a narrow staircase to the next floor up, where all the rooms were situated….
Afterwards, I had a peek at their website and discovered that my room was called the ‘Edrich’ room, named after Bill Edrich.
“Bill Edrich was a versatile all-round cricketer from the great Norfolk cricketing family and played for Middlesex and England – and was, at one time, the fastest bowler in England in the 1940s.
He lost what might have been his best years to World War Two, where he served with distinction in the RAF as a Squadron Leader in bombers and was awarded the DFC.
The squadron unwound between missions with games of cricket at next door Massingham Hall.”
I wasn’t sure if there were any other places nearby to have dinner, and I’d heard good things about the pub itself, so a few minutes later I wandered downstairs again and asked if they had space for me to eat there that evening – they did.
I ordered a ploughmans for dinner and a side of chips, and it was all absolutely delicious. The chips were super duper crunchy – perfect Poppy chips.
At around 9pm I was back in my room and worked from my laptop on my bed…. Before I knew it it was midnight and I switched off the lights, still full from my delicious dinner.
Breakfast was served in the Blenheim Room, where there was a selection of fresh fruit, breads and cereals available. I ordered a very (very) small cooked breakfast (still so full!) which was again, extremely delicious.
I fancied a tinkle on their lovely piano, but sadly it hadn’t been tuned for a while… it sounded very sorry for itself indeed! The waitress explained that they didn’t know a piano tuner, so I googled, found one, called him and told him about the piano in need at The Dabbling Duck…
So maybe next time I visit, the piano will be singing a different tune… and I will definitely be ordering that Ploughman’s Supper again – it might well be the best I’ve ever tasted.
I booked myself a taxi and it whizzed me back to the station, where I boarded a train to take me home to London… for just a couple of nights… before I left for West Yorkshire for my final B&B stay of the week and Ponden Hall…
What an adventure!
The Dabbling Duck
11 Abbey Road
Norfolk, PE32 2HN
Dorset Cereals B&B Awards
This post was shot on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic 😉
This post is written in collaboration with Dorset Cereals and all thoughts and opinions are my own.