A pub commended by Norfolk Camra saw its fame spread worldwide over the weekend when Lord Sugar praised it in a message to 2,230,000 followers on Twitter.

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The business tycoon and front man of The Apprentice series sent a message on Saturday describing the Dabbling Duck in Great Massingham as “great”.

His tweet read: “I have flown today to a disused RAF airfield in Norfolk, Gt Massingham, walked through a field. Now having lunch in great pub Dabbling Duck.”

Mark Orton, who was working at the 2011 Camra Norfolk pub of the year when he arrived, declined to give details of Lord Sugar’s visit, but said the publicity was “nice”, and added that the pub had a number of customers who flew into the airfield.

A day later, Lord Sugar’s message had been re-tweeted by 95 people, while another 35 Twitter users had flagged it up as a favourite.

Although the pub has been posting messages on Twitter since July 5, it has not itself re-tweeted the message from its famous patron.

However, one user did ask Lord Sugar: “are you planning to cycle back to St. Tropez to burn off all those delicious Dabbling Duck pub lunch calories?” She did not receive a reply.

martin.george@archant.co.uk

4 comments

  • Indeed not, Nigel. We`ll compare limos & helicopters next time we chat?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • Used to be called "The Rose and Crown". Yes it is now a gastro-pub, but only because the locals preferred to drink at the social club in the village because it was cheaper. The pub then closed and was minutes away from becoming a private residence. It was the resurrected as a gastro-pub and seems to be doing very well. The locals still have their cheaper beer in the social club and there is a decent pub serving restaurant food for everyone else to enjoy. Nothing wrong with that is there?

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    NigelS

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • Seem to recall having a cooling pint of cider in a Great Massingham pub about 25 years ago when doing the Peddars` Way walk. It wasn`t called the Dabbling Duck in those days. I expect it`s another of those expensive "gastropubs" now?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • So out of 2,230,000 followers, 95 retweeted. Wow!

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    Thoreauwasright

    Monday, September 10, 2012

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