A village pub that has been visited by royalty has been named the best watering hole in Norfolk.

The Dabbling Duck in Great Massingham was recognised as the best pub in Norfolk in the National Pub and Bar Awards 2024.

It will now progress to the next round to compete for the esteemed title of pub of the year.

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Judges picked their county winners based on several customer-facing elements including design, service, style of offer, marketing and investment.

A red-carpet ceremony will be held in London on June 26, when 15 regional winners, Pub Group of the Year, Bar Group of the Year, Tyrells Tyrellbly Good Taste Award and National Pub and Bar of the Year will be crowned.

The Dabbling Duck is run by husband and wife team Mark and Sally Dobby.

It has won an array of awards in the past and has become quite a hotspot for the rich and famous

Well-known faces who have visited the pub include Sir Alan Sugar, the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke of Sussex.

The venue also offers rooms and an extensive menu by head chef Dale Smith.