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Handsome country pub with a good vegetarian selection

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Wheelchair access
Free Wi-Fi
Functions catered

Peacocks roam the garden of this ivy-clad pub named after the Hare family, who purchased Stow Bardolph estate in 1553 and still play an important part locally. Owners Pat and Deborah Palmer have retained the old-world charm of this former coaching inn, with fascinating memorabilia on display throughout the music-free, L-shaped bar, where guest ales partner those of Greene King. There's plenty to contemplate on the menu, so take your time choosing between, perhaps, slow-cooked beef ribs in BBQ sauce and steak and pork belly with grilled black pudding. Vegetarian options may include Moroccan bean burger. Gluten-free menus available.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December, 31 December evening, 1 January
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11–2.30 6–11 (Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday 11–11 Sunday 12–10.30)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2, Saturday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 12–9.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Friday 6.30–9.30, Saturday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 12–9.30

Price guide

  • Main course from11.95
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets

Getting here

From King's Lynn take A10 to Downham Market. After 9 miles village signed on left.

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