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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. New 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 kidney suet pudding. Vegetarian options may include linguine with caperberries, cherry tomatoes, garlic and flat leaf parsley. 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

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Abbot Ale and IPA, Morland Old Speckled Hen, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • 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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