The Hare Arms

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The peaceful hamlet of Stow Bardolph, West Norfolk.

Just off the A10, about a mile north of the market town of Downham Market. 

The Hare combines a cosy pub interior, great food and a friendly atmosphere.

Following our recent refurbishment and redecoration, the inn is even warmer, cosier and more welcoming!


Please see Pandemic Update page for current opening hours.

Your Hosts...

Pat and Debs Palmer have a long association with The Hare Arms having met here while working behind its bar in 1987.

After running their own successful restaurant, Palmers, in Downham Market for over 15 years, Pat and Debs went on to takeover the lease of The Hare in July 2016.

The couple are excited to continue The Hare’s long tradition of good food, speedy, courteous service and comfortable, relaxing atmosphere.


Children are welcome in The Front Room and The Coach House when dining with their parents or guardians.

The Bar and Main Restaurant are primarily adult environments and children under-14 are not permitted.


Table reservations can be made in the main restaurant and old coach house. Please telephone to make your booking. Unfortunately we are unable to take bookings via email or Facebook.

Tables in The Bar, Front Room and Gardens can not be booked in advance.

Cats & Dogs...

The Hare Arms is home to a resident cat, the lovely Badger (aka Otis), who can sometimes be found stretched in front of the fireside in the bar. For this reason we regret that dogs are not permitted anywhere inside the pub.

Well-behaved dogs on leads are very welcome in the gardens.


The Hare prides itself on sourcing the very best local Norfolk and East Anglian produce. Our large menu includes classic pub food like ale-battered haddock and chunky chips alongside contemporary treats such as slow braised chicken in a mushroom, cream and tarragon sauce.

The main menu is supplemented by changing “daily specials” as well as a good vegetarian selection.

For current menus, please see our Menus Page.


Good food needs good wine! As well as a complete wine list we have a range of very tasty house wines at reasonable prices.

For beer lovers, we serve locally brewed Greene King Ales as well as always having two guest ales available on tap. We have achieved 100% quality ratings for all our cask ales from Cask Marque, the independent national accreditors who recognise excellence in the service of cask ale.