• Food glorious food!


    The King’s Arms is proud to announce the appointment of Peter Barnard to run its new kitchen when the pub re-opens in August 2014.

    Peter, who comes from Downham (attending the High School there in the 1990s) has trained at some of London’s top restaurants – including with renowned French chef Pierre Koffmann at Knightsbridge’s Berkeley Hotel. He has also worked at some very busy pubs across the capital, so is well-used to preparing meals for all occasions: from enticing bar snacks to three-course feasts for celebrating families.

    Peter is keen to come back to his roots and re-establish his links with the area’s producers, so the King’s Arms represents the ideal opportunity for him to cook truly local food.

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The King’s Arms served Shouldham for more than 350 years and, with help, we’ll see that it does so again. Through the efforts of the people of Shouldham, and our friends from across Norfolk and beyond, we have saved our village pub.

Our share issue reached its target by October 21st, and within a month we had come to an agreement over the price of the pub with the vendors. In January 2014 we finally became owners. 

We are currently in the process of refurbishing the building, turning it into West Norfolk’s first community-owned pub. If you can help by offering some of your time or skills, we would love to hear from you. 

A big thank you to all who have helped get us this far. We hope we can meet as many of you as possible for a celebratory drink, once we re-open our village pub in summer 2014. 

The King’s Arms: owned by the community, welcoming to all!

This website, our hugely successful campaign to buy the pub, and all the associated fundraising events (including our stupendous beer festival in August 2013) are all organised and run by volunteers, freely giving their time and skills to make this project a success.