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The Recruiting Sergeant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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Norwich Road | Horstead, Near Coltishall, Horstead NR12 7EE, England
+44 1603 737077
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I loved this place. While staying in the area to visit with family I met with some friends at this pub and will definitely be going again! A typical old English pub in the country and easy to find. I arrived reasonably early and the car park was already filling up. The staff were very welcoming and helpful and the... More 

Thank Cathy S
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for lunch at the recruiting sergeant on recommendation from relatives and we're not disappointed. There was a very full and varied menu and the food came quickly and was of an excellent standard and the portions were not small. Staff efficient and friendly. Will definitely go again.

Thank Denwise
Level Contributor
30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First visit today. Quite busy and a good ambience with cosy fire. I started with bacon, Brie and pears which was delicious followed by calves liver, mash and spinach. Generous portions, all excellent. Couldn't manage pudding.

Thank goodfoodloverlondon
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our stay at the B and B very much. Immaculately clean bedroom and bathroom and beautifully laundered white cotton sheets. Great cooked breakfast as well. Great vaue.

Thank M9105GRinfo
Norwich, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here on a Friday evening, it's was busy, the car park was full but we could park over the road. We ordered starters and mains, I had bubble and squeak the other half had squid. Both were lovely. Then we had mixed grill and beef bourguignon. The portions were huge - we did not need the starters! The... More 

Thank Catherine E
Scarborough, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow I am not sure where to start. The pub is easy to find with ample parking, but does get very busy. It was a cold night but warm and comfortable inside. The staff are welcoming and give good service. The menu has plenty of choice with daily specials. Also plenty of choice for my almost two year old grandson.... More 

Thank Dee H
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have often dined at the Seargent in Horstead. They did the wake for my mothers funeral, which was done in such good taste, understated & with much respect. My brother & partner who live in London look forward to coming to Norwich just to visit this restaurant saying it's the best food outside central London, & believe me they... More 

Thank Peter C
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After many many visits to this restaurant i found it time to write a review. Always a place i have returned to with excellent service and high quality standard food. Fish always beautiful and fresh and always a specials menu. 5 stars for you

Thank Laceypops1
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was really looking forward to my visit at the Recruiting Sergeant as I haven't been there for years. The pub was notoriously packed and we got seated (family of 3) in the back room overlooking the patio. The room itself was void of any character and for me it was a sad looking room. I would have preferred to... More 

Thank Kači B
Norwich, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a Saturday lunchtime. Very busy so good thing we booked ahead. My slow cooked shin of beef was ok but several grisly bits. My husband had steak and kidney pudding. Suet pastry was very thick in places and not totally cooked . My daughter had Toad in the Hole which as the menu states is pan fried... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$48
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Norwich Road | Horstead, Near Coltishall, Horstead NR12 7EE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Norfolk  >  Horstead
  • Phone Number: +44 1603 737077
Award winning pub and restaurant with bedrooms situated in the village of Horstead, near Coltishall, in Norfolk.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?