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The Recruiting Sergeant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
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Norwich Road | Horstead, Near Coltishall, Horstead NR12 7EE, England
+44 1603 737077
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Locals rate this restaurant so when driving by fairly late on Sunday evening, we were anticipating a fine meal. But probably last sittings on a January Sunday night is not the ideal time go get the best out of a kitchen. We both chose fish dishes, and this after a very knowledgeable and engaging maitre d explained at some length... More 

Thank Paulthediner
North Walsham
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Another amazing evening spent at the recruiting sergeant on Saturday , we visited with our family and friends who were visiting from Shrewsbury, always welcomed as if friends by the staff they are all lovely especially think it's Andy head chef and manager, also lovely barman , not sure of his name but he has dark floppy hair always loves... More 

Thank Graham P
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have had several meals here and cannot fault the food. Very generous portions, nicely presented, and good value. There is a need to book beforehand as they are very popular.

Thank Mike B
Norwich, United Kingdom
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355 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have always enjoyed the food at the Recruiting Sergeant and have appreciated their high standards even though it is, consistently, a very busy pub / restaurant........however our last mid-week lunch disappointed - the starters were fine but the "mains" were decidedly bland.......we both agreed that the tastiest thing on the plate were the carrots - and neither of us... More 

Thank An_Old_Burian
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this restaurant for a family meal. We have been here previously and always had good meals. They are always very very busy and to get the time you want to eat you just ensure you do not book at the last minute. Our expectations were high. We thought as we had previously had nice meals here and how... More 

Thank RosieNorwich
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came with a group of friends in December and was very disappointed with the vegetarian choice. It was a Sunday so I was expecting to have some lovely winter warming food. Looking at the menu there was only one veggie choice, a halloumi burger (how underwhelming and boring). On the example menu online they had 3 vegetarian options so I... More 

Thank beller345
Great Moulton
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here alot even ate here on my wedding day! Place is lovely brillant atmosphere. Food is a cut above with large portions local food! Couldnt recommend more!

Thank Kelly D
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been coming to this pub for 15 years, in all of that time the food has always been consistently excellent, fresh and delicious. The beer is superb with great choice and has the rare ability to be great in summer with a superb beer garden and great in Winter with an open fireplace. Superb service from all the... More 

Thank David M
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Warm and inviting from the start. The staff are welcoming and the decor lovely. There's a good selection of real ale and the menu is surprising large considering the great quality. From large hearty meals to yummy smaller plates. I can't wait to come back. Best pub dinner I've had in years!

Thank Becky L
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Recruiting Sergeant certainly lived up to its great reputation, beautiful food cooked and presented to make even the fussiest diners happy. This combined with the friendly professional staff and management made for a fantastic New Years Eve and Day. Well done Nicola and the team. My tip - be hungry when you arrive because you won't be when you... More 

Thank David R

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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$46
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Cheap Eats
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?