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The Recruiting Sergeant is an award-winning traditional pub and restaurant with rooms situated in the village of Horstead. Our menus feature a variety of dishes showcasing the adventurous use of outstanding ingredients by our team of chefs led by Matthew Colchester. Fresh fish and seafood is a speciality and a passion of ours, and we have also put our stamp on classic British pub grub. On Sundays, our traditional roasts are a popular choice. The bar is well stocked with regularly changing real ales and cutting-edge lagers, while a large range of carefully selected wines are served by the glass or bottle. New for 2021, you can also treat yourself to a cocktail from a bespoke menu crafted for us by Edmunds.

We are a dog-friendly pub and welcome well-behaved dogs on leads in the bar or garden, but they are not permitted in the restaurant. Dogs are also welcome in some of our guest bedrooms. Please mention when booking if you are bringing a dog so that an appropriate table or room may be allocated.

If dining in the bar with your dog we ask that owners be sensitive to other guests. If a dog needs food or water please take them outside where water bowls are provided.

Pub open every day from 10.30am (11.00am Sunday). Food Served: Monday to Saturday 12.00pm – 8.30pm, Sunday 12.00pm – 8.00pm

As per all listings on Dog Friendly Norfolk, we accept well behaved dogs.



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2,107 reviews
  • Gunjan Goel
    Gunjan Goel
    3 weeks ago

    This is is a nice restaurant with superb service and really good food with big portions. We were office group and enjoyed our time for dinner at this restaurant. They have indoor dining with outdoor seating with and without shades. They do have rooms too but we were there only for the food. This restaurant is out of Norwich main city limits with ample of seating capacity. if you are looking for good food, just try this restaurant.

  • christopher reeves
    christopher reeves
    2 weeks ago

    For someone who has struggled to accommodate their partners dietary requirements this place ticks all the boxes. Visiting Friday night and explaining Heidi was gluten and lactose intolerant are server said that they could accommodate her. She then took the time to explain the options available and how individual dishes could be prepared to meet her needs. The end result met all my expectations and I would totally recommend this place to people who have specific dietary requirements 🙂

  • Eric Pieters
    Eric Pieters
    2 months ago

    If you need good food for your party, don't waste any time looking any further! The choice, food and service is simply the best. Guaranteed you won't leave being hungry. Also the dressing of the plates is nice but also the quality is superb. I can highly recommend this place. Attached the plates we tried over 2 evenings. Enjoy!

  • Mark Butcher
    Mark Butcher
    3 weeks ago

    Fantastic food, very generous portions and friendly super efficient service. We were a table of 15 for lunch, everything was served together, piping hot and as ordered(except a slight hiccup with a steak that was rectified very quickly without question). Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Yes it is a little more expensive than some places but well worth it especially as most of us couldn't manage any tea! It's a shame that I live so far away or I would be back regularly to work my way through more of the extensive menu as it was so difficult to choose!

  • Gina Palser
    Gina Palser
    a month ago

    The food was amazing, Good quality and great choice of menu. Service was also very good. My only feedback would to possibly reduce the portion size slightly as out of 6 of us only one managed to to fully clear their plate. Would definitely visit here again.

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Opening Hours

  • Monday 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Thursday 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Friday 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Saturday 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Sunday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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