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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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  • Paul Piazza
    Paul Piazza
    a week ago

    Very good food , both in terms of quality, choice and quantity! Service has always been very good or excellent. The team here care about what they serve up and if anything is not to your satisfaction, they sort it out immediately. Really refreshing attitude to restaurant hospitality and service

  • Vicky Lowe
    Vicky Lowe
    3 weeks ago

    Recommended to this place by my husband’s boss and can’t agree more. Travelled from Nottingham for a stay for my birthday. From arriving to leaving, everything was outstanding. Stayed in Room 3 which was beautiful. Evening dinner was truly lovely and a meal we wont forget for a long time. Staff were all friendly and couldn’t do enough to help. Breakfast again outstanding. Can’t wait to book to go again, except next time for longer! 😊

  • Susie Powell
    Susie Powell
    2 months ago

    We were very impressed with this pub. The manager was very accommodating and found seating for us, even though we were 1.5 hrs early for our booking. The staff were polite and friendly and the food was exellent. There was a great selection of both children and adult food and our meals were all served promptly. To be honest it was some of the best food we had ever eaten and the desserts were amazing too. Definitely recommend!

  • Jay T
    Jay T
    a month ago

    £85 for tough steak and tough mushrooms swimming on a bed of oil. Staff were lovely and they were busy but the food was served very quickly. Too quickly for I suspect wasn’t freshly prepared steak. Also food left under clean tables from the previous customers, whilst I appreciate that things get missed, for the price of the food and service I expected better. Disappointed as heard nothing but good things about the pub.

  • JAC Cook
    JAC Cook
    2 months ago

    Went for lunch after a memorial service and had the whole room to ourselves. Food was quite imaginative but was a little pricey. I had sweet potato and chickpea curry, ample portions and the rice it came with extraordinary, black and white with fruit and almonds. The bhaji were homemade, a little overdone and lacked flavour. The children's fish and chips was excellent value for money. This place is on a main road, and is obviously very busy when the sun is out which can make parking a little risky.

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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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