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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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  • Derek Winser
    Derek Winser
    2 months ago

    Went for evening meal out with family. Great menu with lots of choice, I had steak and kidney pudding which was best ever - would recommend missing starter to properly enjoy! Despite venue being really busy, starters out within 10 minutes and mains really quickly after starters. Vegetarian options available but fairly limited. Friendly and helpful staff, and portion sizes really generous. Highly recommend for a great night out.

    2 months ago

    The staff are extremely friendly. They recognise their regulars and remember what regulars drink. The food was faultless. I had the roast beef and it wad cooked to perfection for me. My friends had a selection battered fish. I have never seen such light batter. The food was reasonably priced for the amount we had. Booking is advisable as the RS is very popular.

  • Aaron Laskey
    Aaron Laskey
    5 months ago

    Lovely looking pub nice atmosphere lots of character. Staff could be more attentive (didn't ask how I wanted my steak?) I had to tell her before she ran off.. Gardens would benefit from a little something for the children. you don't get the vibe where you feel you could let the kids play for 10 minutes while you have some adult conversation. Food was nice big portion sizes I've definitely had better steak but overall nice menu was vast with lots of different things and isn't too badly priced. Would I come again? Yes just not with the kids they were bored

  • J C
    J C
    5 months ago

    We stayed here recently for a couple of nights which was most enjoyable. The staff were helpful, friendly and polite all round, especially at breakfast, the full English is delicious. The one evening meal that we had here was decent quality and the quantity was just right for someone with a good appetite. The room was spacious and spotless, there is road noise throughout the day but by early evening it quietens off and becomes unnoticeable.

  • Adrian Yong
    Adrian Yong
    a month ago

    Ample parking. Ambience acceptable although ceilings were typically low. Outdoor seating available. Food and drink orders were taken promptly and food was served without too long a wait despite the restaurant being almost full. The servings were generous. The seafood chowder was slightly salty. The haddock had more potato than fish! The ribs were good, tasty and tender. The Chilean Wine suggested was reasonable.

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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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