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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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2,234 reviews
  • Ed Matthews
    Ed Matthews
    a month ago

    I've been visiting family in this area for years but had never visited here, bending to the hype I attended, lovely pub not a restaurant in my eyes but the prices reflected those of a restaurant. Nice and warm inside Tables slightly to close together Staff lovely service was quick and friendly Drinks reasonable prices FOOD - decent range of food options slightly over priced for a pub, as to me this was pub food, mushy peas with a hint of mint, the chefs aiming to take this pub to the restaurant level, but for something as easy a chips needs improving, pale and not fully cooked, maybe because the place was busy. Maybe this is the best place around for those locals, but I would take a drive to gain something much better. I will not be visiting again Please note - this is my opinion, also I didn't stay in a room, hence no review.

  • Dennis Carroll
    Dennis Carroll
    2 months ago

    Had a family birthday meal. Got parked easily, lovely warm place, staff polite and efficient. Lovely meal and yes I would go back. Google want me to rate it as a hotel, as I only live a little way away I have no idea.

  • Philip Kaye
    Philip Kaye
    2 months ago

    Fabulous food at a great price. Unfortunately the waitresses were really vocal in the bar. As well as three woman in the next room were quite noisy, they were well oiled, hope they weren't driving. Dinner served but no courtesy check, thank goodness the food was superb.

  • Tracey Smith
    Tracey Smith
    3 months ago

    Fourth visit and as always we weren't disappointed. Arrived NYE with my brother in law and his wife and 3 dogs for 2 nights. The rooms are comfortable with plenty of space with lovely modern bathrooms. The food is incredible. There are no other words to describe it. So much choice and always made with the freshest ingredients. The portions are very very generous so go hungry. You will not be disappointed. The hospitality here is second to none. Every member of staff always delivers the best service and Nicola, the joint owner, is the real driving force behind them. Her and her husband deliver the best hospitality and food we've had in this kind of establishment it's a 3 hour drive from our home to here but absolutely worth it.

  • H W
    H W
    3 months ago

    Delicious meal today, a menu that you will enjoy taking your time over and will probably change your mind at least once. Fabulous fish options, I enjoyed scallops followed by halibut. Absolutely enormous portions and terrific quality ingredients and attention to detail (de-veined prawns...fantastic!). Piping hot (free facial sauna with the steaming suet pudding, see pic) and quick service, very impressive given how busy it was. Lovely setting and excellent service, efficient, friendly and experienced! What a treat! We all enjoyed our dishes and would highly recommend. Thank you!

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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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