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The Recruiting Sergeant

) #1 of 1 Restaurants in Horstead €€ - €€€ , British,
Norwich Road | Horstead, Near Coltishall, Horstead NR12 7EE, England
+44 1603 737077
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good22%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Norwich Road | Horstead, Near Coltishall, Horstead NR12 7EE, England
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1 - 10 of 844 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

The food we had here was good, portions were plentifull and on the whole offered average value, although the drinks were expensive. The is not a Michelin standard restaurant, but a pub turned restaurant serving good food.

Thank Ollie G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Attended for lunch on a particularly hot day, but not offered an outside table. Didn't even realise there was a garden at the rear with tables. Therefore had to endure a screeching child for most of the time. Not particularly busy, yet food took an...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been eager to visit this place after some good reports I'd heard but it ended up being a let down. The food was average pub food at restaurant prices, the only positive thing I can say about the food is that they were quick...More

1  Thank JoEMSpark
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here for the first time with friends for lunch mid week. Quite busy with several cars in carpark, but we had a choice of seated areas where we could eat. The service was very good, with a nice space between giving us the menus...More

Thank Christine A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Recruiting Sergeant en route to a wedding in the Norfolk countryside. It was uniformly excellent. The food in the restaurant was very good. I chose well with a chilli crab cake starter and halibut and samphire main course. My husband's steak...More

Thank Maggeeee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've wanted to eat here since we moved to East Norfolk nearly five years ago. Arrived 6pm on a Sunday evening, unable to book as we didn't know what time we would finish in the city, but figured 6pm would be ok. On arrival we...More

Thank cavviecath
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant variety of food & drink. Superb service. We-ping tiger dish is incredible!! Heineken cold on tap was lush and garden was great to chill in before and after the meal.

Thank Ashley f
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by here for lunch today. I ordered Warm Nicoise Salad which was missing both the soft boiled egg and anchovies, with no explanation. Nice but far too much chicken. Hubby had the fish goujons wrap but they had run out of wraps so...More

Thank llamacalmer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sunday lunch May bank holiday weekend so busy, yet service excellent, no feeling of being rushed or things under pressure. Excellent menu, lots of choices, well cooked and delicious, but there was just far too much. I had gammon, 2 huge slices and some smaller...More

Thank AJP1058
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a busy Saturday night, food was beautifully cooked and well presented. The staff were first class and very knowledgeable about the menu, and always on hand to supply more drinks on what was a very warm night. Would recommend booking as it...More

Thank Cheryl J
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Do you have disabled access for one wheelchair
10 November 2015|
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Response from gazzathenorfolkred | Reviewed this property |
Yes the do, and the staff are very helpful if required. Enjoy
Steven W
Why is this place so inconsistent. The bar staff asked me what I wanted to drink and I said San Miguel please a pint of. Then she went on about the chef hadn't proclaimed which meals were on the specials. Then she said you can only sit at the tables without a white ticket. 1 minute later she said what was it you wanted to drink. Then she said which table do you want. We chose one. 4 minutes later someone dropped off the grabbiest food covered menu u have ever seen and when I told her five minutes later I didn't want food based on how offended I was she said sorry disappeared and there was no effort to try and keep us interested in coming back. Sorry but utter S###e
11 July 2015|
Response from NJColchester |
Good afternoon I'm sorry to hear about your experience this lunch time, following your Facebook post I have spoken to the manager who was on duty , she feels she did apologise but was unable to pacify you.... I'm not... More
Paula B
Could you let me know if this pub is dog friendly?
18 May 2015|
Response from NJColchester |
Good evening Paula The recruiting sergeant is most definitely dog friendly but it also has two areas that remain dog free at all times so if you are bringing a four legged friend with you its a good idea to let us know when... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$48
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
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
  • E-mail
Award winning pub and restaurant with bedrooms situated in the village of Horstead, near Coltishall, in Norfolk.
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