The Recruiting Sergeant

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Coltishall

01603 737 077   Norwich Road, Horstead, Norfolk NR12 7EE

  • From £85 a night
  • 5 Guest Rooms
  • Contemporary Pub with Rooms
Cosy village gastropub with great food and boutique rooms upstairs.

To locals, the Recruiting Sergeant is best known for its food. Nicola and Matthew Colchester took over this village pub around twenty years ago and turned it into a renowned gastro-venue and the first of a mini-empire which now includes the Black Boys in Aylsham, the Bucks Arms in Blickling and the nearby Rising Sun, right by the river in Coltishall.

Around a decade ago Nicola decided to make the most of the building and its excellent Norfolk Broads location by adding some guest rooms upstairs, with the result that it is now not only a great place to eat but also has five boutique guest rooms on the two floors above to stagger off to at the end of the night. The rooms are as classic and at the same time contemporary as their food, with comfy king-size beds, wifi throughout, smart flatscreen TVs. and tea- and coffee-making facilities in each. Those on the top floor are a bit smaller but are still a decent size, and the beams and eaves add a bit of character.  Prices are very reasonable and get cheaper the longer you stay – no great hardship in what is one of the best places to eat in the area.

Horstead is the sister village of adjoining Coltishall, on the edge of the Broads National Park, and you're well placed not only for exploring this unique wetland – by boat, on foot or by bike. The gateway to the Broads, Wroxham, is only ten minutes away, and is a great place to pick up a day boat or a canoe, while less than half an hour in the opposite direction is the handsome city of Norwich, for which the Recruiting Sergeant makes an equally adaptable base.



Open all year.


Doubles rooms with breakfast £85–£130 a night, depending on season– cheaper if you stay for more than 1 night.

The Owner Says

Matthew and Nicola Colchester and their dedicated team have developed an enviable reputation in the area and The Recruiting Sergeant is well known for its award-winning food, friendliness and attention to detail.  We are delighted to now offer luxury accommodation in 5 double B&B bedrooms on the newly renovated first and second floors. We are ideally situated for exploring the Norfolk Broads or the city of Norwich which is 7 miles south. Picturesque riverside walks nearby, see our website for details Dogs welcome in some areas.


Contact Website  01603 737 077  The Recruiting Sergeant, Norwich Road, Horstead, Norfolk NR12 7EE

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Getting There

The Recruiting Sergeant is on the main Norwich road in the centre of Horstead, which is adjacent to the large Broadland village of Coltishall.


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  • Wifi

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