The Recruiting Sergeant
Colchester Inns
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About Us

The Recruiting Sergeant is an award winning pub and restaurant with rooms situated in the village of Horstead, near Coltishall, in Norfolk. Matthew and Nicola Colchester and their team have developed an enviable reputation in the area and the pub is well known for its food quality, friendliness and attention to detail.

Explore the Area

Our location in the Norfolk Broads makes us an ideal place to stay if you are visiting the area on holiday. Enjoy exploring our lovely countryside and famous beaches or treat yourself to a shopping trip in the vibrant city of Norwich. We have a bus stop right outside the pub if you want to leave the car with us. For other attractions nearby see the links below.

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Local Attractions

Local information and places to visit in the Broadland area.

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Local Walks

We are fortunate to have many and varied footpaths and walks in Horstead and Coltishall, and nearby in the Norfolk Broads. Many of our guests and customers enjoy a walk before visiting us for a meal, drink or overnight stay.

Horstead Mill and Coltishall Lock

A gentle 30-minute stroll to the historic Horstead Mill and Coltishall Lock.

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River Bure & Bure Valley Railway

A longer walk that follows the peaceful upper reaches of the River Bure, returning via the Bure Valley Railway path. It takes about 2 hours - a good way to work up an appetite for lunch! This walk is also a favourite with our dogs.

river path may become waterlogged and very slippery at certain times of year.

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Weavers' Way

For serious walkers the long distance Weavers' Way runs through The Broads. If a leisurely amble is more your style you will be spoilt for choice with a vast network of footpaths. Norfolk is also famous for its wildlife spotting opportunities. Broadland's rare species include the beautiful Swallowtail butterfly, the Norfolk Hawker dragonfly and, for birdwatchers, Bitterns and Cetti's Warbler.

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Recommended Local Businesses

A selection of Colchester Inns affiliates and trusted suppliers of fantastic local produce.

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A part of the family

Looking for another Colchester Inns establishment? All our pubs feature deluxe B&B accommodation and welcoming restaurants - each with their own distinctively different menu offerings.