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“Too Much of an good thing leaves one wanting more...”

The Recruiting Sergeant
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Horstead
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $48
Cuisines: British, Pub, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Award winning pub and restaurant with bedrooms situated in the village of Horstead, near Coltishall, in Norfolk.
Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Too Much of an good thing leaves one wanting more...”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Busy restaurant. Very big meals. Does one cause the other one wonders? Probably more manageable sized meals would allow diners to experinece desserts...

Visited February 2013
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English first
Taverham, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great meal and staff are top notch”
Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

Visited with some colleges having per booked a table. We were sweated near the lovely warm open fire and well looked after, the staff were attentive and helpful but not in your face, happy to chat if you wished. The meals were great, I recommend the haddock soufflé, Whitting strips followed by blackberry crumble, but my colleagues meals looked equally inviting. If i was to be critical the toilets could proberbly do with a makeover soon but Would I visit again, oh that's easy....... a big yes.

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Thank Andrew M
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Mundesley, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Too much waste”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Been going to this gastro pub for years. Can't fault the quality of the ingredients but why are the portions so massive? I watched the servers take back so much waste it was shameful.

Not one of the 7 people in our party finished the plate of food they were served - and we're all good eaters.

Please reduce your portions sizes.

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Norfolk, UK
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Consistently great food and service!........”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Having held my husband's 70th b'day last year here, which was such a success, it reminded us to reacquaint ourselves of this place again. We have visited three times now in as many weeks and have always had a fab welcome from owner Nicola and her staff and amazingly quick, sleek service and great food. They are famous for their portion sizes and the menu is really varied. We are trying to work ourselves through the menu and thoroughly recommend this place. booking is adviseable but they always try to accommodate you. Wines are priced well which doesn't put you off like so many other local restaurants who really overcharge, Go try this gem.... You won't be disappointed,

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Caroline M
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Norfolk
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Consistently excellent food and drink”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

We've never been disappointed when visiting 'The Recruit', nor any of the other Colchester Inns come to that.
Always a large and imaginative selection of dishes on offer, made with very high quality, locally-sourced ingredients. The staff and management are always hard-working and efficient yet friendly and this seems to generate an atmosphere of general contentment and well-being throughout.

  • Visited February 2013
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