Always looking to try new places on each Norfolk visit, the Recruiting Sergeant was our pub restaurant of choice for a Sunday evening meal.
A 12 mile drive through the countryside, via North Walsham, it took a leisurely 25 minutes or so. From the coast, go round the sharp bend at Coltishall, known for the quirkiness of having a garage on an island in the middle of the road, it’s just a few yards further along the road on the right. Opposite is the Farm to Fork & Fish farm shop, well worthy of a visit during opening hours, but it was shut and we were here to dine not shop!
Run by Matthew and Nicola, they’ve worked hard to build a dedicated team and an enviable reputation. The menu is extensive with a large choice of fish dishes, but plenty of meat options too. They have a great range of real ales, cocktails, wine by the glass and my favourite, Aspalls cider. We chose the lamb shank and the sea bass with delicious vegetables and sautéed potatoes. The meat simply fell off the bone of the lamb – always a good sign! Even though we didn’t really have room, we treated ourselves to their delicious desserts too. We always seem to eat it before I remember to take a photo!
Dog friendly too – they welcome well behaved dogs leads in the bar or garden. Just mention when booking so an appropriate table can be reserved inside.