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The Volunteer Inn

Water Lane, Abinger Hammer, Dorking RH5 6PR, England
01306 730985
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Ranked #2 of 83 Restaurants in Dorking
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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English first
Dorking, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

The words "lovely old pub" can be applied to so many in the area and this certainly ticks that box. The garden is a bit uneven and seating uncomfortable but a nice place to sit on a sunny day. Lunch menu was not very exciting and consisted mainly of pub staples and sandwiches which is fine. However it's pricey. Scampi,... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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166 reviews 166 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a lovely old English pub with picturesque views. We really enjoyed the food which was very good. I had the fish pie, which was piping hot and tasty. My friend had the oriental salmon with sweet chilli sauce which was delicious. The staff were attentive and pleasant. We will return.

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Tuxford, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A family pub with staff that are friendly and attentive. The food was excellent, fresh piping hot and tasty. We all enjoyed the traditional British food, the fish pie was the best I have tasted. My granddaughter had the ribs and she reckoned the sauce was the best. Even the childrens food was home made and there was certainly plenty... More

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Stamford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Booked a table at this pub after reading some of the reviews on trip advisor. We were not disappointed the food was nicely served, generous in the portions and most of all excellent quality. The sirloin steak in particular was superb. The staff were friendly and very attentive especially to my grandchildren who were served first to their delight as... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My husband and I booked the Volunteer Inn through great write ups from Trip advisor. Staying at Wotton House we wanted to have a lovely pub meal with good home cooking. This is certainly what we got! Great food, great service. Very friendly staff could not ask for more. I would certainly recommend this pub. We will be returning when... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Proved lively on a Sunday lunchtime with most bar tables taken.Restaurant area not seem to be used. Staff attentive and service quick. Garden somewhat dis-jointed being on several levels in the hill side. Sunday roast one of the weakest I have had.Choice of beef, pork, and lamb but all came with identical vegetable selection and included yorkshire pudding on top!... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We arrived at the beginning of Sunday lunch and were given a table big enough for the 5 adults 2 toddlers and a baby without issue. While they were clearly busy (most tables were reserved and it quickly filled up) we were served quickly and the food was lovely. Good ale too :) Would highly recommend. This was a repeat... More

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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My wife suggested eating out after a rotten train journey home from London, during one of the recent very hot days. I have known of this pub for years but never visited it. We were not disappointed We went on a Thursday evening & booked a table since we also took my daughter, we need not have bothered since there... More

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Cranleigh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is one of the best pubs in the Surrey Hills and well worth the trip. We made an impromptu visit recently and found the beer, food and service all excellent. As it was such a perfectly still and warm summer's evening we sat in the tiered garden overlooking the other side of the dale, enjoyed our drinks and basked... More

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10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

On a rare sunny afternoon of London, I have enjoyed nice food and great red house wine in Dorking. This is popular spot among cyclers. The service was great, it is family owned nice pub with good view outside sitting.

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