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The Volunteer Inn

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Water Lane, Abinger Hammer, Dorking RH5 6PR, England
01306 730985
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations

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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
superb food, great location, lovely decor great landlord & landlady!

Thanks for a superb meal, lovely presentation, tasted great and looked great! sounds like the woman below had a chip on her shoulder....or maybe just having a bad day!!! Thanks Lisa & Adrian for a great meal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Thanks for a superb meal, lovely presentation, tasted great and looked great! sounds like the woman below had a chip on her shoulder....or maybe just having a bad day!!! Thanks Lisa & Adrian for a great meal.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Friends treated us to lunch here. The first mishap was the bill. My friend was annoyed at the way her order was dealt with by the man at the bar while he carried on a conversation with someone else. Checking the receipt, he had indeed overcharged her. How many people fail to check their bills, definitely worth it, if you... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

It was a Beautiful, hot sunny day, so I decided to go on a Cycle ride over Newlands Corner to one of my favourite pubs, namely The Volunteer, it's in a Lovely setting in the Surrey hills, not far from Abinger Hammer. The Beer, Hall & Woodhouse is always Very well kept & on this occasion I availed myself of... More 

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Godalming, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We've been to the Volunteer many times over the years, but not that recently. The location is brilliant, the property is rural historical England at its best, and the terraced gardens are delightful. But sad to report, lunch with friends on a cloudy Monday August was a real disappointment. We only had baguettes, but the presentation and lack of attention... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

After a morning exploring the picturesque Leith Hill area we referred to Trip Advisor and found this lovely pub. The welcome we received was just as we'd read about and the food was delicious and even better than we expected.

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Honfleur, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Our Probus club monthly walk was well attended for this one because of the beautiful countryside walk around Abinger Hammer and Common. What was a real bonus was the friendly welcome from the landlord and his wife when we arrived to pre-order lunch. A tired and hungry 24 walkers were then completely satisfied by the varied menu and good wholesome... More 

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Marseille, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The pub is inviting. There is nothing really special about it, you enjoy being there. They have a garden outside with a view on the hills, and a few scattered tables. The tables are spread out, so you have privacy. The food ... is pub food, just good, nothing spectacular about it. The beer is also OK. Bottomline, a good... More 

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Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Nice pub and you get a warm welcome here and good service. Food very good especially the steak and kidney pudding, Nachos to share and all the puddings. Has great views from the garden which is well kept. Wide selection of wine that you can order by the glass.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

It had been a number of years since I last ate here, partly because I didn't like the attitude of the previous owners - this was a common complaint. There is none of that here now. I had supper there with my brother and we were both charmed by the jovial spirit that existed behind the bar, and by the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Although unusual for us, because pub Sunday lunches always end up with overdone meat to keep the grey pound happy, we went to the Volunteer for Sunday lunch. We liked how it looked, liked the fact it was off the beaten track, and service was pleasant and efficient. Good menu, good selection of beers. However, the meat was overdone. And... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Water Lane, Abinger Hammer, Dorking RH5 6PR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Surrey  >  Dorking
  • Phone Number: 01306 730985

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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