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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: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great landlords pub , location and food

A terrific pub with an outlook that hasn't changed in 300years beautiful Surrey country Good menu at fair prices and lovely cheerful staff. Good summer garden

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Jack G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A terrific pub with an outlook that hasn't changed in 300years beautiful Surrey country Good menu at fair prices and lovely cheerful staff. Good summer garden

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I was taken here by a friend for lunch last Sunday, as he wanted a Hall & Woodhouse Pub in a lovely setting, to show me the beauty of the Surrey Hills. What an absolute gem this place is! A truly beautiful setting, nestled in the quaint village of Sutton Abinger, near Dorking. The wonderful Georgian Building looks out over... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

On arrival, this pub seems to have it all. A beautiful old building with fantastic views and a pretty, spacious garden behind. The menu looked inviting and the beer (despite three pumps being off) was pleasant. However, to my mind, staff drive any business and when you have the two (seemingly more senior?) staff members sitting on the benches at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We always enjoy eating here. There are lovely outdoor tables in the evening sunshine watching the sun set, rabbits leaping about in the fields opposite, and horses strolling over the hill in the horizon. The views are stunning. The food is served fast, and isn't hugely imaginative, but it's beautifully cooked and presented. It would be good if the menu... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Just what the doctor ordered! Good roast food with superb meat and excellent fresh veg, nice pint and service with a smile. All in a beautiful little valley. Can you ask for anything more?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We go to the Volunteer regularly for Sunday lunch. Lovely roast dinners, followed by ice cream makes the perfect meal! Staff are friendly and welcoming, we will definitely be back!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Friend of mine stumbled across The Volunteer by chance a few weeks back and we decided to give it a go for lunch. Six of us went for Sunday lunch as we're glad we did! Classic pub, lovely location, nice open fire, clean ale and friendly staff. For food I recommend the Camembert starter, Rack of Ribs (special) or their... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

I have recently visited the volunteer yet again ! Walking in , having a lovely sight of a cosy big open Fire and a warm friendly welcome from the staff . Seated on a table by the fire and drinks from the table and we were recommended the pie , which was to die for followed by sticky toffee !... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

I have drunk and eaten in this pub for many years and have always enjoyed it. In recent years I have eaten there a few times and thw whole experience was very good. HOWEVER! On my last visit I had a table booked for half five On a Saturday. We arrived just before five to be told that they had... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Lovely warm welcome from the staff. Excellent menu choices and service very quick and efficient. Good value food and also a super log fire on a chilly evening

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

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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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