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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children

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  • 93
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Great food and atmosphere

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
MissMarple41
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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  • Families with children
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155 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Having driven through Holmbury St Mary many times, seen The Volunteer and not stopped, I decided to finally go for lunch and see if it lived up to its beautiful outside facade. In two words - It did. Lunch portions were generous and the lamb was succulent and tender. Desserts were good, with ample servings of cream and custard. Great... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

A great experience was had by all the family. To celebrate my Niece's 12th birthday we all met at the Volunteer. The staff made our group of nine very welcome in what was a lovely pub with a friendly atmosphere. It was a full house in there but it did not detract from the service. The roast's with all the... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Thanks very much to the landlord and lady for an excellent evening to celebrate my fathers birthday on Friday .once again they were happy to accommodate our family ( 12 ) and welcomed us as warmly as the lovely log fires that were burning . They served us delicious hot food from their menu which has plenty of choice ,... More 

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Claygate, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Took my dear old mum out for a ride in the country (21st March) with a view to a pub lunch somewhere. On the advice of a friend I booked a table for lunch as I was told it gets very busy and whacked the post code into my sat-nav....unless you're local it's a bit of a drive through winding... More 

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London
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94 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I have eaten at this pub on several occasions while walking in the area. The prices are reasonable and the food is pretty good. I would recommend going when the weather is good as the pub has a good beer garden.

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Dorking
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Been a while since I visited the Volunteer. Its in a lovely setting food was home cooked, wholesome food.

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Great location with warm friendly atmosphere. We have been here a few times however feel the standards are sadly slipping. We stopped off late Feb for some lunch which was presented well but sadly I found a hair in my meal..yuk..a shortish grey/black hair! I should have shown if to the staff at the time...my mistake but tbh I was... More 

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We visited the pub on a whim but decided to stay for dinner. The land lady and staff were great, really friendly and welcoming. The pub itself was pretty and the burning fires added a lovely warmth. We ordered starters and a main each. The portions were very generous and the starters were fine. One of the mains was a... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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