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The Volunteer Inn

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31 Broad Street | Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis DT7 3QE, England
+44 1297 442214
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Description: The Volunteer Inn is a family-run, seventeenth century pub located in the...
The Volunteer Inn is a family-run, seventeenth century pub located in the heart of Lyme Regis in Dorset. One of the only remaining pubs on the high street, The Volunteer sells a range of local ales and ciders and has been a regular in the Good Beer Guide and a CAMRA member for over a decade. Although famous for it's ales, the Volunteer now also serves excellent food offering a daily changing menu.
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  • 4
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  • 7
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Old school pub

Lovely old pub on the main street still has nicotine marks on the ceiling like an old boozer was very busy and the bar staff were very friendly watch out for the men's toilet looks jurassic lol very small but for a beaut of a pub

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
David H
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183 reviews 183 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Lovely old pub on the main street still has nicotine marks on the ceiling like an old boozer was very busy and the bar staff were very friendly watch out for the men's toilet looks jurassic lol very small but for a beaut of a pub

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Chichester, England, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a lovely little pub up the hill and is a perfect pit stop if your walking to or from your car park. Great beer selection and food is also nice This pub is a little dark and dingy due to a lack of sunlight getting into the insides The toilets are those of an outdoor barn. Floor is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We ate here on Easter Sunday. The food (Fish Pie) was excellent. The ale, Tribute was good too! The staff were very attentive and made us feel welcome. The great thing about the Volunteer Inn is that the noisy bar is completely separate to the dining area. Only slight negative was that they didn't have a high chair for little... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

It's not often you find a pub doing such good food! It's only small so would suggest you may want to book. We had a mackerel rarebit to start which was delicious. Strong, fresh mackerel flavours with cream and cheese. Rich and flavourful everything it should be. Mussels were delicious with a great sauce, and fresh bread for dunking! Great... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Arriving late to our cottage we set off on a dark misty night in search of food. We headed for The Volunteer Inn, a beautiful old building, where welcomed by the friendly staff into a lovely newly refurbished dining room. The lounge bar was swinging but the dining area was calm and relaxed. We dined on locally caught fish and... More 

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Newport Gwent
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77 reviews 77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Whilst on holiday for a week we popped into the Volunteer Inn for a drink a few times which had a great atmosphere. We booked a table for the end of the week for a meal in the evening, my wife had crab pasta and i had a steak which was cooked to perfection, the steak came with all the... More 

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A very good local quaint cosy pub which gets very busy, serving a variety of local ales and food We haven't eaten here but seems to serve local good food that gets sold out quickly! Very friendly staff ,and recommended

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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168 reviews 168 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Saturday night, and booked a table for 2 at 7.30. Initally surprised to find someone at our reserved table, but this was soon sorted out and we were seated. Invited to order our drinks, whilst being told that there was some delay on the meals. About to order a bottle of wine and go with the flow when we decided... More 

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Exmouth
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We needed somewhere to sit near an open fire with our dog and enjoy an ale, do some work before our next gathering and this friendly accommodating pub absolutely fit the bill. They even let me charge up my tired phone. Fantastic 😃

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

..after a very tiring day you cannot beat a lively pub that sells good, local food to boot..a simple but sincere menu that caters for most tastes..the ladies had various fish dishes - perfect apparently - and I had a good ol' steak - perfectly rare as ordered..good beer choice although the wine list lacked a little choice..a lively disco... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 31 Broad Street | Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis DT7 3QE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Lyme Regis
  • Phone Number: +44 1297 442214

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Description

The Volunteer Inn is a family-run, seventeenth century pub located in the heart of Lyme Regis in Dorset. One of the only remaining pubs on the high street, The Volunteer sells a range of local ales and ciders and has been a regular in the Good Beer Guide and a CAMRA member for over a decade. Although famous for it's ales, the Volunteer now also serves excellent food offering a daily changing menu.

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