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The Volunteer Inn

31 Broad Street | Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis DT7 3QE, England
+44 1297 442214
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Ranked #17 of 65 restaurants in Lyme Regis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: British, Pub
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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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English first
Christchurch
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Sunday night in Lyme Regis doesn't offer a lot of options. We chose The Volunteer Inn, it looked so welcoming from the street. The pub is divided into two areas. The public bar was busy with regulars so we decided to eat in the seperate dining room. Tastefully fitted out, simple wooden tables, interesting well hung water colours grace one... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We were sat in a pub over looking the harbour trying to decide on dinner, so we checked the trip advisor app and saw The Volunteer Inn. We thought we would give it a go and boy it didn't disappoint! Its a lovely traditional pub, quite small, but that adds to the charm. We sat in the bar but there... More

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Looking for somewhere to eat, in a town where the food outlets are numerous, it was nice to find a real pub with a decent menu. Inside, the bar (O'Donnell's Bar), was full of charm and character. Admittedly the seats were 'compact', and for 4 of us we were somewhat tightly packed, but that's what adds to the ambience and... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Someone has obviously taken a great deal of effort here with it's inviting candle-lit dining room. Unfortunately, our steaks were not of good quality nor their accompaniments and service seemed to be indifferent and more focused on the bar activity next door. Disappointing, as it could be so much better with a bit more effort.

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Hitchin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We saw that the Volunteer had changed hands since we last visited, and the food reviews were good - so we had to try it. The food was good - exceptionally good - but the environment was a big let-down. The bar side of the pub was pretty crowded, to we went into the dining room side. There we were... More

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Bicester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Food excellent, served in the restaurant. Great service and great beer too!!Would definitely recommend!!!

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Alrewas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

Been here a few times and I have to say the relaxed atmosphere is very cosy. The menu is small but very we'll put together. For a pub the food is really good. Would keep going back to this place

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Oxfordshire, England
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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We had just arrived for a week's holiday and thought we'd try the food and beer in this great pub. Fish and chips, crab linguine, red thai beef curry and seafood chowder all hit the spot and were served with great beer by our charming waiter... he may well have been mine host! The rest of the holiday some of... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We rang half an hour before we wanted to eat. They accomodated 5 of us and the service was very good. The 6 year old ate all the 'fish fingers' and declared them the best in the whole world!!!! We all loved the fish and chips - the peas and salad were good too and the crab linguine was said... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A proper family-run pub with great local beer and cider. Many real ales on tap including St Austel's Tribute and Proper Job, Donegal from Branscombe Vale Brewery. Plus guest beers such as Butcombe, Exmoor, Sharp's and Otter. Also a good range of ciders from Somerset and one from Cornwall - proper, traditional cider fermented the old fashioned way The pub... More

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