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The Volunteer

$$ - $$$, British,
65 Church Street | Theale, Reading RG7 5BX, England
+44 118 930 2917
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Overview
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“pie” (4 reviews)
“curry” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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LOCATION
65 Church Street | Theale, Reading RG7 5BX, England
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1 - 10 of 51 reviews

Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Called in after new owners have taken on the pub. We both had a curry, I must say it was one of the best pub curries I have had. Freshly made, well presented & tasty.

Thank Martin D
Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

Didn’t pre book but friendly staff offered us a choice of tables. Lovely atmosphere and no one seemed to mind my over excited grandson bursting in and shouting looking for a table suitable for a 2 year old. Food was great and catered for vegetarians....More

Thank Nathan P
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Many thanks for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Best regards Gary

Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

Service here is very friendly. We were welcomed in with a smile and given a choice of several tables and offered a high chair for our son. I ordered the Mexican bean burger with added bacon. My son had a kids meal which came with...More

1  Thank issueskid
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Many thanks for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed February 8, 2018

i had beef and guiness pie which was very tasty and homemade chips,portions look small but it is very filling good value for money,friendly and helpful staff.will go back again..the pub was busy alot of people eating,didint hear any complaints..

Thank mags62uk
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2018

So pleased that your enjoyed your experience. many thanks for you review

Reviewed February 5, 2018

Stopped at this pub for lunch with wife & friends on a Saturday lunchtime. A table was readily available, we had starter & main courses for four people. All food was excellent. There was a main menu & a specials board, we sampled from both...More

Thank timpowe11
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2018

So pleased that you enjoyed!!

Reviewed December 24, 2017

I visited the Volunteer with my daugehter and two young grandchildren for Sunday lunch on Christmas Eve. The meals were excellent and the staff were helpful and welcoming.

3  Thank DisgustedTilelhurst
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2018

Brilliant!! So pleased that we met with your expectations

Reviewed December 13, 2017

A relaxed atmosphere, we rang ahead to check what their had to offer vegans, they weren't disappointed, I had steak and ale pie, this was the first pie in which I could actually taste the ale. Other dishes looked good and I didn't hear any...More

Thank Vince D
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2018

So pleased that you enjoyed

Reviewed September 20, 2017 via mobile

Excellent sandwiches. Plenty of filling, thick slices of bread, and good portion of salad. Very reasonably priced. Great ambience and well kept Fullers beer. Very friendly staff.

Thank iantillson
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2018

Great that you liked us and enjoyed your experience

Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

Absolutely fabulous. Excellent choice of food. Another brilliant evening at The Volly, enjoying their Carribean Evening.

Thank BasingGirl
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2018

Thank you for your comment..will ask Chef Stevie to return

Reviewed August 28, 2017

Heard this was a nice place for a beer as recommended by one of the hotel staff. And it was! Decided to have lunch here. Fish was beautifully cooked. Washed down with a couple of reasonably priced lagers, I had a thoroughly enjoyable couple of...More

Thank daveinkent44
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2017

Many thanks for your review. We as a team are very pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Best regards Gary and team

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$6 - $26
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Church Street | Theale, Reading RG7 5BX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 930 2917
  • E-mail
Description
The Volunteer is a friendly, traditional, village pub with a large open fire and a warm welcome. It has a large and pretty garden and serves excellent fresh, locally sourced, home-cooked food, (check out our daily specials), and fantastic real ales.
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