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The Volunteer Inn


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2017, 2019 Winner

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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 serves excellent food offering a daily changing menu. Please visit our website for more information.
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Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Bar, British, Pub
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is how a pub should be. Something that's hard to find these days. I was always made to feel welcome during stay in Lyme Regis. The staff were brilliant. Elle is just awesome. She takes time to to talk to the customers and is...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Matthew W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This pub has real character and a great selection of cask ales. A great place for a couple or three pints during the evening. The staff and clientele add to a very warm welcoming atmosphere and the beer is just delicious.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank M7159YKjohnh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This review regards one particular younger member of staff and oddly the same thing happened last year with a different and again young member of staff, i waited by the bar for about 3 minutes with my card held out waiting to be served, the...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Richard S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped for a pint one hot lunch-time. This is an old, small, locals pub but still very welcoming. The drinks selection was good but the Volunteer wins the award for serving me the best pint of Tribute I have ever had!

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Fulham290349
Reviewed July 6, 2019 via mobile

Went last night to the first night of a family holiday. Dog was allowed in the bar which was great for us. Food was really good. Place was full of locals, which is always a good sign, but it's not huge so it got a...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank joeled0413
Reviewed June 30, 2019 via mobile

Have been using the Volunteer as a local for close to 20 years although this is the first time we have eaten here for possibly 15 of those as the pub stopped serving food for a while. Absolutely great Saturday night supper, my wife and...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank twa203
Reviewed June 22, 2019

We often come in here for a few drinks. Very cosy pub busy with locals and tourists. Staff are friendly a wide range of beers and cheaper than most pubs in Lyme Regis.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank FloandStan
Reviewed June 10, 2019

Fine selection of ales. Awful smell of toilets in family bar . We drank up very quickly and left. A real shame.More

Date of visit: June 2019
1  Thank Dawn H
Volunteer_Lyme_Regis, Manager at The Volunteer Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2019

Hi, We are sorry that you had an experience like this. As the oldest pub in Lyme Regis we do suffer from being a building that was built 400 years ago. In this case the torrential rain that we have had recently caused a problem...More

Reviewed June 6, 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit here on a recent stay over in Lyme. Good pub food and a lovely atmosphere. Nice mix of locals and tourists.

Date of visit: June 2019
1  Thank 858sallieh
Reviewed June 3, 2019 via mobile

What a great find! Luckily we arrived early and managed to get a table as it quickly filled up. Two choices for Sunday lunch, roast beef or chicken casserole, brilliant concept, lovely welcome, wonderfully cooked roast beef and masses of it, huge Yorkshire pudding, tender...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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March 15, 2018|
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Response from 104jennyv | Reviewed this property |
Yes! A lovely boy was in the bar when we were in :)
June 2, 2017|
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Response from MrsT332 | Reviewed this property |
Reasonable prices, limited menu.
October 20, 2015|
Response from 647stuartd |
No San Miguel
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