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The Volunteer Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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31 Broad Street | Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis DT7 3QE, England
+44 1297 442214
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Reading, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Popped in for a quick drink after a day out shopping. Was very busy but cosy on s cold winter evening. Candles lit on the tables. Didn't stay too long as you could hardly move and no free chairs but it was a Saturday night and it's not a big place.

Thank claireross958
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great beer! A proper pub with a mix of locals providing interesting local "banter" Staff were friendly and the locals were happy to point out the local attractions.

Thank specialtea33
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here with the family on a wet Friday night. Came in soaked, invited to sit next to the warm open fire by one of the locals so my family could dry off. Friendly bar staff and a nice local pub vibe. If your looking for a posh wine bar then go somewhere else. If your looking for a old... More 

Thank calvinbutts
Devizes, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A good beer pub with a real fire and very friendly and helpful barmaid. Beer was good and good atmosphere combined with real pub character. Didn't try the food so can't comment on that.

Thank Nigel L
Bristol, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick pint after dinner and ended up staying until close! Proper pub, lovely cosy areas to sit and chat, nice fire roaring, great atmosphere, friendly staff, and of course a good pint - winning combination!

Thank ArwenBeaton
Shipston-on-Stour, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Unable to sit in the bar side as very busy that night. The dining room was quite cold & a bit lacking in atmosphere. The fish & chips were tasty and batter not too greasy. Also fish chowder could have contained more fish, but reasonable flavour. Staff helpful.

Thank Kamj08
Coventry, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Great pub... Nice selection of real ale and a log fire, perfect for a November visit. Bar staff were fairly friendly although I got the impression that locals got preferential treatment....

Thank muckamooh
Taunton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

we often visit lyme and normally use one of the seafront pubs but we wanted a more traditional less commercial pub and this seemed to tick the boxes - they had a nice selection of hand pulled ales on the bar and a traditional feel to the pub rather than a commercial pub with pool tables and family dining etc... More 

Thank boliston
Cirencester, Gloucestershire
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Dropped in looking for a great local pub, and most definitely found one! Good beer and a buzzy atmosphere.

Thank MrRoutemaster
England UK
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336 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

A long-standing entry in The Good Beer Guide and it's easy to see why. Everything you would expect from a beer house! We tried their "house beer" straight from the cask - very good. They also have St.Austell and other brewers ales on handpump. Traditional "dark beam" interior which adds to the charm of the bar. A must visit -... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?