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The Volunteer

Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3QT, England
+44 1992 713705
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible10%
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“ribeye steak” (3 reviews)
“salmon” (3 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3QT, England
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

By chance we stopped here for Sunday lunch and really glad we did, the well prepared food was delicious, very friendly staff, good selection of well kept beer

Thank roycullis
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

I've been coming to the volunteer for years. I love the pub however they only have one person working most days even when it's busy. I feel sorry for the lone worker as she can't go to the toilet or change a barrel. The menu...More

Thank Jane T
Reviewed 7 April 2018

Went for an evening meal, beer was fine, wine was not chilled. Had fish and chips, asked what fish it was, told it was cod, don’t think it was, there was more fish in a Waitrose fish finger, so much batter on the fish, chips...More

Thank jeffgroves
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Used to be good pub but now crap crap crap Feel soory for staff ...Oweners or if there ther rude ignorant wot more can I say..

1  Thank Roberti L
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

The food looked fantastic but unfortunately we did not have time for lunch today. Bar staff seemed attentive but some of the clientele let the pub down. Suggest a review of what this pub wants to be. Some really obnoxious sweary people. One was even...More

Thank Terry B
Reviewed 13 March 2018

Booked 2 days in advance for 6 on Mother's Day, told they could squeeze us in at 12:00, when we got there and when we left there were still empty tables. Despite that we enjoyed the food, meals were too large for my parents to...More

Thank Les C
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

A good menu, well cooked and presented. I had the vegetarian option of wild mushroom tart with salad and sweet potato fries. Completely delicious.

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Went for Sunday Dinner with the family. The menu was not extensive but they had a few choices for roasts. The service was second to none, warm friendly and prompt. The meals were a fair size and although it wasn’t the best meat, the meal...More

Thank Lele_fields
Reviewed 13 February 2018

Went here for a meal. Ordered Ribeye steak and Fish and chips. The rib eye was very thin and vegtables not very much. Fish was very small. Not good value for the money.

Thank Barry S
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Went there after a few months the food has really improved told they have a new chef and it was really good would highly recommend

Thank Christine C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$24
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3QT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Waltham Abbey
  • Phone Number: +44 1992 713705
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The Volunteer is situated on the edge of Epping Forest just off Junction 26 of the M25. A cosy hug of a foodie pub, minutes from the motorways and nestled on the edge of Epping Forest that's been a McMullen house since 1898 With the backdrop of the forest you can walk, cycle or jog your guilt away before enjoying fresh seasonal delights from the daily changing menu - or simply seriously relaxing by the roaring fire or enjoying some of our occasional entertainment. We serve up glorious food, including outstanding Sunday roasts, fine wines, real craft ales and credible coffee - all hand selected and selflessly and fastidiously tested several times, just to be sure things are tickety boo! P.S. It's also the perfect spot for a post-work libation and snack! The team look forward to seeing you soon.
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