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The Volunteer Inn

€€ - €€€, British,
31 Broad Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QE, England
+44 1297 442214
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“crab risotto” (4 reviews)
“chowder” (6 reviews)
“rarebit” (4 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 23:30 Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
31 Broad Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QE, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is an ideal high street pub if you’re not looking for a full meal. It has two small warm friendly bars and serves excellent beer. The normal food is based around pies and pasties which looked delicious. On Thursdays to Saturday evenings plus Sunday...More

Thank sookeico1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Being of Irish descent headed to this bar it's no more Irish than I am . 70s music playing the beer was fine cheaper than most pubs in Lyme . Toilets disgusting dont get the standing on the cattle grid thing .

Thank smp44
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

I was on my own walking the SWCP so it was nice to find a cosy pub with a good atmosphere. Nothing special about the food but perfectly acceptable.

1  Thank FellwalkerCumbria_UK
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

While it might be a ‘proper boozer’ for the ‘blokes’ allowed in the bar, families with children sit in the rather quiet lounge but which is very pleasant and well decorated, we ordered fish and chips x 2 and steak x 2 and the food...More

2  Thank Mark C
Reviewed 10 July 2018

And thats not being disrepsectful! It is a proper old fashioned pub - dark, atmospheric, friendly bar staff and full of sweary locals perched at the bar talking loudly. I loved it. Just had a drink so not sure how it stacks up on the...More

1  Thank seanght
Reviewed 9 July 2018

good food good beer good atmosphere the staff were very helpful and noledgable about the local area what more can you ask for in a short break

Thank Ken A
Reviewed 23 June 2018

This is a nice quaint pub with a cosy interior and is situated in the town center. There is a good selection of local beers and ciders of various strengths.

Thank FloandStan
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Right in the middle of town, this pub was easy to find & jam-packed so obviously a popular choice! Great selection of decent beer & warm friendly staff, plus a fabulous menu, we’d found a wonderful place sit & eat....slightly cosy but all worth it...More

Thank clairek264
Reviewed 15 June 2018

This is one of the few genuine old pubs in Lyme and has a good new manager. However he would do well to manage the menu better. Given the wide range of choice in town now, and with eating trends more towards veggie and vegan,...More

Thank Beziersbound18
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

The best boozer in Lyme...really friendly customers and great beer...always head there for a pint of six when in Lyme.

3  Thank JasAmanda
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Laura E
15 March 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from sagorin | Reviewed this property |
So sorry, I've been traveling and didn't see your question! But also sorry to say I can't answer it. I have no idea. All i can say is there weren't any when we were there.
2 June 2017|
Response from MrsT332 | Reviewed this property |
Reasonable prices, limited menu.
20 October 2015|
Response from 647stuartd |
No San Miguel
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31 Broad Street, 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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