We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

The Volunteer Inn

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Bar, British, Pub
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
31 Broad Street | Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis DT7 3QE, England
+44 1297 442214
Website
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

203 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 202: English reviews
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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!

Helpful?
Thank ArwenBeaton
Shipston-on-Stour, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Helpful?
Thank Kamj08
Coventry, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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....

Helpful?
Thank muckamooh
Taunton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Helpful?
Thank boliston
Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Level Contributor
33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

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

Helpful?
Thank MrRoutemaster
England UK
Level Contributor
334 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 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 

Helpful?
Thank Cavershamroyals
Bideford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Visited with friends at lunch time. The interior is very nice, comfortable and traditional. With authentic pub feel! (So many imposters nowadays). We had food which was very nice, and the menu was a lot more interesting than many pub menus. There is a desperate dining area which again is very nice and quaint. The ale was good, staff friendly... More 

Helpful?
Thank jjosephhanson
Fareham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We went here with a friend on a Friday night. As we walked in the place was full of locals having a really great time. The atmosphere was that of a good old fashion pub, loads of people, a few men with a squeeze box singing and a warm welcome from everyone. Not one of those pubs where the music... More 

Helpful?
Thank Bigvern559
Clayton-le-Woods, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is probably the busiest pub in Lyme Regis and has a great atmosphere and friendly staff. We called in for a drink a couple of times and would recommend it. We did not get around to eating here as food is only served at the weekend

Helpful?
Thank Marian B
Ilminster
Level Contributor
19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This pub is a little gem. Called in yesterday with some friends. Great barman (landlord?) , terrific atmosphere, friendly and welcoming locals, excellent beer and delicious sandwiches. We will return!

Helpful?
Thank Avril C

Travellers who viewed The Volunteer Inn also viewed

 

Been to The Volunteer Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub
Meals
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
Description
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Volunteer Inn and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from The Volunteer Inn staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?