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The Volunteer Inn

31 Broad Street | Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis DT7 3QE, England
+44 1297 442214
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good36%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“crab risotto” (4 reviews)
“rarebit” (4 reviews)
“beef” (6 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 AM - 10:30 PM Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
31 Broad Street | Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis DT7 3QE, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Second time eating here after having the excellent crab risotto with salmon fillet the last time. This time I picked the fish pie. Very good. It could have had a little more sauce in the pie, but that is being picky. Very good value for...More

Thank Badlove1
Reviewed 1 week ago

had a meal here with some new freinds we met at the cellar bar. great food reasonably priced. the place was probably the busiest place in lyme regis.

Thank bmbplastering
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wanted to find a typical English Pub serving a typical Sunday Roast and found this place. By its own admission it’s a pub first and food second kind of place, however this didn’t stop it producing an amazing roast beef with all the trimmings. It’s...More

1  Thank Jenny V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For some good, satisfying pub food and great atmosphere right in the shopping heart of Lyme Regis you should look no further. Portions are very generous. Our fish&chips was very good and the service is super friendly and efficient. At very reasonable prices you really...More

1  Thank impavidus
Reviewed 8 February 2018

We called in for a quick drink before heading off for dinner. It was good to see such a welcome pub with locals having a drink and a natter by a log fire. Why are proper pubs in such short supply. This will be a...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

We popped into the Volunteer Inn in the hope of an early dinner and were lucky to find a table available until the place was due to be fully booked from 7.30pm. All four of us (including our 11 and 13 year olds) found a...More

Thank Steve E
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

The Volley has gone up in the world since I was a lad. It's a nice chilled local with some incredible food - if it's on the specials board try the Seafood Chowder it's to die for.More

Thank Kitalon
Alethea M, Guest Relations Manager at The Volunteer Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Thank you for such a lovely review, Stuart, the Chef, and all of the staff really do try and make the place special for everyone who comes in. Thank you again. We are open Wednesday to Saturday Lunch and Dinner and Sunday for amazing amazing...More

Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Best pub in Lyme! Traditional, served real ales, the menu looked great and varied although we didn’t eat. Great local vibe, cosy fires and was all decorated for Christmas. Will return when we are next in Lyme Regis!

Thank Becky D
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

This is a ‘real’ pub not a tourist pub! Good real ales and the log fire and cosy nature makes it a pub you can spend a long time in! We didn’t eat here sadly as we missed the Sunday lunch times. A place for...More

Thank NettyRuss
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Victoria and Ben were extremely welcoming as we entered the most stunning Volunteer Inn. It is what an English pub should be but rarely is. Great food, great drink and colorful locals. We would arrive in the early evening after an exhausting day of enjoying...More

Thank Liz S
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Questions & Answers
Laura E
16 March 2018|
Response from Tortfreak |
Yes dogs are very welcome in both bars.
2 June 2017|
Response from MrsT332 | Reviewed this property |
Reasonable prices, limited menu.
20 October 2015|
Response from Stuart D |
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 AM - 10:30 PM
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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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