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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 good35%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“crab risotto” (4 reviews)
“chowder” (6 reviews)
“rarebit” (4 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
31 Broad Street | Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis DT7 3QE, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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 Claire K
Reviewed 6 days ago

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
Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

We only popped in for a quiet pint away from the more busy parts of Lyme Regis, we weren’t disappointed. Good beer and friendly staff. Next time we’ll order food as the menu sounded great. Would recommend and we’ll visit again if we’re in the...More

3  Thank Ali W
Reviewed 30 April 2018

Having 6 of us and 1 dog, we pre booked our table for a Sunday lunch but found ourselves arriving 40 mins early, the staff were so accommodating and friendly and managed to squeeze us in early right next to the fire which was a...More

2  Thank MrAKellett
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

What a fabulous evening. I’ve eaten twice in this pub in the last year and both times the food has been amazing. Last night the seafood chowder was sublime ! It’s a fantastic pub with great service and the food is extremely good. I’d recommend...More

2  Thank Nikkicancan
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic pub. Friendly staff, delicious food great atmosphere. This is my fifth time in Lyme Regis, and I think the first time to this pub. My other half tells me I was here 10 years ago for a drink but I don't recall...More

2  Thank raida1
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Fantastic Sunday lunch. We both had belly pork with roast pots, cauliflower cheese, carrots and parnips. Best gravy in the world. Will move the Lyme to get this every week.

1  Thank Dave632EUP
Reviewed 20 March 2018

Checked on their website that they were open and serving food.. arrived only to be told they were not serving food as they had a gin tasting evening. Ok unlucky us but the young Lady could do with a some customer service training. So caught...More

1  Thank mary f
Alethea M, Public Relations Manager at The Volunteer Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2018

Good evening, I am really sorry you couldn't taste our lovely food but we never ever serve food on a Monday or Tuesday, the Gin Tasting was held on a Tuesday. We would never stop serving food to do a gin tasting night. We have...More

Reviewed 17 March 2018

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
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Laura E
15 March 2018|
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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 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 - 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, 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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