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We have been hard working to make your
experience with us a comfortable, happy and safe.
We are following all the necessary guidelines for safe socialising including increased cleaning, hand sanitiser availability and social distancing measures to ensure the safety of our customers and our staff.
When you arrive at the pub you must ring the doorbell and wait outside to be seated.
Please do not sit down on empty table without letting us know.This could result in you having to move if table is reserved or not being served has we will not know you have arrived.
All orders will be taken at your table
You can book a table outside still but if it rains we may not be able to seat you inside if the restaurant is fully booked.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
We enjoyed our meal but the early lunch-time booking meant we were the only people in the pub restaurant eating for most of the time. Nonetheless the baked camembert, king prawns and steak and kidney pudding were all good. We have used this restaurant previously but on this occasion we felt the Volunteer was only just getting back in to the swing of things after the various Covid lockdown challenges. In our recollection the menu choices were significantly reduced from previous occasions. However, their range of draught beers is still impressive for a small village pub.
Pretty pub in gorgeous area, we found it rather expensive for pub food but having said that it was decent food and the staff were friendly.
Excellent location with plenty of space inside and out, friendly staff and great food.
Did not appreciate having my card held behind the bar for the duration of the visit. Never happened before and was uncomfortable with the tactic. Spoke to the waitress who said it was normal practice which was not true on the last three visits to the Volunteer, otherwise very happy.
Best Falafels ever
Staff very helpful and friendly although very busy
Been coming to the Volunteer for years on and off food particularly good on this visit
Great lunch mid cycle from Guildford to Peaslake. Lovely quiet garden. Fish and chips were good and vegarian burger proclaimed as “best ever”. Nice crumble for pud.
This is our local and we often drop down for a swift pint. This was the first time we had a Sunday lunch there and it was great. Fresh vegetables oodles of gravy top notch meat and attentive service. We will definitely be going back.
The pub is just doing pizza and burgers really, but they are amazingly tasty and generous. The staff are great - friendly and efficient. We sat outdoors on a warm summer evening. There’s poor choice for vegans, gluten intolerance etc. It was very quiet even though a Friday night. We had a lovely visit. The dessert menu is limited and expensive at £6.50 - the coffees were good. We love coming here.
Beautiful setting matched by the quality of the food and service. Will definitely be back.
Booked just a couple of hours before we needed a table. Was welcomed at the door, and shown to the seating area - we had chosen to sit outside - which offered lovely views over the hillside opposite. There were not many other diners outside so it was lovely and quiet. Very efficient, cheerful, friendly and prompt service. The food was delicious with a varied menu and mouthwatering "specials", chosen by 2 of our party (wish I had chosen the ribs 2!) Altogether a perfect place for a trip out with my elderly parents who are still cautious about going out anywhere following this last year of shielding, but who were relaxed, happy and at the end of the meal very full. Thank you.
A beautiful spot to sit and take in the scenery whilst enjoying lovely food and great service.
Perfect as always!
Lovely and friendly staff, the owner came and chatted to us which was really nice.
Excellent service in this charming pub in the beautiful Surrey hills. The menu is a little limited but what they do is very good. Nice garden and the staff were very attentive. Would definitely recommend and hope to visit again.
Love love this pub! Great atmosphere, lovely staff and the most beautiful views from the garden.
Great food and great service. My personal preference is for more choice on the menu but this pub does a few dishes really well. We've been multiple times and always had great food.
Great location but unfortunately the food wasn’t to match. In fairness, a reasonable pizza but coleslaw etc was pretty poor and almost inedible. With so many options locally, won’t be going back.
Garden setting is really pretty and service was very good. Overall menu is not great and food distinctly average. Wouldn’t return here because of it. Some food bought to us in red plastics baskets like an American diner in the 80’s.
Always a lovely experience going to the Volunteer but we don't want to encourage more people to discover this for themselves.
Good service and nice view outside. However we were surprised to only be able to get burgers, nachos and pizza on sundays. Missed that in the overview. Food was ok but nothing special. Lettuce on burger was dirty which really put me off. Couldn’t eat most of it.
Food was very nice staff were very freindly and helpful very nice pub and garden
The sitting area in the garden has lovely views to the hilltops, really pretty.
The menu is a little bit restricted in choices but tastes delicious.
Excellent pizza, good beer and great ambiance in a lovely setting
We booked in advance, letting the pub know that there were a number of vegetarians in the party, and I was really impressed when - on arrival - the vegetarian options from the menu had been summarised on a hand written personal 'menu' so that it was easier for us to spot them. I thought that was impressive customer care. The garden was lovely, the food was excellent (HUGE burger; tasty falafel salad, very nice vegetarian tart and skin-on chips) and the service friendly. It also felt very Covid-secure. We'll definitely be back when we're walking in the area!
Booked table online in advance. Were able to choose between an inside or outside table on arrival. Large outdoor grassy space under trees. We sat outside in the evening sunshine - nice view of the pretty neighbouring houses and sheep in the fields. Tables were well spaced, and not particularly busy (BH Sunday evening). Some people had their dogs with them. Family friendly; have separate menu for little children. Our children were each given a 'gift box' with a colouring book and crayons. We wanted burgers and pizza, but had missed the kitchen stop for burgers. We queried this as the website had not mentioned this, and the staff were very accommodating. Burgers were good and the pizzas were excellent. All freshly made. Adequate portions and standard prices. Staff were very polite and helpful. Masks were worn by all staff and tables were well cleaned as soon as guests left. Efficient remote payment at the end without needing to go inside.
Best spot on a sunny afternoon in the Surrey Hills!
The setting is idyllic. The garden is beautiful and scenic. The waitstaff were wonderful! They had to work hard going back and forth up the hill but were charming and courteous. The roast dinner's roast potatoes and yorkies would be better if kept away from the gravy, so they would stay crispier. The drinks seemed a little pricey but then we have not been out in a while. We would definitely go back!
Really nice quiet spot in a picturesque location that made great pizzas and served equally great beer!
Used to visit regularly several years ago but will now make this a regular!
Lovely service and views, so-so food
Nothing more to say
Food was great bear very nice and well kept staff very polite and on the ball overal a very good pub
Lovely garden on a sunny day with beautiful view nestled in the Surrey Hill. Food was good with generous helpings.
Very good indeed. Loved it. So pleased we visited.
Very tasty fish and chips and burgers. Service was very friendly and welcoming. We had a nice table in the bar and the fire was on.
Extremely attentive and professional staff. We booked a table for 5 and were made very welcome. The food and Drink was superb. I would thoroughly recommend.
Nice place friendly, well set out so felt safe away from other guests separated by plastic screens
Its great that places are now opening up again, and we've always liked the volunteer. It wasn't a great experience this time though - when we arrived to an empty beer garden we were told we couldn't choose where we sat, despite all the tables being the same. The food wasn't great - the chicken burger appeared to be a couple of deep fried goujons in a bun, pretty much what you'd expect from a burger van. It was lovely to be out and about again and have a nice draft beer, and the service was OK, but as we hopefully get back to some sort of normal they'll have to raise their game on food quality
Lovely place sitting outside next to the pond with the fountain was just what we were after. Food was good & staff were polite. Would recommend & we will definitely be going back.
Nice pub. Nice big garden. Good service. Clean loos. Food was average though. Ok but not really great pub food. We had a burger, was expecting more of a lovely juicy burger but was a bit more fast food style.
Food was terrible - dry burger with burnt cheese and overdone chips. Sachets of cheap nasty sauces - all for £14. Criminal really. Will never go again.
Thank you Victoria for your review here on open table following your review on trip advisor.We hope the managers response was to your satisfaction.
I appreciate it is a bank holiday weekend but the service was so slow. When it did turn up my kids meals were inedible with over cooked chips and chicken goujons. The main menu had at least 1/2 the options sold out although my roast pork was nice.
The Volunteer offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01306 730985.
The Volunteer is rated 3.9 stars by 138 OpenTable diners.