The Volunteer

4.4
77 reviews
£25 and under
British
Welcome back again.
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.
We will be continuing to do our famous takeaway pizza and other yummy goodies.
Due to new rules customers will only be allowed into the pub to use the toilets .
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.
There will be a new smaller menu available and our famous pizzas which will be updated online soon.
Maximum of 6 people .If 2 families please contact the pub by phone has limited for larger tables outside.
All orders will be taken at your table




Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 77 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidM
London
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - very tasty! Can’t wait to come back again soon. Staff very friendly.

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LisaM
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was pretty cold outside, was hoping there would be a heat lamp or a blanket. Would have stayed longer if I wasn’t so cold. Service was great.

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LouiseK
London
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Lovely location. Tables spaced well apart on different levels. Food selection limited with focus on burgers. Food was fresh but came without basics like sauces, salt and pepper. Service was cheerful but haphazard - confusion over food orders (my partners food arrived as I finished eating), no knowledge of what drinks were available, salt and pepper arrived 15 minutes after the food. Hopefully these are just teething problems as it is such a wonderful spot and the pub deserves to do well.

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SarahC
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely pub in a beautiful setting. Good beer and good food.

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AlecH
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service at The Volunteer after a beautiful walk around the Abinger villages.
Very well organised and good food at reasonable prices. Highly recommend the view from the garden if you've never been

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SarahH
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal in lovely surroundings, we'll be back

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Gretch
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal at the Volunteer on the night before the start of lockdown #2. The food was delicious - we had the butternut squash, Brie and beetroot tart and Cajun Stilton burger. The service was excellent and the pub was very well prepared for COVID-19. We wish we’d discovered the Volunteer sooner.

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Py63
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's a dark country road to get there at night, but the food is worth the trip

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Clare
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a lovely lunch, the menu is varied with lots to choose from. The service was excellent and the pub is very geared up to sticking to current Coronavirus rules. Will definitely be visiting again!

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KeithM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Sunday lunch, dog freindly. NIce place although the car park is a bit tight.

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SteveC
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a very satisfying lunch in the sunshine - in The Volunteer's beautiful "informal" beer garden amid the Surrey Hills. The food was good, the drinks (Draught Badger Ale/Fursty Ferret), excellent & the service by a super-helpful barman called Josh - was second to none! All Covid protocols observed. Thank you The Volunteer. Highly Recommended.

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christinem
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Roast beef was very good, and the roast potatoes nice and crisp. The staff were very attentive. Distancing, with perspex screens seemed a little over the top, but some would, I’m sure, find that reassuring.

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Bajan
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Normally never disappointed but roast lunch was cold and not very tasty

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AdamR
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab as always, covid secure but not sterile. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch and peaceful chat.

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Moira
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good with covid precautions, service was excellent, it was a cold day and some heating would have been nice. The food was OK but not exceptional, It would have been nice to have a home made pie of the day. However, felt safe there so will probably return

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SuzieW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely weekday meal in a lovely setting, well set up for COVID lovely staff.

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FranB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very yummy Sunday roast, we all had the beef, it was very well cooked and there was plenty of everything. We had an early lunch and the pub was quiet and very Covid safe. Lovely service and of course it is in a beautiful location.

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AdamP
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this Pub, and since reopening post lockdown have visited a few times. The service is always great. And a beautiful place both inside and out.
Good beers and great food. I hope they manage to keep going with the latest rule tightening, I'll be visiting as often as I can!

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JillM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sunday lunch on a sunny day. We were able to eat in the garden which was lovely with attentive table service from the staff. Very friendly and helpful. We all had roast beef which was great, plenty of veg and potatoes and a decent sized Yorkshire Pudding on top. Followed by chocolate fudge cake which was nice but not quite fudgy enough!

Overall, very relaxed lunch in the sun and left feeling very full!

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CraigB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very enjoyable evening if a little subdued given the Covid 19 backdrop
Would certainly recommend this though for great service and quality food

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siobhanH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was perfectly pleasant but a little over priced and the tables felt small and too low!

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Saturday afternoon. COVID secure and friendly staff

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ChrisH
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Under new management. Very friendly welcome. Food excellent as usual. Social distancing observed.

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Annettev
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch in the garden. Very friendly service!

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

What a lovely place this is and we really want it to do well. We do support it but the food is always such a let down. Keep the menu simple, concentrate on good quality local ingredients and the place will soon be booked to capacity I’m sure.

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GrahamC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely lunch in the garden. Food was good and arrived smartly and service excellently

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GenevieveR
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lovely pub. We were in a room on our own, felt very safe covid-wise, but it would have been nice to see a few people. Also quite cold as doors have to be open, not the pubs fault, just dress warm. Food was delicious, and service was very friendly. Had to wait quite a while for food, but they warned us about that at the start, so we just bought a few bags of crisps whilst we waited. All in all, we’ll defo go back again, already planning a pre Christmas treat there.

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AndrewS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Nice quiet local pub table service was good staff very helpful

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KateW
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food. We went for Eat out to help out but will definitely visit again when the scheme finishes.

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KathyC
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Volunteer is a lovely quiet country pub and much care has been taken there to make customers feel safe. The food was good and freshly cooked. We certainly recommend a visit.

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DanW
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great service, abnormally quiet due to COVID but well laid out with social distancing measures in place. Staff constantly sanitising everywhere.
The food was very good. Well worth a visit.

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CarolineA
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Staff made a real effort to make us welcome. Felt like a Covid safe place to be

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Very disappointed with the food - have had great meals here before.

The Volunteer
Responded on 21 August 2020

Sorry the food was not to your personal taste especially since you have eaten with us before. We like to encourage our customers to voice their opinions on the day in case there is something we can do to improve. We hope to see you again. Regards The Volunteer

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ChrisH
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The staff were very attentive and the chicken curry was excellent.
On a warm summer evening the Volunteer really takes some beating.

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sophieP
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and lovely staff. Very clean, good hygiene measures in place.

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JimH
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely place to be in the garden, service was good, beer was really good (Fursty Ferret), food was decent but not great, perhaps overpriced for the quality but very happy to support a pub getting going again after lockdown.

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PaulB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff were friendly, but disciplined in the their approach to making sure that we were safe from Coronavirus contamination

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Paul
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great little fidn nestled in the surrey hills. Polite and welcoming staff, lovely food and lovely garden area that we sat in.

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GeoffH
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Over priced, poor food, slow service. Lacking in ambience. Over the top COVID19 warnings and distancing measures destroyed the experience

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DonnaB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch after a walk in the surrey hills. The staff were great -friendly and efficient.

FAQs

The Volunteer offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01306 730985.

The Volunteer is rated 4.4 stars by 77 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.