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A little about us

If you’re looking for a town pub with traditional values, you’ll find a warm welcome at the Volunteer Inn in the heart of Ottery St Mary, East Devon.

Your hosts are Mike and Jacqui Down, who became proud proprietors of the Volunteer Inn in February 2012. Since then, they have undertaken significant refurbishment to bring the pub bang up to date with its facilities, whilst retaining the essential character of the establishment.

Whether you’re visiting the town, have recently moved to the area or you’re already one of our regular customers, we are pleased that you have chosen the Volunteer Inn and we look forward to welcoming you.

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martin whitehead

7 months ago

Lovely pub in the heart of Otter St Mary. We were lunch htime pop ins and had a faultless, excellent meal plus drinks. Good range of beers both from pumps and directly from the stack of barrels behind the bar. Heroic effort Daisy! Thank you, you're a star!

Paul Snow (ShortNicholasNomenclature)

7 months ago

Good selection of beer, kept well in kegs behind the bar. Food was OK and we felt not as good as when we went two years ago. We went with a medium sized group (9) and were asked to phone the order through in advance, which was fine and we did that. Food seemed to have been sitting in a warmer for a while and so served promptly but a bit below par. Not ideal for a steak ordered to be medium rare. Good beer helped though ..

Julia Barrow

7 months ago

After driving past this all week, thinking it was closed as the front door was always closed, we called in tonight as we saw someone outside smoking. Lovely pub! Shame we only found it tonight! Lots of real ales on, in good nick too! Food looks great too!

Andrew Every

7 months ago

This is a vibrant locals pub which serves large portions of good food. It was good to see locals eating in the pub which is a recommendation itself. Zoe looked after us she is approachable and not standoff which is a change. We would recommend.


8 months ago

We went here by accident because of another pub that had disgraceful service, anyway, The Volunteer, fit us in straight away and the service from the start was absolutely fantastic. The food was something else. We had roast dinners and they were superb, full of meat too! Will not go anywhere else now. Best meal I have had in a long time. To top it off we got to meet the owners and they were lovely too. Great work and well done to all. Keep up the fantastic work. 👏

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