About The Volunteer Inn
The pub has been part of Ottery St Mary’s history since 1810 when it opened as a dwelling, hostelry and recruitment centre for the Napoleonic War. It was first registered as the Volunteer Inn in 1831. Located on Mill Street, the pub has always been a draw for passing trade, as well as its friendly crowd of regulars.
Mike and Jacqui took on the pub with a view to reviving it as a local with a heart. We have undertaken extensive refurbishment, including an expanded restaurant area, a roof terrace and modern, indoor facilities. The pub now mixes tradition and contemporary, with the front bar retaining its old character, and the new extended back bar having a light, spacious feel. Refurbishment work is set to continue, with stage two including the creation of a beer garden.
We believe a pub should be a pub, so you’ll find a real mix of customers, from real ale drinkers, to the darts team, ladies nights out, local workers and our genteel regulars. We also have a euchre team, and if you don’t know what that is, come along and find out.
The Volunteer Inn takes an active part of the vibrant community of Ottery St Mary, supporting the Ottery Tar Barrels and Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival as well running fundraising events for charities including CLIC Sergeant. If you visit the Tar Barrels, look out for Jacqui as she’s a senior lady roller!
We are real ale fans so you’ll find a great choice, with weekly guest beers from local breweries. Find out what’s on offer each week here.
Our menu is based around good, honest pub food, cooked freshly in our kitchen using high quality ingredients, and prepared to a standard that we would want to eat ourselves. Weekly specials can be seen here.