New Year’s Eve Menus

New Year’s Eve at The Volunteer

We know, we know! Christmas isn’t here yet and we’re talking about New Year’s Eve at The Volunteer. But we’re already taking bookings and we wouldn’t want you to miss out now!

For just £35 a head you will get a glass of prosecco on arrival, three courses and coffee. Arrive at 7pm and party the night away! Please pop in or call us to book.

And just in case you’re still thinking about Christmas, take a look at our Christmas menus too.

New Year's Eve Menu

Fundraising for the Carnival & Barrels

Customers generosity clinches fundraising cup

We are delighted to have collected the cup for the Carnival fundraising cup for the fourth year in a row, thanks to the generosity of all our lovely customers.

Funds are raised by donations made into a special flaming tar barrel on the bar counter. This year, the total raised was an amazing £4,049.19.

The winning total raised at the Volunteer two years ago was just over £1,000 and last year was around £2,500, so this latest figure is an incredible testament to the generosity of our customers.

Landlord and landlady Mike and Jacqui  would like to thank everyone who has dug deep to help keep the barrels rolling.

Fundraising tar barrel

More catering to come?

We learned this week that the superb Women’s Super League is going to double in size next year – fantastic news as far as we’re concerned!

You may know we worked with brilliant team Western Storm, catering for their training days at Exeter University in Exeter and the university’s Topsham sports ground over the summer.

Jacqui was kept busy cooking  curries, tacos, chilli con carne and lasagnes, designed to meet nutritional needs and keep the team in tip-top condition for training.

The catering contract came about after an approach by Trevor Griffin who coaches the team. (Trevor owns the Cricket Shop at Cotleigh and is a regular visitor to the Volunteer in Ottery). Trevor said later that what made a big difference was keeping the team together at lunchtimes, building camaraderie and team spirit – as well as fresh, nutritional food, of course!

Mike with Western Storm shirtThe Volunteer Inn in Ottery St Mary was thrilled to learn the Western Storm Twenty20 team won the Women’s Super League Finals at the beginning of September. Everyone at the Volunteer was over the moon to hear the team had won and, as a thank you, Western Storm presented the Volunteer with a shirt worn by match centurion, Rachel Priest.


Trevor recently brought the cup in to dazzle the punters!

We hope to be involved again, so watch this space for news.

Christmas Menus

Christmas at the Volunteer

Christmas does seem to start earlier every year doesn’t it! We are already taking bookings for our Christmas Menu which is available from 1st December to 23rd December.

The menu must be pre-ordered (unless by prior arrangement) and there’s a £5 deposit per person on booking.

Two courses for £16.50

Three courses £21.95

Christmas Menu at the Volly

Christmas Eve

We also have a special Christmas Eve menu.

Two courses £17.50

Three courses £22.95

Must be booked and pre-ordered. £5 deposit per person.

Christmas Eve Menu

Thank you to our fantastic team!

Thank you!

Jacqui and Mike would like to say a big thank you to the pub team for their outstanding work this year, especially when they were away in New Zealand and Australia. It’s hard to leave your business for a long holiday and not worry and it certainly wouldn’t have been possible withouth the outstanding work of the team who went above and beyond.

Special thanks to Connor and Hannah. Friends of the Volly will know that they are taking a month out for a similar trip (and maybe they’ll say hello to Haydon who is in NZ until October!).

And it’s goodbye to Aled who is off to study Environmental Design at Falmouth University. Good luck Aled, you will be much missed at the Volly.

Busy with the outside bar

We’ve been flat out with our outside bar this summer.

Some local weddings, the Ottery St Mary Strongman Competition, Honiton Show where we provided the corporate bar. Coming up is the Ottery Carnival Family Fun Day

Coming up is the Ottery Carnival Family Fun Day – catch us there on August 27th and help raise funds for the Carnival Committee.

Over in Bicton, we’ve been running the bar for the Devon UK Mega 2017 Geocache Festival. Mike racked 22 barrels of five different beers! The bar went down so well that the Yorkshire committee asked Mike if he would consider travelling to Yorkshire for their event next year!







If you would like to discuss hiring the outside bar call Mike on 01404 814060.


Guest Chefs June & July

Our regulars will know that Mike & Jacqui are disappearing to New Zealand on June 6th to catch up with Haydon. Have a great trip, folks!

While Charlotte will be cooking during the week, we have taken this opportunity to invite some fantastic local chefs to cook at the Volly. All three have worked at River Cottage and we’re sure you’ll love their cooking.

Robin Rea

Robin Rea from Rusty Pig is first up. Robin is a familiar face in the town, and his ethical approach to food and the provenance of ingredients has garnered much praise.

Robin will be cooking on:

  • Friday June 9th
  • Sunday June 11th
  • Friday June 16th
  • Sunday June 18th

(Please note the kitchen is closed on June 12th).

 Tim Maddams

Private chef and TV personality, Tim Maddams uses hunting, fishing and foraging as cornerstones of his cooking. Tim also writes for Devon Life and the Ecologist.

Tim will be cooking on:

  • Friday June 23rd
  • Saturday June 24th
  • Sunday June 25th
  • Friday June 30th
  • Saturday July 1st
  • Sunday July 2nd

Joe Draper

The final guest chef is consultant chef and private dining specialist, Joe Draper whose own preference is for uncomplicated food with great flavours.

Joe will be cooking on:

  • Friday July 7th
  • Saturday July 8th
  • Sunday July 9th

For a little extra treat, Mike’s mum Jenny (from the Howley Tavern in Chard) will be cooking over the weekend 14th to 16th July.

Mike and Jacqui will return on July 19th.

Jumping for FORCE

Good luck Jenny!

We are very proud that landlord Mike’s mum Jenny has agreed to take part in a tandem skydive to raise money for FORCE Cancer Charity on June 4th.

Mike's Mum Jenny Down

Mike and mum, Jenny

The fundraising event has been organised by John Hounsell from Ottery, who is going through treatment for cancer. The target is £10K for this wonderful charity that helps so many.

A whole group of brave folk will be taking part in the skydive, which is a 15000ft tandem skydive (fortunately everyone taking part will be jumping with a professional skydiver – phew!).

This year FORCE celebrates 30 years of support to Exeter RD&E hospital, and we would all love to raise the target for them.

So go on, support Mike’s mum (please not Mike’s not jumping himself….). Click here to donate: REACH FOR THE SKY

Thank you so much and good luck to all those taking part. Don’t look down!

Healthy eating & gluten-free puds now available!

Pub grub with a difference

At the Volly, we’re committed to offering really good meal choices to customers joining us for lunch or dinner.

Our weekly Specials board always includes a gluten-free option or two, as well as healthy eating choices. You might find: creamy carrot & butterbean soup, fillet of seabass, a

  • Creamy carrot & butterbean soup
  • Fillet of seabass
  • Ribeye steak
  • Tasty Greek salad

Our Specials menu changes every week.

We have now introduced new gluten-free desserts to our Pudding menu. So at the end of your tasty Volly meal, you can treat yourself to a delicious dessert.

We will always try to accommodate dietary requirements, so if there is anything specific please do give us a ring before you come.

Tel: 01404 814060

Specials Board

Training update

Staff training

Congratulations to Charlotte and Gemma who have finished their NVQs.

Charlotte is going on to her next NVQ for her role as Commis Chef; this 13-month course is more detailed and she will need to show an external examiner her knowledge of various aspects of cooking including cuts of meat and types of fish.

We are currently checking out another course for Gemma, this is likely to be a Sommelier course.

Hannah has already passed the first part of her accountancy training and is working hard on the next part.

Well done to all our talented staff for their commitment to ongoing training.

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