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  1. Spirited fundraiser for Tar Barrels!

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    We’re thrilled to have been part of the Carnival Committee initiative to introduce two Tar Barrel spirits to help with fundraising. The gin and rum are made by Lyme Bay Winery and have been rebranded with the instantly recognisable Tar Barrels logo.


    The traditional dry gin has botanical flavours of juniper, floral, and citrus notes alongside intoxicating aromas of verbena and the freshness of orange peel, lemon, and lime.


    For rum lovers, the warming Lugger rum is spiced with a blend of nutmeg, cloves, orange peel and a hint of vanilla.

    A tasting event is being run tonight (Friday November 24) at St Mary’s Church from 4pm to late.

    Priced at £40 for rum and £38 for gin for a 70cl bottle, these fantastic fundraising spirits, plus the branded wines, can be purchased from the Tar Barrels Merchandise shop in Silver Street and the Volunteer Inn in Broad Street. Perfect for Christmas gifts…

  2. Wine launch

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    Friday 20th October:

    Proudly presenting the launch of the Carnival & Tar Barrels wine! Please join us.

  3. Rugby World Cup Home Nations Special!

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    The Rugby World Cup has gotten us a little bit excited and a little bit nervous as we support England 🌹
    So we have decided to run a Home Nations Special!
    During any game played by England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales we are offering Sandford Orchards Devon Red & Otter Brewery Tarka Four & Amber Fresh at just £4 a pint.
    See you soon!
  4. Jumping out of a plane for charity!

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    Five amazing ladies – including our very own Jacqui – have decided to jump out of a plane (on purpose!) and raise some money for charity in the process.
    Please dig deep and show your support for them and the awesome charities they’re jumping for!
    Jacqui Down: Alzheimer’s Research UK
  5. Chef wanted!

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    About us

    The Volunteer Inn is a busy town centre pub in the heart of Ottery St Mary run by husband and wife team Mike and Jacqui Down. The pub, which was established in 1810, is a thriving business, attracting both local custom and passing trade. Over the past few years we have made substantial investment in the pub interior and kitchens, with more to come. Our food offering has garnered a reputation for quality, flavour and variety.

    What we need

    We are looking for chefs to join our team on a permanent basis. This could suit one chef full-time or two chefs in a job-share.

    About you

    • You must have experience working in a fast paced kitchen environment.
    • You will enjoy managing a hard working team and keeping everyone motivated.
    • You should be keen to get involved with the pub’s future and have a say in the next steps for the business.

    What we’re offering

    • A competitive salary in the region of £25K (or pro rata) depending on experience.
    • A happy, friendly environment with a lively team and customers.
    • Use of the latest kitchen technology with a full Rational iKitchen.
    • Support for ongoing training.
    • Secure, long term prospects.

    How to apply

    Apply with your CV and covering letter to:

    If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please call us on 01404 814 060 and ask to speak to Mike or Jacqui.

    And if you know anyone who would be interested, please ask them to get in contact!

  6. Monthly Pub Quiz

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    Sunday March 23rd at 8:30pm
    £5 per person, max of 6 in a team
    Chance to win the rolling jackpot and raise money for local charities!
  7. Coffee and Cake – Monday to Friday

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    Did you know that we now offer a hot drink and a slice of cake?
    3 to 6pm Monday to Friday
    Examples of cakes include:
    Smarties Cookies
    Crispy Chocolate Slice
    Lemon Cupcake
    Chocolate Maltesers Slice
    Just £4.75!
  8. Coffee time!

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    Have you tried our coffee recently? We’ve invested in a fab new Lavazza coffee machine.

    Come on in and treat yourself to a yummy cuppa, just the thing to chase the January blues away!

  9. Christmas Hours

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    We are open Christmas Day for drinks and nibbles from 12-2pm.
    We will then be giving the team (and us) a well deserved break over the festive period, reopening on Thursday 29th December.
    Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Thank you all for your continued support xxx
  10. Pub Quiz

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    Pub Quiz on Sunday 30th


    £5 per person

    It’s a rollover!