Christmas & New Year Opening Times

Christmas & New Year Opening Times at the Volley

  • Christmas Eve: open as usual
  • Christmas Day: 12-2pm
  • Boxing Day: CLOSED
  • 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th: open as usual
  • New Year’s Eve: 12 to LATE
  • New Year’s Day: open as usual

We hope to see you all over the Xmas period.

But for those that we don’t see, Have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🥳

Good Beer Guide

The Volunteer Inn is in!

If you haven’t already heard the good news we have been selected again in The Good Beer Guide by CAMRA – the Campaign for Real Ale.

This is the book for beer lovers. It has listings for 4,500 pubs across the UK, and all entries have been selected by CAMRA members.

The book also has comprehensive info on breweries in the UK, all 1,800 of them! The foreword is by Prof Brian Cox (who has been working with JW Lees in Manchester to brew his ‘Cosmic Brew’ beer!).

You can buy your copy of the Good Beer Guide online here

Remembrance Sunday Parade

Remembrance Sunday Parade, 10th November

Please disregard the details currently published in the Gazette, as these are incorrect.

Ottery St Mary Veteran’s Society and Royal British Legion (Ottery) are pleased to announce the following details:

0930 – marchers/walkers muster at Land of Canaan.

0945 – Parade moves off, stopping briefly in the square for those less able. Parade will then continue to the church.

1020 – All to be seated in church.

There are road closures and marshalls in place to safeguard all. Further details, if required, can be obtained from Rob McGovern The Volunteer Inn or Greg Layzell.

It would be lovely to see a big turnout for our town.

Kitchen closed for Tar Barrels

Please note….!

The kitchen is closed Monday 4th November for the evening

Also closed all day Tuesday 5th November for Barrels.

We are ticket only on Tuesday (tickets are all sold out).

Back to normal (!) on Wednesday 6th November.

Rugby World Cup Opening Times

Special Opening Times for the Rugby World Cup!

And you’ll be able to order a Volley Full English Breakfast too!

We’re hiring!

We are currently looking for full-time and part-time staff.

To apply or discuss the roles further, please call us on 01404 814060, drop into the pub (Broad Street, Ottery St Mary) or send your CV to Mike Down:

Available roles


Full-time, permanent

Full-time chef required! We are looking for someone who has at least one year’s experience in a similar role who would like to take the next step in their career. Alongside our regular menu we serve weekly specials so you will be able to get creative and increase your experience.

Salary dependent on experience.

Bar staff

Part-time, permanent

We require several part-time bar staff to join our team. We are looking for self-starters who enjoy interacting with customers and providing top quality customer service.

Salary dependent on experience and whether you have a personal license, but above minimum wage.

Waiting / kitchen staff

Part-time, permanent

We also need waiting/kitchen staff. As above, we are looking for self-starters who enjoy interacting with customers and providing top quality customer service.

Salary dependent on experience, but above minimum wage.

By the Glass

We have recently changed our wine list to give a wonderful new selection to our customers. The list includes reds, whites, rose, fortified wine, sparkling and Champagne – and we also have a delicious English wine from Lyme Bay Winery, just along the coast. Take a look at what’s on offer on our new Wine List page.

What’s more, you can now order everything on the wine list by the glass! And that not only includes Prosecco, but also Champagne!

We think you deserve the best, and if you just want a single glass, then you should have it.

We hope you enjoy sampling some of these wines. Cheers!

Veterans Monthly Breakfast

Our monthly fundraising ‘Veterans Breakfast’!

During the special Remembrance Sunday in 2018 which marked 100 years since Armistice Day, a group of Veterans got together in the pub and discussed the lack of wreaths.

Everyone agreed it would be a good idea to club together for an Ottery Veterans wreath – and what better way than to have a monthly breakfast?!

Our first breakfast was in February, then we met in April and May. The next breakfast coincides with the Ottery Food & Families Festival on June 1st.

The breakfast is for Veterans only and if you would like to join in, you will need to get in touch with Rob McGovern – message via Facebook please.

The Veterans Breakfast is on the first Sunday of the month. We meet at the Volunteer at 10.30.

It costs £10 for the breakfast of which £3 goes into the collection towards the wreath. As we grow we hope funds raised will also be able to support local Veterans in need.

Bid for a Meal for Four at the Volunteer!

We’re taking part in the Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival Silent Auction.

The festival is a not-for-profit organisation and all profits are donated to local charitable organisations, including the food bank and children’s charities.

If you would like to bid on a meal for four please visit the auction website which goes live on 17th May:

Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival Silent Auction

Bidding for the meal for four starts at £50, but we’d love to raise more – so dig deep!

All our meals are homecooked and absolutely delicious, and you can be sure of the warmest of welcomes.

Good luck with your bidding.