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.

Devon Mist on tap

‘Cheers’ to Devon cider

We’re delighted to now be offering Sandford Orchards cloudy sparkling cider ‘Devon Mist’ on tap at the bar.

According to the cider maker’s website: “Devon Mist is a gentle joy. Unfiltered and expertly blended to create a medium, cloudy, session cider, bursting with rich autumnal fruits, and a long satisfying finish.”

The apples used in the cider are Yarlington Mill, Tremlett’s Bitter and Woodbine.

We’re big fans of Devon Mist and it’s gone down very well with customers – which is why it’s now on tap!

So next time you visit, treat yourself to a pint (or a half!). Perfect to drink when the sun’s out, or when it’s not….

Devon Mist

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Festive Opening Hours

We are open as normal up to Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day: open for drinks and nibbles from 12 to 2pm.

Boxing Day: Closed.

New Year’s Eve: Open usual hours. Our food is a set menu that will need to be pre-booked.

New Years Day: Open as usual

May we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas Menus

Christmas at the Volunteer Inn!

We are now taking bookings for Christmas meals.

Please note, you will need to let us know your menu choices five days before you visit, and pay a £5 deposit per person.

Please collect a menu from the pub, the order form is on the back.

Look forward to seeing you in the run up to Christmas! Mike & Jacqui x

Christmas menu

We’re hiring!

Job opportunity at the Volunteer Inn

We are looking for someone aged 16 or over to join our team.

Job description

Kitchen and waiting duties


Weekends and potentially some weekdays

Person spec

We’re looking for someone hardworking, reliable & friendly.

How to apply

Call 01404 814060 and ask for Mike or Jacqui.

Trio of Successes!

We’re delighted to announce that as a result of our continued investment into training, three staff members have achieved relevant qualifications.

Hannah Cureton obtained Level 2 in Accounting through the Association of Accountancy Technicians (AAT); Gemma Luscombe gained qualifications in Licensed Hospitality Skills and Licensed Hospitality Operations with BIIAB, the awarding organisation for work based learning providers and employers; and Charlotte Wills, who helps to prepare meals for the pub’s busy restaurant, qualified as Commis Chef with the Institute of Apprentices.

Working in the pub trade is sometimes seen as stop gap for younger people, and traditionally the hospitality trade overall has a fast turnaround in staff. By offering our staff the chance to improve their skills in the area of work they enjoy, we give them something to focus on for the longer term.

Well done to Hannah, Gemma and Charlotte!

We’re In! Good Beer Guide 2019

The Volunteer is thrilled to once again feature in CAMRA‘s Good Beer Guide for 2019.

Regulars will know that we are dedicated to offering great choices to real ale lovers; from local brewers Otter Brewery to Cornish giants St Austell Brewery.

Exmoor Ales, Exeter Brewery, Salcombe Brewery, Hanlons Brewery, Bays Brewery and Branscombe Vale Brewery have all featured at the bar. For our weekly guest beers, visit our Specials page.

We’re delighted that the London has also been included in the Guide; it’s unusual for two pubs from a small town to make it into the book, so well done to Ottery St Mary once again!

Thanks to everyone who enjoys a pint at the Volley – cheers.

See below for details about where to get your copy!

Good Beer Guide