The Volunteer Inn
The Volunteer Inn has been part of Ottery St Mary’s history since 1810, a testament to its popularity and promise of delivering great food and drink. In 2012 Jacqui and Mike Down became the proud proprietors and have since refurbished the pub to freshen it up whilst retaining the character of the place.
The kitchen clan serves wholesome pub grub that honours British tradition. Everything is freshly prepared in the kitchen, so turn up with an appetite and sate it with old favourites such as homemade lasagne, steak and ale pie, and beer-battered cod goujons served with hand-cut chips and peas. If you’re after a lighter bite, choose filled jacket potatoes, panini, or a ploughman’s lunch. Committed to serving a variety of options to diners stopping by for lunch or dinner, The Volly (as it’s known locally) now offers gluten-free choices, including desserts. Veggies can mull over bean tagine, mac and cheese and vegetarian lasagne. Staying true to its roots, there’s also a heart-warming Sunday roast served each week. It’s not all about the food though: what makes a superlative pub is a warm, friendly atmosphere, which can be found in spades at The Volunteer Inn – go along and see for yourself.