The Volunteer

4
137 Reviews
£25 and under
British

About

Welcome back again.
We have been hard working to make your
experience with us a comfortable, happy and safe.
We are following all the necessary guidelines for safe socialising including increased cleaning, hand sanitiser availability and social distancing measures to ensure the safety of our customers and our staff.

When you arrive at the pub you must ring the doorbell and wait outside to be seated.
Please do not sit down on empty table without letting us know.This could result in you having to move if table is reserved or not being served has we will not know you have arrived.
All orders will be taken at your table
You can book a table outside still but if it rains we may not be able to seat you inside if the restaurant is fully booked.



Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 137 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.2
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4.2
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3.9
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AngelaM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty pub in gorgeous area, we found it rather expensive for pub food but having said that it was decent food and the staff were friendly.

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DogDiners
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location with plenty of space inside and out, friendly staff and great food.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Did not appreciate having my card held behind the bar for the duration of the visit. Never happened before and was uncomfortable with the tactic. Spoke to the waitress who said it was normal practice which was not true on the last three visits to the Volunteer, otherwise very happy.

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Didi7
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best Falafels ever
Staff very helpful and friendly although very busy
Been coming to the Volunteer for years on and off food particularly good on this visit

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GrahamC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great lunch mid cycle from Guildford to Peaslake. Lovely quiet garden. Fish and chips were good and vegarian burger proclaimed as “best ever”. Nice crumble for pud.

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JonathanM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our local and we often drop down for a swift pint. This was the first time we had a Sunday lunch there and it was great. Fresh vegetables oodles of gravy top notch meat and attentive service. We will definitely be going back.

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LindsayS
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The pub is just doing pizza and burgers really, but they are amazingly tasty and generous. The staff are great - friendly and efficient. We sat outdoors on a warm summer evening. There’s poor choice for vegans, gluten intolerance etc. It was very quiet even though a Friday night. We had a lovely visit. The dessert menu is limited and expensive at £6.50 - the coffees were good. We love coming here.

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NaomiB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting matched by the quality of the food and service. Will definitely be back.

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HappyCustomer
Surrey
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Booked just a couple of hours before we needed a table. Was welcomed at the door, and shown to the seating area - we had chosen to sit outside - which offered lovely views over the hillside opposite. There were not many other diners outside so it was lovely and quiet. Very efficient, cheerful, friendly and prompt service. The food was delicious with a varied menu and mouthwatering "specials", chosen by 2 of our party (wish I had chosen the ribs 2!) Altogether a perfect place for a trip out with my elderly parents who are still cautious about going out anywhere following this last year of shielding, but who were relaxed, happy and at the end of the meal very full. Thank you.

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ElaineO
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A beautiful spot to sit and take in the scenery whilst enjoying lovely food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always!

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AbyE
Brighton
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and friendly staff, the owner came and chatted to us which was really nice.

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KathyL
Surrey
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service in this charming pub in the beautiful Surrey hills. The menu is a little limited but what they do is very good. Nice garden and the staff were very attentive. Would definitely recommend and hope to visit again.

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FreyaE
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love love this pub! Great atmosphere, lovely staff and the most beautiful views from the garden.

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RachelC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and great service. My personal preference is for more choice on the menu but this pub does a few dishes really well. We've been multiple times and always had great food.

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simond
London
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Great location but unfortunately the food wasn’t to match. In fairness, a reasonable pizza but coleslaw etc was pretty poor and almost inedible. With so many options locally, won’t be going back.

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AmieG
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Garden setting is really pretty and service was very good. Overall menu is not great and food distinctly average. Wouldn’t return here because of it. Some food bought to us in red plastics baskets like an American diner in the 80’s.

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ChrisH
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always a lovely experience going to the Volunteer but we don't want to encourage more people to discover this for themselves.

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Trish
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Good service and nice view outside. However we were surprised to only be able to get burgers, nachos and pizza on sundays. Missed that in the overview. Food was ok but nothing special. Lettuce on burger was dirty which really put me off. Couldn’t eat most of it.

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TimG
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very nice staff were very freindly and helpful very nice pub and garden

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PatriziaM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sitting area in the garden has lovely views to the hilltops, really pretty.

The menu is a little bit restricted in choices but tastes delicious.

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SPie
Surrey
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent pizza, good beer and great ambiance in a lovely setting

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PatS
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked in advance, letting the pub know that there were a number of vegetarians in the party, and I was really impressed when - on arrival - the vegetarian options from the menu had been summarised on a hand written personal 'menu' so that it was easier for us to spot them. I thought that was impressive customer care. The garden was lovely, the food was excellent (HUGE burger; tasty falafel salad, very nice vegetarian tart and skin-on chips) and the service friendly. It also felt very Covid-secure. We'll definitely be back when we're walking in the area!

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KayDee
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Booked table online in advance. Were able to choose between an inside or outside table on arrival. Large outdoor grassy space under trees. We sat outside in the evening sunshine - nice view of the pretty neighbouring houses and sheep in the fields. Tables were well spaced, and not particularly busy (BH Sunday evening). Some people had their dogs with them. Family friendly; have separate menu for little children. Our children were each given a 'gift box' with a colouring book and crayons. We wanted burgers and pizza, but had missed the kitchen stop for burgers. We queried this as the website had not mentioned this, and the staff were very accommodating. Burgers were good and the pizzas were excellent. All freshly made. Adequate portions and standard prices. Staff were very polite and helpful. Masks were worn by all staff and tables were well cleaned as soon as guests left. Efficient remote payment at the end without needing to go inside.

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CharlieB
London
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Best spot on a sunny afternoon in the Surrey Hills!

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SeanO
London
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The setting is idyllic. The garden is beautiful and scenic. The waitstaff were wonderful! They had to work hard going back and forth up the hill but were charming and courteous. The roast dinner's roast potatoes and yorkies would be better if kept away from the gravy, so they would stay crispier. The drinks seemed a little pricey but then we have not been out in a while. We would definitely go back!

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BigT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice quiet spot in a picturesque location that made great pizzas and served equally great beer!

Used to visit regularly several years ago but will now make this a regular!

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kimu
London
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Lovely service and views, so-so food
Nothing more to say

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TimG
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great bear very nice and well kept staff very polite and on the ball overal a very good pub

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Jane
Surrey
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely garden on a sunny day with beautiful view nestled in the Surrey Hill. Food was good with generous helpings.

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MaxH
London
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good indeed. Loved it. So pleased we visited.

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FranB
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very tasty fish and chips and burgers. Service was very friendly and welcoming. We had a nice table in the bar and the fire was on.

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PeterH
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely attentive and professional staff. We booked a table for 5 and were made very welcome. The food and Drink was superb. I would thoroughly recommend.

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Sham
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place friendly, well set out so felt safe away from other guests separated by plastic screens

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Shatner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Its great that places are now opening up again, and we've always liked the volunteer. It wasn't a great experience this time though - when we arrived to an empty beer garden we were told we couldn't choose where we sat, despite all the tables being the same. The food wasn't great - the chicken burger appeared to be a couple of deep fried goujons in a bun, pretty much what you'd expect from a burger van. It was lovely to be out and about again and have a nice draft beer, and the service was OK, but as we hopefully get back to some sort of normal they'll have to raise their game on food quality

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LordS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely place sitting outside next to the pond with the fountain was just what we were after. Food was good & staff were polite. Would recommend & we will definitely be going back.

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DanielleS
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice pub. Nice big garden. Good service. Clean loos. Food was average though. Ok but not really great pub food. We had a burger, was expecting more of a lovely juicy burger but was a bit more fast food style.

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Disappointed
Surrey
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was terrible - dry burger with burnt cheese and overdone chips. Sachets of cheap nasty sauces - all for £14. Criminal really. Will never go again.

The Volunteer
Responded on May 18, 2021

Thank you Victoria for your review here on open table following your review on trip advisor.We hope the managers response was to your satisfaction.

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steveo
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I appreciate it is a bank holiday weekend but the service was so slow. When it did turn up my kids meals were inedible with over cooked chips and chicken goujons. The main menu had at least 1/2 the options sold out although my roast pork was nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Lovely location with a beautiful garden. Sadly we had to wait quite a long time for our drinks and food to arrive and had to chase a couple of times. I think we were unlucky though as others who arrived after us got their orders before ours. They were very understanding and did their best to resolve it.

FAQs

The Volunteer offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01306 730985.

The Volunteer is rated 4 stars by 137 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.