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The Volunteer Riflemans Arms is a popular pub with the locals, and serves pub food and a good range of beers, wines and spirits.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

11:00 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:00

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Volunteer Riflemans Arms reviews

By N A.

Typical locals pub, encouraging the type that prop up te bar all day and wont move to let non locals get served. Rude and chauvenistic bar staff who qoaute comments such as "pussywhipped then are you sir"

By Cary M.

Typical local pub, 2nd smallest in Bath but with the biggest heart! Friendly staff. Good choice of beers, larger & ciders. The food is excellent and very reasonable, Great curry! Friendly bunch of locals make you feel welcome, will definitely go there again.

By Rosy .

visited bath in december for the first time came across this pu and had lunch food was good very reasonable and a good pint of beer would come again they also have a room upstairs

By Caryn R.

Yes, Paul is quite possibly the rudest and most eccentric landlord I have encountered thus far, BUT he is also the funniest. The rest of the locals made us feel more than welcome in the pub and we had a fantastic afternoon. This might of course may have something to do with the vast quantities of Bee Sting Cider we drank. For something out of the ordinary, it is well worth a visit.

By Tom W.

quite the rudest and most bizzarre pub landlord i have ever met, he was rude, loud, uncouth, and made our visit based entirely on your reveiw dreadful, apart from him it didnt seem a bad place, however we wont go again

By Tacita V.

The Volunteer Rifleman’s Arms, as the name suggest, has a heavy military theme. It's also a welcoming local boozer with some excellent ales and good pub grub.

The Venue
This tiny pub is clad with military memorablia. On the walls are replicas of Second World War posters with warnings such as Talk Kills and Another Word, Another Cross. There are also army related illustrations and tributes such as 'Never Was So Much Owed By So Many To So Few.' Apart from the military theme though, The Volly, as it is known, is a pretty traditional looking boozer with a brightly lit bar and lots of wood panelling.

The People
There's a fair number of regulars who spend the evening propping up the bar and glancing at the door every time it opens. It's possible some of them served in the war, and if you sit at the bar long enough and start talking to them they'll more than likely spin you a yarn.

This pub is also a strong supporter of the Bath rugby team and the only other thing you will see on the walls that is not military related is the team jersey and photo. Usually there's a mix of old and young. The two groups don't interact much, but they're both regulars.

The Food
There's a decent choice of light lunches (£3.75 to £5.50) and substantial mains, divided by type of food and key ingredient. There is more to choose from than in a typical pub and meat dishes cost £5.50 to £8, a curry costs £7, fish dishes are £6 to £8, and a traditional pie or pudding is £6.50. There are also burgers for between £5 and £6 and vegetarian options for between £3.75 and £8, and kids meals for £4. Sides cost £2.50 to £4.

There's also a decent selection of toasties, freshly prepared baguettes, and jacket potatoes for something light and you can choose from dishes like liver and bacon casserole, Bellringer sausages, gammon steak, calamares, steak and kidney pie pudding, veggie kiev and many others.

The Drink
You can choose between the local Bellringer, Sharp’s Doombar and Golden Spring. Blackthorn Dry Cider could not be missing since it is the official sponsor of the rugby team. Another option is the strong Black Rat Dry Cider. All draughts are £2.60 to £3.10, while the bottles are all £3 and the selection includes Efes Mythos, Merrygodown, Natch cider and Reef.

The Last Word
The Volunteer’s Rifleman is a good local pub, and if you have a thing for military memorablia it's a worth a visit.