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The Volunteer is a real ale pub that serves traditional pub style food.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 12:00-00:00
Sat 11:00-00:00
Sun 12:00-00:00

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The Volunteer reviews

By Andrew M.

I would highly recommend The Volunteer. Not only is it a warm, comfy place to sink a few ales. Everyone there (staff and punters) seem relaxed and friendly and you can't say that about a lot of pubs around the centre of London. The only disappointing thing about The Volunteer is the level of the music played there - a bit too loud for me or my friends liking but then we are getting old!

By ******* *.

Last week we went to The Volunteer late afternoon for a drink. I had my first Pimms here which was just awesome. Its a nice, lively place with cheerful staff. Coloured candles lit in the evening add to the ambience. Some more cushions on the chairs n settees would be welcome. 'love to visit this place again!

By Mary-Anne R.

This place has just been done up and it looks amazing. The toilets are beautiful now and the new look has given it such a lift. The food was really good and staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. This is my favourite pub in London by a long shot.

By P.

The Volunteer is a great place. In fact me and the rest of Team Extreme go there nearly every day! The food at The Volunteer is awesome (try the fish finger buttie for something different).

There is a wide range of beers and an even wider range of attractive female bar staff. Keep up the good work girls!

By Veronika K.

A vivacious and inviting pub with convenient location and a buzzing unpretentious vibe, The Volunteer can easily turn a quick stop for a pint into a very pleasant evening with friends and colleagues.

The Venue
Perfectly positioned in between Baker Street station and the gates of magnificent Regents Park, this Victorian building is also right next door to the Sherlock Holmes museum, making it an ideal stopover on the way to or from any of them. In this context, it stands to demonstrate how the mix between tourists, after-work drinkers, and locals can work to benefit the overall ambiance, as opposed to creating an invisible divide. This is just what you need from a decent Central London watering hole.

The interior does not conform to the typical English pub style, since it has low key and simple decor and some retro touches, such as the leather couches. The general emphasis is, however, on functional, non-fussy furniture that serves its ultimate purpose – comfortably accommodating a large number of the pub’s guests. Last refurbished in 2004, it does need a bit of a touch-up, as some problems appear here and there, namely leaks and generally worn out toilet facilities, although it still somehow fits in with the overall image of the place.

The Atmosphere
The Volunteer definitely scores high points for its lively and friendly atmosphere. Both the helpful staff and bubbly visitors seem very happy to be there, which puts you in the mood for socialising and having fun. The people on the bar are great with remembering big orders and the speedy service contributes to the generally young feel around.

The pub is often full and quite loud, with groups spilling over to the outside area on Baker Street. When there are less people on the weekends, it also seamlessly pulls off the role of a place where you can meet with friends, chat and relax for hours.

The Food
All beers on tap at The Volunteer come with meal suggestions as an ideal complement to the taste, so it is worth trying their traditional steaks and fish and chips or go for something with a bit of a modern twist from one of the many vegetarian options. They have added a nice touch of writing the day’s menu and specials on a huge black chalkboard at the back of the salon, so you don’t even need to look at the menu to be tempted to have a nibble. Food is generally of good quality and arrives in reasonable time, depending on how busy the place is.

The Drink
With 16 different beers running on tap at all times, you are bound to find something that satisfies everyone’s taste and mood. Choosing between fresh Peroni, Becks Vier or one of the more unusual options, such as the special Belgian fruit beer Fruli or the Bavarian wheat beer Erdinger, is a pleasant exercise since they all come at under £4 - standard for the area. Alternatively, for the same price you can try the house wines, with Australian Shiraz for red and Long Shadow Chardonnay for white.

The Last Word
A refreshingly unassuming hotspot on a busy street corner, The Volunteer is always worth a visit.

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