Volunteer Tavern

9, Bristol BS2 9DX
$ English

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 9, Bristol BS2 9DX
  • Cross Street: New Street
  • Cuisine: English | Fusion | Mediterranean | Vegan | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Very Inexpensive
  • Category: Brewery Restaurant
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner | Other |
  • Parking: Street | Public Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | MasterCard | Apple Pay | Google Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 01179558498
  • Features: Outdoor Seating, Lounge / Bar, Free Wi-Fi,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Dog Friendly, Quick Bite, Trendy / Hip, Date Night,

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Inside Pub (No food currently on Mondays) 16:00 - 23:00
Pub Garden (Quiz from 7pm) 16:00 - 23:00
Sunny Street Terrace (Not Covered) 16:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
Inside Pub (No food currently on Tuesdays) 16:00 - 23:00
Pub Garden 16:00 - 23:00
Sunny Street Terrace (Not Covered) 16:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
Inside Pub 16:00 - 23:00
Pub Garden 16:00 - 23:00
Sunny Street Terrace (Not Covered) 16:00 - 23:00
Thursday
Inside Pub 16:00 - 23:00
Pub Garden 16:00 - 23:00
Sunny Street Terrace (Not Covered) 16:00 - 23:00
Friday
Inside Pub 12:00 - 0:00
Pub Garden 12:00 - 0:00
Sunny Street Terrace (Not Covered) 16:00 - 0:00
Saturday
Inside Pub 12:00 - 0:00
Pub Garden 12:00 - 0:00
Sunny Street Terrace (Not Covered) 12:00 - 0:00
Sunday
Sunday Roasts - Inside Pub 12:00 - 15:00
Sunday Roasts (Evening) - Pub Garden 17:00 - 20:00
Sunday Roasts - Pub Garden 12:00 - 15:00
Sunday Roasts (Evening) - Inside 17:00 - 20:00
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.79 out of 5 stars based on 482 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 11, 2024
Lucy S.
We had a lovely time and the food was so yummy... Definitely will be recommending to friends and be coming back again.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 24, 2023
Lesley G.
Lovely pub, although they weren’t serving food that night they made sure there were delicious vegan samosas. Great selection of beer, lager and cider. Very friendly staff.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 18, 2023
Anand M.
AMAYZING!! Best bar staff and best vibe ever! X

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 19, 2023
Danielle T.
Great atmosphere, loved the art throughout the place and kind staff and then had a new chef, did amazing job, the roast dinner was lush!! Definitely would come back again

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Mar 08, 2023
Ewelina M.
Amazing atmosphere, delicious food

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 02, 2023
Andy R.
Staff are nice, beers good, roast is wonderful. The beef is superb

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 28, 2023
Ryan W.
Roast was really good! £12 as well, which is great value for money. Would definitely return! My only minor criticism is to get some condiments to accompany the roast dinner, like horseradish etc.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Feb 18, 2023
Gary U.
Friendly pub, great service, excellent food

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 30, 2023
lee f.
Really tasty roast dinner and great value for money. Loved that there was a choice of veggie and vegan options

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 07, 2022
Alan T.
My favorite pub in Bristol. The best staff in the world!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 26, 2022
Sophie H.
great atmosphere, friendly staff. good beer, good food.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 11, 2022
Ana luna D.
Had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the food. Thanks to all of the staff.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 26, 2022
Sian D.
Lovely atmosphere - have been three times in last three weeks, each time introducing new people to the pub and the food. Customers just need to know that food doesn't arrive quickly but is well worth the wait!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 24, 2022
Leanne J.
We love the Volley, great Sunday lunch, beers, atmosphere & vibe.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 14, 2022
Emily B.
I really love the Volunteer. It's such a great outdoor space to sit in for summer and winter. The food was amazing, the bar staff are always nice and there's a great selection drinks

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 06, 2022
Sarah B.
Such a lovely roast! Perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 15, 2022
Mia F.
Great place, glad they pay staff a living wage

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Mar 29, 2022
Chris D.
excellent lunch thank you

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 15, 2022
Julie D.
Excellent x

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Feb 08, 2022
Ceri S.
Fabulous veggie roast in a cosy friendly pub

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 08, 2022
Lucy S.
I love the Volunteer Tavern. Such a friendly, relaxed pub which is never too busy and does really great roasts which are very good value for money.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 06, 2021
Andy B.
Great place , very friendly, lush food , (vegan and I’m not a vegan)and very reasonable. Lived in Bristol all my life and never knew it was there. Will be back!
Business Response:
Cheers Andy! Really glad you found (and most importantly enjoyed) us! Looking forward to seeing you again :) x

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 17, 2021
Guy P.
love the place. they dont serve food on mondays though, but they let us order in
Business Response:
Hey Guy, thanks so much for this! You've supported a Bristol-based independent pub :) wishing you a lovely day!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 03, 2021
Tom P.
Stunning roast!
Business Response:
Cheers Tom! We're very proud of our pop up Soy Ahoy!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 14, 2021
Karen T.
I think this was the best veggie roast I’ve ever had! Absolutely delicious. Loads of choice for veggies, vegans and meat eaters. The service was great too. Will definitely be back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 02, 2021
Sally H.
Excellent food and drink. Lovely atmosphere.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 08, 2021
caleb d.
amazing atmosphere, lovely staff, great drinks and awesome food. 100% recommend. also there were lots of dogs

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 02, 2021
Nicky W.
Everyone who works there is HOT.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
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Jul 13, 2021
Kern F.
The vibe was pure and magical. Well done to all

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 10, 2021
Louisa D.
Great place

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 06, 2021
Jim S.
Great service, great food, great surroundings. 10/10

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 23, 2021
Pam W.
Lovely place. Great Vegan food. Very relaxed and they welcome dogs! Perfect.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 08, 2021
nathalie v.
Fabulous and friendly place.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 27, 2021
Genette E.
We had a lovely afternoon here. It was so nice to be able to go out for dinner again. The burgers looked a little underwhelming when it was first brought out but we needn't have worried as they were actually really good and tasty! Good beer, good food and exceptional, friendly staff. We will be back!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 22, 2021
Michael S.
Such a fabulous pub.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 21, 2021
Etain O.
Friendly staff, felt safe and secure. Easy to order on the app!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 20, 2021
elizabeth h.
Great as always

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 17, 2021
Deborah B.
Well organised from the outset. Butlr app worked well for ordering and not too long a wait. Didn’t have good but the burgers looked good. Really nice evening

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 14, 2021
Becka W.
SO good to be back, you gorgeous people! Thanks for having us xx

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 05, 2024
Mandy S.
This was our first time at the Volunteer, the roast was very good especially considering the regular chef was absent. We will definitely visit again next time we are in Bristol.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 21, 2022
Pascal Y.
Good vibe and great Staff

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Mar 22, 2022
Nigel S.
Great pub, great staff, great beer great lunch

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 08, 2022
Anna P.
The food service was a bit slow, given we had booked our tables so were expected.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Dec 14, 2021
Rachael B.
Brilliant venue for a covid secure meet up. Outdoor cosy snugs with heaters but in open air and weatherproof. lots of great beers. Happy hour. What's not to love! Only missing guinness!!!
Business Response:
Thank Rachael!! We're proud of our set up so am chuffed you enjoyed it so much! Hope to see you soon, and our team is also disappointed about not having Guinness, but we hope to make up for it with what else we have to offer :)

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 06, 2021
Eloise H.
Totally amazing vegan roast that was highly appreciated by me, my mum and my boyf. I would prefer it if you didn't have to download an app to order. I know you are working under guidelines etc now, and that things are annoying and clunky, but in other establishments there's no need to download anything, except maybe just a menu which I think is OK. Downloading apps is annoying. Thanks :-)

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 9/10
May 27, 2021
Ryan M.
Best roast dinner in Bristol

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 12, 2021
Harriet L.
Loved the ambience, service (happy staff make such a difference), atmosphere, heaters were amazing!!! Only thing is I’d love if there were some cocktail choices on the menu. Thanks again I’ll be back soon!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 0/10
Jun 05, 2023
mary k.
The food was tasty, huge portions and at an amazing value. Would come back again just for the roast, however, we were surprised with the amount of people coming in begging for money. In just over two hours, we had 5 different people. Not too sure if the staff could intervene in those situations? One bloke would not leave a few tables alone. Made a few us very uncomfortable.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 1/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Mar 01, 2023
Idris V.
Quite disappointed, we had booked as we wanted to get food, but when we arrived we were told the kitchen was closed for another 2 weeks. We had a couple of drinks and left. Atmosphere in there was overall really good and I could see myself going for drinks there just gutted we couldn’t try the food menus were still on the walls as well.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 6/10
Feb 01, 2022
Louis J.
One bartender was impatient and pretty blunt when serving me, despite no other customers waiting. Overall though, decent standard of service and roast, good range of beers, great atmosphere and very friendly kitchen team.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 07, 2021
Yvette W.
The only downer was the woman behind the bar who was a little rude. The other bar staff were lovely and the food was great!
Business Response:
I'm sorry to hear this Yvette, could you tell us a bit more about it and we'll do our best to make your next visit better! Glad everything else went well :)

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Nov 29, 2021
Trine J.
Great Sunday lunch! Will definitely be back for a drink and grub during the week
Business Response:
Sounds great Trine! Glad you enjoyed and looking forward to seeing you again :)