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5.4 /6 Excellent 161 Reviews

The Old Volunteer

Caythorpe European, British £££ +100
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About The Old Volunteer

It’s not like we’re going to pressgang you into pulling up a stool and ordering a pint, but we do aver that if you’re a fan of real ale and real British pub food, plus an unbeatably friendly and inclusive atmosphere, booking a table or simply some elbow space at this Nottinghamshire pub is mandatory. Located along Caythorpe Road in the hamlet of Caythorpe itself, about 10 miles northeast of Nottingham city along the River Trent, The Old Volunteer is one pub that deserves the hike.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:00
The Old Volunteer, 61 Caythorpe Road, Caythorpe, NG14 7EB Nottingham

Further Information

The Old Volunteer serves a wide range of drinks, robust meals, and – perhaps more importantly – a great atmosphere in which to relax and enjoy. That it sits up in picturesque Caythorpe, a small hamlet typical of the many that dot the banks of the River Trent as you drive northeast from Nottingham, makes for an even more authentic, British country pub experience. Locals know it as their default, but The Old Vol (as it’s fondly known), welcomes newcomers with open arms and knows a number of out-of-towners who come here for the quality on offer.

In fact, The Old Volunteer is only a few minutes walk up Caythorpe Road from Lowdham station, meaning this is an excellent stop off if you’re out on a crawl of Nottinghamshire’s best pubs. Set in a handsome building on the edge of Caythorpe that has been sensitively renovated, and with plenty of outdoor seating the venue is a joy to behold in clement weather. Sit up in the beer garden with a hand-pulled pint and some quality British fare to feed you up.

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161 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 161 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
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1 review so far 6
14.10.2017 23:35

A wonderful lunch from the set menu. Faultless. Great service with friendly staff. Highly recommended Looking forward to returning. Also nice riverside walk nearby before returning for a quick drink!

2 reviews so far 6
27.09.2017 18:57

Good meal, good service at a reasonable price. We thought the early evening menu was excellent and we will definitely be back again very soon.

3 reviews so far 6
25.09.2017 09:28

The service was good, the food is excellent and the location is convenient for us. Five of us used the set lunch menu and found it sufficiently varied to suit usd all.

2 reviews so far 6
19.09.2017 20:07

This is our favourite place to dine for Sunday lunch. The landlady Jo is very hands on managing the staff who provide Excellent food & service. The price is a little more than some places, however the quality of food & the ambience are well worth it. We would definitely recommend a visit.

1 review so far 4
26.04.2017 17:25

This was our first visit to The Old Volunteer. My husband had mussels for a starter and they were good, then he had boeuf bourginon which would have been good but it was much too salty; bread and butter pudding was good although not the classic version. I had fish, asparagus, and new potatoes; came with a little saucepan of good sauce and the whole meal was enjoyable. I had some kind of poached plum (three small segments only) interestingly flavoured - could have eaten more of the plums. Mid-meal my wine glass mysteriously disappeared. There is a good atmosphere and we will probably eat here again. Price about right on a Saturday evening for the quality of the food but apparently you can have a 3-course midweek lunch for £15 - worth checking out!

1 review so far 6
09.02.2017 20:41

We had a great meal at The Volunteer this evening the food was delicious-I had Belly Pork with Scallops-the Belly Pork was soft and tasted of Pork ,.the Scallops plump and sweet.So often food in so called restaurants is bland and not cooked as it should be---not so at The Volunteer.My husband and I both had Bread and Butter pudding -light and fluffy with a vanilla custard and a tart quince jam that cut through the richness of the pudding and creme anglaise. I chose- on Jo's recommendation -a Romanian Pinot Noir which was just as she described.Jo is a great host friendly ,vivacious and knowledgeable about her menu and her wine list.Over last year and so far this year we have never had a bad meal at ''The Old Vol'' and we will definitely be returning.Pam P.

1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 17:22

We pre booked. The four of us had a great evening. Just after we ordered the electric went out in the whole street. the staff were quick to bring candles to the table and take drinks orders. The manager kept all tables updated that they had contacted the power supplier and it could be up to an 1 hour to come back on again. The chef had fired up a bar-b q ready just in case to keep cooking and as it happend the electric was on again after half an hour and I got my steak! Hurrahhhh! The staff all coped very well...well done. Oh, and great choice of red wine by the manageress.

2 reviews so far 4
03.08.2017 09:10

Lovely welcome, efficient bar staff, really impressed by the ambiance of the bar and seating areas. The Old Vol has a lovely atmosphere. Our table (for 4) was fine, menu quite interesting. We did feel there was quite a price jump between the main menus and the steaks. Also some rather odd combinations (pork and king prawns, anyone?) and pie with chips was drowned in gravy (how about offering the gravy in a jug?) That said, one of our party did have an 'odd' combination and he said it was OK. My biggest disappointment, not confined to the Old Vol, was the NOISE LEVEL!! We were 4 and there was an adjacent party of 8. We honestly couldn't hear ourselves think. They weren't actually over-boisterous but the lack of any soft furnishings in the dining area made it quite torturous and, at one point, stopped our conversation. Curtains...blinds...cushions...the odd rug...?

1 review so far 6
20.06.2016 10:24

I have been to The Old Volunteer twice now and the food is amazing, excellent value for money, the staff are lovely and the Landlady is very helpful and chats amongst guests and nothing it too much of an ask. Highly recommend this place. :-)

2 reviews so far 6
25.10.2016 13:14

Attended the Old Vol' prior to it's refurb so was nice to see what had happened. Had the Sunday Roast and the Beef (pink and succulent) and vegetables (firm but not crunchy) were cooked just as I like it, so very pleased. The wife and I managed to share a desert between us, which was a crumble I believe. Nice to see fresh herbs being grown on the balcony outside. Overall, a very enjoyable meal and I would certainly go back again

1 review so far 6
15.05.2017 14:27

A pleasant experience from start to finish. A shining example of how a gastropub should be. Personal involvement from the landlady ready to help us with our request to delay our meal a few minutes from the booked time... to courteous, friendly and willing serving staff. Really good food was excellent value. Some might think it took 'longer than it should', but food this fresh and well prepared is not going to be 'quick' and it was absolutely fine time-wise.

1 review so far 3
09.05.2017 07:58

Average. I had high hopes given the location but it didn't meet expectation. We were 40 mins late being shown to our table but in the defence of the staff they did take our order whilst we were waiting and keep us informed. I had Caesar salad, which part way through I realised there was no pancetta, which was clearly stated on the menu. I questioned it with staff to be told that the kitchen had run out but not informed the waiters. Maybe most people wouldn't notice or question, but there aren't many ingredients in a Caesar salad so it's pretty obvious when a key ingredient is missing!!! No apology, no reduced price, no offer of an alternative. The staff weren't particularly attentive and stomp around the place with their ear pieces in. Maybe the kitchen should use this technology tell them what they have run out of?!

1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 14:08

I booked this for Father's Day as we have been before for an evening meal and had a great experience. Sunday lunch did not disappoint! Great food! Great service, I would recommend The Old Volunteer to anyone.

1 review so far 5
13.08.2016 10:01

Fabulous food, lovely setting and great staff. My husband had the salt and pepper squid and he was impressed by the quality of the food. Then he had the chicken and mushroom pie with chips and I had the chicken Caesar. They were both quite small but very tasty. I wondered why some people were getting bread and butter but not us or others and then my husband pointed out that you have to pay extra, which I was surprised at but I suppose it reduces waste.

2 reviews so far 6
07.02.2017 17:41

Booked table for 12.45. Seated and order taken promptly. Food very good - service was very friendly and efficient. The atmosphere was very pleasant as was the decor. I have dined in the restaurant several times now - food and service has always been very good and staff always friendly. My colleague had not been before but she was imressed and would certainly visit again. A very enjoyable all round experience.

1 review so far 6
27.07.2017 08:59

I met with two friends who had not been to the Old Volunteer before and they were both very impressed and would visit again. We had a lovely relaxed meal. The food was excellent and we were not rushed. We spent a lot of time talking but did not feel we had to hurry at all. I would recommend this pub to anyone for the food, the atmosphere and the surroundings.

1 review so far 6
22.05.2016 17:59

Lovely attentive staff, scrumptious food, excellent beer, top venue. We had a lovely time and will return soon. I would recommend The Old Volunteer to anyone looking for great service, food and drink.

1 review so far 6
03.07.2016 20:27

Well received upon entering and shown to our seats in a friendly manner. The service was excellent and the drinks arrived with only a small wait. The menu was adventurous and very reasonable price wise. The food was just superb ,cooked to perfection, and the vegetables were varied and al dente. Thoroughly enjoyed the food and experience and will visit again

1 review so far 5
15.02.2017 14:34

Lovely meal .. fitted us in last minute for a Valentine's meal. Prosseco with an oyster (first ever!) and well planned 3 course menu with good choices. Food arrived promptly, service was excellent and the atmosphere was good, though not in main part of pub which I prefer (not grumbling though as pleased we got a table!). Got a rose (well two actually) when I left. Would recommend.

1 review so far 6
13.03.2017 11:29

The Old Volunteer is a great pub / resturant, the food was fantastic and the staff were very friendly and accomodating, we will definitly be going back.