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.
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.
Great atmosphere, wonderful food, Jo’ and her team certainly go the extra yard. Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Can’t wait for the next Sunday lunch at the Old Volunteer Caythorpe.
Really lovely food. The pork belly was melt in the mouth and the scallops were too. Worth a visit to this place for a special occcasiob
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...?
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. :-)
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