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The Volunteer, Lewes Town, Lewes

Eastgate Street
Lewes
BN7 2LP
Phone: 01273476357
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Punch Taverns

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Aqualung . left this review about The Volunteer

My ancient Sussex beer guide reveals that this was originally a two bar Bass Charrington house. Today it's a rather boorish large pub company (I assume) town centre pub. It's a single open plan room with the bar on the left and a few hand pumps. One of these had Harvey's Best and another Old Rosie cider. There was a dart board, TV screens and live music advertised.
I only came here as I had a 20 minute wait for the bus a few yards away and needed to use their toilet. There were signs everywhere saying the toilets were for the use of customers only so obviously people prefer to use the toilet without having a drink. The Harvey's Best (£3.40) was mediocre. It's pubs like this with Harvey's Best as a token real ale that give the beer a bad name. A town the size of Lewes needs a Wetherspoons which would either force places like this to up their game or close. I thought it was pretty poor.

On 1st October 2015 - rating: 4
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Volunteer

Town pub refurbished in modern sub-gastro style. Fairly open plan, with rear areas styled for eating. Has annexed the front garden next door for some outdoor space. The beer was a bit iffy but was probably first out of the barrel. Not especially wonderful but tolerable.

On 19th July 2011 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Volunteer

I thought that the barmaid in here was polite and my Guinness was well served. Harveys Best, Tribute and Doom Bar were also available alongside Old Rosie and a standard draught selection.

The background music was decent and at a nice volume and I collared a couple of friendly locals who were very forthcoming in their explanation of the toad-in-the-hole game which I had not come across before.

I'd certainly pop back in here for a pint again if passing.

On 4th November 2009 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Lewes, 0.35 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Glynde, 3.06 miles, 59 min walk (show)
Cooksbridge, 3.07 miles, 59 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : Yes last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 27 September 2015 by Aqualung .
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