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The Volunteer, Bexleyheath Town, Bexleyheath

46 Church Road
Bexleyheath
DA7 4DQ
Phone: 02083034910
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Volunteer

This is a pub that I must have walked past before as I have photographed it, but for some reason didn't venture inside on that occasion. But I put that omission right on my most recent visit to Bexleyheath. According to What Pub it was bought by a community group in 2018, and possibly this is why I don't think it now had quite so much of the old school feel that the previous reviewer describes. It was a cold and miserable January evening when I was in here, and the violet lighting behind the servery didn't make it seem any warmer. The furnishings were fairly traditional; the floor was bare - boarded and old-style illuminated Truman's signage was displayed on the upper parts of the bar back. There were odd prints on the wall - a bear on a bike and a sign proclaiming that the Volley Wants You, in classic Lord Kitchener style.

The beer choice was uninspiring, being Doom Bar and London Pride. But on another day it might well have seemed a more welcoming place. At least the well-behaved mutt lying on the floor, as well as his owner and othe apparent regulars, seemed to like the place and good luck to them I say. The big plus is that this a local pub saved by and for the local comminity. I'm glad it's a survivor.

On 27th January 2019 - rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about The Volunteer

I found this to be a very pleasant and friendly little pub with a definite old school feel. A little off the beaten track so without much passing trade, the customers on Saturday lunchtime appeared to be regulars but this didn't hinder as I ended up in conversation with some old boy perched on a stool almost straightaway.
There is a J shaped carpeted room with a dartboard at the far end where there are also various bits about the pub's golf society. Piano and TV on the end wall, a fireplace has a bookcase in front so presumably the fire is not in use. Daily papers sat on the hearth top. Beamed ceiling, hunting horn, the 60s/70s bar back has once illuminated "Truman" and "Volunteer" lettering. Framed bits and bobs included a picture of the pub, some sports teams and a map of North Kent.
No foibles here, standard red banquettes, stools and farmhouse style chairs, windows are in small panes, Georgian style and obscured.
Four handpumps, three in use with one reversed (looked like Pride), leaving GK IPA and pleasingly St Austell Proper Job, in great nick and only £3.30. They do basic pub food and sandwiches at very reasonable prices, one note, they don't take cards and I'm all in favour of that in a back street boozer.
Well worth taking the long way round to the main drag from Bexleyheath station for.

On 7th February 2016 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Volunteer

This is an L-shaped local’s boozer with three hand pumps that were drawing Courage Best, Abbot and a guest beer. There is also a standard draught selection from which I enjoyed a decent pint of Guinness. There is a dartboard at the rear of the pub and a radio station was playing through the speakers during my Sunday night visit. Some posters were up on the walls advertising karaoke on Thursdays and live music nights and DJ Dave on Saturdays. Food is available from 12:30 until 15:30 daily.

I wouldn’t make a special trip to drink here again, but I would probably use it if I lived locally.

On 15th August 2010 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by elizabeth mcgraw
Bexleyheath, 0.41 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Barnehurst, 1.32 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Bexley, 1.98 miles, 38 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Volunteer, Bexleyheath
27th Jan 2019, 21:06
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
 
8th Jan 2019, 16:38
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 07 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 February 2016 by Malden man
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 07 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Car Park : No last updated 07 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Darts : Yes last updated 15 August 2010 by Dave McNally
  • Function Room : No last updated 07 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 August 2010 by Dave McNally
  • Karaoke : Yes - Thursday - last updated 15 August 2010 by Dave McNally
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 15 August 2010 by Dave McNally
  • Micropub : No last updated 07 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Pool Table : No last updated 07 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 August 2010 by Will Larter
  • Real Cider : No last updated 07 February 2016 by Malden man
  • WiFi : No last updated 07 February 2016 by Malden man
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