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The Volunteer

65 Church Street | Theale, Reading RG7 5BX, England
+44 118 930 2489
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Overview
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“pie” (4 reviews)
“beef” (3 reviews)
“salad” (2 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 19:00All hours
CUISINES
British
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
65 Church Street | Theale, Reading RG7 5BX, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

i had beef and guiness pie which was very tasty and homemade chips,portions look small but it is very filling good value for money,friendly and helpful staff.will go back again..the pub was busy alot of people eating,didint hear any complaints..

Thank mags62uk
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So pleased that your enjoyed your experience. many thanks for you review

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped at this pub for lunch with wife & friends on a Saturday lunchtime. A table was readily available, we had starter & main courses for four people. All food was excellent. There was a main menu & a specials board, we sampled from both...More

Thank timpowe11
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So pleased that you enjoyed!!

Reviewed 25 December 2017

I visited the Volunteer with my daugehter and two young grandchildren for Sunday lunch on Christmas Eve. The meals were excellent and the staff were helpful and welcoming.

2  Thank DisgustedTilelhurst
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Brilliant!! So pleased that we met with your expectations

Reviewed 13 December 2017

A relaxed atmosphere, we rang ahead to check what their had to offer vegans, they weren't disappointed, I had steak and ale pie, this was the first pie in which I could actually taste the ale. Other dishes looked good and I didn't hear any...More

Thank Vince D
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So pleased that you enjoyed

Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Excellent sandwiches. Plenty of filling, thick slices of bread, and good portion of salad. Very reasonably priced. Great ambience and well kept Fullers beer. Very friendly staff.

Thank Ian T
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great that you liked us and enjoyed your experience

Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Absolutely fabulous. Excellent choice of food. Another brilliant evening at The Volly, enjoying their Carribean Evening.

Thank BasingGirl
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comment..will ask Chef Stevie to return

Reviewed 28 August 2017

Heard this was a nice place for a beer as recommended by one of the hotel staff. And it was! Decided to have lunch here. Fish was beautifully cooked. Washed down with a couple of reasonably priced lagers, I had a thoroughly enjoyable couple of...More

Thank daveinkent44
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Many thanks for your review. We as a team are very pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Best regards Gary and team

Reviewed 17 April 2017

Went for lunch on Easter Sunday with my partner. I'm a very fussy eater and don't always clear my plate but the food was so good I did just that. I had chicken and my partner had beef which was so tender, it melted in...More

1  Thank BasingGirl
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Visited the pub to day, had fish & chips. Fish was very small portion. Could not eat the chips, very poor quality. I would consider expensive for what we got. Would not return to the Volunteer.More

Thank Mary S
Gary V, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

It is very rare that I will respond in the way that I am going to as I welcome good feedback as we want to learn and develop. At the time would be more appropriate, as we can see what is wrong and aim to...More

Reviewed 19 January 2017

Moved into the area recently and use The Volunteer on a regular basis. This is one of the nicest pub i have ever had pleasure to visit, and its easy to see why i see the same faces in there week after week. I arrived...More

3  Thank LoyalroyalBerkshire
VolunteerTheale, Owner at The Volunteer, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2017

Many thanks for your comments. I am pleased that you are happy with what we do here at The Volunteer. I will pass your comments onto the team. We all take great pride in our food, ales and friendliness. Best regards Gary and Team

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$7 - US$28
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 19:00
Monday
11:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 23:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Church Street | Theale, Reading RG7 5BX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 930 2489
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Description
The Volunteer is a friendly, traditional, village pub with a large open fire and a warm welcome. It has a large and pretty garden and serves excellent fresh, locally sourced, home-cooked food, (check out our daily specials), and fantastic real ales.
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