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Volunteer Arms

££ - £££, British,
17 Victoria Street, Dunbar EH42 1HP, Scotland
+44 1368 862278
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“fish pie” (4 reviews)
“cheesecake” (2 reviews)
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12:00 - 23:00 Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
17 Victoria Street, Dunbar EH42 1HP, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 164 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a superb pub and one I go to everyone I am in Dunbar which is sadly only about once a year. It is in a lovely location by the harbour and is always spotless. They have a rotating choice if two real ales,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank alistairrobinson1977
Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

Visited this pub at the suggestion of a native from Dunbar, did not disappoint. We arrived for an early supper (about 17:00) were informed they didn’t serve until 17:30. No problem, we just relaxed and had a few drinks with the locals who had just...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank EnglishChinaDoll
Reviewed 9 October 2018

family bakers business threatened with closure due to retiral now "community" owned & run fabulous crusty loaves

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank robertcockburn230
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Visited Dunbar for the day today.Was looking for a light lunch, not much doing in the main street, but down a side street ,near the harbour.Pub fitted the bill perfectly!This is a very traditional Scottish small town pub.We had lunch upstairs in the small restaurant.It...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank harbourplaceman
Reviewed 23 September 2018

I'm not sure what is troubling some of these "bleaters" here. I've been to this pub on many occasions over the years and it has always been very welcoming. It is a very good "local pub with both the staff and punters are friendly and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank John J
Reviewed 31 August 2018

The food was very average and the upstairs restaurant, dark and dingy with sauce spilt on the wall next to our table. As we were the first to sit at that table as we arrived bang on opening time for lunch there really is no...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Edinburghtravelers
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Popped in for a drink. Service friendly and helpful. Quite a basic pub and language from other punters quite choice. We did not mind but others might.

Date of visit: August 2018
2  Thank Rhona A
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Very dog friendly, in fact was like Noah Ark for dogs at one point! Fortunately they all got along. Food was great and staff were very welcoming.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Rob S
Reviewed 23 August 2018

Didn't feel welcome here as I was an "Outsider" and it seemed a very cliquey place .. the food wasn't amazing either and neither was the cleanliness of the toilet facilities. It wasn't to my taste but maybe I just got everyone on a bad...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Jennifer W
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Visited for dinner and a drink one Sunday evening. Food was pretty average, nothing to write home about and not particularly cheap either. The mash was terrible!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Cocomosey
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Victoria Street, Dunbar EH42 1HP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  East Lothian  >  Dunbar
  • Phone Number: +44 1368 862278
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The Volunteer Arms sits quietly overlooking the harbour in Dunbar. The bar/restaurant serves food and drink all day, from traditional bar meals to our specials board which usually includes local seafood.
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