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Volunteer Arms

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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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17 Victoria Street, Dunbar EH42 1HP, Scotland
+44 1368 862278
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12:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Our last night in Dunbar: why didn't we eat at The Volunteers before? We knew the Eyemouth smoked haddock was superb so I felt a little guilty going for the medallions of monkfish in Cashel blue sauce: no need, it was fantastic AND less than £10! This after scallops and Stornoway black pudding at a monstrous £5.95. I had the... More 

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1 Thank ajbulloch
Dunoon, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We didn't know that the "Volly" did food until we popped in for a drink and saw the specials menu. We booked for the following night and were truly blown away with the quality of the food. The scallops and black pudding and whiting goujons as starters were fantastic and the mains of sole and smoked haddock even better. A... More 

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Thank Tourerbycar
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in before going for a meal very friendly pub,and kids were allowed in.It had a cosy welcoming atmosphere

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2 Thank Graham N
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Super place for a family get together. Which is also dog friendly. Love the beautiful sculpture across the road from pub which is worth a visit on its own merit. Good food ,friendly staff and value for money.

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1 Thank IRENE B
Dunbar, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

The food servesdecent pub grub and not all hyped up like similar places that are part of a chain and have very powerful microwaves in the back. There's always a decent mix of people and good real to be had as well as their single malts. What's not to like? It's definitely a pub first and foremost and food is... More 

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Thank Commanderzak
Surrey
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326 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

There are very few places to have lunch in Dunbar. This pub is conveniently near the harbours. Though it was a rather grey day we decided to sit outside as the interior stank of stale chips. The menu seemed to be "chips with everything" . One of the specials was smoked haddock and it was excellent .

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Thank Milliemax64
Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Don't know where to start on this.... absolutely blown away by how bad a standard this place is. We went in after a family day out at Dunbar swimming pool... we was advised by a local to eat here at the "volley". First thing said was 'there's no sausages and mash left and there's no chilli fries left and no... More 

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Thank Andrew D
Portland, Oregon
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105 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

After exploring for the day and walking around town we finally had time to sit and enjoy a pint. This place looked interesting and indeed it was. We must have been the only tourists there as everyone there was a local. The only thing wrong was that there was a guy there wearing a NY Yankees hat. I fixed that... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

The food here is good, and a reasonable value for money. The ambiance of the place however leaves a lot to be desired, including some particularly funky smells... Not poor, not great, just really average.

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Thank DB2160
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

What a fabulous place!! Brilliant staff friendly great service and excellent home made food. Leek and potato soup yummy wanted seconds, burger huge n well reviewed by my little one, chilli nachos enjoyed by the hubby bloody yummy food all round!!!

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Thank Rosco508

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 01:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?