The pretty, whitewashed Volunteer has served the local community of Sutton Abinger since 1870. Converted from a row of farm cottages, the long, narrow pub is smartly decorated and pristine. It's hugely popular with walkers and families at weekends, with senior diners taking advantage of quieter times in the week.
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It's now a family affair with new tenants Lisa and Adrian tending the pub, while daughter Amy is chef. A good selection of dishes include smoked duck, prawn cocktail or fried nut coated brie wedges as starters (c.£6) and diverse mains such as pork tenderloin, fresh linguine, red Thai chicken curry or chicken and asparagus pie (c.£10). There's also a bar menu of sandwiches, jacket potatoes and simple cooked dishes.
Prints and paintings of various military regiments cover the walls, but according to 'The Village Pub' it was a recruiting place for the Surrey Yeomanry. A trick by the recruiting sergeants was to slip a coin into the unsuspecting 'volunteers' tankard, once touched by him it was deemed he had 'kissed the sovereign' and was therefore enlisted.