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Visited today to an empty pub. It was so very cold in there I think this may be part of the reason. Drinks are expensive here and they do not even fill the pint to the top! Poor show.
delpus - 12 Feb 2019 14:04
I am extremely sorry that you experienced this miceman. I assume that this was today? We are a community pub and as such welcome families, however, we do have a policy of children not sitting at the bar and children should be under parental control. I am not sure what happened on this occasion but it will be rectified. Many thanks for drawing it to our attention.
TheVolunteer - 19 Jan 2013 21:07
The new management evidently wants to run a kindergarten so if you like to see toddlers on the bar stools and rolling on the floor this is the place for you.
miceman - 19 Jan 2013 14:12
Went in one weekday lunchtime. Not very busy but quality of the ale (Fullers - Bengal Lancer) was fine and food very nice if a little expensive. Very nice environment. I would come back for a drink at least.
Beer_Spotter - 26 Nov 2012 15:21
Nice looking place. Large beer garden, which unfortunately overlooks the car park and housing estate on one side (could to with some screening bushes/shrobs/Leylandii!!)
Fullers, so you know what you're getting beer-wise. Reasonable nick - I tend to stick to Chiswick. Their summer ale is a bit dull though, to be honest.
New manager ? Seem like a friendly bloke, and staff are efficient and pleasant.
Upton_Parker - 14 Sep 2012 16:47
After a pleasant visit in March, I returned with a family group in April and was disappointed at the lack of choice in the menu although it appears to change fortnightly. Waited to order while lone server dallied with laptop users then told no fish, although we were told the chef might cook it to order. He wouldn't. Chose duck and took seats outside. After a while girl from bar came out and said the duck would be rare. Said we would prefer it properly cooked but she came back to say we would have to wait 40 minutes for it to be cooked through. Changed to paella which was reasonable. If I had been paying instead of being treated, I would have walked out. Only the beer being Fullers was a positive, but I had practically drunk mine before any food arrived. No sign of a landlord.
denisart - 23 Apr 2011 21:59
I have a bit of a soft spot for this pub, its nothing fancy but the atmosphere is always lovely, cosy in the winter and inviting in the summer!

Food and drink are both quite pricey but there is a great choice of both and ive never had any complaints. They have a small specials board which normally just have a curry or 2 on it but the main menu is more than enough to tempt you! The piri piri chicken is lovely and you get a huge portion!

Staff are so friendly and always make you feel welcome.

I reccommened this pub to everyone!
jrubens1967 - 12 Apr 2011 11:07
Tend to start up at the "far end" of the village, if we're doing a mini crawl and I'm never disappointed by the well kept Fullers trio on the hand pumps. The food seems to have crept up in price however, and we're just starting to hear comments about how it's not as good as it once was. This was once consistently the best place for a meal in Theale, but I'm afraid they're slipping out of the Champions League places on recent perfomances ! Still got the most character of all the locals, especially on a cold winters night with the fire roaring !
watsonworld - 31 May 2010 10:01
We visited The Volunteer on Sunday 16th May 2010 for Sunday lunch. Never again! The board described how a sirloin of beef and lamb shank were on offer, and yet when we ordered - sorry, slices of lamb only. This was at 12.30.....lunch had only been going 30 mins! Not to worry, my wife opted for the beef and I went with the cod instead. Unfortunately, when it arrived I could have opened the batting for England with it, black, dried out and rock hard batter, hiding away the soggy mess inside. The chips were also undercooked - hard and cold inside. In fact, the only thing edible on the plate was the lemon wedge! Sadly, the beef was also a let down - straight from the meat counter at the supermarket, soggy potatoes and nuked veg.....microwave food at its worst! When asked at the end if the meal was okay, I questioned whether the food was from the mircowave and the waitress laughed. Kind of summed things up at The Volunteer. If you have to visit this place, and there are no kebab vans nearby that would quite clearly offer a more fulfilling meal, stick with a bag of crisps and a pint. Terrible stuff.
Pub_Pilgrim - 18 May 2010 09:05
The new tenants have got the beer quality up a notch compared to previous, otherwise there hasn't been too much in the way of change. Worth a stroll over if in Theale for a pint.
Quinno - 13 Jul 2009 21:44
Loved this pub, a roaring log fire, friendly staff, and the food was great, the only pub I have been in in ages, that actually uses quorn, and doesn't do the usual horrid veggie burger, they had several veggie meals, and my sister who was with me, found the meat dishes just as good. Soft drinks at the bar, were cheaper than a lot of pubs too. I will be going there again.
froggy95 - 4 Dec 2008 23:24
Clearly the most popular pub in Theale, usually busy, pulls in a lot of the business crowd for lunch.

Stocks three of the Fullers ale range (Chiswick, Pride and ESB), which I've never found to be beyond average in condition, but never bad. The sparklers probably don't help matters, as the body of the beers, especially the Chiswick, disappear quick.

Serves average deep-fried pub food, is family-friendly and has a large garden, so ticks a lot of boxes for the 'regular' drinker.

Worth a visit if you've got the time in Theale to do so, but not necessarily at the expense of the Crown or Red Lion if you're after a good beer.
Quinno - 8 Oct 2008 20:49
Well kept beer, and wines. Food, and service absolutely exellent. Best pub for miles, let alone the village.
effjaybee - 24 Sep 2007 16:02
All things considered, the best pub in Theale if you're a slightly up-market drinker like me.

The beer is significantly pricier than elsewhere, so the village ruffians tend not to show their faces here. The food is excellent, and the bar staff are very proficient, if not particularly friendly. The Fullers beer is always in tip-top nick.

ThealeMan - 22 May 2007 10:56
Apart from the piped music, a most acceptable boozer with excellent beer.
BinBagBob - 11 Mar 2007 07:55
Probably the best pub in the village these days, though I like the Thatchers as well.

It's a busy place at lunchtime with the office workers, and it is often throbbing with noise and excitement on a Sunday afternoon when the excellent plasma screen is showing a live Sky game.

The beer is mostly expensive HOWEVER it also does the decent Fullers Chiswick Ale at 2 a pint - probably the cheapest beer in the whole of Theale.

The landlord has a professional attitude to running a pub, and serves up very acceptable food. The best food pub that I've eaten at in the village.

On balance, a very good boozer.
ThealeImbiber - 4 Sep 2005 18:03
Fried food menu, nothing else to say!
sharp_glass - 18 Jul 2005 14:53
Nice welcoming pub with a good screen for the footie and a nice beer garden in the summer.
golden_wonder - 22 Apr 2005 15:18
This is a nice pub if your on over 100,000 a year salary or work for porsche!
the_lizard - 1 Feb 2005 22:59
nice enough, good lunch food
captain_cool - 3 Mar 2004 10:50
Excellent food beer very good especially the London Pride although a bit on the pricey side (2.60 a pint)
Lobby - 16 Dec 2003 12:44
Nice lunch pub with garden for folk from nearby business park.
Vindaloo - 17 Aug 2003 16:51

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