PubSpy reviews The Volunteer, Bexleyheath

PubSpy reviews The Volunteer, Bexleyheath

PubSpy reviews The Volunteer, Bexleyheath

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AFTER last week’s debacle with the pint half-filled from the slops tray, PubSpy was not keen for another disaster pint.

It was not looking promising when the first pint I picked puffed and spat from the pump, but the kindly lady behind the bar wisely decided not to serve it.

Instead I was offered a pint of the ale on the clip next door, Adnams Gunhill. Feeling open minded, I went for it despite not having been able to size it up properly because the clip was facing inwards.

Judging by her desperate attempts to pull an adequate pint, it must have been a new barrel.

It was heartening to see such effort to serve something drinkable and she was fastidious in her examination of each pot, discarding several before finally passing me a mahogany dark drink.

That said, I didn’t find much pleasure in it. Its acrid taste stayed with me and didn’t sit well.

Such attention to detail was unexpected when I entered this small, tired-looking boozer.

I squeezed past a tattooed geezer in the doorway laughing maniacally into his mobile only to be confronted by another eight to ten similar laaaads all staring.

Nothing beats the semi-hostile turning of heads failing to generate a welcoming atmosphere.

Darting glances continued throughout our stay when the gang of blokes – not a woman to be seen – engaged raucously in what I imagine they call ‘banter, mate’ with each other.

Having helped out at events and the like in the past, I’ve become aware that you shouldn’t focus on the shortcomings of a volunteer (they’re only trying to help) so I tried to look favourably on The Volunteer’s interior.

Let’s call it rustic. The beams with old tankards hanging from them, historic pictures of Bexleyheath and large, brick fireplace, I liked.

The dinginess and threadbare carpets, I didn’t.

I won’t be volunteering to go back.

The Volunteer, Church Road, Bexleyheath

How it rated:

Decor ** (Mixed feelings)
Atmosphere * (alright if you’re one of the lads)
Drink * (The pint I wanted was off, the one I got was horrid)
Staff **** (Proficient and accommodating)
Price *** (£5 for a pint and a J20)

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10:06am Mon 17 Mar 14

PaulErith says...

Personally think the article is harsh on the pub. If I'm on a crawl of Bexleyheath, The Volunteer is always one on route. It's seemed friendly and the beer has been good.
Personally think the article is harsh on the pub. If I'm on a crawl of Bexleyheath, The Volunteer is always one on route. It's seemed friendly and the beer has been good. PaulErith
  • Score: 6

12:48pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Darellek says...

I'm a regular at the volunteer I find it a very friendly pub and I'm a women I go there with a number of friends and they all enjoy it. I find it a warm welcoming pub. You must of gone in on a off day!!!!
I'm a regular at the volunteer I find it a very friendly pub and I'm a women I go there with a number of friends and they all enjoy it. I find it a warm welcoming pub. You must of gone in on a off day!!!! Darellek
  • Score: 3

1:28pm Mon 17 Mar 14

LeeHalliday says...

I couldn't disagree more with pub spy,the volunteer is one of the last true pubs in Bexleyheath and the surrounding area ! In these days of themed and soulless chain pubs, I feel the volunteer offers that rarity nowadays, a pub that has its locals at heart and exudes a real community spirit. Perhaps, if pub spy doesn't like tattooed young men laughing in pubs then some kind of career change may be in order to protect his sensitivities.
I couldn't disagree more with pub spy,the volunteer is one of the last true pubs in Bexleyheath and the surrounding area ! In these days of themed and soulless chain pubs, I feel the volunteer offers that rarity nowadays, a pub that has its locals at heart and exudes a real community spirit. Perhaps, if pub spy doesn't like tattooed young men laughing in pubs then some kind of career change may be in order to protect his sensitivities. LeeHalliday
  • Score: 8

1:54pm Mon 17 Mar 14

ezmay16 says...

I have always found The Volunteer to be a friendly welcoming pub. I have visited during the day for the great selection of food on offer and evening where most nights something is going on. Weekends there is always entertainment and wide range of ages drink there. I am also a lady who never feels intimidated going in there alone. Staff and management are always friendly and helpful. It sounds like we were in different pubs ????
I have always found The Volunteer to be a friendly welcoming pub. I have visited during the day for the great selection of food on offer and evening where most nights something is going on. Weekends there is always entertainment and wide range of ages drink there. I am also a lady who never feels intimidated going in there alone. Staff and management are always friendly and helpful. It sounds like we were in different pubs ???? ezmay16
  • Score: 4

2:11pm Mon 17 Mar 14

tjdrink says...

I totally disagree with the review. I am also a regular to this pub. I am a woman and have never had any problems with the people that also drink there. All newcomers are welcome. Plenty of variety to drink and always entertainment laid on. Sunday Lunch is like having your Mum's cooking
I totally disagree with the review. I am also a regular to this pub. I am a woman and have never had any problems with the people that also drink there. All newcomers are welcome. Plenty of variety to drink and always entertainment laid on. Sunday Lunch is like having your Mum's cooking tjdrink
  • Score: 8

4:11pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Well that's all the bar staff leaving comments ( except you Paul ).
Well that's all the bar staff leaving comments ( except you Paul ). Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -37

4:53pm Mon 17 Mar 14

silvie pet says...

Silvie Bexleyheath
I disagree with pub spy's recent review. I have been a regular in the pub for many years and can honesty say nobody who drinks in there is in anyway threatening. It is a very friendly family pub. I find it quite amusing that pub spy mentioned a "tattooed geezer", insinuating that having tattooes and laughing whilst on the phone was in some way intimidating behaviour. May I suggest that pub spy pays the Voluneer another visit, preferably on a saturday night, where not only will he see people laughing (with or without their mobile phones), but he will encounter dancing and singing also.
Silvie Bexleyheath I disagree with pub spy's recent review. I have been a regular in the pub for many years and can honesty say nobody who drinks in there is in anyway threatening. It is a very friendly family pub. I find it quite amusing that pub spy mentioned a "tattooed geezer", insinuating that having tattooes and laughing whilst on the phone was in some way intimidating behaviour. May I suggest that pub spy pays the Voluneer another visit, preferably on a saturday night, where not only will he see people laughing (with or without their mobile phones), but he will encounter dancing and singing also. silvie pet
  • Score: 3

5:56pm Mon 17 Mar 14

tjdrink says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Well that's all the bar staff leaving comments ( except you Paul ).
I am not bar staff
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Well that's all the bar staff leaving comments ( except you Paul ).[/p][/quote]I am not bar staff tjdrink
  • Score: 14

5:59pm Mon 17 Mar 14

SansTattoo says...

A community pub reflecting the full breadth of the local demographic. Pub Spy may aspire to some chocolate box idyll, with jolly types in driving gloves and tweed caps having a sherry but that is not reflective of the real world!

My wife and I frequent the pub regularly and find it a welcoming, warm and friendly establishment with a cracking staff and management. We even have the temerity to laugh when having a good time with fellow drinkers. As I am sans tattoo, I feel that Pub Spy might deign to take note rather than dismiss my comments.
A community pub reflecting the full breadth of the local demographic. Pub Spy may aspire to some chocolate box idyll, with jolly types in driving gloves and tweed caps having a sherry but that is not reflective of the real world! My wife and I frequent the pub regularly and find it a welcoming, warm and friendly establishment with a cracking staff and management. We even have the temerity to laugh when having a good time with fellow drinkers. As I am sans tattoo, I feel that Pub Spy might deign to take note rather than dismiss my comments. SansTattoo
  • Score: -1

6:06pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Gypo.Joe says...

tjdrink wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
Well that's all the bar staff leaving comments ( except you Paul ).
I am not bar staff
So you say.

If you aint what are you getting free drinks brown nose ?
[quote][p][bold]tjdrink[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Well that's all the bar staff leaving comments ( except you Paul ).[/p][/quote]I am not bar staff[/p][/quote]So you say. If you aint what are you getting free drinks brown nose ? Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -24

6:07pm Mon 17 Mar 14

goldenbroomboy says...

So basically this pub is full of friendly locals provided you are a local, if you are a visitor you pay your money & drink your beer in silence without offending the locals.

Sod 'em.
So basically this pub is full of friendly locals provided you are a local, if you are a visitor you pay your money & drink your beer in silence without offending the locals. Sod 'em. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 10

7:52pm Mon 17 Mar 14

cricko49 says...

If Pubspy doesn't like a real pint, he (or she) should stick to Lagers, I had the Gunhill last week at the Volly, lovely pint, went back for more, too late the barrel was empty, apparently it flew. Have been assured Gunhill will be coming back this week, at the moment the Guest Ale is Ghost Ship another gem from Adnams.

And No, I don't work behind the bar, (or work for Adnams), I am a retired old 'geezer' and just appreciate a decent pint in a nice friendly pub.
If Pubspy doesn't like a real pint, he (or she) should stick to Lagers, I had the Gunhill last week at the Volly, lovely pint, went back for more, too late the barrel was empty, apparently it flew. Have been assured Gunhill will be coming back this week, at the moment the Guest Ale is Ghost Ship another gem from Adnams. And No, I don't work behind the bar, (or work for Adnams), I am a retired old 'geezer' and just appreciate a decent pint in a nice friendly pub. cricko49
  • Score: 3

7:56pm Mon 17 Mar 14

ron.1952 says...

SansTattoo wrote:
A community pub reflecting the full breadth of the local demographic. Pub Spy may aspire to some chocolate box idyll, with jolly types in driving gloves and tweed caps having a sherry but that is not reflective of the real world!

My wife and I frequent the pub regularly and find it a welcoming, warm and friendly establishment with a cracking staff and management. We even have the temerity to laugh when having a good time with fellow drinkers. As I am sans tattoo, I feel that Pub Spy might deign to take note rather than dismiss my comments.
Sans tattoo are you also sans toupee though that is the question ?


Ronny x
[quote][p][bold]SansTattoo[/bold] wrote: A community pub reflecting the full breadth of the local demographic. Pub Spy may aspire to some chocolate box idyll, with jolly types in driving gloves and tweed caps having a sherry but that is not reflective of the real world! My wife and I frequent the pub regularly and find it a welcoming, warm and friendly establishment with a cracking staff and management. We even have the temerity to laugh when having a good time with fellow drinkers. As I am sans tattoo, I feel that Pub Spy might deign to take note rather than dismiss my comments.[/p][/quote]Sans tattoo are you also sans toupee though that is the question ? Ronny x ron.1952
  • Score: -29

10:44pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Samh24 says...

I've recently moved away from the area but whenever I go back to visit family members we always vist The Volunteer. It is a great pub with a great atmosphere and lovely bar staff that are always accommodating and I will have to totally disagree with the PubSpy review.
I've recently moved away from the area but whenever I go back to visit family members we always vist The Volunteer. It is a great pub with a great atmosphere and lovely bar staff that are always accommodating and I will have to totally disagree with the PubSpy review. Samh24
  • Score: 10

6:01pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Tony gone says...

I don't go there anymore, the Landlord is an obnoxious loudmouth and is always drunk. They always used to run out of beers prior to a weekend which is utterly ridiculous. I too have been made to feel intimidated by the "locals" who all think they are villains!
I don't go there anymore, the Landlord is an obnoxious loudmouth and is always drunk. They always used to run out of beers prior to a weekend which is utterly ridiculous. I too have been made to feel intimidated by the "locals" who all think they are villains! Tony gone
  • Score: 3

10:39am Wed 19 Mar 14

SansTattoo says...

Tony gone wrote:
I don't go there anymore, the Landlord is an obnoxious loudmouth and is always drunk. They always used to run out of beers prior to a weekend which is utterly ridiculous. I too have been made to feel intimidated by the "locals" who all think they are villains!
Interesting. There has not been a landlord for over a year! Maybe you should call yourself Tony Longgone?
[quote][p][bold]Tony gone[/bold] wrote: I don't go there anymore, the Landlord is an obnoxious loudmouth and is always drunk. They always used to run out of beers prior to a weekend which is utterly ridiculous. I too have been made to feel intimidated by the "locals" who all think they are villains![/p][/quote]Interesting. There has not been a landlord for over a year! Maybe you should call yourself Tony Longgone? SansTattoo
  • Score: -5

10:42am Wed 19 Mar 14

SansTattoo says...

ron.1952 wrote:
SansTattoo wrote:
A community pub reflecting the full breadth of the local demographic. Pub Spy may aspire to some chocolate box idyll, with jolly types in driving gloves and tweed caps having a sherry but that is not reflective of the real world!

My wife and I frequent the pub regularly and find it a welcoming, warm and friendly establishment with a cracking staff and management. We even have the temerity to laugh when having a good time with fellow drinkers. As I am sans tattoo, I feel that Pub Spy might deign to take note rather than dismiss my comments.
Sans tattoo are you also sans toupee though that is the question ?


Ronny x
Sans toupee my near geriatric friend!
[quote][p][bold]ron.1952[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SansTattoo[/bold] wrote: A community pub reflecting the full breadth of the local demographic. Pub Spy may aspire to some chocolate box idyll, with jolly types in driving gloves and tweed caps having a sherry but that is not reflective of the real world! My wife and I frequent the pub regularly and find it a welcoming, warm and friendly establishment with a cracking staff and management. We even have the temerity to laugh when having a good time with fellow drinkers. As I am sans tattoo, I feel that Pub Spy might deign to take note rather than dismiss my comments.[/p][/quote]Sans tattoo are you also sans toupee though that is the question ? Ronny x[/p][/quote]Sans toupee my near geriatric friend! SansTattoo
  • Score: -3

11:28am Wed 19 Mar 14

PaulErith says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Well that's all the bar staff leaving comments ( except you Paul ).
No, but I am the cleaner. ;)
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Well that's all the bar staff leaving comments ( except you Paul ).[/p][/quote]No, but I am the cleaner. ;) PaulErith
  • Score: 7

2:39pm Wed 19 Mar 14

ความจริง says...

Get another job PubSpy if you're intimidated by a few fellas having a beer....
Get another job PubSpy if you're intimidated by a few fellas having a beer.... ความจริง
  • Score: -11

10:09pm Wed 19 Mar 14

sarahbarnard says...

I havejust read the pubspy review and don't agree at all. I have only been in the pub 3 times and have always made to feel more than welcome, and being a woman I would be surprised after reading the review I was treated to Christmas lunch there this year it was delicious. Yes there are a group of lad that drink in the pub, there are ALL friendly and not the least bit intimidating.I don't come from the area I'm from gravesend so I was a stranger in the pub, I was made more than welcome by the people drinking in the pub and the friendly bar staff
I think your spy needs to visit again and talk to some people and find out how friendly they are. Don't go by first impressions.
I havejust read the pubspy review and don't agree at all. I have only been in the pub 3 times and have always made to feel more than welcome, and being a woman I would be surprised after reading the review I was treated to Christmas lunch there this year it was delicious. Yes there are a group of lad that drink in the pub, there are ALL friendly and not the least bit intimidating.I don't come from the area I'm from gravesend so I was a stranger in the pub, I was made more than welcome by the people drinking in the pub and the friendly bar staff I think your spy needs to visit again and talk to some people and find out how friendly they are. Don't go by first impressions. sarahbarnard
  • Score: 2

6:59am Thu 20 Mar 14

Tony gone says...

Sans Tattoo
Well even if he has gone I will still not participate of the premises thank you.
My friend was walking to the Rose ( a proper pub) last week and saw dozens of Police in and around the Volunteer in what was obviously a raid. Customers were pulled out and searched in the street !!! They obviously believe it has a drug problem as they had 2 0r 3 sniffer dogs with them.

Question - If it is such a friendly family pub why do you think the Police RAID it?

Answers on a postcard to - draw your own conclusion.com
Sans Tattoo Well even if he has gone I will still not participate of the premises thank you. My friend was walking to the Rose ( a proper pub) last week and saw dozens of Police in and around the Volunteer in what was obviously a raid. Customers were pulled out and searched in the street !!! They obviously believe it has a drug problem as they had 2 0r 3 sniffer dogs with them. Question - If it is such a friendly family pub why do you think the Police RAID it? Answers on a postcard to - draw your own conclusion.com Tony gone
  • Score: 0

8:09am Thu 20 Mar 14

PaulErith says...

Tony gone wrote:
Sans Tattoo
Well even if he has gone I will still not participate of the premises thank you.
My friend was walking to the Rose ( a proper pub) last week and saw dozens of Police in and around the Volunteer in what was obviously a raid. Customers were pulled out and searched in the street !!! They obviously believe it has a drug problem as they had 2 0r 3 sniffer dogs with them.

Question - If it is such a friendly family pub why do you think the Police RAID it?

Answers on a postcard to - draw your own conclusion.com
It only takes a tip off that a couple of people are doing drugs in a pub for the police to sometimes do a full scale raid. It doesn't mean it has a drug problem. I assume then that nobody in the Rose does drugs?
[quote][p][bold]Tony gone[/bold] wrote: Sans Tattoo Well even if he has gone I will still not participate of the premises thank you. My friend was walking to the Rose ( a proper pub) last week and saw dozens of Police in and around the Volunteer in what was obviously a raid. Customers were pulled out and searched in the street !!! They obviously believe it has a drug problem as they had 2 0r 3 sniffer dogs with them. Question - If it is such a friendly family pub why do you think the Police RAID it? Answers on a postcard to - draw your own conclusion.com[/p][/quote]It only takes a tip off that a couple of people are doing drugs in a pub for the police to sometimes do a full scale raid. It doesn't mean it has a drug problem. I assume then that nobody in the Rose does drugs? PaulErith
  • Score: 0

9:09am Thu 20 Mar 14

goldenbroomboy says...

sarahbarnard wrote:
I havejust read the pubspy review and don't agree at all. I have only been in the pub 3 times and have always made to feel more than welcome, and being a woman I would be surprised after reading the review I was treated to Christmas lunch there this year it was delicious. Yes there are a group of lad that drink in the pub, there are ALL friendly and not the least bit intimidating.I don't come from the area I'm from gravesend so I was a stranger in the pub, I was made more than welcome by the people drinking in the pub and the friendly bar staff I think your spy needs to visit again and talk to some people and find out how friendly they are. Don't go by first impressions.
I think you will find that most pubs will welcome female visitors.

The acid test is how the locals treat visiting males.
[quote][p][bold]sarahbarnard[/bold] wrote: I havejust read the pubspy review and don't agree at all. I have only been in the pub 3 times and have always made to feel more than welcome, and being a woman I would be surprised after reading the review I was treated to Christmas lunch there this year it was delicious. Yes there are a group of lad that drink in the pub, there are ALL friendly and not the least bit intimidating.I don't come from the area I'm from gravesend so I was a stranger in the pub, I was made more than welcome by the people drinking in the pub and the friendly bar staff I think your spy needs to visit again and talk to some people and find out how friendly they are. Don't go by first impressions.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that most pubs will welcome female visitors. The acid test is how the locals treat visiting males. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 4

12:12pm Thu 20 Mar 14

PaulErith says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
sarahbarnard wrote:
I havejust read the pubspy review and don't agree at all. I have only been in the pub 3 times and have always made to feel more than welcome, and being a woman I would be surprised after reading the review I was treated to Christmas lunch there this year it was delicious. Yes there are a group of lad that drink in the pub, there are ALL friendly and not the least bit intimidating.I don't come from the area I'm from gravesend so I was a stranger in the pub, I was made more than welcome by the people drinking in the pub and the friendly bar staff I think your spy needs to visit again and talk to some people and find out how friendly they are. Don't go by first impressions.
I think you will find that most pubs will welcome female visitors.

The acid test is how the locals treat visiting males.
It's absolutely fine. I've been in there with a couple of other people or own on my own whilst waiting for people. Never had a funny look or rude word. I have struck up a few of those 'pass the time', pointless pub conversations with people and its always been ok.
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarahbarnard[/bold] wrote: I havejust read the pubspy review and don't agree at all. I have only been in the pub 3 times and have always made to feel more than welcome, and being a woman I would be surprised after reading the review I was treated to Christmas lunch there this year it was delicious. Yes there are a group of lad that drink in the pub, there are ALL friendly and not the least bit intimidating.I don't come from the area I'm from gravesend so I was a stranger in the pub, I was made more than welcome by the people drinking in the pub and the friendly bar staff I think your spy needs to visit again and talk to some people and find out how friendly they are. Don't go by first impressions.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that most pubs will welcome female visitors. The acid test is how the locals treat visiting males.[/p][/quote]It's absolutely fine. I've been in there with a couple of other people or own on my own whilst waiting for people. Never had a funny look or rude word. I have struck up a few of those 'pass the time', pointless pub conversations with people and its always been ok. PaulErith
  • Score: 4

2:55pm Thu 20 Mar 14

ron.1952 says...

SansTattoo wrote:
ron.1952 wrote:
SansTattoo wrote:
A community pub reflecting the full breadth of the local demographic. Pub Spy may aspire to some chocolate box idyll, with jolly types in driving gloves and tweed caps having a sherry but that is not reflective of the real world!

My wife and I frequent the pub regularly and find it a welcoming, warm and friendly establishment with a cracking staff and management. We even have the temerity to laugh when having a good time with fellow drinkers. As I am sans tattoo, I feel that Pub Spy might deign to take note rather than dismiss my comments.
Sans tattoo are you also sans toupee though that is the question ?


Ronny x
Sans toupee my near geriatric friend!
You cheeky monkey, 1952 is part of my phone number and nothing to do with my age dear.
The front of some people, now I know why you drink in such a low class public house sans.

Ronny the Ronster. x
[quote][p][bold]SansTattoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ron.1952[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SansTattoo[/bold] wrote: A community pub reflecting the full breadth of the local demographic. Pub Spy may aspire to some chocolate box idyll, with jolly types in driving gloves and tweed caps having a sherry but that is not reflective of the real world! My wife and I frequent the pub regularly and find it a welcoming, warm and friendly establishment with a cracking staff and management. We even have the temerity to laugh when having a good time with fellow drinkers. As I am sans tattoo, I feel that Pub Spy might deign to take note rather than dismiss my comments.[/p][/quote]Sans tattoo are you also sans toupee though that is the question ? Ronny x[/p][/quote]Sans toupee my near geriatric friend![/p][/quote]You cheeky monkey, 1952 is part of my phone number and nothing to do with my age dear. The front of some people, now I know why you drink in such a low class public house sans. Ronny the Ronster. x ron.1952
  • Score: -23

3:24pm Thu 20 Mar 14

my_opinion says...

I used to live near the volunteer about 10 years ago and used to go in there for a drink with the boyfriend, but always found it unwelcoming. I also thought it had a drug problem. I felt it could have been a nice little local, so persevered but it didn't seem to get any better, seems it still hasn't if pubspy's review is anything to go by.
I used to live near the volunteer about 10 years ago and used to go in there for a drink with the boyfriend, but always found it unwelcoming. I also thought it had a drug problem. I felt it could have been a nice little local, so persevered but it didn't seem to get any better, seems it still hasn't if pubspy's review is anything to go by. my_opinion
  • Score: 3

3:43pm Thu 20 Mar 14

DeanoA66 says...

I totally disagree with the Pubspy's review of the Volunteer. The Volunteer is a great pub that, even though I live over ten miles away, I class as my local. Good atmosphere, friendly regulars and bar staff and good beer are just a few of the reasons I go there. With regard to Police raids it is my understanding that the Police raided most, if not all, pubs in Bexleyheath in one night recently and I feel sure that the Volunteer is not on the same scale with regard to drugs as most of the nearby pubs! Having frequented most of the pubs in Bexleyheath over the years at one time or another in my opinion the Volunteer is the best!! Some of the ridiculous comments on here are obviously from people who have either never, or not for a long time, been in the Volunteer!!
I totally disagree with the Pubspy's review of the Volunteer. The Volunteer is a great pub that, even though I live over ten miles away, I class as my local. Good atmosphere, friendly regulars and bar staff and good beer are just a few of the reasons I go there. With regard to Police raids it is my understanding that the Police raided most, if not all, pubs in Bexleyheath in one night recently and I feel sure that the Volunteer is not on the same scale with regard to drugs as most of the nearby pubs! Having frequented most of the pubs in Bexleyheath over the years at one time or another in my opinion the Volunteer is the best!! Some of the ridiculous comments on here are obviously from people who have either never, or not for a long time, been in the Volunteer!! DeanoA66
  • Score: 1

6:52pm Thu 20 Mar 14

MM bexleyheath says...

I was in the the Volly the afternoon that pub spy came in. There was a handful of us in there, just unwinding after a hard days work, pub spy should try a hard days work once. The pub has always been welcoming for all and you can have a banter. As for the drugs raid, nothing came of it. The Volly is a proper pub for proper people. May it long stay open.
I was in the the Volly the afternoon that pub spy came in. There was a handful of us in there, just unwinding after a hard days work, pub spy should try a hard days work once. The pub has always been welcoming for all and you can have a banter. As for the drugs raid, nothing came of it. The Volly is a proper pub for proper people. May it long stay open. MM bexleyheath
  • Score: 0

9:12am Fri 21 Mar 14

SansTattoo says...

Tony gone wrote:
Sans Tattoo
Well even if he has gone I will still not participate of the premises thank you.
My friend was walking to the Rose ( a proper pub) last week and saw dozens of Police in and around the Volunteer in what was obviously a raid. Customers were pulled out and searched in the street !!! They obviously believe it has a drug problem as they had 2 0r 3 sniffer dogs with them.

Question - If it is such a friendly family pub why do you think the Police RAID it?

Answers on a postcard to - draw your own conclusion.com
I believe you will find that the police visited a number of pubs in Bexley and Bexleyheath on the night in question. The Vollie had no issues unlike some others!
[quote][p][bold]Tony gone[/bold] wrote: Sans Tattoo Well even if he has gone I will still not participate of the premises thank you. My friend was walking to the Rose ( a proper pub) last week and saw dozens of Police in and around the Volunteer in what was obviously a raid. Customers were pulled out and searched in the street !!! They obviously believe it has a drug problem as they had 2 0r 3 sniffer dogs with them. Question - If it is such a friendly family pub why do you think the Police RAID it? Answers on a postcard to - draw your own conclusion.com[/p][/quote]I believe you will find that the police visited a number of pubs in Bexley and Bexleyheath on the night in question. The Vollie had no issues unlike some others! SansTattoo
  • Score: 4

9:24am Fri 21 Mar 14

SansTattoo says...

ron.1952 wrote:
SansTattoo wrote:
ron.1952 wrote:
SansTattoo wrote:
A community pub reflecting the full breadth of the local demographic. Pub Spy may aspire to some chocolate box idyll, with jolly types in driving gloves and tweed caps having a sherry but that is not reflective of the real world!

My wife and I frequent the pub regularly and find it a welcoming, warm and friendly establishment with a cracking staff and management. We even have the temerity to laugh when having a good time with fellow drinkers. As I am sans tattoo, I feel that Pub Spy might deign to take note rather than dismiss my comments.
Sans tattoo are you also sans toupee though that is the question ?


Ronny x
Sans toupee my near geriatric friend!
You cheeky monkey, 1952 is part of my phone number and nothing to do with my age dear.
The front of some people, now I know why you drink in such a low class public house sans.

Ronny the Ronster. x
I would love to visit the high class beer houses that you apparently frequent! Maybe you are really Ronny Ritz? More of a Wally Wetherspoon methinks......... :-)
[quote][p][bold]ron.1952[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SansTattoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ron.1952[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SansTattoo[/bold] wrote: A community pub reflecting the full breadth of the local demographic. Pub Spy may aspire to some chocolate box idyll, with jolly types in driving gloves and tweed caps having a sherry but that is not reflective of the real world! My wife and I frequent the pub regularly and find it a welcoming, warm and friendly establishment with a cracking staff and management. We even have the temerity to laugh when having a good time with fellow drinkers. As I am sans tattoo, I feel that Pub Spy might deign to take note rather than dismiss my comments.[/p][/quote]Sans tattoo are you also sans toupee though that is the question ? Ronny x[/p][/quote]Sans toupee my near geriatric friend![/p][/quote]You cheeky monkey, 1952 is part of my phone number and nothing to do with my age dear. The front of some people, now I know why you drink in such a low class public house sans. Ronny the Ronster. x[/p][/quote]I would love to visit the high class beer houses that you apparently frequent! Maybe you are really Ronny Ritz? More of a Wally Wetherspoon methinks......... :-) SansTattoo
  • Score: 1

9:28am Fri 21 Mar 14

SansTattoo says...

DeanoA66 wrote:
I totally disagree with the Pubspy's review of the Volunteer. The Volunteer is a great pub that, even though I live over ten miles away, I class as my local. Good atmosphere, friendly regulars and bar staff and good beer are just a few of the reasons I go there. With regard to Police raids it is my understanding that the Police raided most, if not all, pubs in Bexleyheath in one night recently and I feel sure that the Volunteer is not on the same scale with regard to drugs as most of the nearby pubs! Having frequented most of the pubs in Bexleyheath over the years at one time or another in my opinion the Volunteer is the best!! Some of the ridiculous comments on here are obviously from people who have either never, or not for a long time, been in the Volunteer!!
Objective comparison rather than subjective opinion!
[quote][p][bold]DeanoA66[/bold] wrote: I totally disagree with the Pubspy's review of the Volunteer. The Volunteer is a great pub that, even though I live over ten miles away, I class as my local. Good atmosphere, friendly regulars and bar staff and good beer are just a few of the reasons I go there. With regard to Police raids it is my understanding that the Police raided most, if not all, pubs in Bexleyheath in one night recently and I feel sure that the Volunteer is not on the same scale with regard to drugs as most of the nearby pubs! Having frequented most of the pubs in Bexleyheath over the years at one time or another in my opinion the Volunteer is the best!! Some of the ridiculous comments on here are obviously from people who have either never, or not for a long time, been in the Volunteer!![/p][/quote]Objective comparison rather than subjective opinion! SansTattoo
  • Score: 2

9:46am Fri 21 Mar 14

Tony gone says...

PaulErith wrote:
Tony gone wrote:
Sans Tattoo
Well even if he has gone I will still not participate of the premises thank you.
My friend was walking to the Rose ( a proper pub) last week and saw dozens of Police in and around the Volunteer in what was obviously a raid. Customers were pulled out and searched in the street !!! They obviously believe it has a drug problem as they had 2 0r 3 sniffer dogs with them.

Question - If it is such a friendly family pub why do you think the Police RAID it?

Answers on a postcard to - draw your own conclusion.com
It only takes a tip off that a couple of people are doing drugs in a pub for the police to sometimes do a full scale raid. It doesn't mean it has a drug problem. I assume then that nobody in the Rose does drugs?
I think you will find that the Rose is a well managed pub and is well policed by the manager who is ALWAYS behind the bar serving his customers, and keeping an eye on who is in the pub and what they are up to.
You will find that pubs with drug problems have less visible management, or like the volunteer when I was in there, a landlord who gets drunker than the customers.
Sadly, from the review I doubt things have changed much !
:(

PS The Rose has not had a full scale raid in living memory.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tony gone[/bold] wrote: Sans Tattoo Well even if he has gone I will still not participate of the premises thank you. My friend was walking to the Rose ( a proper pub) last week and saw dozens of Police in and around the Volunteer in what was obviously a raid. Customers were pulled out and searched in the street !!! They obviously believe it has a drug problem as they had 2 0r 3 sniffer dogs with them. Question - If it is such a friendly family pub why do you think the Police RAID it? Answers on a postcard to - draw your own conclusion.com[/p][/quote]It only takes a tip off that a couple of people are doing drugs in a pub for the police to sometimes do a full scale raid. It doesn't mean it has a drug problem. I assume then that nobody in the Rose does drugs?[/p][/quote]I think you will find that the Rose is a well managed pub and is well policed by the manager who is ALWAYS behind the bar serving his customers, and keeping an eye on who is in the pub and what they are up to. You will find that pubs with drug problems have less visible management, or like the volunteer when I was in there, a landlord who gets drunker than the customers. Sadly, from the review I doubt things have changed much ! :( PS The Rose has not had a full scale raid in living memory. Tony gone
  • Score: 7

11:08am Fri 21 Mar 14

ron.1952 says...

SansTattoo wrote:
ron.1952 wrote:
SansTattoo wrote:
ron.1952 wrote:
SansTattoo wrote:
A community pub reflecting the full breadth of the local demographic. Pub Spy may aspire to some chocolate box idyll, with jolly types in driving gloves and tweed caps having a sherry but that is not reflective of the real world!

My wife and I frequent the pub regularly and find it a welcoming, warm and friendly establishment with a cracking staff and management. We even have the temerity to laugh when having a good time with fellow drinkers. As I am sans tattoo, I feel that Pub Spy might deign to take note rather than dismiss my comments.
Sans tattoo are you also sans toupee though that is the question ?


Ronny x
Sans toupee my near geriatric friend!
You cheeky monkey, 1952 is part of my phone number and nothing to do with my age dear.
The front of some people, now I know why you drink in such a low class public house sans.

Ronny the Ronster. x
I would love to visit the high class beer houses that you apparently frequent! Maybe you are really Ronny Ritz? More of a Wally Wetherspoon methinks......... :-)
Ohh Sans you big butch beast. Listen big boy when you grow a set large enough come in and just ask for the Ronster.

http://rvt.org.uk/

Ronny xx ;)
[quote][p][bold]SansTattoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ron.1952[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SansTattoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ron.1952[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SansTattoo[/bold] wrote: A community pub reflecting the full breadth of the local demographic. Pub Spy may aspire to some chocolate box idyll, with jolly types in driving gloves and tweed caps having a sherry but that is not reflective of the real world! My wife and I frequent the pub regularly and find it a welcoming, warm and friendly establishment with a cracking staff and management. We even have the temerity to laugh when having a good time with fellow drinkers. As I am sans tattoo, I feel that Pub Spy might deign to take note rather than dismiss my comments.[/p][/quote]Sans tattoo are you also sans toupee though that is the question ? Ronny x[/p][/quote]Sans toupee my near geriatric friend![/p][/quote]You cheeky monkey, 1952 is part of my phone number and nothing to do with my age dear. The front of some people, now I know why you drink in such a low class public house sans. Ronny the Ronster. x[/p][/quote]I would love to visit the high class beer houses that you apparently frequent! Maybe you are really Ronny Ritz? More of a Wally Wetherspoon methinks......... :-)[/p][/quote]Ohh Sans you big butch beast. Listen big boy when you grow a set large enough come in and just ask for the Ronster. http://rvt.org.uk/ Ronny xx ;) ron.1952
  • Score: -19

2:54pm Fri 21 Mar 14

SansTattoo says...

ron.1952 wrote:
SansTattoo wrote:
ron.1952 wrote:
SansTattoo wrote:
ron.1952 wrote:
SansTattoo wrote:
A community pub reflecting the full breadth of the local demographic. Pub Spy may aspire to some chocolate box idyll, with jolly types in driving gloves and tweed caps having a sherry but that is not reflective of the real world!

My wife and I frequent the pub regularly and find it a welcoming, warm and friendly establishment with a cracking staff and management. We even have the temerity to laugh when having a good time with fellow drinkers. As I am sans tattoo, I feel that Pub Spy might deign to take note rather than dismiss my comments.
Sans tattoo are you also sans toupee though that is the question ?


Ronny x
Sans toupee my near geriatric friend!
You cheeky monkey, 1952 is part of my phone number and nothing to do with my age dear.
The front of some people, now I know why you drink in such a low class public house sans.

Ronny the Ronster. x
I would love to visit the high class beer houses that you apparently frequent! Maybe you are really Ronny Ritz? More of a Wally Wetherspoon methinks......... :-)
Ohh Sans you big butch beast. Listen big boy when you grow a set large enough come in and just ask for the Ronster.

http://rvt.org.uk/

Ronny xx ;)
:-) ok Ronster!
[quote][p][bold]ron.1952[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SansTattoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ron.1952[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SansTattoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ron.1952[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SansTattoo[/bold] wrote: A community pub reflecting the full breadth of the local demographic. Pub Spy may aspire to some chocolate box idyll, with jolly types in driving gloves and tweed caps having a sherry but that is not reflective of the real world! My wife and I frequent the pub regularly and find it a welcoming, warm and friendly establishment with a cracking staff and management. We even have the temerity to laugh when having a good time with fellow drinkers. As I am sans tattoo, I feel that Pub Spy might deign to take note rather than dismiss my comments.[/p][/quote]Sans tattoo are you also sans toupee though that is the question ? Ronny x[/p][/quote]Sans toupee my near geriatric friend![/p][/quote]You cheeky monkey, 1952 is part of my phone number and nothing to do with my age dear. The front of some people, now I know why you drink in such a low class public house sans. Ronny the Ronster. x[/p][/quote]I would love to visit the high class beer houses that you apparently frequent! Maybe you are really Ronny Ritz? More of a Wally Wetherspoon methinks......... :-)[/p][/quote]Ohh Sans you big butch beast. Listen big boy when you grow a set large enough come in and just ask for the Ronster. http://rvt.org.uk/ Ronny xx ;)[/p][/quote]:-) ok Ronster! SansTattoo
  • Score: -2

2:55pm Fri 21 Mar 14

SansTattoo says...

Tony gone wrote:
PaulErith wrote:
Tony gone wrote:
Sans Tattoo
Well even if he has gone I will still not participate of the premises thank you.
My friend was walking to the Rose ( a proper pub) last week and saw dozens of Police in and around the Volunteer in what was obviously a raid. Customers were pulled out and searched in the street !!! They obviously believe it has a drug problem as they had 2 0r 3 sniffer dogs with them.

Question - If it is such a friendly family pub why do you think the Police RAID it?

Answers on a postcard to - draw your own conclusion.com
It only takes a tip off that a couple of people are doing drugs in a pub for the police to sometimes do a full scale raid. It doesn't mean it has a drug problem. I assume then that nobody in the Rose does drugs?
I think you will find that the Rose is a well managed pub and is well policed by the manager who is ALWAYS behind the bar serving his customers, and keeping an eye on who is in the pub and what they are up to.
You will find that pubs with drug problems have less visible management, or like the volunteer when I was in there, a landlord who gets drunker than the customers.
Sadly, from the review I doubt things have changed much !
:(

PS The Rose has not had a full scale raid in living memory.
Backhanders? Mmmmmmm
[quote][p][bold]Tony gone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tony gone[/bold] wrote: Sans Tattoo Well even if he has gone I will still not participate of the premises thank you. My friend was walking to the Rose ( a proper pub) last week and saw dozens of Police in and around the Volunteer in what was obviously a raid. Customers were pulled out and searched in the street !!! They obviously believe it has a drug problem as they had 2 0r 3 sniffer dogs with them. Question - If it is such a friendly family pub why do you think the Police RAID it? Answers on a postcard to - draw your own conclusion.com[/p][/quote]It only takes a tip off that a couple of people are doing drugs in a pub for the police to sometimes do a full scale raid. It doesn't mean it has a drug problem. I assume then that nobody in the Rose does drugs?[/p][/quote]I think you will find that the Rose is a well managed pub and is well policed by the manager who is ALWAYS behind the bar serving his customers, and keeping an eye on who is in the pub and what they are up to. You will find that pubs with drug problems have less visible management, or like the volunteer when I was in there, a landlord who gets drunker than the customers. Sadly, from the review I doubt things have changed much ! :( PS The Rose has not had a full scale raid in living memory.[/p][/quote]Backhanders? Mmmmmmm SansTattoo
  • Score: -2

8:26am Sat 22 Mar 14

Tony gone says...

SansTattoo wrote:
Tony gone wrote:
PaulErith wrote:
Tony gone wrote:
Sans Tattoo
Well even if he has gone I will still not participate of the premises thank you.
My friend was walking to the Rose ( a proper pub) last week and saw dozens of Police in and around the Volunteer in what was obviously a raid. Customers were pulled out and searched in the street !!! They obviously believe it has a drug problem as they had 2 0r 3 sniffer dogs with them.

Question - If it is such a friendly family pub why do you think the Police RAID it?

Answers on a postcard to - draw your own conclusion.com
It only takes a tip off that a couple of people are doing drugs in a pub for the police to sometimes do a full scale raid. It doesn't mean it has a drug problem. I assume then that nobody in the Rose does drugs?
I think you will find that the Rose is a well managed pub and is well policed by the manager who is ALWAYS behind the bar serving his customers, and keeping an eye on who is in the pub and what they are up to.
You will find that pubs with drug problems have less visible management, or like the volunteer when I was in there, a landlord who gets drunker than the customers.
Sadly, from the review I doubt things have changed much !
:(

PS The Rose has not had a full scale raid in living memory.
Backhanders? Mmmmmmm
No, just good reputation, good beer, good customers and most importantly good management.
I would have guessed that only a "volllyite" would even think about backhanders to police.
Goes back to what I said in my first comment "locals who all think they are villains!"
[quote][p][bold]SansTattoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tony gone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tony gone[/bold] wrote: Sans Tattoo Well even if he has gone I will still not participate of the premises thank you. My friend was walking to the Rose ( a proper pub) last week and saw dozens of Police in and around the Volunteer in what was obviously a raid. Customers were pulled out and searched in the street !!! They obviously believe it has a drug problem as they had 2 0r 3 sniffer dogs with them. Question - If it is such a friendly family pub why do you think the Police RAID it? Answers on a postcard to - draw your own conclusion.com[/p][/quote]It only takes a tip off that a couple of people are doing drugs in a pub for the police to sometimes do a full scale raid. It doesn't mean it has a drug problem. I assume then that nobody in the Rose does drugs?[/p][/quote]I think you will find that the Rose is a well managed pub and is well policed by the manager who is ALWAYS behind the bar serving his customers, and keeping an eye on who is in the pub and what they are up to. You will find that pubs with drug problems have less visible management, or like the volunteer when I was in there, a landlord who gets drunker than the customers. Sadly, from the review I doubt things have changed much ! :( PS The Rose has not had a full scale raid in living memory.[/p][/quote]Backhanders? Mmmmmmm[/p][/quote]No, just good reputation, good beer, good customers and most importantly good management. I would have guessed that only a "volllyite" would even think about backhanders to police. Goes back to what I said in my first comment "locals who all think they are villains!" Tony gone
  • Score: 3

11:14pm Sun 23 Mar 14

SansTattoo says...

Tony gone wrote:
SansTattoo wrote:
Tony gone wrote:
PaulErith wrote:
Tony gone wrote:
Sans Tattoo
Well even if he has gone I will still not participate of the premises thank you.
My friend was walking to the Rose ( a proper pub) last week and saw dozens of Police in and around the Volunteer in what was obviously a raid. Customers were pulled out and searched in the street !!! They obviously believe it has a drug problem as they had 2 0r 3 sniffer dogs with them.

Question - If it is such a friendly family pub why do you think the Police RAID it?

Answers on a postcard to - draw your own conclusion.com
It only takes a tip off that a couple of people are doing drugs in a pub for the police to sometimes do a full scale raid. It doesn't mean it has a drug problem. I assume then that nobody in the Rose does drugs?
I think you will find that the Rose is a well managed pub and is well policed by the manager who is ALWAYS behind the bar serving his customers, and keeping an eye on who is in the pub and what they are up to.
You will find that pubs with drug problems have less visible management, or like the volunteer when I was in there, a landlord who gets drunker than the customers.
Sadly, from the review I doubt things have changed much !
:(

PS The Rose has not had a full scale raid in living memory.
Backhanders? Mmmmmmm
No, just good reputation, good beer, good customers and most importantly good management.
I would have guessed that only a "volllyite" would even think about backhanders to police.
Goes back to what I said in my first comment "locals who all think they are villains!"
Well everyone is entitled to their opinion. Best wishes Mr Longgone.
[quote][p][bold]Tony gone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SansTattoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tony gone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tony gone[/bold] wrote: Sans Tattoo Well even if he has gone I will still not participate of the premises thank you. My friend was walking to the Rose ( a proper pub) last week and saw dozens of Police in and around the Volunteer in what was obviously a raid. Customers were pulled out and searched in the street !!! They obviously believe it has a drug problem as they had 2 0r 3 sniffer dogs with them. Question - If it is such a friendly family pub why do you think the Police RAID it? Answers on a postcard to - draw your own conclusion.com[/p][/quote]It only takes a tip off that a couple of people are doing drugs in a pub for the police to sometimes do a full scale raid. It doesn't mean it has a drug problem. I assume then that nobody in the Rose does drugs?[/p][/quote]I think you will find that the Rose is a well managed pub and is well policed by the manager who is ALWAYS behind the bar serving his customers, and keeping an eye on who is in the pub and what they are up to. You will find that pubs with drug problems have less visible management, or like the volunteer when I was in there, a landlord who gets drunker than the customers. Sadly, from the review I doubt things have changed much ! :( PS The Rose has not had a full scale raid in living memory.[/p][/quote]Backhanders? Mmmmmmm[/p][/quote]No, just good reputation, good beer, good customers and most importantly good management. I would have guessed that only a "volllyite" would even think about backhanders to police. Goes back to what I said in my first comment "locals who all think they are villains!"[/p][/quote]Well everyone is entitled to their opinion. Best wishes Mr Longgone. SansTattoo
  • Score: -1

2:12pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Teaspoon says...

PubSpy - I can't help thinking that you need to vary your visiting times!!!! Going to any pub in the afternoon is not going to bring the most exciting reviews!! (with mainly males drinking after work at nearly all pubs during the week). Maybe visit twice, once on an afternoon and then again in the evening at the weekend when there is some life... and females?

PLEASE VISIT THIS PUB AGAIN ON A SATURDAY NIGHT AND SEE THE DIFFERENCE.
PubSpy - I can't help thinking that you need to vary your visiting times!!!! Going to any pub in the afternoon is not going to bring the most exciting reviews!! (with mainly males drinking after work at nearly all pubs during the week). Maybe visit twice, once on an afternoon and then again in the evening at the weekend when there is some life... and females? PLEASE VISIT THIS PUB AGAIN ON A SATURDAY NIGHT AND SEE THE DIFFERENCE. Teaspoon
  • Score: 1

7:24pm Tue 8 Apr 14

123Anon says...

I couldn't agree more with the review. I have always found the pub to be so clicky that any stranger who dares to enter is giving stares and glares throughout their stay. I like the cosiness of the pub but have noticed in the last few years just how downhill it has gone. Some long standing bar staff always offer a smile whilst others look as miserable as sin. My advice is if you are a woman....avoid! It's full of drunken sexist men. OK if you are a regular and if not then steer clear!
I couldn't agree more with the review. I have always found the pub to be so clicky that any stranger who dares to enter is giving stares and glares throughout their stay. I like the cosiness of the pub but have noticed in the last few years just how downhill it has gone. Some long standing bar staff always offer a smile whilst others look as miserable as sin. My advice is if you are a woman....avoid! It's full of drunken sexist men. OK if you are a regular and if not then steer clear! 123Anon
  • Score: 3

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