The Old Volunteer
The ‘Old Vol’ as it is known is a lovely village pub surrounded by countryside, just a short distance from some glorious walks along the river Trent. It is a traditional English pub with elegant décor and an emphasis on great food, attracting several nominations for Best Pub at the 2016 Nottinghamshire Food & Drink Awards.
When we visited on a busy Sunday the pub was full of diners from surrounding villages alongside locals just enjoying a drink. Jo and her team offer a friendly welcome and efficient service – nothing was too much trouble during our visit.
The menu is varied and imaginative with the classic dishes you might expect, such as fish and chips and steaks, as well their own oak-smoked Loch Duart salmon or pork belly with seared scallops, plus daily specials. We went for the traditional roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and the beef was superb.
The Old Vol is in a beautiful location, too. There is some parking available (and parking on the quiet road outside) as well as outdoor seating if the weather is kind. This pub combines the feel of a traditional friendly village pub with modern, contemporary dining. Well worth a drive out.
By Abby Brennan, Nottinghamshire editor