The Blue Ball

4.5
277 reviews
£25 and under
British
The Blue Ball team offer a warm welcome to one and all at the Blue Ball Inn, a fine turn of the 17th Century thatched pub and restaurant with accommodation in Sandygate on the edge of Exeter Devon.

Considered to be one of the prettiest pubs in the area, the Blue Ball Inn is the ideal location should you wish to visit us for a glass of wine, a pint of traditional real ale, a tasty bar snack or an enjoyable lunch or evening meal in our delightful restaurant. Inside, you will find a relaxed ambiance full of style and comfort with its cosy interior. During the cooler months the real log-burning fire creates a lovely atmosphere whilst in warmer months you can sit outside in our beer garden which enhances this charming restaurant and pub watering hole.

Our head chef takes real pleasure in cooking culinary delights and delicacies using Devon's finest produce that always reflects the season of the year.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
What 277 People Are Saying
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AliceM
Devon
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time we have been to The Blue Ball - and would certainly return.
Excellent staff- engaging, polite and efficient. Great food. Thoroughly recommend - plenty of parking and super outdoor and indoor space. Thanks for a great evening!

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GrahamV
Devon
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class service with a smile.
Great food and good selection of drinks.

DG
DougG
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked via the app and were seated in a window table as soon as we arrived. Service and choice of food were excellent, food arrived piping hot in a short time.
The bar, table and toilets were all very clean. nothing was too much trouble for the staff .
Parking was excellent, and I managed to charge my EV whilst there.

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OpenTable Diner
Devon
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Polite, friendly, efficient staff. Lovely decor. Very enjoyable lunch!

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NikP
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service. I would recommend to friends and family

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Smurph
Devon
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The tables were well spaced out and there was plenty of hand sanitiser available. Even the place settings were nicely spaced out.
The staff were friendly, but there was quite a wait to order, between courses and to get the bill.
The menu was extensive and varied. My beef and ale pie looked a bit mass produced, but the veg were very nice. One of my friends had the fish, which looked amazing and the portion was extremely generous!
Our desserts were all lovely.
I had been nervous about going out since COVID, but I felt very safe t The Blue Ball.

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BeckyT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice atmosphere & friendly staff, always enjoy the meals here would highly recommend.

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UrszulaL
Devon
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and delicious :) The staff was very kind. Big, tasty portions :)

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SueC
Warwickshire
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect venue for a lunchtime reunion with friends. Friendly prompt service. Nothing too much trouble. Will definitely be back.

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Woodster
Devon
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food enjoyed our experience we will def rerun

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NoNickNames
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant/pub. Restaurant a bit brightly lit, pub perhaps more ambient. Food was excellent.

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CarolW
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My steak was cooked exactly as I asked and was so tender and succulent. Chicken pie amazing. Staff friendly and obliging. Environment clean and relaxing. Definitely will return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Limited vegetarian and gf options. No gf beer. Food was pretty average but service was good.

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SharonO
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Very slow service which was a shame as rest of eve and food was excellent

OT
OpenTable Diner
Devon
8 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Tuesday night treat with a visiting guest. Great staff on that night.

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SueL
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food, well presented with a smile.

MS
vipMartinS
Devon
8 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class as always, great team, great food 👍

OT
OpenTable Diner
Devon
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent Sunday roast in every way. Would recommend highly.

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SarahW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service
Would recommend 😃😃😃

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GRAHAMW
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The staff were very good and the food was great, we had a good lunch and we all enjoyed it. There were a couple of down sides to our lunch in that it took rather a long time to clear our plates when we had finished and wanted another drink . I would have to say that the drinks are very expensive to the point that i will not visit again, but if you just want a meal its fine.

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Polly
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had a lovely roast dinner but not much choice for vegetarians.

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CarolG
Devon
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased with everything,
Only gripe I have they charged for 2 flat white coffee when we only had one,
My fault for not checking before I payed the bill.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place has had some loving refurb and looks bright and clean. Service was friendly and attentive. Food was delicious especially the the veg with the roasts. Desserts lovely. We will be back.

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EmmaR
Devon
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very busy and the pub was short staffed, that did not however make a difference to the amazing food and service

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Kathyr
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service! Really understanding and accommodating after our long journey and delays. Super friendly staff and excellent food

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NickyF
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Another lovely lunch, this time on the way back home! Lovely food, great portions. The service was brilliant - friendly without being intrusive. Thanks again!

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StephenO
Devon
4 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Bit disappointed that the servers were not wearing masks. It was suggested that there was a one way system in place that did not seem to be the case. Overall apart from the fact that the customers had to wear masks when moving around, and the tables were a decent distance apart would not have known COVID existed. Chose this venue as the impression on the media was that it was using the original COVID rules, we had one elderly vulnerable person and another younger but equally vulnerable person with us, and felt a little uncomfortable at the largesse of the pub as regards COVID. Exeter is a hot spot for COVID one of the worst cities in the UK which added further concern. Food was fine nothing to write home about, and the prices whilst seemingly high are as many pubs now, prices seem to have increased everywhere.
Been there several times, but not rushing back

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CallumL
Devon
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice staff, delicious food, good selection of beers on tap and ample parking.

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IanH
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at the BB several times before, met some friends there for lunch, we all had their excellent sandwiches. A very enjoyable time.

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Laura
Devon
4 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was not as relaxed as I was expecting. Courses were brought out quickly and it felt a little rushed. We were sat right by the doors to the kitchen and the lady that seemed to be in charge was very loud when ordering and sorting staff members out. Our waitress couldn’t do enough for us though.

My advice when booking a table would be to request it away from the kitchens.

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RPlocal
Devon
5 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and value for money

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Paul
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Called in for lunch after a shopping trip to Exeter service was great really friendly staff and food was lovely good quality and taste will definitely come back and recommend to family and friends.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Devon
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Bad service no steak knifes had to ask for them no sauces offered and had to ask for part of my ordered

OT
OpenTable Diner
Devon
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food and service really good

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NickyF
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely lunch here on our way through to Cornwall. Delicious food with great portions (for both adults and children) delivered with great service. We’ll be back on our way home!

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SueF
Devon
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good service and great food - thank you to the staff!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Devon
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Sunday lunch was the best Sunday lunch I’ve ever had at a out it was amazing - I was apprehensive at first as the menu didn’t have chicken and also the kids menu is very limited and I would suggest needs a little more variety as children are fussy so chicken nuggets and a plain burger would be a good addition.

But the food itself was amazing and I would return on a regular just for the Sunday lunch so hats off to the chef!

And also we had a lemon and lime cheesecake for dessert which again was absolutely lovely !

So all in all for the standard of food, service and price I give top marks

JT
JustynTime
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Great gluten free selection and EV charging.

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AlexP
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was exceptionally good. Staff were efficient, polite and friendly.
Food was great, large portions and lots of choice. I definitely ate more than I should’ve because it was so good.
Nice surroundings, nothing flashy, comfortable and a bit like visiting a large cottage.

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vipJULES
Devon
7 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This pub is very near to where I live and my second visit since covid started to ease. The first thing I noticed was the price . Most meals averaged at £11 on my last visit now they are £15. Menu is trimmed right down so not much choice. I am sure there is a legitimate reason for this however not one single salad dish on the menu at the peak of summer which is very odd,particularly as their ceaser salad used to be the best ever !! Has this changed hands ?
Service was dire , still waiting for ice for our drinks 24hrs later 😂😂
Had to seek attention every time. Guy went to get a dessert menu, never to appear again
. The waitress managed to do this in 10 seconds when asked...... perhaps he went to the loo? Who knows . Overall a little disappointed. The gang that was there before were attentive , funny and the service was always fab. So sad really

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The Blue Ball is rated 4.5 stars by 277 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.