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The Blue Ball, Exeter, Devon

The Blue Ball

4.5
4.5
385 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.

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Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 08:00–10:00 Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 18:00–20:30

  • Phone number

    01392 873401

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Simon Bulled

  • Area

    Exeter

  • Parking Details

    Ample parking provided in the car park or behind the pub.

  • Public Transit

    Newcourt or Digby Sowton train station.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 385 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Devon

    Group Bookings

  • Devon

    Lunch

  • Devon

    Outdoor Eating

  • Devon

    Sunday Lunch

  • Devon

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Devon

    British

  • East Devon

    Best Overall

  • East Devon

    Best Food

  • East Devon

    Best Service

  • East Devon

    Best Ambience

  • East Devon

    Best Value

  • East Devon

    Group Bookings

  • East Devon

    Healthy

  • East Devon

    Lunch

  • East Devon

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • East Devon

    Romance

  • East Devon

    Special Occasions

  • East Devon

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. MS

    MartinS

    Devon

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great as always 👍

  2. JF

    JoFW

    London

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Booked for table at 4pm only to be met with “kitchen closes at 4 so be quick” - we did point out it had allowed us to book but apparently “that’s a flaw in the system”. It meant that although the food was really lovely it was not a great experience. I asked if we needed to pre-order pudding as well and was told “as long as you order by 4.30 it should be okay”. The main bar lady then proceeded to pack up the bar around us. Constantly saying how tired she was and that she couldn’t wait to go home and sleep. A few other arrivals were turned away….it wasn’t pleasant at all. She did ask if we wanted pudding but we had changed our minds then. Once it was clear we weren’t staying suddenly it was really friendly but too little too late. We pointed out the website had food until 6pm on a Sunday. “We’ve been on at them for 2 months to get that changed” was the response. What a shame. A lovely pub. Good food but just ruined by someone who is probably in the wrong job. I do hope she got home for a nap.

  3. P

    Polly

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Food was nice bur could have been a little bit warmer. Everything else good.

  4. HP

    HelenP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Menu not extensive but the food was fine , except there was only one portion of risotto left and the burger was cold. Fairly expensive. Service was good. Nice atmosphere and mercifully quiet. Would definitely return .

  5. EW

    EmmaW

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was tasty. I has fish and chips the batter was light and not over cooked. Would recommend

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4

    Loved the food . But we were on a bit of a schedule and had quite a wait for our order to be taken. Then I think we were forgotten as we wanted to get pudding. The order for drinks was not right either. Managed to have puddings and coffee at the same time

  7. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Good service and lovely food. Only downside was the cold air coming in from the door.

  8. PG

    PeterG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food and service, and very convenient to the M5 junction

  9. RT

    RichardT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time there, very nice, pleasant staff, food very good, will return sometime 😁😁

  10. JP

    JillianP

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love coming here. Staff are so friendly and helpful. Food is excellent and the whole place has a great atmosphere. Yesterday pub was extremely busy but we still received the usual individual care and attention.

  11. S

    Steve

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was of a very good quality. The service was friendly and excellent. I would highly recommend.

  12. IW

    IanW

    Bristol

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Our first visit to the Blue Ball after hearing some good reviews. The Sunday Roast was excellent and would definitely be going back. I think next time, I would prefer to sit in the main part of the restaurant rather than in front of the bar. This gave it a colder feeling and with the door keep opening, creating a draft. That aside, we had a very enjoyable lunch and it's now on our list of places to re-visit.

  13. SB

    SeanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food great place. We also stayed in one of the 4 rooms which was clean & a good quality.

  14. M

    Mike

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff really friendly and professional nothing was too much trouble

  15. CB

    CorbyB

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Didn’t get the discount we were told we would get off meal as we paid £10 to park despite telling the girl our car was in car park

  16. PV

    PaulaV

    Devon

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3

    Very very slow service

  17. LW

    LisaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a lovely evening meal at the Blue Ball. Lots of parking, nice relaxing pub, fab decor. great food and pleasant staff. First time there and will definitely be going back again.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely Sunday roast dinner, would definitely recommend!

  19. R

    fajitasRfab

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    Booked a table for after the rugby was shocked to find I had to pay £10 to park my car. There were 10 of us on the table, travelling in 3 cars, so £30 in parking fees alone. Truly shocking. I understand the need to recoup lost revenue following Covid, but this is not the way. Then they refused to serve drinks inside unless you had a table booked for lunch. Instead there is a small bar outside. However, the queues were massive and after barely moving forward after 25 minutes of waiting, we gave up and went to the rugby ground to drink instead, as did many others. The food after the game was good, albeit a bit pricey, and the choice wasn't huge. The staff were polite enough, but you could tell they'd had a long day due to the rugby, and we did have to wait quite a while for our drinks to be served. Would I go again? I'm not sure. Perhaps I'll try it on a non rugby day. If traveling for rugby, avoid and do your drinking in town and get a train from Exeter Central or a bus to the ground instead.

  20. KB

    KateyB

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a great pub. Great food and great staff. Highly recommend for a family/friends/work meal

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Leicestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food especially the gigantic burgers lovely atmosphere just a shame people kept leaving the outside door to the beer garden open. I would advise having a automatic door closure fitted to keep the guests sitting in the bar area from having to keep getting up from the tables to shut it

  22. SH

    SalH

    Devon

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The steak was better than expected, the welcoming to our 4 legged friends was spot on and nice friendly staff!! The cheese sauce for the steak was a bit odd? But that could be personal choice and not a reflection on the quality of the experience.

  23. JY

    JudithY

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious Sunday lunch, really friendly service, buzzing atmosphere & good value for money. Will definitely be back

  24. JL

    JenniferL

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic lunch and service- we will be be returning soon, thank you :)

  25. BS

    BenS

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, Excellent food. Will return again

  26. G

    Growl

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great table for two in the window alcove. The staff were friendly, accommodating and efficient. The food was excellent - if you don’t eat anything else, make sure you have the crumble with pucker Devon custard!

  27. V

    Victoria1

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect Sunday lunch! Thank you :) can’t wait to come back next Sunday!

  28. M

    Macca

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We booked a table for six on 22nd February. Everything about The Blue Ball is really very good from the initial reception to the food. Everyone enjoyed the whole evening and the service was great. A nice place and I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone. Good selection of beers and food. We will definitely return. Thank you

  29. LS

    LesS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Booked for a party of 8 and could not be happier. The Sunday roast was definitely one of the best we have ever had. There was plenty of thickly cut meat along with a good selection of vegetables. We had planned to order a sweet dish but the main course left us all to full to eat any more. A nice selection of real ales which were kept well. Although we had a small wait to order and the food did take a while to arrive (it was quite busy) we couldn't fault the attentive and helpful service provided by the staff. We will definitely be back to sample some more delicious meals and ales.

  30. SB

    SamB

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply the best Sunday roast lunch experience in a very long time. Service was great, the team were clearly experienced and passionate about their customers. Sunday lunch menu had something for everyone - meat succulent, huge Yorkshires, fresh vegetables and roast potatoes. Well kept ales and lagers and very dog friendly. All in all....faultless, thank you team.

  31. SN

    SaraN

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, great service would highly recommend to all

  32. DB

    DianeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely and clean, lovely service and lovely food.

  33. JS

    JayneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service as always. Never a bad experience when we come here!

  34. AH

    AndrewH

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Very well located close to the M5 Exeter junction. Good pub food.

  35. DV

    DaveVDub

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Valentines night set menu was fantastic, 2 x 3 courses, couple of drinks and coffee all for under £80. No set waitress for our table, whoever happened to be passing or was free served us, so no chasing for service. All staff polite and cheerful. Great night out. Well done!!!

  36. RC

    RobertC

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had valentines meal midday - I had steak and chips and it was really fab..chips totally bang on...presented well. Missus had Belly pork again she said it was lovely. Recommend highly for quality and value - well done!!

  37. LS

    LynneS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Nicely decorated cosy bar area has more atmosphere and ambiance than the restaurant area but it was still very pleasant. Had to wait for a while after being seated to give our drinks order while a member of staff was chatting to a friend, but otherwise service was good. The food was excellent in quality and how well it was cooked and presented but we ran short of vegetables and had to ask for another dish .. we all had roasts , two vegetarian and five meat options but I think one dish of veg between three is a bit of an ask for a reasonable portion each . That said the freshness and flavour was fabulous and we thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Little young waitress worked hard and was attentive, well done !

  38. AS

    AllanSomerset

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful Sunday lunch, food really nice, service good and staff friendly. We all enjoyed our visit and will go back

  39. JP

    JillianP

    Devon

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Excellent venue for lunch. Easy parking, friendly and efficient service, great menu choice, well spaced tables. Would recommend this.

  40. AS

    AngelaS

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent staff and good as always - would recommend for any occasion

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

The Blue Ball is rated 4.5 stars by 385 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 8 times today
Google Map for The Blue Ball

Sandygate Exeter, Devon EX2 7JL

Additional information

  • Area

    Exeter

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 08:00–10:00 Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 18:00–20:30

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Ample parking provided in the car park or behind the pub.

  • Public Transit

    Newcourt or Digby Sowton train station.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Simon Bulled

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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