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The Blue Ball

4.4
4.4
347 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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  • 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

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

Menu

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What 347 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Devon

    Lunch

  • Devon

    Sunday Lunch

  • Devon

    British

  • East Devon

    Best Overall

  • East Devon

    Best Food

  • East Devon

    Best Service

  • East Devon

    Best Ambience

  • East Devon

    Best Value

  • East Devon

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Devon

    Group Bookings

  • East Devon

    Healthy

  • East Devon

    Lunch

  • East Devon

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • East Devon

    Most Booked

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  1. JP

    JillianP

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

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

  2. AS

    AngelaS

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious roast absolutely recommend!

  4. i

    ianw

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really lucky to get a table. The roast was fabulous loads of meat & fresh vegetables.

  5. LB

    LouiseB

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a lovely Sunday lunch with my family including 1yr old grandson. All the staff were very friendly and despite being busy were helpful. Our meal was excellent and portions generous. Service was quick.

  6. MS

    MartinS

    Devon

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great as always 👍

  7. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The perfect venue. I met friends for lunch and could not fault the Blue Ball Inn. Excellent food in comfortable surroundings. Friendly,attentive, polite staff. Easy parking, good access to Motorway. I’ll definitely be back.

  8. MR

    MartinR

    Devon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    We visit the Blue Ball very regularly and the food and service is normally very good. But on this occasion the time to order and wait for the food was much too long and the food was not up to the usual standard

  9. B

    Brie

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely surrounding, good food, and very pleasant staff. Will go back

  10. AP

    AnnieP

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    First time and made to feel very welcome. Lots of effort made with good flowers, clean tables etc. Food great though would like to have seen a specials board with something a bit more innovative. Having said that the dishes we had could not have been better - excellent Ham used for the HE and Chips etc. Staff attentive - we had a great night.

  11. O

    Olly

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely atmosphere, diverse menu, great food and average prices

  12. JT

    JimT

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent food. I think they were a bit short staffed but the staff that were there did a great job. Lovely relaxing family roast.

  13. CB

    ColinB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4

    Service so slow waited ages and then starter arrived with the main. Ordered a drink which was forgotten. Manager continuously wore his mask under his nose.

  14. PH

    PHILLIPB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Average food but very slow service from ordering the meal to receiving it.,

  15. MS

    MalcolmS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Very good Sunday lunch , good value & very attentive waiting staff. Overall very satisfied & will visit again., Also dog friendly which was a bonus.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Meeting family members. Your staff were great

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food. Huge portions.

  18. F

    Fran

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food and staff excellent, we particularly like the fact that everyone is greeted as they come in and not ignored as in some establishments. I'm g/f and when asking about the food nothing was too much trouble for the serving staff.

  19. t

    tamsinexeter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lovely meal in a great atmosphere with lovely staff. The Blue Ball has become our ‘go to’ family meeting place.

  20. JE

    JoannaE

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We were impressed with the way the waitress & kitchen accommodated our individual requests so that no food was wasted! Also pleased to see that staff were adhering to Covid regulations - pity some of the other customers were less thoughtful.

  21. AS

    AngelaS

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect Sunday roast with friends- excellent as always

  22. S

    Silversurfer

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Haven’t visited since refurbishment very surprised how open it feels. Very helpful staff will return as found out we can take our dogs as well. Well done

  23. JC

    JanineC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We were a party of 5, we requested a round table and that’s what we got. If we had been in a hurry, we might have considered the service to be a bit slow, but we had a lot to catch up with, so were glad of the time to chat. We didn’t feel rushed out at the end of our meal, all in all, a good experience.

  24. J

    Jakey

    London

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very pleasant place. Very convenient for stopping off on M5. Food and service were excellent.

  25. CM

    CarolM

    Devon

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food as always. Great Service Would recommend

  26. CG

    ClareG

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent food. Very happy. Service a little slow but overall very good and would recommend.

  27. A

    Andshe

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good food,excellent staff,enjoyed will be returning.

  28. SB

    ScottB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, friendly staff and excellent food. Definitely be back again

  29. A

    Andshe

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent staff,very attentive, food good ,reasonable choice. Good portions.

  30. MS

    MartinS

    Devon

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First class 👍

  31. ML

    MarieL

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Really lovely pub. The food was very good and tasty. The staff were very accommodating.

  32. EL

    EdwardL

    Devon

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I can highly recommend the Blue Ball. My wife and I have eaten there twice in the space of a few weeks, meeting friends and family. From the moment you step in side the door you get the full attention of the friendly staff. The Food is very good quality and well presented. We are always pressed to a dessert - well it would be rude to refuse! We will be back really soon as we think this is a great little pub for good quality dining.

  33. JG

    JeremyG

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    All 4 of us were delighted with our food and the service./ It was our first visit and we will return.

  34. AL

    AlfL

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Helpful staff great food great venue, would recommend.

  35. C

    Clare

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff and food was fab. We took our 13 month old lab in and they were very patient with him. Thankfully he finally relaxed. This has no reflection in the environment. He just wants to say hi to everyone! Will definitely be recommending it to all friends.

  36. MT

    MoniqueT

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Busy with big Christmas party though we were looked after well. Pub is dog friendly which is great as we had our dog with us. Visiting family as we live in Yorkshire definitely will be going back on next family visit. Thank you

  37. F

    Featherwhite

    Devon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall2food1service2ambience2

    This meal was booked for 4 ladies. The menu choice was limited. The meals ordered were 2 x chicken curries £15 each 1 x fish pie £15 1 x burger and chips £14 The curries and fish pie were smaller than a ready meal. The fish pie literally looked like it had had the lumpy mash chucked on the top, it had no cheese as a topping and zero presentation. This meal was sent back as it was luke warm. The curries again were smaller than a ready meal. These were supposed to be served with poppadoms and a yoghurt dip. The yoghurt dip was missing. We mentioned this to a staff member who said she would ask the kitchen staff....we had no response. When asked if we would like something off of the sweet menu 2 of the party decided to have a starter as they were still hungry...may I add the 2 ladies in question were not big eaters but felt the main meals were inadequate and had left them still hungry. The only meal that was of a decent size was the burger and chips. The tastiness of the food was ok. The staff were polite and friendly. Ambience, there wasn't any...it was lacklustre. Drinks were expensive. Overall this was an overpriced and disappointing meal for what we ordered. We would not recommend.

  38. JS

    JennyS

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We were warmly welcomed and shown to our table. The place was warm and tables not tightly packed together. We did have quite a long wait for our food but when it came it was excellent. Could recommend this pub to anyone.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Nice place to meet the family

  40. S

    Sailingman

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Excellent food in the Blue ball great service and very good value.

FAQs

The Blue Ball is rated 4.4 stars by 347 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.

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2 people

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Google Map for The Blue Ball

Sandygate Exeter, Devon EX2 7JL

  • 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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