The Blue Ball

4.5
211 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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
What 211 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Charles
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good meal. The standard of food is always very good. Service was good , as usual.

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lisa
Devon
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a Sunday lunch and wasn't disappointed great service, friendly staff and the food was delicious. The only one thing I will say is I think for the price all roast should be served with a Yorkshire pudding.
Will definitely be returning

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none
Devon
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

When I complained that my roast lamb was very fatty the waitress was very attentive and I was given a free pudding.

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JenniferF
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good menu. Quality local food. Friendly but non intrusive service.
Good price for quality food.

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TonyR
Devon
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good Sunday lunch with friends
Food was superb
Service under COVID rules was very good

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RichardW
Devon
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and nice surroundings. Felt that Covid rules were appropriately applied

AM
AnneMarie
Devon
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great choice on menu and taste food! Perfect, perfect, perfect!!

KC
KirstyC
Devon
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love the Sunday roast here... definitely one of the best in the area! The garden area is very well covered so no need to worry if it rains. Very dog friendly too.

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KerryL
Devon
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We arrived group of 5 was shone Are table service good all night staff all friendly food very good

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Calypso
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Good beer and a useful awning outside. Slow service and slightly disappointing food considering the price. Would return for some drinks but probably pass on food in future.

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NatashaW
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance,really efficient team members who can’t do enough for you.

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LucieBiscoe
Devon
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering we are only able to dine outside at the moment, the setting was beautiful. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, the tent, lights, heaters and wooden huts were brilliant for all weather. The food was lovely.
Thank you we will definitely be back!

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CarolB
Devon
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff... would definitely go again

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ChadC
Devon
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiters were super friendly , the woooden hut they gave us to sit in was great for our date , couldn’t ask for anything better.

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tracyc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though we had to sit outside we enjoyed everything at The Blue Ball pub and would definitely go again. Food , service and place itself was excellent and good value for money.

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Runty
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Well thought out, safe, popular and good value Sunday lunch.

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KateC
Devon
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here very enjoyable food was lovely and service great will return

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Lefty
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Given the restrictions it was absolutely fine and staff were very helpful. We needed 2 tables of 6 and management went all out to get us together. Excellent.

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RyanL
Devon
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and great food! I'm a big fella and couldn't finish the haddock and chips :)

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Gladys
Devon
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Poor service, rude staff.
Both tables had incorrect bills with additional food and drinks added.

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Claire
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor large covered section, and cute little huts you can book too.
Only had the squid but was cooked perfectly!

Efficient service and nice ambiance.

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ClareD
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening with great food and great service, only downside was not being able to order hot drinks.

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vipMartinS
Devon
7 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab as always

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RPlocal
Devon
5 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Roast!one of the best. Good value for money.

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SuziP
Devon
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of the best carverys that we have eaten, absolutely delicious! 💯

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BethanyF
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great good , great service. The huts are great ! Very warm

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Lucy
Devon
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and staff. Overall a lovely place. Would 100% recommend!

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Jus68
Devon
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday lunchtime: lovely food, friendly staff, good service and lucky to get cabin with a heater!

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LindaR
Devon
5 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and drink and lovely to sit outside under the awning with twinkly lights above! My only thought would possibly be to consider heaters in the main area.

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BobMc
Devon
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good outdoor space, with outside bar. Many picnic tables, well spaced, and a large undercover decking area that was reassuringly dry during a heavy rainstorm.

Staff were relaxed, friendly, and attentive.

Lunch menu was a cut above normal pub fare. Exceeded expectations.

A very positive experience for our first venture out for a while.

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jojo0902
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor experience well
Spaced out and organised

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PaulJ
Devon
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, good service. Nice outside seating area

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Always
Devon
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect setting, good and service as always - really good covid ‘amendments’

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RichardW
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Starters and mains were good. Sticky toffee pudding had clearly been microwaved, tough, dry and very little sticky toffee sauce.

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JulieM
Devon
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Amazing what has been done to accommodate Covid times ..would recommend to friends and family to pay a visit to Blue Ball and have already mentioned to few people!

Well done for all your hard work and warm welcome☺️

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LucyW
Devon
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was ok but quite over priced service was good and food came out quickly

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Littlelion
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Strange times. Outdoor under canvas or not and well arranged. Busy so kitchen couldn't cope. First our shared starter arrived eventually. Main course arrived 90+minutes after the order with people arriving around us receiving theirs before us.
Burger was tasty but expensive. Wife's "fish" was 2 indeterminate narrow fillets - Coley maybe with a slight hint of ammonia and a mountain of peas.
To be fair they removed the cost of the starter and apologised repeatedly but it was a shame.
Maybe go back at some point.

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MelanieS
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was tasty, the arrive was great the manager was really helpful. I
I like what they've done with the outside space.
It could do with some garden heaters.

BB
BeckyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, lovely service. They have done the garden up lovely

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OpenTable Diner
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new outdoor space. Very Covid secure. Delicious fish and chips
All as good as their sister pub The Puffing Billy.

FAQs

The Blue Ball is rated 4.5 stars by 211 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.