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The Blue Ball Inn

3.9
3.9
282 Reviews
£25 and under
Pub

A resplendent thatched-roof Inn, located in the heart of Devon, two miles from the coastal town of Sidmouth. With eight recently renovated rooms, the Blue Ball is a snuggly, seaside treat of a place. Locally sourced seafood specials are the order of the day, supplied by renowned Cornish fishmonger Flying Fish, coupled with a well-stocked bar of real ales, liveners & pick me ups! Our cosy corners, eccentric finishing touches and curiosities make for quite the venerable experience. Only heightened by our splendid rear garden which promises to provide a welcome haven.

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Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 12:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01395 514062

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Sidmouth

  • Parking Details

    A big parking area is just in front of our Pub!

  • Additional

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

Experiences

  • Festive Party Menu – Three Courses

    £33.00 per person

    22 Nov - 24 Dec 2021
    Secure your Festive Party booking with a deposit of £10.00 per person, two weeks ahead of your booking (at the very latest). The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms.  Reduced prices for children.  Other menu options are available. 
  • Christmas Day

    £80.00 per person

    25 Dec 2021 only
    Secure your Christmas Day booking with a deposit of £25 per person, two weeks ahead of your booking (at the very latest). The pub will contact you to take deposit.  
  • Festive Party Menu – Two Courses

    £28.00 per person

    22 Nov - 24 Dec 2021
    Secure your Festive Party booking with a deposit of £10.00 per person, two weeks ahead of your booking (at the very latest). The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms.  Reduced prices for children.  Other menu options are available. 

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

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What 282 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Devon

    Most Booked

  • East Devon

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Devon

    Healthy

  • East Devon

    Special Occasions

  • East Devon

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • East Devon

    Most Booked

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  1. RE

    RichardE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    Unfortunately I was eating by myself on a fairly quiet Monday evening. The staff did a great job, the food was excellent but how do you make a solitary meal exciting? I will certainly be going again!

  2. F

    Franco

    Devon

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience1

    Arrived 2pm lunch, Dinner came within time frame food not hot, potatoes disgusting,not roasted mushy.one thing good the beef but like it was thrown on the plate more vegetables would have been nice . Needs huge improvement.

  3. G

    Gordon

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A pleasant lunch in very convivial surroundings. As it was such a cold day, it would have been good to be a little warmer. Kind regards, Gordon Howe

  4. P

    Pebbles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Roast beef wasn’t very hot and belly pork wasn’t crispy, but it tasted good and the lamb shank was perfect! One of our group was initially going to have the partridge but a customer nearby returned it as there’s was cold so he changed his mind. Not enough veg initially supplied but we were brought another plate full so that was fine and that was tasty. Unfortunately our waiter had BO which wasn’t pleasant especially when he was leaning across the table. We decided not to stay for desserts as we thought they were a bit expensive. Overall disappointed with experience as we’ve had many good meals here before.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful inside. Lovely Log Fire. Great Staff and gorgeous food!

  6. W

    Wendy

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed everything about our meals. Will be coming back again. We had the Sunday Lunch which was exceptional.

  7. PM

    PatriciaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    very comfortable clean , we took an aged relative for his 93rd birthday the staff were exceptional

  8. G

    Gillian

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    This was the first time back to The Blue Ball since the beginning of the pandemic. I believe that it has now changed hands and the food was very good and very tasty. We were a table of four, and everyone enjoyed there food and drink. The only criticism i would have is the service was a little slow, but having said that i also understand that staff shortages are everywhere at the moment so couldnt be helped. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. I would recommend The Blue Ball for a relaxed evening meal, and will return in the future.

  9. JJ

    JoanJ

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    This is our third meal at The Blue Ball and was as good as the previous ones . The menu is varied , the staff friendly and courteous . We would recommend it to anyone . Looking forward to our next visit when we return to the area .

  10. JT

    JulieT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 November 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Our visit was adversely affected by inexperienced, inattentive staff. The young man was pleasant but knew very little about the menu, the dish I ordered was supposed to contain chicken, but didn't! My partner's meal was quite small considering the price. I had asked for a quiet table when booking online but we were shown to a table directly by the bar, strange because there were no other diners in at the time. We were subsequently moved to a quiet table, although I don't think the young lady was very happy about it. Such a shame really, it could have been a very different visit with just a few tweaks.

  11. MB

    MikeB

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Excellent service/food - looked after my Celiac wife - need to get some Bacardi in !!

  12. HB

    HeatherB

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an absolutely delicious roast beef lunch Very friendly staff Nice and quiet Clean What more can I say? Shame we were on holiday so unlikely to return but if we’re ever in the area again would be back Highly recommended 5 stars

  13. A

    Angela

    Surrey

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Booked after being recommended, but was very disappointed by the food. Both had roast beef, and the potatoes were soggy, along with a soggy Yorkshire pudding , and beef well, so thin it was hardly that tasty. Shame as in area for a week but will try other recommendations

  14. MF

    MaxineF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Well organised staff , definitely better than our first visit . Would and have recommended to friends .

  15. j

    jasonr

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    Waited 10 minutes to be seat 30 minutes for our first drink !was offered a description of the specials board that didn’t happen either! Just can’t be assed with rubbish service but ever so keen to take the money

  16. JY

    JudithY

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    The pub is great, we had a warm welcome & the service was good. Sadly the food was mediocre, not bad enough to complain but definitely disappointing. The bar snacks we ordered as starters had little flavour, with the exception of the belly pork bites which were delicious. Two of us had the chicken schnitzel which was over cooked & dry. They had also placed the hot chicken on top of the salad which made it warm & limp, not pleasant to eat. We had two puddings, both of which were delicious, so a positive finish to the meal. Overall it was average, just not the great meal we had hoped for.

  17. AH

    AngeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, very attentive. Food was delicious. We will be booking again.

  18. B

    Beany

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We absolutely loved this place, which was just 5 minutes walk from the cottage we stayed in. The place is beautifully decorated and comfortable, lovely ambiance and the staff were amazingly helpful. We chose starters and a plate of cheese and the cheese plate was huge, a few more biscuits were asked for though as not quite enough, the cheese selection was superb! Lovely lovely place, they will always win over other restaurants, Inns and pubs as they are always open! All in all excellent food, service and ambiance. When next in Sidmouth, we'll be back! AND dog friendly!

  19. BE

    BarryE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    10 pounds 50p for large white wine!!!! London prices, 5.95 along the Rd with sea view good doom bar tho, meals were smallish,

  20. PH

    PeterH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A super pub, where we have eaten regularly . Excellent food well presented. Will always recommend.

  21. RB

    RodB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Very friendly staff as always. Food was excellent. Lovely place can't wait to go again.

  22. TW

    TracyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall4food2service5ambience5

    Waiting staff attentive, well spoken, nicely turned out and very polite. Food lacks imagination and no finesse.

  23. PD

    PatriciaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had a lovely meal at the blue ball on Saturday evening, staff were lovely and food was very good . Will definitely be returning.

  24. h

    helenc

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Service a little patchy and my meal seemed under seasoned.

  25. JP

    JanP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food, good service, welcoming space within the confines of covid restrictions (welcomed by us). What's not to love. A flavourful rib-eye perfectly cooked to a melting medium-rare, fluffy chips, a lovely grilled muchroom with a herby-garlicy crusted top, and old fashioned onion rings kept me very happy. My partner loved the lambshanks, seasonal vegetables and dauphinoise, and especially his sticky toffee pudding. Jealous of the Sidford locals who can walk to the pub but it also has a generous sized car park for those of us from further afield.

  26. FB

    FrancesB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Welcoming and friendly staff. Efficient but not rushed service. Good choice of food and plenty to choose menu and specials. Good selection of drinks. Will definitely return.

  27. YT

    YvonneT

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Interesting menu with plenty of local produce. Food well cooked and presented and the service attentive. Thoroughly enjoyable lunch. Will be back soon

  28. GP

    GwenP

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was very friendly politete and efficient. The quality of the food was good . The portion sizes of inexpensive items like chips,potatoes rice etc might not suit younger appetites but were adequate for us Our visitors from Hertfordshire always like the atmosphere and it is a 10-15 minute walk from our house which means we can all have an alcoholic drink

  29. KS

    KellyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    We arrived at the allotted time but no one was in the foyer to greet us, so we went around to bar area to find someone only to be sent back where we just came from. We were seated and then waited approximately 10 minutes for the waiter who seemed new, to take our drinks order. This arrived quickly and then he took our food order. The restaurant was fully booked and were made aware by the poster on the flyer that there could be a delay in food coming out. The food arrived very quickly but was only warm as if it had been out on the side for a time, not hot, but didn’t want to make a fuss as it was tasty but only warm. We then ordered puddings and requested the custard to be piping hot. This came out luke warm. Not overly impressed for our first visit, it seemed we were the last ones to have been fed and it was only 7pm. I will give it another try as the waiter was very attentive and we have recently moved to the area

  30. JM

    JoanneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Beautiful sunday lunch, great veggie option. Exceptional service. Quite pricy but worth it.

  31. A

    Annah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect evening, excellent service, excellent food. See you all again soon

  32. E

    Elle

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service with super friendly but professional staff. The food was delicious and we all enjoyed our meals. The place is tastefully decorated and very clean throughout. A great find and we’d definitely be back!

  33. SP

    SueP

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was the first time in ages that we had been to The Blue Ball. A group of 10 including a toddler and a well behaved dog. Brilliant service. Hot food. Tasty food. Polite staff. Will be returning.

  34. CB

    CharlotteB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic meal. Food and wine both delicious. Really great service and nice not to feel rushed like you do in so many places these days. Will certainly be back

  35. d

    disappointed

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2021

    overall3food5service2ambience2

    Really disappointed. We were a group of 3 put on a table for 2 when there were other tables available. Serving staff (bar one) were very sullen, not engaging with us at all. Food took a really long time to come out. We were given a dessert menu and then had to wait for about 20 minutes for someone to take our order and then had to wait another 20 minutes for the desserts to come out when it was really quiet. Will not be eating there again.

  36. F

    Fattie

    London

    47 reviews

    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    It was a very busy night & service was very slow. Food average. Will visit again as local but felt it wasn’t as good as our previous visit in July.

  37. TP

    TracyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, great customer service delicious food and dog friendly

  38. CR

    ChristopherR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Friendly and helpful staff, good selection of food and quick service. Would visit again.

  39. SM

    SallyM

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had a very pleasant dining experience at The Blue Ball. We were a group of 9 and had our own small dining area. The food was very good and value for money. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. We would certainly go back.

  40. TN

    TomN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food and great service from the staff who made us feel very welcome. A great evening.

FAQs

The Blue Ball Inn is rated 3.9 stars by 282 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

December 2021
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Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Blue Ball Inn

Stevens Cross Sidford Sidmouth, ENG EX10 9QL

  • Area

    Sidmouth

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 12:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    A big parking area is just in front of our Pub!

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

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

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