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The Blue Ball Inn

4.0
4
326 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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  • 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

  • Private party facilities

    Blue Ball Inn has a lovely function room to be hired for any kind of function, receptions, celebration. Just get in touch with Blue Ball to book a viewing and discuss your event details with the management team!

  • 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

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

View menu on restaurant's website

What 326 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Devon

    Healthy

  • East Devon

    Lunch

  • East Devon

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • East Devon

    Romance

  • East Devon

    Special Occasions

  • East Devon

    Most Booked

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  1. DJ

    DotJ

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time eating there, very nice food , staff pleasant & quick service. Overall would recommend this pub to other people.

  2. GP

    GrahamP

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All good as usual

  3. SH

    StephenH

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent Sunday roast with polite and helpful staff. Lovely ambience in the venue too.

  4. MH

    MickH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food & pub - have a nice Birthday celebration in a quieter area as requested. Will definitely be back soon

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, amazing staff

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We always enjoy the steak & ale pie. The service is good & friendly.

  7. PD

    PaulD

    Devon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    We enjoyed our stay overall,the only down side was lack of menu due to lack of staff due to COVID which is understandable.

  8. H

    Hasslefree

    Bath

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Despite the fact that because of shortage of staff and a menu restricted to roast dinners only there was plenty to choose from including a vegetarian dish'. The food was served with the minimum of delay, it was hot and well presented. The staff were pleasant and friendly and we couldn't fault the service. We had a very nice meal and have booked again for next week.

  9. A

    Alice

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Usually everything is top class but on this visit the food was inferior. The fish was not fresh enough and was overcooked. Veg not up to the usual standard. There were some issues with drinks.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Arrived after booking only to find no chefs were on due to Covid, we had not been informed so very much a wasted journey, very poor indeed.

  11. DM

    DeniseM

    Memphis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a really lovely evening even though COVID tried to spoil it with staff shortages. The manager and his wife did a fantastic job making the night as enjoyable as possible.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Gorgeous pub with a log fire and generally a cosy friendly feeling. Attentive staff and delicious food.

  13. GP

    GwenP

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff were friendly and helpful It was table service with most staff wearing masks. The food was good As it was a quiet night there were no concerns about noise or being too close to others

  14. GT

    GerryT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Food as usual was very good, good crowd of people in and I think they didn't have enough staff , although the service was very good and we were well looked after, I think they were overwhelmed with last minute bookings, The staff worked well with no complaints and smiles on their faces I always use the blue ball and will continue to do so, in fact I am going back on 31st Dec to celebrate my retirement

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Overall we had a very enjoyable Christmas Day meal that was well presented and generally with good service. The food was a little overprepared but I guess that’s necessary for the number they were catering for. The portions were fine and ample for the three of us.

  16. CM

    ChrisM

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Nice surroundings. Would recommend to all.

  17. CW

    ChristopherW

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an excellent Christmas Day meal, we couldn’t fault the food in any way and the service was second to none. Next Christmas can’t come soon enough ☺️

  18. ND

    NormaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Varied menu , quality of food excellent. Service was impeccable Would definitely dine there again

  19. JH

    JeremyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We never feel let down at The Blue Ball Inn our pre-Christmas lunch was most enjoyable.

  20. JS

    JohnS

    Devon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Staff were very helpful and seated us, as requested, away from other diners to protect a vulnerable member of our group. Service was good and the food lovely.

  21. TB

    TheBFamily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely food, excellent service for ourselves including 2 small children. All felt very safe . Such a shame to see so few people eating out at this time. Hope things pick up soon.

  22. NB

    NeilB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Delicious Sunday roast served by professional team front of house. Will definitely return.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a lovely Roast Beef Sunday lunch at the Blue Ball inn. Food was plentiful and it tasted just right. The Eton Mess was fabulous! Staff were very polite. I look forward to visiting again soon.

  24. C

    Caroline

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food is always amazing at the Blue Ball and we had a wonderful Christmas lunch with relatives yesterday. The staff are very smart, attentive and courteous but a few seemed very young and somewhat inexperienced. It didn't spoil our lunch though and we highly recommend this beautiful pub for it's incredible food and relaxing ambiance.

  25. AM

    AMASH

    Devon

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Very pleasant evening spent in the restaurant. No real faults with service or food but personally would prefer that gravy was always served separately.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    On entering, the atmosphere was calm and relaxing and we were greeted immediately and shown to our table! We were served by a polite and helpful waiter and he seemed genuinely eager to please! We ordered our food and we didn’t have to wait very long! I felt that the prices were quite high and think my expectations were too (to match the Prices). I felt the food was ok but really average and could have been elevated with a little more effort! I had the chicken schnitzel which was ok but I did find a couple of small bones in it! So, to sum up, but pricey and average food! But service was excellent! Nice atmosphere!

  27. PP

    PaoloP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Easy parking opposite the pub, which has a very homely feel. The food is very good, as is the service. Will definitely dine there again.

  28. SR

    SamR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a brilliant evening the meals were amazing, the staff were great, pub is beautiful, overall a lovely evening, will defo be goin back

  29. AT

    AdrianT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very flavoursome roast Sunday lunch. Delicious. Meat tender. Lovely veggies. Staff couldn't have been more welcoming and attentive.

  30. AP

    AnnP

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Very easy to make booking online. Friendly and effecient greeting on arrival. Excellent Sunday roast pork lunch.

  31. F

    Fisherman

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    The Blue ball was friendly and the menu was ok, unfortunatley two of the dishes we required wernt available so the choice for us was restricted, otherwise the meal was lovely, nice and hot and well cooked, would certainly go again.

  32. n

    neila

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Another enjoyable evening at the Blue Ball. The waiting staff were so friendly and attentive. A special shout out for Thea who did everything to make us feel so welcome

  33. RB

    RichardB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Very pleasant ambience staff and food and great alr

  34. K

    Kimberley

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience4

    Lovely ambience and setting massively let down by a combination of factors: Waitress service so I’d have expected a drinks order within the first 10 minutes. I had to ask to order a drink. Food - came in a timely manner which was great, however soon became apparent why. The plant based Wellington for a dry pasty with a mushroom in the middle. Assumed to be frozen. Everything else was ‘ok’ certainly not restaurant standard. Overall a very disappointing eveing. Lots of empty tables on a Friday eve. Pub quality service and food at restaurant prices. Will definitely not be back in a hurry. And around £26 for 3 glasses of wine didn’t make me feel any better about the whole ordeal!

  35. LC

    LindsayC

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The blue ball inn is one of the best in Sidmouth we visit Sidmouth a few times a year for holidays and this is our favourite pub a pleasant place to eat and drink . Fabulous food .

  36. JM

    JudithM

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    quiet surroundings very good service and more choice of menu than previous visits

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    First time here for a family meal and it was wonderful. Had steak and kidney pudding which you don't see very much of anymore and it was fantastic!!! Amazing onion soup to start too

  38. YT

    YvonneT

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall2food4service4ambience2

    The food and service was great. Unfortunately we were stuck in a back part of the pub which was really cold and draughty. We stuck it for a while and then asked to be moved. Do make sure when you book that you’re in a warm comfy spot

  39. SH

    SarahH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious homemade Steak and Ale Pie. Fresh veg and amazing gravy!

  40. JS

    JohnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We booked on line whilst holidaying in Sidmouth. As soon a we arrived we were met at door and shown to our table…….we knew this was a well organised place. The food and Service were excellent. I would particularly like to shine spotlight onto our waiter called Jamie. He was simply outstanding and a huge asset to the place. I Would definitely very highly recommend.

FAQs

The Blue Ball Inn is rated 4 stars by 326 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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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

  • Phone number

    01395 514062

  • Private party facilities

    Blue Ball Inn has a lovely function room to be hired for any kind of function, receptions, celebration. Just get in touch with Blue Ball to book a viewing and discuss your event details with the management team!

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