The Blue Ball Inn

3.9
219 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.

Experiences

  • Festive Party Menu – Three Courses

    £33.00 per person

    Nov 22 - Dec 24, 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

    Dec 25, 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

    Nov 22 - Dec 24, 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. 
  • Party Buffet

    £20.00 per person

    Nov 22 - Dec 24, 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. Other menu options are available.  
  • Sumptuous Buffet

    £22.00 per person

    Nov 22 - Dec 24, 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. 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
What 219 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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3.9based on recent ratings
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3.9
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3.9
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3.7
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DavidC
Devon
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good, although a bit more choice with desserts.

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Jacsmaryland
London
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Haven’t been here for a while but enjoyed our meal and were able to bring our dog . Food was good although menu a bit limited but I think that is quite common at the moment . Service was good and the staff were friendly. I’d happily book again .

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ThomasR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had the Pork and Apple sausages, with mustard mash, onion rings and gravy. Very flavourfull and plenty of choice. Happily surprised having not dined for a few years. Great atmosphere and felt very welcome by staff, some confusion over what deserts we ordered and to what table, and had to ask for the bill twice. But staff were very nice and polite, throughout the evening. Would definitely come back to try some of the other food. Extensive drinks menu too!

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Smiffyp
Devon
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have eaten both lunch and dinner at the Blue Ball and always been very pleased with the food and service. It is a charming pub with outside tables if required and plenty of parking.

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AMASH
Devon
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant surroundings with good pub food. Staff pleasant and helpful but not pushy. Good standard of cleanliness.

MC
MelanieC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and friendly staff in fact the best dressed staff I have ever seen in a pub they were immaculately dressed

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ClaireF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Highly recommend the Blue Ball. Excellent food and staff very friendly

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Dianes57
Bath
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

There was a shortage of staff when we arrived. However the food was lovely. We really enjoyed it. The cheese board was also excellent.

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AlisonC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Er not the Best
Burnt Roast potatoes replaced with not so burnt ones
Tough beef
Over whipped cream in Eaton Mess plus 2 pieces of meringue and 1 strawberry 🍓!!!!!!

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Sharon
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food. Friendly staff. Just a bit slow on service so had to wait a while for drinks to arrive and bill.

SC
SueC
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was excellent & dog friendly to

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Fethard
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Chicken overcooked and tough, a huge disappointment.
Staff were lovely
We’re sat right underneath a speaker and had to request that the volume was lowered
Dessert was good

AE
AlanE
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Resturant , good snd front of house . Thankyou very much

SC
SarahC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice village pub with good food and a pleasant atmosphere

DR
DaveR
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Standard pub food. Service a bit slow. Good location.

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Blake
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a table for 7.30 on a Sunday evening. We had travelled down from Dorset and hadn’t had a cooked meal that day so we’re hungry. I had a pork dish from the Sunday roast menu. We were seated in an area of the bar which was so dark that we had to use torches to read the menu. The food was lukewarm and distinctly average, as if it had been reheated. Later in the night I was seriously unwell which I believe was due to the food at the inn, although I realise that this is difficult to prove. Obviously we will not be eating there again.

LB
LinB
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice ambience, friendly staff, slightly disorganised, but food very tasty and good value

RP
RobertP
Devon
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service at start was very good then we had to aske for sweet and then a wait and had to ask for bill

CS
ChrisS
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Good not warm, waiting 60 minutes for meal and service poor. Roast was very good but edge cremated

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Table was in a darkish area next to kitchen entrance so lots of traffic. They were busy so service was very slow. Menu choice was reasonable and food acceptable for price. My wife was cold most of the time. Not sure we would go back.

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GemmaS
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

A catalogue of errors really. We arrived late (did phone ahead to inform) as our taxi got lost. The kitchen was closing at 9, and as a table of 9 it seemed a little ambitious in the first instance to let us have a booking for 8pm. Our little corner of the restaurant was so dark we were using our phone torches to read the menu. One member of the party was so disappointed with her dauphinois potatoes that she complained - to be curtly told "that's how they're made". As it was a birthday celebration meal we all felt deflated and let down. I'm not one for complaining, or writing a bad review, but it needs to be done sometimes. around 8.55pm we were offered dessert menus... when the staff reappeared to see if we'd like anything, we were then told the kitchen was shut, so no puddings. Soft drinks and cups of tea were removed from bill as a goodwill gesture. I think if you're going to try The Blue Ball, book for 6pm so there's time to get through all courses and not feel unwelcome.

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AlexandraD
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food as always, we had 3 courses and a a couple of drinks each and only £70.

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Cazza
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch, the pub's new management certainly know what they're doing. The food was incredible and staff were very attentive. Atmosphere was perfect, nice and quiet but other tables creating a gentle buzz of chat. Staff all seemed very young, late teens I think, which felt a little odd but they were all very professional. Clean and tidy venue. Faultless afternoon except that we couldn't add a tip to our bill and pay it by card - part of the company policy apparently- so we had to tip by cash. Fortunately we had some! Highly recommend the Blue Ball, you won't be disappointed.

AC
AlanC
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always welcoming and cheerful. Well arranged and extremely clean, tidy and efficient. Superb choice of food and drinks.

JP
JuneP
Devon
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lovely food, lamb shank was beautiful. Table for 3 of is was a bit cramped.

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SamW
Devon
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great staff. 1 of us was celiac and a separate menu was brought out!
Great service
Highly recommend

SP
SueParsley
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a regular eater there, never disappointed

DJ
DaniJ
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Had to wait far to long for are first round of drinks, even though they were sat on the tray on the bar. Food was pretty bland. Not a huge choice of staters and none of the things you expect in a pub menu. Mine wasn’t very hot and weird mix of cooked veg and raw tomatoes with no flavour. Staff were friendly but not a place we would go for food again.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience5

Excellent in very way. Main course superb. Sticky toffee pud too sweet.

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sulian
London
18 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food good, well presented and portion sizes just right.

LM
LyndyM
Devon
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service. Our 3rd visit & will definitely return. Good quality food & excellent vegetables. All so well cooked & tasty. Five stars all round.

LI
LINDA
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was efficient and friendly. The steak and ale pie was very tasty. Efficient booking system.

KR
KarenR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff were very attentive and the food was very good. We would certainly recommend to others.

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TommyT
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lovely food, amazing service.. Maybe an idea to have a dog section so customers can choose to be there or not as there were x3 dogs and all quite disturbing.

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AlisonC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although they had a notice saying they were short staffed, we were served extremely quickly and efficiently. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The roast pork was fantastic. A really enjoyable Sunday lunch.

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geoff
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The lamb shank and the roast beef and accompanying veg seemed as though they had been cooked and plated up well beforehand and reheated (insufficiently-they weren't hot enough) or perhaps kept warm under heat lamps. Perhaps as a result of this one member of the party felt ill for the rest of the day. Fish and chips was OK. Strawberry Eton mess contained scarcely any strawberries or meringue, just a mass of over whipped cream, so pretty yucky.
A great shame as we have enjoyed good meals here in the past.

GB
GeoffreyBungle
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good experience with Shelley looking after us brilliantly and a great character.Only minus was the fact that a very large unhygienic dog next to us was intrusive but otherwise very pleasant and charming staff.Excellent choice of beer and superb parking facilities.

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RachelW
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and customer service. Very pleasant environment. Highly recommended.

PE
PETERB
Devon
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very pleasant place to meet with family for the first time in 18 months. Food was good and the service acceptable

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ValerieS
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended a great place to stay. The food was excellent the staff so helpful cannot fault the quality of my stay.

FAQs

The Blue Ball Inn is rated 3.9 stars by 219 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.