The Blue Ball

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397 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British

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Sunday Lunch
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We serve traditional, hearty British food using the best seasonal ingredients available to us from local producers and suppliers. We also offer a selection of well kept cask ales and a carefully chosen wine list most of which are available by the glass.The atmosphere is informal and relaxed so whether you want to pop in for a quiet drink, a special celebration or a quick bite to eat you will always be welcome. The Blue Ball is the latest pub to join the award winning Whiting and Hammond group.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Booked for 12.30 table was not ready the manager invited us to have a completely drink. He came for us after a few minutes.
Food was very good. Liked vegetables were served up in a dish to help yourself.
Waiting staff were on the button. Very obliging.

The Blue Ball
Responded 14 hours ago

Hi, Thank you so much for your review! It was an absolute pleasure yesterday. Look forward to seeing you again soon, Gareth & Team

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LM
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very nice Sunday lunch , but found they were very stingy with the vegetables , there were 8 of us and only 2 dishes of veg came up, asked for more and l more came still not enough .They served a gin and tonic in a tumbler appalling lucky we had already had one so tipped into a proper glass. The noice level was ok but there was a large table of parent all with children under 5 which we love to see but one of them had bought the game with a hammer nocking in pegs , not a very intelligent toy to take where people are enjoying a Sunday lunch , overall they need to take some tips from No 12 with the amount of veg to serve .Even the waiter said they are often stingy with the veg !

The Blue Ball
Responded 3 days ago

Hi LynneM, I'm pleased to hear you had a very nice Sunday Lunch but also disheartened we didn't make a 4 or 5 star. It is standard practice to give ample vegetables with our Sunday Roasts, but for some reason this wasn't the case so i do apologise. We are more than happy to give any of our guests more veg and more again if requested as we want everyone to leave the Blue Ball happy and also full. Hopefully we will see you again for a Sunday roast soon, Gareth & Team

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P
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked as I was working locally and wanted a meal that wasn’t microwaved in the hotel. The food was extremely well prepared and cooked and the staff were so friendly and genuinely interested. I shall be visiting again.

The Blue Ball
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Placesetting, Thank you for your positive review! We pride ourselves on our food and service. Our ingredients sourced from artisan suppliers are freshly cooked by our creative chefs. We hope to see you again when you're this neck of the woods. Gareth & Team

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KO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Would absolutely recommend The Blue Ball to a friend - the food was excellent and reasonably priced, in a very pleasant setting. The only negative was that our group was sat slap bang in the middle of the restaurant and were constantly being walked past by staff and patrons, and often had patrons waiting to be seated crowded around our table. It had us feeling a little like we were in the way.

The Blue Ball
Responded 3 days ago

Hi KieranO, Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed the food. So sorry to hear you felt you were slap bang in the middle, we have since had a slight move around so hopefully this won't be the case next time. Hopefully see you again soon, Gareth & Team

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a lovely pub with a relaxed cosy feel. Friendly staff, amazing menu with lots of choice and delicious food! Will be returning soon!

The Blue Ball
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review! Gareth & Team

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MB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined with friends - all great. Loved also that we were in the dining room.

The Blue Ball
Responded 3 days ago

Hi MrsB, Thank you for your great review! Look forward to seeing you again, Gareth & Team

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O
Munich
38 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time we visited the Blue Bell and we were happy as the first time. The food, service and quality was great. We loved it.

The Blue Ball
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Olli, Thank you very much for the review! So glad you had a great time with us again. Look forward to see you again soon, Gareth & Team

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O
Munich
38 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First visit. Very good menu with great variety. The food was great and the service was courteous and fast. It was a very pleasant experience and I will be back.

The Blue Ball
Responded on 27 September 2019

Hi Olli, Thank you for your lovely review. We are very proud of our pub and team. Hopefully we will see you again in the near future. Gareth & Team

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the staff were excellent and the food was delicious

The Blue Ball
Responded on 20 September 2019

Hi AndyC, Thank you very much for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your time with us. Hopefully see you again. Gareth & Team

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JH
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Food, Great Service, Friendly Staff
Overall great meal.

The Blue Ball
Responded on 12 September 2019

Hi JoHill, Thank you so much for your review, we are very proud of our pub and team! Look forward to seeing you again. Gareth & Team

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C
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TOOK SOME FRIENDS FOR LUNCH AS WE ARE DUE TO LEAVE THE COUNTY IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS. SO MUCH THOUGHT HAS BEEN PUT INTO THE DECOR ESPECIALLY THE LOOS.... SUPERB!!!
THE FOOD WAS AMAZING, STAFF SO FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL! THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WAS JUST GREAT, WHAT A LOVELY PLACE TO SPEND A SATURDAY AFTERNOON, THANK YOU ALL AT THE BLUE BALL!

The Blue Ball
Responded on 12 September 2019

Hi Christened, Thank you for your review! It was an absolutely pleasure, we are so pleased your enjoyed your experience with us. Hopefully see you when your back this way, Gareth & Team

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ST
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal and great service. Very nice atmosphere. We had a great time.

The Blue Ball
Responded on 12 September 2019

Hi SueT, Thank you for your review, we are very proud of our pub and team! Hopefully see you again soon, Gareth & team

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DB
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very nice restaurant, I had the fish and chips and it was lovely. Service was very good also.

AR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pub and brilliant for families given the play area outside. Sunday roast was lovely and service super!!

DD
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mother for her 80th birthday and had a lovely meal. Our 10 year old twins ate everything that was put in front of them which is high praise indeed. Lovely food, very friendly staff and decor with great character. We will be back!

DR
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was fantastic and the waiter friendly and helpful. The main course was lovely but the dessert was a little disappointing. Overall though the Blue Bull is value for money, we just would not order the same dessert.

t
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent food. Great setting. Slow service by the kitchen staff, but the waiter informed us timely of delay and offered complimentary coffee & icecreams for the kids. Despite the inconvenience, we will surely visit again.

NE
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious reunion lunch there on Thursday 18 July and did not really have the inclination to study the menu so we all ordered the recommended pie...it was the best choice and realistically priced! The library/study ambience gives it an air of awed mystery...necessary to ohhh and ahhh in hushed tones while you enjoy the delicious homemade meal!

DC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The access to this venue is excellent. One of our group is elderly and a flat access from the car park is a real plus. The staff were warm and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble. The food was amazing, the fish and chips were wonderful. I will definitely be visiting again.

V
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a beautifully appointed pub restaurant in a lovely setting, light and yet cosy inside and with a great garden including its unique private garden huts (cabana style). Particularly nice on a sunny day or evening. Friendly staff and tasty, well presented food- we had the biggest steak and an inventive vegetarian burger so all angles covered...will certainly return.

RP
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Was quite disappointed, service was very slow which was explained by telling us they were short staffed due to he fact several staff were off at the same time. One of the meals we ordered came with sweet potato fries but we weren’t told they were unavailable until the meal arrived at the table, very disappointing. I ordered the tuna niose which on the menu said was served pink, it arrived cooked right through which again was very disappointing.

MA
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Although I would not necessarily recommend this restaurant it suited our needs due to its location which was central. The welcome was not ecstatic, the tables were sticky, some were wobbly and some of the chairs were very uncomfortable. The food choice was adequate and my dish was quite tasty. Those who had fish and chips commented that their fish was not piping hot. We may well go again due to the location but there are other restaurants nearby which would also fulfil this brief.

t
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

The fish was tasteless with water coming from the inside of the batter.
It was obvious that the fish was not de-frosted enough before it was
cooked.
My guest, who also had the fish course, was very disappointed as
she was from Australia and had looked forward to a good English
fish and chip lunch.
On a positive note the batter was OK.
I will not recommend your restaurant.
T.F.Palmer.

PW
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent and friendly service. Nice ambience. Prices reasonable. Will definitely go back again.

JG
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious and the service is outstanding. I'm a veggie and it's one of the only places around to offer a veggie roast on a Sunday and the other veggie stuff on the menu is good. The Vegan burger is really delicious.
My only gripe is the fact that some of the food is a bit expensive - for example, the Superfood salad is a great price, but to add a bit of tofu was another £4.95 which is a bit steep.

GW
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Very disappointed especially with the food. Very limited menu ! No atmosphere inside or outside.

SR
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, very attentive and friendly staff, pub nice and clean and tidy, happy to recommend to friends.
A pub we often return to.
Slightly more choice on the menu would be good

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the Blue Ball for the first time this weekend. The Sunday lunch was excellent and fantastic service too. The play area was also a handy way of keeping our toddler amused between courses! We’ll definitely be back again

BD
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a warm welcome at the arrival.
The service was professional and attentive.
The food tasty and value for money.
We shall return.

KB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I made the reservation for a late Sunday lunch about a month in advance. I'd tried to walk in to the Blue Ball for Sunday lunch a few months ago but was told it was impossible without a reservation. The pub has won awards so I was very keen to have Sunday lunch there. The decor is warm and cosy.

My friend and I both ordered the trio of roasts and my parents both ordered the lamb roast. The beef in the trio was wonderfully tender and pink. Sadly both the chicken and pork were dry, and all the meats and yorkshire puddings were a bit cold and lacked seasoning. The vegetables were warm and the gravy was hot and tasty.

Service was a bit slow and disorganised. We were told that there would be approx. a 25 min wait on food despite having a reservation. My parents' initial drinks order was dispatched twice, so we sent the second ones back. When the food arrived, my mother ordered a glass of red wine to have with the meal, and my friend ordered a pint of beer. Half way through our meals the waiter came over to check if everything was ok, and we chased up the drinks order as they still hadn't arrived. Three of us ordered dessert after the meal, which arrived in good time and were all tasty.

All in all, sadly the Blue Ball did not live up to my expectations. Although, I do wonder if the food would have been better if we'd had lunch earlier in the day.

PR
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had a sunday roast that was good and plentiful. The service was excellent in terms of not intrusive but both helpful and personable, and very timely.

PK
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good, but despite the restaurant being quiet on arrival, the service was average with mistakes to orders, drinks not arriving giving a rather poor overall experience.

KB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Usually very good but we arrived on the evening of a sunny and warm Good Friday. They had clearly been swamped during the day. The place looked tired, the staff looked tired and it was average. We knew the weather would be good so its a shame that planning or something let it down.

HW
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service was goo, the gap between courses was just right.

MB
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were tempted to visit due to the vegan menu and specifically the recommendation of the vegan fish and chips which two of us sampled. My husband is a reluctant vegetarian and loved the fact the texture was very close to actual fish plus the two bone like pieces and he said the flavour was similar, I agreed on texture and less so on flavour but very happy with the meal. My son had the macaroni cheese which I think was a little pricey for what it is! The waiter service was good although one waiter kept calling my husband ‘buddy’ which was a bit strange - even more so as that is the name of our rescue rabbit. The overall experience would be better if the puddings were marked clearly as to whether they were vegetarian or not- when quizzed one waiter said she added something that day and had forgotten to add the code but was unable to tell us what else was vegetarian on the menu so we didn’t bother to order any deserts. We could work out the ones that definitely were not vegetarian but not sure why apple and pear crumble, cheesecake and treacle pudding were not marked- they might not be vegetarian so it would be useful for the menu to be clear and the waiters to be certain. We would definitely return and would have the vegan fish and chips again- the burger sounded great too. I’d love pudding next time! Great local pub.

l
London
11 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this pub - the main restaurant area is light and airy with a cosy fire in the centre, and lots of character; the the food is good.

Unfortunately we chose to meet up with friends during the Easter school holidays and it was very noisy with three large tables of families with young children. We moved to a small area to the back of the pub where it was quite cold.

Normally our experience is very good but - not through the fault of the pub or staff - on this occasion it was not quite as enjoyable as usual.

GB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice evening spent at the Blue Bull, good food and lots of it, excellent service from the member of staff, who knew his stuff about the food and drink,

SD
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being a coeliac, eating out is often v stressful and the menu options limited. Amazingly the friendly staff couldn't have been more caring & accommodating. I chose the calve's liver with bacon & crispy onions which, I was assured by their chefs, was gluten free. Most delicious and pleasant dining out experience in a long time.

JS
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely choice for Mother’s Day, went with my in laws, husband and three children. We had a large table in the conservatory area overlooking the garden so we could watch the children as they played in the boat play area. The service was great, nothing was too much trouble and we would return to celebrate our next special occasion for sure. Thank you to the staff at The Blue Ball xxx

s
Aberdeen
5 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good Sunday roast dinner good service
Staff very helpful
Definitely will return lovely venue

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