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“Pleasant pub with great gardens” 4 of 5 stars
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Steven's Cross, Sidmouth EX10 9QL, England   |  
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Ranked #24 of 34 Sidmouth B&B and Inns
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“Pleasant pub with great gardens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

Comfy, clean rooms and good breakfast choices. Evening meals, although large, are not particularly good. Staff are mostly helpful. Good bars with excellent local beers.
Speeding traffic is a major issue, in terms of noise (if you have a room on the front) and crossing the road to the car park. The blue ball is situated just beyond a slight bend and it's difficult to see the road to the right, without stepping into it.

Stayed July 2012
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Walsall
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

We have stayed at the Blue Ball at Sidford a number of times and have never been disappointed, but remember it is a pub at the end of the day, with very comfortable bedrooms, lovely big breakfasts and good honest evening meals. The staff have always been friendly and welcoming and all the food has been well cooked and generous in its portions. The bar stocks a good range of real ales and the wine list is fine.
The area is so relaxing and the Blue Ball makes an ideal base for a short break. Visit Sidmouth itself, a very laid back place with lovely seafront walks, you can walk from the pub to the front down 'The Byes' footpath alongside the River Sid. It takes about half an hour. Beer, Otterton Mill, and Lyme Regis are always worth a visit.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leighton Buzzard UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

THE GOOD NEWS
1.Clean.
2.Character building.
3.Friendly staff.
4.Good breakfast, but tinned fruit, or peel it yourself.
5.Stylish modern bathrooms with facecloths.
6.Food not expensive as suggested in previous reports and portions are large, but rooms are overpriced, £95 is too much.
7.Popular with locals for pensioners lunches and early family dinners. Hmmmmm.
8.Fresh milk and bottled water in fridge for all to help themselves.
9.Good, free wifi.

THE BAD NEWS
1.Small rooms. (We had Soldiers Hill, typical twin room).
2.Small window in room.
3.Directly on busy, noisy road. (So either fresh air and noise, or close window and cook. They do supply fans, but these are noisy also).
4.Cheap, soft mattress. (You can feel the springs on the edges).
5.No easy chair in room.
5.No King rooms, only double or twin.
6.Children allowed in restaurant/bar.
7.Unimaginative menu. (Fish & chips, sausage & mash, ham & eggs, lasagne & garlic bread, etc. No healthy option, salads etc.). But large portions, hot and well cooked.
8.Rooms are overpriced.

To sum up. The Blue Ball obviously caters for a specific market and if you fall into that catagory then fine, but the rooms are very expensive for what you get at £95, I expect more. A member of staff said he had just put the price up! They will not get any more £95's from me.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Burnley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

We stayed at the Blue Ball for three nights.A very warm welcome complemented by a super room with spacious en-suit.Nice touches like bottled water in the room and fresh milk plus extra water in fridge on the landing.Very comfortable bed.Amazing breakfast and very good quality evening meals at reasonable prices and nice atmosphere in this lovely pub/restaurent.Ticked all the boxes for us.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

We stayed at the Blue Ball Inn at Sidford for two nights in early June. It was a short break holiday for my husband and me. Before booking we tried to find a review on this website but drew a blank which I found surprising.
On entering Sidford, we spotted a pub where we had eaten on a previous visit, this turned out to be the Blue Ball Inn where we were staying. That previous meal, a Sunday roast, was enjoyable so we were off to a promising start.
It was around midday when we arrived and the inn was open. We parked our car in the large car park across the road from the inn and went in to register not expecting our room to be available. The original inn burnt down around five years ago and has been rebuilt at a cost of over two million pounds.
The inn is on a busy main road so traffic noise must be expected although the bedrooms have secondary double glazing. As our room was ready a member of staff showed us up the stairs to our bedroom. We were in Trow View room number 1. As it was double aspect it was beautifully light, decorated in complimentary colours of beige and brown, individual dark wood wardrobe and chest of drawers, a large metal bedstead, the usual tv and hostess tray, a spare blanket, arm chair and table. The en suite shower room was, like the bedroom, spotlessly clean, a range of complimentary products, endless supply of hot water, pleasantly tiled and the chrome furnishing sparkled. Both bedroom and shower room were decorated in empathy with an old inn using individual pieces of furniture not the typical hotel offerings but with a modern touch and high standard.
We were shown the residents lounge, a nice touch as it had a fridge containing fresh milk and bottles of sparkling and still water. A number of small jugs were available to take milk to your room.
We ate in the inn on both evenings and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Unusually in today’s economic climate the restaurant was very busy on both evenings and booking a table is advisable to avoid disappointment.
Breakfast both mornings was excellent with a range of fresh fruit, yogurts, fruit juice, cereals and a cooked offering. The toast was hand cut not pre-sliced bread. Although we did not partake in the cooked breakfast it looked and smelt very appealing and we heard other guests commenting favourably. Daily papers were also available for guests to read.
There is a large garden with seating areas which can be accessed through the bar.
We have recently started staying in local inns and non-chain hotels if possible to enjoy the individuality they offer, some have been successful others have not, the Blue Ball at Sidford is the best we have stayed at so far. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, we thought the Blue Ball was fantastic and will most definitely return.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Despite there being a mixup with our Internet booking and we were allocated a twin room, they were able to transfer us to a room with a queen size bed. The room was very nice, good amenities, nice bathroom and very clean. The bed was a let down it was very uncomfortable and when you turned over you could hear the springs!
But the atmosphere was great and felt olde worlde despite it being a new build since the fire 6 years ago.
The breakfast was very nice and plenty of choice eg Eggs Benedict, kippers etc not just a full English.
The staff were very obliging and looked after us well.
If you are walking down to Sidmouth, taken the delightful walk down next to the river. It is not clearly marked as you walk down from the Inn, but turn left at the Salty Monk and it is a lovely walk down to the beach and restaurants.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Stayed in room 6 with my partner. The place has been redone nicely and the fish for lunch was lovely but the breakfast wasn't anything special and £95 for the night was a bit steep.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Blue Ball Inn

Address: Steven's Cross, Sidmouth EX10 9QL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Sidmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Sidmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Blue Ball Inn Sidmouth, Devon

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