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“Excellent meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Blue Ball

The Blue Ball
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Kintbury
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $19
Cuisines: Bar, Pizza, British, Pub, Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A country pub with home made food and fine ales and wine family friendly and dog friendly
Southampton, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Excellent meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Had a evening meal resently with friends who were returning after a previous good meal. It was a Thursday evening and the bar area was buzzing with locals. The eating section was quiet with only two other tables occupied. It is not a large area so booking at weekends would seem sensible. The menu was limited but the chief offered to cook some other dish to our requirements if desired. We chose from the menu and the food was excellent in quality, quantity and really good value. We noticed some one another table ordered a fresh cooked pitzza and asked for a doggy bag as she could only eat half of it.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank JamyHampshire
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English first
Berkshire
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133 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
“Disappointing return visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

Having visited earlier in the year when we enjoyed a lovely meal, we were disappointed when we recently returned and were unable to enjoy any food at all. We had hoped to enjoy some lunch, which didn't seem unreasonable at lunchtime....however we were informed that the kitchen was too busy catering for a buffet for 60 people who were attending a party in the private function room.

Surely the chef could cope with a few extra orders? It was very disappointing, especially when we were advised that we could purchase crisps and nuts instead. Not quite the same as a slap up meal!

We'd be happy to return again, however only if there is a guarantee that we will be able to buy some food!

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Queneth_Veneth
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Blue B, Manager at The Blue Ball, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
hi there we are very sorry we could not serve you but as it was explained to you we had a party of 60 people in and as the only chef here at the blue ball I was catering this event by my self so could not take any more orders as I pride my self on the food I prepare I would rather say no than produce bad food please in the future try to book with us so we know your coming and we can give you the best food and service we can and if we have a party you wont have a wasted trip we hope we can serve you again
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Southend on Sea,Essex,UK
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Strange atmosphere”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Had a pre booked table for 12,6 adults & 6 -13's..food was good but sent out to the small function hall attached to the pub for the sit down meal..did feel like being invited to a wedding sit down meal with no bride/groom! but food was good

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Nelly1966
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Blue B, Manager at The Blue Ball, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
thank you for the review we are very glad you enjoyed the food and sorry you found the room not to your taste we hope this did not detract from your enjoyment of your meal . The reason your party was placed up stairs was because our main dining room was full when you arrived we hope you still found it comfortable and warm
thank you again for the review and hope we get to serve you again
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Newbury, England, United Kingdom
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“Great food and friendly atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

Lovely pub with very friendly staff and really good food. It has a cosy feeling with open fires on cold evening and it is dog freindly too. We have been here several times since we moved to the area a couple of months ago as it is so good. The food is always delicious and very well cooked, we have sampled a large range of the menu and just look forward to when the weather is better to try the outdoor pizza oven (and the huge garden!).

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Mimso5
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Berkshire
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“First timers and not disappointed!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Went to the Blue Ball on a Tuesday night and we not disappointed. My wife had left a message on the pub answer phone asking for a table to be reserved and as soon as we arrived the pleasant barmaid said ''table for 5" so even the message service worked.

Menu was quite comprehensive and there was also a specials board. The Chef came to our table and talked us through some of the locally sourced produce and how they had met their fate.

We each had a starter and they were superb so our expectations for the mains were high. Me and my youngest daughter chose the locally sourced venison and being frequent walkers in the West Berks area knew there had been a recent deer cull. I'm led to believe from the Chef this is where my venison had been sourced. Cooked medium with no condiments, this was superb. My wife had the chicken pasta dish and my other 2 daughters had chicken burger and rump steak burger respectively. We were told the chicken burger was to die for and he wasn’t wrong. In fact if she’d managed to eat it all gluttony would probably have killed her. I tried to tackle the half she left with a little success but there was no way I could mange the ½ rump burger too.

Decent pint of courage best which I sampled a few of and a nice large glass of wine for the wife which again she sampled a few of. Girls went for large cokes. All in all it was a great evening for the bargain price of £110. When we finished we went and sat in front of a huge log burner in the bar and had a nice chat with the chef / owner Stuart. He did mention to us his real Italian (guess they’re West Berks for the Eurocrats) pizzas that he cooks in the garden oven over the summer season. They sound great but I doubt we will wait until the summer to return, we will be back long before then.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank rootleheed
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