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Blue Ball Inn
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Chose the Blue Ball because of its proximity to the airport more than anything. I was arriving late at night and would be gone the next morning so just needed somewhere cheap to rest for a few hours. The place exceeded requirements by a long way. Very appealing, old school English thatched look, the place was first opened 300 years ago.
Friendly staff behind the bar had me booked in in no time. I didnt stay in the main building but in a refurbished old cottage / possibly one time stable around the corner. Room was immaculate, two orange chocolate buscuits came supplied with the tea/coffee making facility. Its the small things!

That night I ventured into the pub itself. Just a few locals having a laugh, in that unmistakable Devon accent! Nice cool pint of Cornish ale went down well after a long days travel. As others have said, these rooms are right beside a road with fast traffic, but theres really no noise at night at all.

Next morning I ordered a plate of scrambled egg on toast which was clearly made by someone who knows a lot more than I do about making this simple dish, almost asked for seconds.

If Im ever in Exeter and don't need to be in the city centre, Ill be going back here.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Stayed here for 1 night due mainly to its location to the rugby ground. Rooms are small but perfectly adequate. Noise from road did not disturb us at all. Breakfast in the morning was piping hot and plentiful. Just a suggestion but it would be nice to have an idea of the cost of breakfast or give room only or B&B choice when booking with perhaps a discount for B&B at time of booking. Staff were very courteous and eager to make our stay as enjoyable as possible.
The only down side was moving the bedside table to plug in hair dryer and finding lots of dirt and dust behind and even someone else's toe nail clipping! We also didn't have any towels on arrival but that was very quickly resolved.
With a bit more detail to housekeeping. I would be happy to stay here again and would recommend to others.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Woo48
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Innkeeperdevon, Owner at Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review the Blue Ball.
I was extremely concerned to read about the housekeeping issues and have spoken at length to the team regarding the importance of making sure each room is thoroughly cleaned.

We keep our tariff affordable by offering room only with a breakfast option.. With regard to breakfast cost there should have been a breakfast menu in your room detailing our offering.

I am pleased you enjoyed your stay overall and look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed May 1, 2013

The landlady is very pleasant and professional, classy looking too. The two lads behind the bar are great fun to have a laugh with and the food is faultless. I use this pub whenever I am in Exeter and it is 100% in my book. Great Sunday lunches too.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Thank John T
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We stayed for one night whilst visiting Exeter for rugby, its is a 5 minute walk to the ground.

Room 1 was very clean and had all we needed for the night, powerful shower, tea + coffee, comfy bed though only a double not king size. Even though this room is nearest the road there was no road noise at night, it is only a small village road by the side.

9 of us ate in the restaurant after the match and we all enjoyed the the food, locally caught scallops for starters followed by the special of the day pheasant and leek pie. Portions were just right and the service as very good considering the restaurant was full and had 2 large parties in.

A very well run pub and B & B close to motorway and rugby

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Small room in annexe to The Inn. Next to large car park and fairly busy road, but very handy for the Motorway. Strangely you cannot book directly. Small bed and very thin pillows. Much to large a TV for the size of the room, still if TV really means that much to you. Very reasonably priced, although breakfast is extra.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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