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“Amazing food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Blue Ball Inn

Blue Ball Inn
Ranked #75 of 256 Restaurants in Taunton
Price range: $8 - $26
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Traditional but unique Olde Worlde Pub / Restaurant. Thatched Roof, Beautiful wooden interior and eaves which form the Bar and Dining Rooms. Relaxed informal atmosphere. Beautiful natural country beer garden with stunning views and surrounded by superb trees on three sides. We could go on but just come and experience it for yourselves.
Bath, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Amazing food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

Wow, we loved it here. Fab food, lovely setting and decent prices for what you get (it was appro £60 for two courses and a couple of drinks each). Very friendly service also.

Visited November 2012
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English first
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Room with a view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Visited Blue Ball a few times, each was very nice, the views from the table out across the valley towards the south are great. The menu is varied and delicious, also of course, expensive.
Service is good, if a little slow. The gardens are very pleasant in the summer and it is always nice to dine in a hostelry that has I believe been on that site for centuries!
I have never stayed there but the accomodation looks splendid too. A trip up the hill to Triscombe stone is always worthwhile with breathtaking views and walks right down to Minehead. The track up there is very rough from this side of the ridge, but the road down the other side is once again simply lovely, steep wooded valleys, dramatic even!

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank Roger D
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“What could have been ......”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Have just returned from Sunday lunch at this pub which I chose as a half way meeting point for a family meal. A beautiful setting and lovely interior. However it was freezing inside. The fake wood burner was useless and none of us ever warmed up enough to take our coats off. The food was good but the service poor. We had virtually finished our dinner before the wine was finally brought to us, and then only because my husband got up and chased it up. Such a shame as in that setting it could have been amazing.

Visited November 2012
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Thank Sue M
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Poynton, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“two night stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

Stayed in the Pheasant Cottage, charming, clean and extremely comfortable.
Food, Service and Staff of the highest quality. Will make every effort to return here in the future.
Easy to find and only a short drive to Taunton or Minehead.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Allan B
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Taunton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful food, but agree with comments about kitchen hours”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

I wanted to give you 5* because the food and service we enjoyed a couple of weeks ago were fantastic and it is wonderful to see that the Blue Ball is back! We will definitely be coming again. However, can I echo Janice's disappointment to some extent? We booked a table for 8:30pm, and arrived about then. However we were given our menus with the warning that the kitchen shut at (I think) 8:45 - if not it was at 9pm. This didn't matter in the sense that we were still placing our orders 'in time' but it did mean that we felt somewhat rushed throughout our meal and were actually rather surprised to find that we were allowed to order pudding and coffee later on. Somehow, once we'd got our first orders in, everyone seemed quite relaxed about timing and we kept being told we were fine. I guess my conclusion would be that it's all about tone - rather than saying 'the kitchen closes at 845 or 9pm', why not say 'we really like to get orders for starters and mains in by 9'? It just slightly changes the message and leaves everyone a bit more relaxed. Re Janice's comments, I have to say that I do slightly echo them - surely you must depend to some extent on passing trade and people dropping in after walks. We had exactly the same experience a week before we went for dinner. Why not at least have some pre-made snacks available - e.g. pork pies, scotch eggs, etc - things that last a few days? Again, we will go back a lot because the food right now is great, but it would just be a bit better if we knew we could drop in after a long walk for a pie and a pint...

  • Visited October 2012
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