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“Great New Year”

The Blue Ball Inn Restaurant
Ranked #16 of 81 Restaurants in Sidmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Spent New Year's Eve at the Blue Ball. Good meal with adequate choice and steaks cooked as requested individually. Music was single musician but kept everyone entertained until 12.30. Bubbly at midnight and great evening all round. Would certainly go there again. When we tried to tip, the owners only asked that we came back. Never had that before. Overall: friendly staff and good food. You can't ask for more!

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1  Thank BucksJanet
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Called in for a quick meal with my family mid December. Seems as though it was nearly Christmas there was very little atmosphere, hardly anyone dining (plenty in the bar) & the fire wasn't even lit so it felt cold in the dining area.
The new owners (both) came across as rude to be honest. I've been going in for years & never found the staff that friendly but the previous owner always had a smile. The new people made little effort while we were there apart from 'pushing' the desert menu on us twice.
The wine was awful & overpriced. The food was cold & served on a wooden board - yuck!
Much better pubs out there. Shame really as it's handy for us as a family but think we would rather get in the car & go somewhere good.

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5  Thank Tabitha C
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Firstly the location is great and food very good especially the steaks but the recent new owners seem to think that eating off of wooden "cheeseboards" is a change worth making. What possessed them to replace plates I have no idea as most people have eaten off plates since the Middle Ages. Maybe the next move will be to remove the cutlery so we can rip the meat from bones with our bare hands. Our advice is to stick to what the Blue Ball has always been known for, good food, good drink and good surroundings. Don't try and get clever. Nothing wrong with making your mark on your new business but keep things sensible. Keep to the getting the basics right and the popularity of the place won't diminish.

4  Thank JohnR833
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

The blue ball at sidmouth was fab. We booked last minute for sunday lunch and were squeezed in at the last minute. Fantastic roast dinner, dessert was scrumpious, plenty of custard in a jug on the side. The fire was lit and the staff very friendly

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1  Thank RACHAEL D
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

what great service and fantastic food. Great real ale. Steak was cooked perfectly. We will be returning very soon

1  Thank tom b
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