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“Surprisingly good”

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 9, 2014

The Blue Ball is our local pub and when we lost the previous landlord we were filled with trepidation. First time it was rubbish but chose to give them a chance and they have not let us down. We have been back many times and the last time on Sat 4th Jan the food was very good. All eating establishments have off days so its easy to just write them off. Give it a second try and if its still no good give them a thumbs down.

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Thank Tina R
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

In the last few weeks we have been to the Blue Ball. The food has been excellent, the service prompt and the staff have been very friendly and efficient. Booking a table is recommended.

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Thank Bridget T
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

After being taken to The Blue Ball for a Saturday night meal before Christmas, I was yet again unsurprised to learn that even with fairly newish management -this establishment is still incapable of producing basic to mediocre even vaguely palatable food! I mean seriously how hard is it? The boring generic menu of before which offered such delights as jelly & ice-cream for their extensive pudding selection; surely could have been improved upon! But no, judging by the choice of ice cream with ice cream, or with marshmallows, or ice-cream sauce or spray cream or tinned fruit etc… I guess not? Not to mention the lengthy collection of weirdly/uninspiring food combinations (that no normal chef would ever put together) listed on 'the specials' board…

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3  Thank 23bugsy
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

Warmly greeted by friendly and attentive staff who despite being busy and us not having booked readily found us a table for lunch. The fayre was well cooked and presented and of good portion size. The menu is not vast, but wide ranging and the printed menu is augmented by a specials board. It would be difficult not to find a choice to suit every pallet. Deserts were similarly good and we were served though-out by "young" but caring staff. Behind the bar we suspect was the owner and family from time to time who were friendly and caring with an oversight of what was going on. The restaurant area is extensive and whilst not fully open on our first visit was full open and busy on our second. Having a successful and happy experience we booked again for the following day - a Sunday - when there was also a carvery (Beef, Gamon and Pork)to extend the menu. There was also a Christmas menu both days and four of our party availed ourselves on the second day. A very successful find and we are happy to recommend and would return.

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Reviewed December 17, 2013 via mobile

We booked the blue ball for our staff Xmas party. We had a party of 31. The food was amazing, we did not have one complaint from anyone. We were seated in the function room which was lovely and warm. The waitresses were very fast and very helpful. The bar staff were amazing. I highly recommend the blue ball for any functions. We WILL be booking the pub again next year.

Thank Bella-boo80
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