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Blue Ball Inn
Ranked #13 of 33 Sidmouth B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Just had lunch at blue ball. 2 prawn cocktails to start. Prawns ok, not enough sauce, lettuce full of water, no lemon wedge, miserable tomato/cucumber garish. Mains: steak and kidney pudding. Too much suet pastry, not enough meat (disappointing as they used to do the best around). Chips overcooked and full of grease. Annihilated vegetables. Spare ribs: emphasis on quantity rather than quality in this dish. Salad garnish was ok, chips poor, ribs ok, sauce was homemade but had a lot of fat in it, coleslaw was poor. Would have mentioned problems to waitress but no check back until we 'finished'. We ate till we were full because we were hungry, but nothing made us want to return. Decor and cleanliness were good.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

1st time we have eaten here while stopping at Glebe house, very good food and service and the prices were very reasonable,good range of dishes and specials. staff were very friendly, will be back again !

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Fletch5954
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We came to the Blue Ball Inn for something to eat when we were staying in Sidmouth. We noticed that the menu had a wide range of foods at a very reasonable price. There were also a good selection of specials on the blackboards.

We chose mature cheddar ploughman's lunch (£8.50) and a glass of cider as we were not looking for a huge meal. The Ploughman's was of an excellent size with crusty white and brown baguettes, mixed salad, apple, pickled onions, chutney, cheese and plenty of butter.

Other good aspects of this pub restaurant were the pleasant staff, a large car-park on the other side of the road. It is also dog friendly and has a good garden. It was clearly a very popular restaurant.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank osjtenor
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Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

We stopped off on the way home after a couple of days at Sidmouth Folk week.

We looking for a cooked breakfast! :)

The service was incredibly friendly and the meal was great. We went away wishing more pubs had staff that actually appeared to care about their customers. These guys certainly did.

We'd definitely go back if we're in the area again.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank roguepigeon
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

This attractive, country inn on the outskirts of Sidmouth proved to be a lovely place to both sleep and eat. The bedrooms are spotless and the residents' lounge contains a fridge with fresh milk and bottled water provided free of charge, as is the wifi. The room I stayed in was inviting and welcoming with crisp, white bedlinen on the comfortable beds. The furniture is simple and practical with a hairdryer, fan, kettle and complimentary teas, coffee, chocolate and biscuits all supplied. The bathroom however, is excellent. It appeared to be newly refurbished in a modern style and had a spacious bath and shower combination with good water flow from the showerhead. Although the room overlooked the road, which was reasonably busy in the height of the summer season, the traffic died right down during the night. We were able to have our window wide open and were relatively undisturbed by the occasional car during the night.

All the staff were both friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The food at breakfast and dinner was beautifully cooked and they ensure that residents are able to eat there, even if they are given very little notice on a busy night, as happened during our visit. In fact, we enjoyed the meal so much that we decided to eat there 2 nights on the trot and invited some friends to join us! Once again they accommodated us all and everyone enjoyed their meal. When we asked if we could play some music in the bar, the staff were again most accommodating (well, we were there during Folk week!)

Breakfast lived up to that old saying of 'breakfast like a king'. It was huge! And beautifully cooked too - the scrambled egg and smoked salmon was a large portion of well cooked eggs and four good quality slices of salmon. I didn't need to eat again until dinner time! However, the waitress on duty is definitely the most cheerful early morning bird I have ever met. Despite being very busy (the inn was full), she was both efficient, friendly and full of joy!

The Blue Ball Inn is what it says on the tin, an unpretentious country inn. However, it punches far above its weight with the superb and friendly service and all the little additional touches it adds that put many a more 'upmarket' place to shame. If you're ever in the area, go and stay there but don't go during Folk week as it will be full!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank JanT-E1
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

I have been past this place a number of times and thought it looked nice so when we needed somewhere for a night in the area I booked the Blue Ball. You have to cross a very busy road to get to the pub/hotel from the car park which is a bit unnerving and I had expected something a it more stylish than a simple country pub - which is what the Blue Ball turned out to be. Having said that the staff were pleasant and the room was very nice - except for the noise of the traffic on that busy road.
The place turned out to be very busy but we got a pub table for our evening meal - great chips. The choice for vegetarians was not extensive or especially imaginative - the reputation is for good fish and seafood, I think.
We had a surprisingly good night's sleep, thanks to the excellent secondary glazing and had a decent breakfast before leaving.

Room Tip: The front rooms over the road are noisy from the road
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Marilyn L
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

It was obvious from the ever filling car park , that the Blue Ball is a popular local eating house, newly re furnished it seems after a total fire and providing a very good lunch stop . In spite of the popularity there was little delay in either the order taking or delivery of the dishes ordered. The cooking was good , the presentation attractive and the ambiance well up to standard. The Blue Ball is to be recommended for satisfying luncheon or dinner outing.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
2  Thank JohnSnel
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Additional Information about Blue Ball Inn

Address: Stevens Cross, Sidmouth EX10 9QL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Sidmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Sidmouth
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Blue Ball Inn Sidmouth, Devon

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