The Blue Ball

4.5
219 Reviews
£25 and under
British
The Blue Ball team offer a warm welcome to one and all at the Blue Ball Inn, a fine turn of the 17th Century thatched pub and restaurant with accommodation in Sandygate on the edge of Exeter Devon.

Considered to be one of the prettiest pubs in the area, the Blue Ball Inn is the ideal location should you wish to visit us for a glass of wine, a pint of traditional real ale, a tasty bar snack or an enjoyable lunch or evening meal in our delightful restaurant. Inside, you will find a relaxed ambiance full of style and comfort with its cosy interior. During the cooler months the real log-burning fire creates a lovely atmosphere whilst in warmer months you can sit outside in our beer garden which enhances this charming restaurant and pub watering hole.

Our head chef takes real pleasure in cooking culinary delights and delicacies using Devon's finest produce that always reflects the season of the year.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
What 219 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again the team at the Blue Ball provided a wonderful experience with food of a fantastic standard.
I recommend this as a great place to meet/ socialise.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Recommend to all. Thankyou

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PeteB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For a country Pub we found the staff very attentive and all requests (mainly for beer!) were dealt with quickly. The food is good value and the quality is as expected. We dined in the garden on warm summers evening so no complaints there either. Will visit again very soon.

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AlanC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Staff were very help full the food was very good the beer was a little bit on the cold side and a little bit flat for me cause I like a head on my beer but it was ok

CM
CliveM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The service was terrible you waited at least 25 minutes for someone to take your drinks order the food was plentiful but the beef was chewy the roast potatoes were dry and the skin was difficult to cut the vegetables were mixed some cooked well others raw no one asked if the food was ok not even when we were paying the bill nor were we asked if you wanted to see the desert menu

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JillianP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A really nice place to eat. Excellent food. Spotlessly clean. Friendly and efficient staff. Great surroundings and very Covid safe.

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Doris
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food. Just a bit of confusion and waiting about on arrival on where to seat us. We'd pre-booked and two separate members of staff were unsure where to put us in an almost empty restaurant - confusing to me too :-) However, this was resolved by who I think may have been the manager who arrived and seated us straight away.
Will definitely be back and would recommend.

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Charles
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good meal. The standard of food is always very good. Service was good , as usual.

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Ronyag
London
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Overcooked tough beef, hard parsnips, booked table for 5pm as they close at 6pm, was told when we arrived by a barman that he was just about to close the kitchen... really welcoming.

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lisa
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a Sunday lunch and wasn't disappointed great service, friendly staff and the food was delicious. The only one thing I will say is I think for the price all roast should be served with a Yorkshire pudding.
Will definitely be returning

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none
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

When I complained that my roast lamb was very fatty the waitress was very attentive and I was given a free pudding.

JF
JenniferF
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good menu. Quality local food. Friendly but non intrusive service.
Good price for quality food.

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TonyR
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good Sunday lunch with friends
Food was superb
Service under COVID rules was very good

RW
RichardW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and nice surroundings. Felt that Covid rules were appropriately applied

AM
AnneMarie
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great choice on menu and taste food! Perfect, perfect, perfect!!

KC
KirstyC
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love the Sunday roast here... definitely one of the best in the area! The garden area is very well covered so no need to worry if it rains. Very dog friendly too.

KL
KerryL
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We arrived group of 5 was shone Are table service good all night staff all friendly food very good

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Calypso
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Good beer and a useful awning outside. Slow service and slightly disappointing food considering the price. Would return for some drinks but probably pass on food in future.

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NatashaW
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance,really efficient team members who can’t do enough for you.

LB
LucieBiscoe
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering we are only able to dine outside at the moment, the setting was beautiful. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, the tent, lights, heaters and wooden huts were brilliant for all weather. The food was lovely.
Thank you we will definitely be back!

CB
CarolB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff... would definitely go again

CC
ChadC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiters were super friendly , the woooden hut they gave us to sit in was great for our date , couldn’t ask for anything better.

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tracyc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though we had to sit outside we enjoyed everything at The Blue Ball pub and would definitely go again. Food , service and place itself was excellent and good value for money.

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Runty
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Well thought out, safe, popular and good value Sunday lunch.

KC
KateC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here very enjoyable food was lovely and service great will return

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Lefty
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Given the restrictions it was absolutely fine and staff were very helpful. We needed 2 tables of 6 and management went all out to get us together. Excellent.

RL
RyanL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and great food! I'm a big fella and couldn't finish the haddock and chips :)

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Gladys
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Poor service, rude staff.
Both tables had incorrect bills with additional food and drinks added.

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Claire
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor large covered section, and cute little huts you can book too.
Only had the squid but was cooked perfectly!

Efficient service and nice ambiance.

CD
ClareD
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening with great food and great service, only downside was not being able to order hot drinks.

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vipMartinS
Cornwall
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab as always

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RPlocal
Cornwall
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Roast!one of the best. Good value for money.

SP
SuziP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of the best carverys that we have eaten, absolutely delicious! 💯

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BethanyF
London
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great good , great service. The huts are great ! Very warm

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Lucy
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and staff. Overall a lovely place. Would 100% recommend!

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Jus68
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday lunchtime: lovely food, friendly staff, good service and lucky to get cabin with a heater!

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LindaR
Cornwall
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and drink and lovely to sit outside under the awning with twinkly lights above! My only thought would possibly be to consider heaters in the main area.

BM
BobMc
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good outdoor space, with outside bar. Many picnic tables, well spaced, and a large undercover decking area that was reassuringly dry during a heavy rainstorm.

Staff were relaxed, friendly, and attentive.

Lunch menu was a cut above normal pub fare. Exceeded expectations.

A very positive experience for our first venture out for a while.

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jojo0902
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor experience well
Spaced out and organised

PJ
PaulJ
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, good service. Nice outside seating area

FAQs

The Blue Ball is rated 4.5 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.