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The Blue Ball

4.5
4.5
277 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.

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Booked 11 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast
    Mon–Sat 8:00 am–10:00 am
    Lunch
    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
    Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
    Dinner
    Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    01392 873401

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Simon Bulled

  • Neighborhood

    Exeter

  • Parking details

    Ample parking provided in the car park or behind the pub.

  • Public transit

    Newcourt or Digby Sowton train station.

  • Entertainment

    null

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables

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What 277 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cornwall/Devon

    Kid Friendly

  • Cornwall/Devon

    Good for Groups

  • Cornwall/Devon

    Great for Lunch

  • Cornwall/Devon

    Outdoor Dining

  • Cornwall/Devon

    British

  • East Devon

    Best Overall

  • East Devon

    Best Food

  • East Devon

    Best Service

  • East Devon

    Best Ambiance

  • East Devon

    Best Value

  • East Devon

    Good for Groups

  • East Devon

    Great for Lunch

  • East Devon

    Romantic

  • East Devon

    Special Occasion

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  1. AM

    AliceM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was the first time we have been to The Blue Ball - and would certainly return. Excellent staff- engaging, polite and efficient. Great food. Thoroughly recommend - plenty of parking and super outdoor and indoor space. Thanks for a great evening!

  2. GV

    GrahamV

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First class service with a smile. Great food and good selection of drinks.

  3. DG

    DougG

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We booked via the app and were seated in a window table as soon as we arrived. Service and choice of food were excellent, food arrived piping hot in a short time. The bar, table and toilets were all very clean. nothing was too much trouble for the staff . Parking was excellent, and I managed to charge my EV whilst there.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food. Polite, friendly, efficient staff. Lovely decor. Very enjoyable lunch!

  5. NP

    NikP

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food, good service. I would recommend to friends and family

  6. S

    Smurph

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    The tables were well spaced out and there was plenty of hand sanitiser available. Even the place settings were nicely spaced out. The staff were friendly, but there was quite a wait to order, between courses and to get the bill. The menu was extensive and varied. My beef and ale pie looked a bit mass produced, but the veg were very nice. One of my friends had the fish, which looked amazing and the portion was extremely generous! Our desserts were all lovely. I had been nervous about going out since COVID, but I felt very safe t The Blue Ball.

  7. BT

    BeckyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food, nice atmosphere & friendly staff, always enjoy the meals here would highly recommend.

  8. UL

    UrszulaL

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice and delicious :) The staff was very kind. Big, tasty portions :)

  9. SC

    SueC

    Warwickshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect venue for a lunchtime reunion with friends. Friendly prompt service. Nothing too much trouble. Will definitely be back.

  10. W

    Woodster

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food enjoyed our experience we will def rerun

  11. NN

    NoNickNames

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent restaurant/pub. Restaurant a bit brightly lit, pub perhaps more ambient. Food was excellent.

  12. CW

    CarolW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    My steak was cooked exactly as I asked and was so tender and succulent. Chicken pie amazing. Staff friendly and obliging. Environment clean and relaxing. Definitely will return.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Limited vegetarian and gf options. No gf beer. Food was pretty average but service was good.

  14. SO

    SharonO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience5

    Very slow service which was a shame as rest of eve and food was excellent

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A Tuesday night treat with a visiting guest. Great staff on that night.

  16. SL

    SueL

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistently good food, well presented with a smile.

  17. MS

    MartinS

    Cornwall

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First class as always, great team, great food 👍

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An excellent Sunday roast in every way. Would recommend highly.

  19. SW

    SarahW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal and service Would recommend 😃😃😃

  20. GR

    GRAHAMW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The staff were very good and the food was great, we had a good lunch and we all enjoyed it. There were a couple of down sides to our lunch in that it took rather a long time to clear our plates when we had finished and wanted another drink . I would have to say that the drinks are very expensive to the point that i will not visit again, but if you just want a meal its fine.

  21. P

    Polly

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    I had a lovely roast dinner but not much choice for vegetarians.

  22. CG

    CarolG

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very pleased with everything, Only gripe I have they charged for 2 flat white coffee when we only had one, My fault for not checking before I payed the bill.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The place has had some loving refurb and looks bright and clean. Service was friendly and attentive. Food was delicious especially the the veg with the roasts. Desserts lovely. We will be back.

  24. ER

    EmmaR

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was very busy and the pub was short staffed, that did not however make a difference to the amazing food and service

  25. K

    Kathyr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent customer service! Really understanding and accommodating after our long journey and delays. Super friendly staff and excellent food

  26. NF

    NickyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Another lovely lunch, this time on the way back home! Lovely food, great portions. The service was brilliant - friendly without being intrusive. Thanks again!

  27. SO

    StephenO

    Cornwall

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Bit disappointed that the servers were not wearing masks. It was suggested that there was a one way system in place that did not seem to be the case. Overall apart from the fact that the customers had to wear masks when moving around, and the tables were a decent distance apart would not have known COVID existed. Chose this venue as the impression on the media was that it was using the original COVID rules, we had one elderly vulnerable person and another younger but equally vulnerable person with us, and felt a little uncomfortable at the largesse of the pub as regards COVID. Exeter is a hot spot for COVID one of the worst cities in the UK which added further concern. Food was fine nothing to write home about, and the prices whilst seemingly high are as many pubs now, prices seem to have increased everywhere. Been there several times, but not rushing back

  28. CL

    CallumL

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Nice staff, delicious food, good selection of beers on tap and ample parking.

  29. IH

    IanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have eaten at the BB several times before, met some friends there for lunch, we all had their excellent sandwiches. A very enjoyable time.

  30. L

    Laura

    Cornwall

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    It was not as relaxed as I was expecting. Courses were brought out quickly and it felt a little rushed. We were sat right by the doors to the kitchen and the lady that seemed to be in charge was very loud when ordering and sorting staff members out. Our waitress couldn’t do enough for us though. My advice when booking a table would be to request it away from the kitchens.

  31. RP

    RPlocal

    Cornwall

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and value for money

  32. P

    Paul

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Called in for lunch after a shopping trip to Exeter service was great really friendly staff and food was lovely good quality and taste will definitely come back and recommend to family and friends.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2021

    overall2food5service2ambience3

    Bad service no steak knifes had to ask for them no sauces offered and had to ask for part of my ordered

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience. Food and service really good

  35. NF

    NickyF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had a lovely lunch here on our way through to Cornwall. Delicious food with great portions (for both adults and children) delivered with great service. We’ll be back on our way home!

  36. SF

    SueF

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Very good service and great food - thank you to the staff!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The Sunday lunch was the best Sunday lunch I’ve ever had at a out it was amazing - I was apprehensive at first as the menu didn’t have chicken and also the kids menu is very limited and I would suggest needs a little more variety as children are fussy so chicken nuggets and a plain burger would be a good addition. But the food itself was amazing and I would return on a regular just for the Sunday lunch so hats off to the chef! And also we had a lemon and lime cheesecake for dessert which again was absolutely lovely ! So all in all for the standard of food, service and price I give top marks

  38. JT

    JustynTime

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food. Great gluten free selection and EV charging.

  39. AP

    AlexP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    The service was exceptionally good. Staff were efficient, polite and friendly. Food was great, large portions and lots of choice. I definitely ate more than I should’ve because it was so good. Nice surroundings, nothing flashy, comfortable and a bit like visiting a large cottage.

  40. JU

    JULES

    Cornwall

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    This pub is very near to where I live and my second visit since covid started to ease. The first thing I noticed was the price . Most meals averaged at £11 on my last visit now they are £15. Menu is trimmed right down so not much choice. I am sure there is a legitimate reason for this however not one single salad dish on the menu at the peak of summer which is very odd,particularly as their ceaser salad used to be the best ever !! Has this changed hands ? Service was dire , still waiting for ice for our drinks 24hrs later 😂😂 Had to seek attention every time. Guy went to get a dessert menu, never to appear again . The waitress managed to do this in 10 seconds when asked...... perhaps he went to the loo? Who knows . Overall a little disappointed. The gang that was there before were attentive , funny and the service was always fab. So sad really

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The Blue Ball is rated 4.5 stars by 277 OpenTable diners

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Booked 11 times today
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Sandygate Exeter, Devon EX2 7JL

  • Neighborhood

    Exeter

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast
    Mon–Sat 8:00 am–10:00 am
    Lunch
    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
    Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
    Dinner
    Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Ample parking provided in the car park or behind the pub.

  • Public transit

    Newcourt or Digby Sowton train station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Simon Bulled

  • Entertainment

    null

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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