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The Blue Ball

4.6
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38 Reviews
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£25 and under
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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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
What 38 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.5
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BrianW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Booked for 6.30, arrived 6,20 and ordered drinks - OK. Ordered food at 6.30; my partner ordered the sausages and I wanted curry so asked the waitress what is the curry of the day? After consulting with the kitchen, "Beef".

At 7.00 she returned to say that there was no curry - I ordered the beefburger. At 7.40 the two meals arrived and we finished them about 8.00. Quality not bad but nothing special. Managed to order coffee by 8.15 which arrived around 8.30.

The pub was very busy and I was told that the chef was new but we were not happy.

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MiaP
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as per usual. Staff were very smiley and nothing was an issue. Love it here

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SteveW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely friendly including dogs food excellent 😁

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Louise
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff great food will defo be back so easy to get too

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SallyY
London
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't been to the Blue Ball in a while and was interested to see how they have adapted to the new situation. We were given a warm welcome, clear instructions about what to do and once seated at our table we were well looked after and it really didn't feel that different to a normal evening. The food was excellent and good value, the service friendly and efficient.

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RolandG
Surrey
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our first post covid meals out as a family. Delightful as always and excellent food and service.

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Becs
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and friendly service. Very clean and adhering to current guidelines.

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HelenT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well organised under the new rules, felt safe and looked after.

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TaliaW
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely warm welcome, adhering to good precautions for social distancing, yet without ruining he experience. Lovely staff and v tasty food.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great......

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great prices, great service and great staff. You can’t get better than that, apart from.... It’s a short walk from my house! Fantastic ! I highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Did well with COVID measures, but bit pricey for an average Sunday lunch

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AbieK
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, very accommodation, fantastic food would highly recommend.

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Smudger
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely fabulous evening. The food was excellent as was the service. The staff were very professional and friendly. Would not hesitate to return.

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Anna
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing to be back, staff were outstanding as usual, food was delicious and a very friendly atmosphere.. Thank you!

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RubyC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed it.

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MarkN
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food is very good; ideal alternative to motorway services and just as close. Sensible to book ahead.

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margaretP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have eaten at the Blue Ball many times and it’s always very good with excellent service and very good food

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely family Sunday lunch

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JohnA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

An excellent pub, serving excellent meals, and a wide range of drinks locally sourced

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SueL
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to the trouble of producing a dairy free dessert (that wasn’t just sorbet) at pretty short notice. Really friendly, welcoming place and staff very attentive. Thanks Blue Ball!

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LizS
Worcestershire
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, location and friendly staff. Enjoyed our evening and will return.

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Cindy
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would Definitely Recommend the Blue Ball, lovely Food at a really good price and excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Celebrated a family birthday! Lovely friendly staff & good food! Atmosphere/Music just perfect balance!

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LouiseJ
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our Sunday roast! Very very friendly staff and food delicious! Really ate in the bar area and really liked the fact that although it was busy you were not rushed through - you even noticed we were squinting in the sun and came over to close the curtains. Will definitely be back.

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LynetteP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute we got in the service was friendly and smooth. Nothing was too much for them and the food was outstanding in flavour and presentation. The only bad thing was the meal was so large I didn’t have room to try a dessert! Will definitely go back.

MR
MichelleR
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve meal . Great atmosphere and menu choice. Food was delicious and came quickly

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SarahL
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose the Blue Ball after Googling somewhere near J30 to meet family, and booked online.
Embarrassingly, we were running late, so contacted the pub to let them know - no problem was the response. Then one of our party had to skip out between courses. Again, no problem! Whatever we threw at them, they handled perfectly.
The food was delicious, beautifully presented on hot plates and tasted as good as it looked. This was probably the best roast I have ever had in a pub or restaurant. We will def be back.

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AnnetteM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Charming staff who helped make our Mum's birthday celebration very enjoyable. Thanks

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KarenG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Havr been previously and had a lovely meal
Came for my birthday. It was a Sunday so made an error in not recognising it was a reduced menu so daughter already disappointed as she had chosen from website
Roast served to daughter and husband. They didn't complain as didn't want to spoil birthday. However afterwards said it was really poor. Cold. Felt like lunchtime leftovers. Potatoes hard. Overall dreadful meal

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Fizz
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing to fault, staff were friendly and efficient. Food was superb. Highly recommend.

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BrianH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Initially we were not shown to table,told if a table number which was wrong. Had to remind twice to get service . After we had a waitress,she was very good. The restaurant was very busy at start which might have caused the initial lack of service.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at The Blue Ball were really helpful, making sure there were options to meet the dietary requirements of one of our party. We had a very nice lunch of gluten free fish and chips with beautifully cooked fish and lovely sausage and mash - thank you!

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TheresaH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had to pay 10 pounds car parking fee as the rugby match was on so check before booking

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GuyB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Perfect stop pre-rugby. Friendly, helpful staff, and a second bar in the garden an excellent facility. Food was fine. As expected on a rugby day, there were plenty of people looking to be fed and the pub seemed to deal with the demand very well.

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Ange
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food was delicious and reasonably priced. We had a lovely table and staff were attentive without being intrusive thank you!

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AndrewC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Booked here as close to a pick up point for a family member. Considering the proximity to the motorway at a busy junction it was surprisingly quiet. Lovely pub, great food and a good selection of ales and spirits (especially Gin.!) food was really good, service was excellent.

FAQs

The Blue Ball offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01392 873401.

The Blue Ball is rated 4.6 stars by 38 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.