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£7 - £17
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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought it time I wrote a 5 star review as I have been visiting The Blue Ball for a few years now having discovered it due to working occasionally in Cambridge. I usually visit solo after work and sometimes bring friends and family. The staff...are always welcoming, the food consistently high quality and the ambience just right. I can't fault it and it has become my favourite pub-possibly of all time. I am also very impressed that all reviews are responded to. Thank you for your hospitality. RachelMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a delight,our second visit and is a gem of a place if you want to check out Cambridge ,or are exploring other areas. Food is excellent and the wonderful apartment is superb with a well equipped kitchen and a lovely lounge to relax...in. Angela and Toby are relaxed owners and make you feel very comfortable.It's a lovely welcoming place.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Toby Joseph, Owner at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for both your visit and wonderful review, we look forward to welcoming you back

Reviewed 10 April 2024

Beautiful Gem outside of Cambridge! Visited on a sunny Saturday, staff were very friendly and food delicious especially a favourite of mine sticky toffee pudding! Can’t wait to come back.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Toby Joseph, Owner at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2024

Thank you so much for your great review , we look forward to you coming back

Reviewed 3 March 2024 via mobile

Great traditional pub, excellent friendly bar staff. Had chilli and the chicken balti which were both excellent and would have same again next time. Great ambiance, real fire. Was a spot on choice.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Toby Joseph, Owner at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2024

Thank you so much, really appreciate you taking the time to post this

Reviewed 24 February 2024

What a fantastic venue for a friends weekend away! Good food and drink and amazing atmosphere! Will certainly come back and recommend to other friends!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Toby Joseph, Owner at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2024

What a wonderful review, thank you so much

Reviewed 16 February 2024 via mobile

Wow… propper cooked in house good pub food. Portions perfect size, food very tasty, red hot and made fresh in house.. Duck was very nice Shepherds Pie perfect Apple pie and custard to finish and you could tell the apples were cut fresh in uneven...chunks, real cooking done well.. Good selection of drinks Great and attentive staff Clean and nice inside Real warm (literally) with open fire and candle light on every table very nice friendly local pub atmosphere.. Best meal we have had out visiting Cambridge well done 👍 👏More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Toby Joseph, Owner at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2024

Thats a wonderful review, many thanks, come back and see us again soon.

Reviewed 19 January 2024 via mobile

Have lived in Cambridge since 87 and I’m ashamed to say that today’s visit was my first, but it’s not going to be the last. What a great traditional pub this is, proper pub atmosphere very welcoming staff and reasonable prices. The menu is good...old proper pub grub none of this overpriced fancy gastro stuff. The pub is very dog friendly and will now be my watering hole each time I visit Granchester. See you again soon and keep doing what you’re doing so well.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Toby Joseph, Owner at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2024

And a proper review, delighted you found us at last, we look forward to welcoming you back

Reviewed 4 September 2023 via mobile

Fabulous pub full of character. Warm welcome on arrival, swift service. Great lunch menu, the ploughman’s pork pie was superb, particularly the homemade picalilli made by the landlady! 😋 Lovely vista out front overlooking countryside, beautifully maintained courtyard garden. We will definitely be back.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Toby Joseph, Owner at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2023

what a lovely review, thank you so much , please come back and see us again soon !

Reviewed 1 September 2023 via mobile

The views were beautiful. Will visit again. We ate at The Blue Ball. I had Moussaka, and my daughter had Chicken Balti. It was lovely, and the staff were very pleasant.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Toby Joseph, Owner at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2023

thank you so much for your great review

Reviewed 14 August 2023 via mobile

Walking back from a circular walk along the river at Grantchester, we were happy to see an advert taking us to a pub in the village. We didn’t find that one as the first one we came to looked sunny and pretty and just waiting...for us to go and have a well earned drink after 8000 steps! The Blue Ball has such a welcoming couple that we stayed for two drinks and a pie! It’s worth remembering for main food as everybody who was exiting after Sunday lunch sounded very complementary about it! A sunny garden at the back looked inviting too. My partner was pleased with the beer that he hadn’t had before, and my soda and lime actually had a decent splash of lime in it for a change.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Toby Joseph, Owner at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2023

Delighted you found us , and thank you for your wonderful review

Reviewed 24 July 2023 via mobile

We came to this free house for Sunday lunch. Pretty much faultless. A charming beer garden, with some covered seating. Real ales on tap (they change, but when we were there it was mostly Adnams, alongside a Norfolk guest). The short menu of dishes, with...locally-sourced ingredients, was clearly home-cooked and made a such a change from the identikit menus most chain pubs are offering. We didn’t sit inside but it’s a cosy, traditional interior. Clearly popular with locals, families, cyclists and walkers. Will definitely be back, and will walk there next time.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Toby Joseph, Owner at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2023

thank you for your lovely review, come back and see us again soon

Reviewed 12 July 2023

I had a fabulous time at the blue ball this evening with wonderfully chatty bar staff! Helen and Emma couldn’t have made us feel more welcome! The food was sublime, the servers were so funny and charming especially the young blonde boy. We can’t wait...to come back again very soon (maybe even tomorrow!)More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Toby Joseph, Owner at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2023

What a wonderful review, come back soon

Reviewed 9 July 2023

We really enjoyed a meal at this gem of a pub. The style of the bar, the friendliness (and helpfulness) of the staff, the delicious food and excellent beer. The locals were chatting about cricket - I’m not a fan but the comments were also...entertaining. We don’t live locally - but if we are ever in the area we will be in there like a shot!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Toby Joseph, Owner at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2023

What a smashing review, many thanks

Reviewed 23 May 2023

I didn't like this pub. It was full of drunk locals who were loud and seemed to think the pub was there for their sole benefit. OK - It was coronation day, but they didn't look like royalists to me. The beer wasn't that great...either. Sorry. I know a lot of people like this place, but when I commented my thoughts to someone the other night, they concurred.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Toby Joseph, Owner at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2023

Oh dear, sorry you didn't like the pub, we do have a very loyal following with people who live locally, as a small village pub that is (or should be) fairly normal, I shall have a stern word with them over their behaviour on coronation...More

Reviewed 23 April 2023

The Blue Ball Inn is so unpretentious, serving freshly cooked home made food which is simply delicious. The super friendly owners and staff are a delight and are very welcoming. We had a most enjoyable lunch....the apple crumble is to die for! Needless to say,...we look forward to returning again soon.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Toby Joseph, Owner at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2023

A huge thank you for your wonderful review, come back and see us soon

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sorry for delay in getting back to you but yes we do , usually we have 2 or 3 GF dishes each day
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Hi there , we dont normally take table bookings as we are a pretty small and fairly simple pub, on sundays we ar usually pretty busy betwen 12 and 3, and typically we close the litchen at arou d 330 pm , our menu on a Sunday... More
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  • Service: 4.5
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