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The Balfour Arms

££ - £££, British,
26 Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth EX10 9UZ, England
+44 1395 512993
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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“turkey” (8 reviews)
“peas” (6 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
26 Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth EX10 9UZ, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I recently made this pub one of my regular haunts and I can safely say the atmosphere is very friendly.

Thank NorthStar44787219611
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tuesday 30th October I was born At Manstone Ave but live near Ottery now I haven’t been inside the Balfour since I was was 16yrs old when Len Evis ran it. When I went in the Balfour it had 1 bar a snug room and...More

Thank Marion B
Reviewed 17 September 2018

We ate dinner here on two nights. The food was very good as was the friendly welcome and excellent helpful service with a smile. Very good value for money.

Thank robertghmatthews
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely lunch with my mum and daughter. Staff very welcoming and accomodating. Friendly atmosphere, would be great for those with kids. Food was served fresh, hot and very tasty. The menu has plenty of choice to suit most palates, quite a surprise for...More

1  Thank Joanne C
Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

The Balfour arms used to be a family friendly pub with a buzzing atmosphere. Locals used to enjoy drinking and eating in their local pub until Karen and Colin took over. Ever since then, the pub has gone down hill. The management have driven away...More

Thank Callwilk
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

For the past couple of wèeks we have gone to the Balfour Arms Sidmouth for lunch. In the past the Pub has not had a good reputation for the food that they have provided. What a surprise ! The food was excellent and very reasonably...More

Thank sidmouthlwc
Reviewed 23 November 2017

We stayed in Sidmouth and found the Balfour Arms online, popped in for an evening meal and had a great time, locals were very friendly and the staff were very welcoming, we would recommend this pub.

Thank Headbarman
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Living alone in Sidmouth I don't get out much and up until September I had a car and so when family came to visit we would normally go out for lunch. Last week my daughter came to visit and we wanted to go out for...More

Thank Steph B
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

We called in last Sunday on the recommendation of friends who'd recently enjoyed an evening there. Firstly the food was one of the best dinners we've had - and we were not alone - a lovely couple opposite could not believe the difference in the...More

Thank Sidmouth-Ho
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Normally the opening hours are too late for me, though this time I had been to the supermarket next door, so the time was right. Manager was a little harassed with a problem with his coffee machine but soon put the phone down to attend...More

Thank Biddys78
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We visited last night around 7.00. We have visited TBA in the past and wanted to see its refurb as well as support it. We planned to eat. First impression good, then noticed the empty tables with plates still on it, another with several empty glasses. After a wait to be served, sat at a table which still had empty glasses. These were removed after a while. Went to order food, was told to speak to a man who had been tapping a screen at the bar since we arrived. As there were a few others around him holding menus we gave up. The pub wasn't that busy, altough there was a lot of noise and loud music from the blokey area, they seemed to be enjoying themselves, but for those wanting to eat, not very pleasant (the areas could have been divided by a wall/door). We didn't receive a welcome as we do in other establishments, management need to work on this, plus the quick clearing of tables. We will visit again as we want to try the food, but suggest management of The Balfour take themselves and their staff to The Anchor in Sidmouth to see how a very busy, popular and welcoming pub works.
15 May 2016|
Response from Ron M | Property representative |
Hi John, Thank you for the review, we take all our reviews good and bad very seriously and I will look into all the issues you have raised. Obviously only being our second week of opening there are bound to be a few... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$23
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth EX10 9UZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Sidmouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1395 512993
  • E-mail
Exciting times. The Balfour is sceduled for a complete refit in January 2016 and will close at that time for a period of about 6 weeks. Unfortunatley our kitchens will remain closed until after the refit but watch out for our re-opening party !!! Until then we would be pleased to see you for an excellent pint of ale or maybe a game of pool and our garden is still open for you to enjoy. See you soon, Ron. We are a family run pub on the outskirts of Sidmouth. Our facilities include a public bar, a lounge bar, a restaurant, a skittle alley and large enclosed garden with play area. We have an award winning chef who personally sources all of produce locally. We are proud of the standard and quality of our food and this is achieved by having preparing fresh food to order using locally sourced ingredients. As well as lunch and evening meals we offer a Sunday carvery. We are a Cask Marque accredited pub and we pride ourselves in the quality of our ale. We also offer a wide range of ciders, spirits,wines and soft drinks. This year we are proud to sat that we were awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Come along and visit us and enjoy a freshly prepared meal, a cool drink and a warm welcome, booking is advisable. Or why not book to have your business meeting, wedding or birthday party with us. We enjoy working with our customers to arrange their special function. We look forward to welcoming you to The Balfour Arms.
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