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The Blue Ball

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

The warmest welcome & freshest food at Rutland's oldest inn. Proper pub food. Varied Menu of steak, fish, meat & vegetarian dishes, starters & desserts. Plenty of Gluten Free options. Child's portions & prices. All freshly prepared daily, using seasonal, local produce wherever possible. Great ales & wines. Open Tues- Sun + Bank Hol Mons. Lighter Lunch Menu also available Tues- Sat lunchtimes. Sunday Roasts 12-3pm. Outdoor seating. Function/Meeting Room. Free Wi Fi in Bar. Cyclists, walkers welcome. , Dogs welcome in Drinks Bar (only) & on Garden Terrace
US$12 - US$39
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Bar, British, Pub
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We’ve always loved this pub for its honest, fresh food, well kept ales, well chosen wines and friendly, low key, smooth service. And we still do, having not visited for many months so booked for a table with visiting family on Fri eve. When my...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Rachel R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

New Year, new dining experience! We have been to the Blue Ball several times over the last few years and I was looking forward to last Friday's booking at this beautiful old pub. We had a very friendly greeting on arrival and sat by the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank KWOakham
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made a reservation at the Blue Ball th have a Sunday Lunch with our English frieds. We were ith 7 and the table was standing ready. After ordering the plates came in quick. Unfortunaty the seasoning on the meat was missing. The sauce made...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MRoeterdink
BlueBall, Owner at The Blue Ball, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed your sauce and desert. We do season our meat but also provide seasoning on the table, as health concerns re salt and personal tastes really do vary.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had always found this pub a delight and a great food experience. But, went yesterday and was sorely disappointed. My main had to be sent back twice, the duck was inedible and could not be cut by a steak knife, the pigeon breast was no...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Allatcee
BlueBall, Owner at The Blue Ball, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

The food has not “gone downhill”’here. The rest of your table and our other customers were very happy with their meals but you unfortunately remained dissatisfied with yours, especially your duck dish, yet wouldn’t change to a different dish despite Chef offering to cook you...More

Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

Having looked at the reviews and following this pub on Facebook I was looking forward to travelling out here to see what the hype was all about. Lovely spot by the fire to have our meal which was great. Service from Ryan was great and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank 529katee
Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

Found this lovely place whilst out in a Sunday drive. Beautiful surroundings coupled with warm and welcoming staff. Nice choice of Wines and Beer. Cosy pre meal drinks before being shown to our table. Very nice comfortable dining area, with a large choice of tables,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank FennJR
BlueBall, Owner at The Blue Ball, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2018

Just happy to hear that you were happy and enjoyed your impromptu visit and our food & service here. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to post your review.

Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

None of our family considered the meals memorable and it didn't start well when the heavy bread they brought round was part frozen ! Wine recommended was excellent but sadly nothing else. Sorry as we've had some great meals here in the past.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank terrier57
Reviewed 21 November 2018

We went for Sunday lunch at 1.30 nice table on ordering firstly told there was no lamb but was offered a ;lamb steak I found it very fatty, the others asked for rare beef which when it came it was not the 6th member of...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Allwaysawayonholiday
BlueBall, Owner at The Blue Ball, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2018

Fair point on the training front as the new member of staff taking your orders hadn’t done so before and it was a very busy Sunday. But perhaps this wasn’t helped, and the pork main got missed, because when she came to take your order...More

Reviewed 18 November 2018

Sunday lunch was overall disappointing. Our rating between 1-10 - The meal, wine I would give it a 5. The staff and service was OK.Would I go back for a Sunday lunch?. NoMore

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank forpar
BlueBall, Owner at The Blue Ball, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2018

Sorry to hear that this is your view even though another customer the same day declared our Sun lunch “the 2nd best in Rutland” having made a point of testing out a wide range of pubs. You don’t say what you found so mediocre regarding...More

Reviewed 3 November 2018

One year ago, my review title was ‘Perfect’ and it was with much anticipation that I was returning. What’s happened ? That thick, vivid green pea soup - full of flavour - is now a watery mint sauce and the bread & butter pudding is...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank nauj63
Blue B, Owner at The Blue Ball, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2018

It’s hard to know how to - or even whether to - respond to such a review. Of course you’re entitled to your own genuine opinion and say you wish to see us succeed, yet chose to post an entirely negative review rather than alert...More

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michael t
16 April 2018|
Response from BlueBall | Property representative |
Dogs are very welcome in our Drinks Bar & at tables on our Garden Terrace but not at tables in our Dining Rooms, aside from guide dogs. While customers with dogs are welcome to eat in our Drinks Bar, there are no dining... More
Felicidad F
23 September 2017|
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Response from BlueBall | Property representative |
Hi and thanks for your question regarding whether The Blue Ball has good disabled access & facilities. The short answer is, no not really, in terms of physical access for customers with certain mobility issues or aids... More
9 November 2016|
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Response from BlueBall | Property representative |
No we don't I'm afraid.
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