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“A Country Pub, close to the City”
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Blue Ball Inn
Ranked #12 of 69 Exeter B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Taunton, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“A Country Pub, close to the City”
Reviewed 30 January 2013

Visiting the Blue Ball with friends for lunch once again, we found a warm welcome from the landlord, our favorite table by the open fire, a very good menu plus a "daily special" all at very sensible prices. The food was, as always, excellent, cooked to order and served on hot plates.
The staff are friendly and the pub has a very nice "olde worlde" atmosphere. There is also a good choice of local beers, we will certainly be visiting again.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

Have eaten here several times as a a small family group and like the friendly atmosphere and good food, so when I wanted to book a meal for a group of 20 friends, I chose the Blue Ball as the venue. Met with proprietors Steve and Sandra about a week before and they put together a menu with a good choice for all at a very competitive price. At the end of the evening everyone agreed the food and service and value for money were all excellent. Thanks again.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2013

We have been going to the Blue Ball for quite a few years now, and have seen a few management teams come and go, the present owners have got it spot on, we cant fault the food, or the service, all staff are friendly and welcoming. A lovely real fire, and great atmosphere. I cant understand some of the comments on here regarding the location, as it is a locals village pub,convenient to the M5, Sowton, and Rugby, and not a base for exploring the city centre!

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank juliemr2
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Corbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

6pm, hungry and dreading another visit to the nearby M5 services. We found this lovely pub in our near to the motorway book. What a delightful stopover with a real log fire and range of real ales. The food (scallops for my wife and a homemade beefburger for me) was excellent and the service was friendly and rapid so we were on our way to Cornwall feeling refreshed and determined to return when down this way again.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

Had lunch here today. We could not have asked for better service. They catered well for our needs which included a very bored 4year old waiting for his uncle to arrive. Food was lovely. Portions were generous and the setting was very comfortable. Will definately be back and have recommended to friends.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Torquay
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 December 2012

had a lunch here one Friday, make sure you book in advance, very popular.
Food was amazing and venue lovely a cosy and customer service was excellent.
lovely olde wordly pub. will definately be back.
easy access from motorway.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Trstenik, Croatia
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Reviewed 22 December 2012

This pub has been here for ages and has gone through various food phases, including one where it attempted to be a very upmarket gastro-pub; if you are charging north of £15 for bangers & mash, then it had better be pretty fantastic...which it wasn't. The good news is that under the new management (a very genuine & friendly couple who are proper pub landlords with loads of knowledge of how to make customers feel at home), both the atmosphere and the food have improved considerably.

I ate here early evening mid-week. The linguine with garic, chili & king prawns was great; fresh ingredients, a lovely combination of flavours and well presented on the plate.

There is a decent selection of draught beers, including a rather good Cornish lager. There is also a range of fruit ciders that are superb; pear & mint is wonderful and I've not seen it on sale anywhere else.

The place has plenty of room inside although it is the local pub for the nearby Exeter Chiefs rugby ground, so be prepared for it to be heaving on match days.

With pubs closing by the handful every day, it is very pleasing to find somewhere that ticks all the boxes on the list of 'just what a pub should be'. The increasing number of patrons hopefully indicates that more & more people are either discovering or re-discovering what a great pub & restaurant this is.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Blue Ball Inn
Address: Sandygate, Exeter EX2 7LJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Exeter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 69 B&Bs / Inns in Exeter
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
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