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The Balfour Arms

) #28 of 57 Restaurants in Sidmouth $$ - $$$ , British,
26 Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth EX10 9UZ, England
+44 1395 512993
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good14%
  • Average5%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible2%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
26 Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth EX10 9UZ, England
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Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

We visited this evening as a party of six, including 4 vegans. We'd booked in advance and Angi the head chef was so helpful - they always have a vegan option and happy to accommodate suggestions with a bit of notice. The vegetable lasagne with...More

Thank Denise2904
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Service is top notch , food homemade & delicious, always friendly staff, great live music on a Saturday night, always clean & tidy, massive beer garden

Thank annachadwick3
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Visited this place with family for a meal. The member of bar staff was outstanding, gave us fantastic service all night. The food we had was very nice and left there full up. Unfortunate that they didn't have the dish that two of our party...More

Thank wolverine99
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Popped in for some lunch and found one of the nicest carvery I've ever had, all the meat was cooked perfectly, the veg was top notch and the service was amazing and even had a really nice chat with the chef who's really awsome :)

Thank Shaun F
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I really don't know why this place is not rated more highly! Great food , service is attentive without being intrusive and is really good value. Dropped in on the way home for a light lunch after a morning shopping in Sidmouth, what a pleasant...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 20 February 2017

wow the Balfour has recently changed their menu and I have to say the food was amazing. and there were lots of new faces among the staff who were all lovely, especially the waitress who served us. it was my birthday and the lovely landlord...More

Thank Dani B
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a delicious meal at The Balfour Arms. We were staying at a nearby B&B. The owners of the B&B are new to Sidmouth and couldn't think of a local to recommend. We said we'd give it a try and have been very happy to...More

Thank BrownseaBoy
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

1 adult and 3 children for Sunday lunch and I gave to say what a fabulous meal. We had a choice of 3 meats and the veggies were cooked to perfection. We had one vegan teenager with us and I have to say what an...More

Thank Marooda
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

I have visited the Balfour many times, the atmosphere is very welcoming there. I was greeted by a lovely waitress, I ordered a burger there and it was well worth the price, good portion size, props to the chef, I will defiantly going there in...More

Thank Sam W
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Recently moved to Sidmouth and found the Balfour as our nearest walkable-to pub. Have been three times on a Friday evening and found the food good, the drinks well-priced and the staff friendly. Some recent reviews suggest a need for settling down on the food...More

Thank food_enthusiast666
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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
USD 8 - USD 23
Lunch, Dinner, 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
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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