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The Balfour Arms

$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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26 Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth EX10 9UZ, England
+44 1395 512993
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Showing 106: English reviews
Devon, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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
Buckhurst Hill, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 ordered but that was a minor blip. Would recommend this place to eat out and... More 

Thank wolverine99
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
194 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
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 surpise. We really enjoyed the leek and potato soup and the Chicked and Bacon sandwich... More 

Thank John G
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 came over with a free bottle of bubbly. it was so good we returned the... More 

Thank Dani B
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 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 suggest they recommend the pub to future B&B guests. Nice staff in the pub and... More 

Thank BrownseaBoy
1 review
Reviewed 13 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 amazing meal they made her. None of the usual nut loaf that tastes of cardboard... More 

Thank Marooda
1 review
Reviewed 10 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 the future.

Thank Sam W
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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 front; our experience suggest that settling down has happened.

Thank food_enthusiast666
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Sorry to say not a good experience. Our starters took 40 minutes to arrive and they were only Pate and Prawn Cocktail. The restaurant area was so cold my mum had to wear my fleece throughout. It's a shame as the food was reasonably priced, plentiful and of good quality.

1 Thank Gareth P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$23
Bar, British, Pub
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
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
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,


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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