Review Summary

8 based on 9 reviews
  • Food

  • Value

  • Ambiance

  • Service

    The waiting staff clearly needs more training, reaching across us to deliver and clear food. The food was all pre-cooked, kept warm or reheated, it was soggy and swimming in gravy, a jug would have been much more appealing to help ourselves. Sweets were mediocre. We will not return.

    Our meal was served by polite waitresses. Everything was nicely cooked though I would have preferred the lamb to be more done. Wine was excellent. More dessert choice would have been better. The one thing I didn't like was a smell everywhere of old smoke , even though smoking isn't allowed in pubs! We had a room as we were a party of 10 with no other people. Not much atmosphere though we were laughing a lot so perhaps it was just as well no other people. There were people eating in other nooks in the pub. I'm not sure I'd go again to take guests as I didn't like the smell but would go just me and husband if we could sit with others.

    Lovely warm pub. Our food was very tasty, combination of steak, chicken and fish dishes for our group, and good choice of beers. Friendly service made for an enjoyable experience.

    Excellent meal in lovely surroundings. Service was very efficient and friendly even though it was a very busy bank holiday. Steak and stilton pie was particularly tasty and good selection of beers

    Very warm and friendly pub offering good food and staff who make you feel welcome. Very enjoyable meal all round.

    Our group had a very pleasant 'meal deal' in cosy surroundings. The Blue Ball has a lovely ambience, with wood burners, beams and comfy furniture. The only problem was that although we'd been told we didn't need to select our choices beforehand from the 'meal deal' menu, when we came to order there were only a limited number of burgers available - and several of the group had to choose a less favoured alternative.

    An absolute gem of a country pub. It is a lovely old timber beamed building with wood burners creating a wonderful atmosphere. The staff are incredibly friendly & helpful. The food is of great quality & very well presented. If you are in the area make sure you visit The Blue Ball!

    We wanted somewhere for a get together with friends and couldn't have chosen better than this charming country inn despite it being slightly off the beaten track. We arrived a bit early but were more than happy to chat on sofas by the log fire, have a drink and a look at menus. Have to say the menu is spot on with something for all tastes. We ended up going for it with all three courses and a couple of bottles of a surprisingly good Rioja. Don't be fooled by the modest price point - the food is as good as any I've had in the area & the service ffriendly and efficient without ever becoming intrusive. The homemade bread waiting on our table when we seated was a nice touch that set the scene for the intelligently cooked and presented dishes which followed. All in all a lovely setting, atmosphere and surprisingly good meal topped off with a classic bread and butter pudding which took me back to my childhood. Already planning a return visit to try more of the menu. .

    Maybe we were unlucky but the food was mediocre at best. The veg in particular was overcooked and virtually inedible.

    The fact that it was a busy Sunday service should not impinge on the quality of food served and was no excuse. The "front of house" staff were efficient and pleasant and could not be faulted.

    As to value, that was poor.

Closed (except Bank Holidays 12-3pm)
12pm-2:30pm and 6pm-11pm
12pm-2:30pm and 6pm-11pm
12pm-2:30pm and 6pm-11pm
  • Ranked #2 of 26
  • Avg. main course: £12
  • 2.24 miles from Oakham
  • British

We say…

Built in the 17th century, The Blue Ball is Rutland’s oldest inn.

This quality family-friendly gastro-pub in rural Braunston prepares all dishes to order using locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible. Please check the menu for to browse this season's dishes.

Attracting visitors from the surrounding counties and beyond, The Blue Ball pays homage to its past history by retaining as many of the original features as possible, including exposed beams, original stonework and floorboards, inglenook fireplace, and a classic thatched roof. Outdoor seating overlooks the striking All Saints’ Church for those wishing to enjoy a few pre or post-dinner drinks in the summer months. 

In more recent years, it has undergone refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards with cosy leather seating and soft lighting. The addition of a private function room catering for up to 40 diners or 100 party of buffet guests makes The Blue Ball ideal for private bookings.

Whether you are looking for a light lunch, an indulgent dinner, or a few drinks in a time-honoured venue, The Blue Ball in Braunston will serve you well. Book your table today.

£5 deposit per person required for all bookings over 10 people

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6 Cedar Street, Braunston, Oakham, LE15 8QS
01572 722 135