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The Balfour Arms

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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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103 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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193 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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 amazing meal they made her. None of the usual nut loaf that tastes of cardboard... More 

Thank Marooda
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles 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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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
2 of 5 bubbles 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
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

As other reviewers have said it is our local inn and we have watched it over the years change owners who revamp it only for it to slowly decline once again. We thought that we would give it a try once again, after a break of some years. We went at lunch time and there were about 6 customers inside.... More 

1 Thank Sidmouthsmythe
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We were invited by friends to celebrate their wedding at the Balfour Arms Sidmouth. It apparently has just had a refurbishment and we were impressed by the decor, service and the friendly staff.The buffet was excellent, and we had a look at the menu, not expensive and had daily deals instead of various specials. Looking good for a return visit... More 

Thank 506KAJ5
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This is our local and since it has been refurbished, we have visited the Balfour 3 times to eat. I have to say that it looks great, the staff are friendly and I cannot fault them. The beer garden is excellent and good for kids. But, the food so far has been a let down. I had an Angus Beef... More 

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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$ 7 - US$ 22
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
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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