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The Balfour Arms

$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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26 Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth EX10 9UZ, England
+44 1395 512993
12:00 - 22:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Gareth P
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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 

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 2 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 

2 Thank harrisfamily2007
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

As this is my 'local', we eat here often and so this presents me with the opportunity to 'fine-tune' previous reviews. Today, Saturday, the lunchtime was quite busy and therefore waiting time was a little longer than usual but the large screen TVs entertained us so we weren't too aware of the wait. The meal-deal offer (two meals for £10)... More 

Thank Simmykeef
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

It's folk week in Sidmouth and the town is heaving with lively music and happy people. Not in The Balfour. We thought we'd try it once more to give it another chance (after a previous disappointing visit) and see how the folk festival was doing. It bypassed this pub: Three blokes sitting with a dog (in the food area), an... More 

2 Thank J N
Devon, United Kingdom
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309 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

This has recently had a complete refurbishment which was well overdue. It is so much lighter, fresher and welcoming than the old pub. Lots of outdoor seating too. They have some good meal deals, but this time we just went for a drink to have a look around. A little out of town but well worth a visit

Thank Bangel2015
Sidmouth, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We live locally but were pushed for time which is why I asked the barman if they had a spare table and if it was ok to order food. 'Yes that is fine, sit anywhere' we ordered drinks then to be told ten minutes later they were not taking orders for food for at least half an hour, rather annoying... More 

2 Thank Cheryl J
Brighton, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

The Balfour Arms is set in a residential area of Sidmouth with plenty of car parking right outside or if you go by bus it's the no 9 and also the 9A, I think, again these stop outside. On foot it's about 20 minutes from the town's seafront. You could walk via The Byes which is a nicer way to... More 

Thank Paul H
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Great food, fresh veggies and lovely service. This pub has suffered too many years of bad ownership and reviews but I really think it's turned a corner with new owners and we can expect many more good things to come.

Thank Sarahj192

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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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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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