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A warm welcome to this 16th century old coaching inn. We have very cosy small rooms where you can have a quite drink or a noisy one if you like. Try our 3 hand pulled beers Tetley cask Timothy Taylors Landlord or Reverend James, this year we are the only pub in Malton to make The Good Beer Guild. The compact smoke room retains its bench seating, boarded ceiling and corner counter, we have a very small bar to serve from you have to see it? The public area has a log fire in winter and yo we be welcomed by all our locals. The rear of the Blue Ball as a patio area for those, for those warm sunny days if we ever get them. We have a good selection on our food menu. Lunch Thursday to Sunday or evenings
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Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Lunch
Bar, British, Pub
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

lovely little pub just off the main square, with a cosy atmosphere and friendly atmosphere, we didn’t eat but the food that was coming out of the kitchen looked and smelt delicious. this is the type of pub you could stay in all day as...it’s so cosyMore

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 27 November 2021

After being let down for food in the hotel we was staying in we decided to try and find a pub. Most said it was to late to book a table, but 2 local men recommended this place. Once we found it the place was...so welcoming friendly and cosy. The food was exceptionally good for the price. Would definitely recommend this placeMore

Date of visit: November 2021
Christine C, General Manager at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2021

Thanks for your review we try hard to make everyone welcome and great feed back helps a lot Thanks again Gary and Chris

Reviewed 27 November 2021

In the past I’ve described the actual bar in the Blue Ball as a central bar but, thinking about it, it would be more accurate to describe it as a central kiosk. To paint the picture - only one person could work behind the bar...at a time, and the area probably measures no more than 5ft x 4ft. It has three openings, one onto the “main” bar, one onto a cosy little snug, and one onto the passageway leading to another wee room. From a practical perspective it is absolutely perfect, but I love it simply because it is unique and charming. But what about the main considerations re the pub? Quite simply the Blue Ball is a fabulous little pub offering friendly service, good beer and a lovely atmosphere. What more could you possibly want? We always come here when we visit Malton and, if you like good pubs, I would encourage you to do the same.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Christine C, General Manager at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2021

Always great to see people who return to visit and yes that bar is very small and functions very well hope to see you again Chris

Reviewed 27 October 2021 via mobile

Excellent homemade food, all cooked fresh to order. Very friendly staff and excellent service. Very cosy and welcoming. Very generous portion sizes. Would highly recommend.

Date of visit: October 2021
Christine C, General Manager at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2021

Thank you Emma for your review we always try to please hope you had a good night Chris and Gary

Reviewed 28 September 2021

Excellent meal and service. Cheeseboard had a great range of cheese and more than enough crackers. Excellent value for money. Will call in again

Date of visit: September 2021
Christine C, General Manager at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2021

Thanks for your review pleased you enjoyed your evening look forward to seeing you again Chris

Reviewed 9 September 2021

If the rating system would allow this would be minus5* Booked a table for 7pm on a Tues eve on the recommendation of friends. Travelled from Scarborough but arrived at 3 minutes past. Yes that is 7.03 for a 7pm booking to be told in...no uncertain terms that the kitchen was closed and the chef had gone home. All other diners had arrived early so that was it. The place was not full and the sign outside was still advertising food. There are a number of questions here. What happened to customer service? Why did no one ring us if they thought we where a no show? Having worked in hospitality for many years there is absolutely no way that a kitchen can be closed and completely COVID 19 cleaned in the 3 mins from our booked time to our arrival. Which begs the next question of just how high, or low are their hygiene standards? In these current Covid times when businesses are crying out for customers and income this pub obviously is the exception as they can turn away custom without a 2nd thoughtMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Christine C, General Manager at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2021

booking a table at seven means you arrive fifteen mins before to order drinks and food it was nearly 7.15 my last orders are 7 o clock why should i waste a phone call there were four of you a curtesy call say you were...More

Reviewed 8 September 2021

Stunned & Disgusted.. We booked a table for four of us to dine at 7pm & left our name & contact number, We got there at 7-03 to be told Kitchens now closed !!! Because we’re late, 3 minutes!! Also she said because her other...bookings had turned up early, we asked to see the owner but they had gone home,… What in 3 minutes ,!!! So if we had got there 3 minutes earlier, it would have been OK ?? It would take several minutes to sit down, order a drink Look at the menu & Order. We’re not making this up , It’s the most ridiculous & Stupid attitude …. Anyway each to there own, Human nature never fails to astound me. Really SadMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 16 August 2021

I think the reviews speak for themselves. Only one terrible (from 2 years ago), one average and 77 excellent / very good. I discovered The Blue Ball a few years ago when I was looking for somewhere to watch football (Leeds to be precise) and...I was directed here by some fellow Leeds supporters. We live just outside Leeds but we have a holiday home near Malton. I consider myself to be more of a local at The Blue Ball than anywhere in or around my home town. This is mainly due the landlady, Christine, who made us feel welcome from day one. Very quirky inside (there appears to be rooms everywhere). If you want Sunday lunch then this is definitely the place to go. Current choices are beef, lamb or venison. The mid-week menu isn’t massive but what you do get is top quality. A word of warning, if you go here for a meal I would suggest you starve for 24 hours before because The Blue Ball doesn’t do small portions!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Christine C, General Manager at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2021

Thanks Mike it's always good to see you let's hope Leeds do better next time have a great day at the match this weekend see you soon. Thanks Chris

Reviewed 3 August 2021

I won't pretend to have come across this pub by accident, we went as a result of the reviews on this site, and how glad we are. It's an interesting very well looked after old fashioned pub that does superb food. The menu is not...that large but caters for most tastes. We had fish and chips and scampi and chips. Served quickly with all we needed and they tasted superb, just make sure you are hungry when you go. Other customers and the lovely landlady make for a very pleasant experience. Coffee isn't bad either. The high spot of Malton.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Christine C, General Manager at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2021

Thank you for your review pleased you found us only small pub but we try to make everyone welcome Chris and Gary

Reviewed 27 July 2021

From the outside I had my doubts I'm not lying. A lot of places in Malton were closed when we arrived. Its dog friendly and from the folks inside a very local pub. A traditional old fashioned pub with lots of nooks and crannies. Lots...of real ales on offer on draught. The lady who served us was lovely. We ordered steak pie dinner and a ploughmans. The portion sizes are very generous, with homemade chips and all for about £8 each! She gave the plenty of dog water too as it was a very hot day. Overall a very very lovely and pleasant suprise and in a foody place like Malton and so good to see traditional pub grub.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Christine C, General Manager at The Blue Ball Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2021

Thanks for your review always good to get feed back pleased you were suprised by our little pub hope you have a great holiday Chris and Gary

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
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