Just like to say a big thank you to Simon,Daisy &the team at the balfour we had my dad's wake here on Thursday for about 40 people, we were able to have the restaurant to ourselves& the buffet was really lovely and plenty of choices for meat eaters and vegetarians.
We stayed at the Balfour Arm for a couple of days. The owner and staff we amazing. They made us and our two Springer dog’s extremely welcome. The bedroom were nice with a good en-suite loads of hot water. The location to Sidmouth was perfect an easy walk either through the street or as one of the staff told up along the river Byes
Sunday lunch was fine. Sheets on bed clean. Floor was dirty and needed a hoover and bathroom floor needed a mop. Shower riser was broken. Our room was over the entrance to the bar and the smell of the smokers and noise was terrible. Told breakfast was at 8.30. No one arrived to take order until 8.45. We left at 9.10 without breakfast! Very disorganised. Cutlery and cups were dirty, and chipped.
We had a family meal on Friday 4th August at the start of folk week. 4 adults and 3 children. The food was great value for money. The steak is less than £15 per meal and was cooked beautifully. The service was very good and the band in the garden were great. A fantastic night out, would highly recommend!
Staying in the area, we were struggling last minute to find a place to eat, then we saw good reviews for this place. On arriving, I wasn't that confident, it is not your usual well polished, everything perfect style of chain pub. Nothing wrong with it, just a touch more down to earth with imperfections, as such I was intrigued to see what the experience was like. Well, talk about focusing on the right things! For us, with a four legged friend, it was imperative that the pub was dog friendly ... and boy was it ... when I asked if I could bring our lively pup in I was told "of course" and it really felt like everyone was pleased to see him (and us). We ordered food. Staff were super friendly. They had a baby shower going on, but still, super attentive. Food didn't take long, and it was just good! We both opted for the hunters chicken and it was lovely. We left for the evening and headed off to our camp site. We talked about this place and realised it was a little gem, and focused on heading back there on Sunday for a roast. The same again if not even better, super attentive staff, and a bloody lovely (good portion) roast. Not long after the chef walked through and after back tracking, brought out a some meat for the dog, treating him like a king. In reflection this evening, we realised why we liked this place so much, it isn't pretentious, it isn't super polished, it is just relaxed and makes you feel at home, yet they focus on the important bits ... Great service and damn good food. If you guys read this review, please pass my thanks to the team, but especially to the chef, who I probably didn't thank well enough for serving us decent meals and treating our pup in the way he did. Looking forward to coming back, and a definite recommendation from us!
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