The Blue Ball Inn | Pub in Cambridgeshire | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Blue Ball Inn - Pub in Cambridgeshire

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Broadway, Grantchester, Cambridge, CB39NQ, Cambridgeshire
England, United Kingdom

Toby Joseph
www.blueballgrantchester.co.uk
+44 (0)1223 846004(landline)

Overlooking Grantchester Meadows, this pretty pub serves home-cooked fare with a warm welcome, enjoy a glass of wine in the heated pavilion

The Blue Ball takes its name from one of the first hot air balloons, which landed nearby in the 1750s. Ideally placed, with Granchester Meadows for a front garden and views across the river to the spires of Cambridge's colleges, this pretty country pub is thriving under the care of Toby and Angela. Taking pride of place in a row of cottages, the Blue Ball's bright whitewashed walls, bay window and flowing flower baskets is postcard-perfect. Inside all is spotless, scrubbed and poised to welcome hungry locals, walkers, twitchers and tourists. Tuck into shepherd's pie topped with cheese crusted leeks, or a bowl of hearty soup with a sandwich. At the back, a heated pavilion, shrine to the local cricket team, where you can while away a happy afternoon with a pint of Aspal's Harry Sparrow cider. Stroll across the Meadows to spend the day in Cambridge.

Features
Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
WiFi
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Cash only
Credit or debit card payment not accepted.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.

Local points of interest from Toby Joseph:

Local points of interest from
Toby Joseph:

  • 250 years old in 2017 , The Blue Ball looks over the famous Grantchester Meadows, a favourite haunt for Rupert Brook , Pink Floyd and Lord Byron, punt up the river cam from Cambridge, walk or cycle across the meadow.
  • Used as the set for the recent series of Grantchester on ITV, starring James Norton
  • Described as "near perfect " by The Sunday Times and featured on the BBC Good Food web site guide to Cambridge eateries.
  • The reigning champions of the annual Grantchester Barrel Race , held every Boxing Day when teams from the 4 pubs in the village hold a relay race in the street rolling a 36 gallon wooden beer barrel
Points of interest

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Details

Meals:

Starters from £4. Lunch from £9. Mains from £9.

Closed:

Open all day.

Paw prints Bringing your dog
Handy to know:

Fenced back garden ‘dog proof’; river 200 yards for dogs to get wet in (as ours does). Garden hose for dogs who’ve rolled in cow pats on the meadow. Watercolour montage of all our ‘regular’ dogs!

Dog treats:

A dogs welcome sign at the front of the pub, dog biscuits behind the bar and bowls at the front door and in the back garden.

Bringing your dog
Address:

Broadway, Grantchester, Cambridge, CB39NQ, Cambridgeshire

Directions:

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