Lunch at the Blue Ball Inn, Sidford, 24 April 2019

Eighteen members of Exeter Branch gathered in this country pub on a spring day when daffodils and primroses were looking their best in cottage gardens and along the Devon hedgerows  – all benefiting from intermittent April showers.

This was the kind of day when a chatty lunch with friends seemed a splendid idea and this rambling old pub had plenty to offer. Its origins date from the 12th century but in recent years skilful restoration and appropriate décor have retained much of the character of the old pub with its thatched roof, thick walls, small windows, inglenook fireplace and slightly uneven floor levels here and there.

The menu was extensive: as usual the carvery proved popular and despite a rather long wait for some of the dishes, everyone appeared to enjoy the visit. When we left, the showers had gone and our Chairman George was able to drive home with the hood down on his Morgan!

Louise Clunies-Ross

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