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The Blue Ball Inn reopened on Monday 12 April.
Wednesday & Thursday, 12-10 (food 12-2:30 & 5-8:30). Friday, 12-10:30 (food 12-2:30 & 5-8:30). Saturday, 12-10:30 (food 12-8:30). Sunday, 12-7 (food 12-4).

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Blue Ball Inn

57 Broadway

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Opening Times


MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - 11.30 pm
SaturdayMidday - 11.30 pm
SundayMidday - 8.00 pm

Meal Times

12 - 2.30, 6 - 8.30 Mon - Fri
12 - 8.30 Sat
12 - 4 Sun



About the Pub

This small, authentic local retains its original two-bar layout and many old fittings. No TV, no games machines: good beer, good conversation and old pub games are the order of the day. Try your hand at ringing the bull. Live music every Thursday. At the back is a small walled garden with a heated 'smokeatorium' complete with a piano. Dogs welcome. "HQ" of Grantchester Cricket Club.

Long term regular, Toby Joseph, having purchased it from a pubco, has carried out some essential repairs and sympathetic redecoration that retains the pub's charm. Recent refurbishment include B&B accommodation and new toilets, allowing a modest expansion of the bar area. The garden has also been extended with additional terrace and seating.

Real ales are from Adnam's, Woodforde's, Elgood's and other East Anglian brewers. A third hand pump was added in January 2016. Adnam's dry-hopped larger is the first lager to be available here for many years. Aspall's Harry Sparrow cider is on draught. Soup, sandwiches and hearty, home-cooked food are available all day. Children welcome. Credit cards are now accepted.

Historic Interest

Built in 1893 over the cellar of the 1767 original that was lost in a fire. It is listed on the National Inventory as having a historic pub interior of regional importance. The pub name is believed to commemorate the landing of a hot air balloon nearby in 1785. This being celebrated on pictures inside the pub.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Adnams Southwold Bitter

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

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  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Accommodation Accommodation

    2 Double en-suite rooms.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Ring the Bull, Shove Ha'penny.

  • LiveMusic Live Music


  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • SeparateBar Separate Bar
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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Blue Ball Inn

57 Broadway

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52.183300, 0.094140

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Route 18

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Blue Ball, Grantchester

Blue Ball Inn

57 Broadway

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Quiet Pub
  • Additional Services
  • Historic Pub Interior
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Accommodation
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Live Music
  • Newspapers
  • Real Fire
  • Separate Bar
  • Smoking Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes

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