The Blue Ball is one of our flagship properties and it needs an outstanding hospitality professional at the top of their game to steer it.  

With a strong culinary background, our operator should be able to implement a well-balanced menu to capture local provenance whilst ensuring effortless speed of service from the kitchen.  

With classic pub meals and fresh fish in high demand, you need to be able to excel on the basics and deliver on the impossible to ensure that you produce a truly memorable guest experience.  

Fantastic food & knock out service are the cornerstone of this business. This can only be achieved with a real team effort so infectious enthusiasm and inspirational leadership will be second nature to you.  

Did we mention that it also has a wellused function room, 9 en suite guest rooms, a large wrap around garden and a car park for 100 vehicles?  Attention to detail through obsessive passion is required for all the intricacies of this multi-facetted business.   

The Pub  

The pub is in the small village of Sidford, enjoying a prominent roadside location on the busy A3052 which runs along the East Devon coastline. The property itself looks like a quintessential Devon pub dating back 100’s of years but it was actually completely rebuilt in 2007 following a disastrous fire. It was reconstructed which much regard to the original character and so open fires, uneven wall finishes and traditional beams still feature highly within the various snugs of the building.  

There is plenty on offer within just a short drive of the pub. The Regency town of Sidmouth with plenty of heritage and beaches, the county town of Exeter, the delights of Beer and the famous Donkey Sanctuary. This country pub is a magnet for locals & tourists alike all looking for a home from home experience. 

The Partnership – Fixed  

Ready to run your own business, manage your own team and define your own wage structure? Love working closely with an Operations Manager to build an incredible pub legacy with uncompromising standards and stand out guest experience? Then the Punch Managed Partnership is the perfect option for you.   

Alongside tonnes of day to day support and a brilliant framework to grow your business, we give you an uncapped cut of top line turnover to pay yourself and your team – it’s your structure to own. We understand how important it is for the pub operator to completely own their own team.  

In our Partnerships, we love pub obsessed entrepreneurs that help us lead the industry. We love to partner with people that help us create pub legacies that stand the test of time and become the hub of their community. We get that every pub has its own distinct character, so your Operations Manager will work closely with you to understand the true identity of your business, we can then help support you amplifying this, it’s a partnership after all!   

The Opportunity  

Being your own boss isn’t always easy and so working with your Operations Manager will ensure that you have the best support available to really make this business excel. The Blue Ball is an iconic pub and not just in the immediate area. Guests return time after time but we believe that there is still a lot more to achieve.  

Currently the Blue Ball Inn has no domestic managers accommodation however there is approval to turn two of the current letting rooms into a managers flat if required.

The Development / What would this pub look like if it was epic   

The internal foundations are already here for you to build upon. This iconic property has the space, look and layout to achieve epic things although we will give it an exterior face lift as well as a gentle spruce up to the guest rooms!   

 It’s the detail that will make such a difference and simple touches such as clearly defining the service style and stamping your personality on the business to give life and ambience. 


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