Monday, August 30, 2010

The Blue Ball Inn aka the Sand Piper - Countisbury

The last time we came here was 15 years ago with my late brother and his wife. Much larger than I remember. Shame about the weather.


Lots of lovely wine and the ale is said to be good. This is the main road between Lynton and Porlock and it has seen a lot of history.
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14 comments:

Warden Files said...

Delicious in content my dear, even the weather. I do so love the rain when I am near the sea. I do hope the menu was appreciative of the company at its table.

Wonderful, simply wonderful.

Pat said...

Warden: do you remember the song 'You are my Sunshine'?

The Unbearable Banishment said...

Do you have any idea how old the inn is? Once again, too lazy to Google it.

Eryl Shields said...

I do love a cosy pub with food when it's raining outside.

Just been catching up after my week away: glad you had a good time at Margaret's, her new home is lovely.

Pat said...

UB:'Countisbury is thought to mean "camp on the headland" and comes from the impressive Iron Age fort on Wind Hill about half a mile west to the Blue Ball Inn. This is believed to have been the site of a battle where Odda's Saxon army defeated Danish invaders led by Hubba in 878.

The Blue Ball Inn, located in Countisbury on the old coaching route from Porlock to Lynmouth, This beautiful old Coaching Inn had been named the Blue Ball Inn from 1800 through to 1986 when the name was changed to the Blue Boar Inn and then changed again to the Exmoor Sandpiper Inn in 1987.'

Now I understand why there was a stuffed wild boar.
You remind me of me - lazy:) are you Piscean?

Pat said...

Eryl: glad you're back. Yes there have been some good times lately.

R. Sherman said...

Great pics! Looks like the weather was conducive to sitting in front of the fire and hoisting a glass or two.

Cheers.

Pat said...

Randall: you know me dear - just the one;)

Warden Files said...

Yes Pat, I do. As silly as it sounds, it has precious memories for me, and can fetch tears and a smile to me on occasion.

john.g. said...

You find the lovliest pubs!

Pat said...

John.g: thank you. That's praise from one who knows:)

Blazing said...

Fabulous neck of the woods that, Pat. Not been for two or three years now. Should really do something about that.

mapstew said...

Pat, if ever I make it to England I will know exactly where the best eateries are! You should compile a Good Food Guide! Wonderful. :¬)

xxx

Pat said...

Blazing: the good thing is it doesn't change much.

Mapstew: testing them out is a hobby. How great to get paid for it;)