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The Golden Ball, Scarborough

31 Sandside
YO11 1PG
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Golden Ball

Peculiar-looking building, with a mock-Tudor second storey perched above the plainer façade of the lower two levels. Excellent views from the Harbour Bar (if you can get a seat), or more space available in the rather dour Mariner's Lounge further back. Traditional furniture and restrained decor throughout, but lots of bossy notices about this, that and the other. Also has a patio area to the rear. As a Sam Smiths house, only OBB was available on handpump, so I opted for the bottled Taddy Porter (£3.80). Great location, but all a bit odd.

On 5th May 2014 - rating: 6
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John Bonser left this review about The Golden Ball

Date of visit - September 2013

Occupying a prominent street corner position on Scarborough’s seafront, amongst a plethora of amusement arcades and rather tacky souvenir / discount shops is The Golden Ball, an attractive looking pub with an black and white Tudor style frontage, unusually only at the upper level.

Outside, we are greeted by a whole multitude of off putting notices laying out the ground rules and telling us what we can and can’t do – dogs in beer garden only, no prams or buggies, children in Mariners Lounge – must be off premises by 7pm, toilets for customers use only … etc, etc ( there’s quite a few more that I couldn’t be bothered to record )

The bars are at first floor level with the Mariners Lounge on the left at the back of the pub and the Harbour Bar at the front with the window seats affording fine views of the lighthouse and of the South Bay. The Harbour Bar is a cosy pleasant lounge style bar with light pine wood panelling, comfortable padded seating and bar stools and decorated with nautical prints and photos. The Mariners Lounge is in similar style and is somewhat larger, but has no separate servery. There’s apparently a large garden at the back, which I didn’t get to visit.

Several old photos on the staircase leading up to the bar reveal that it was formerly a Bass pub, but it’s now a Sam Smiths house – the only one in Scarborough, apparently, - with the OBB being, predictably, the only real ale available. In true Sam’s style, it’s a music and TV free zone.

The pub has a good local following and seems to appeal also to the more discerning holidaymaker, who is not particularly well catered for by the other various sea front drinking establishments.

This is a good spot for a quiet relaxing pint in a welcoming and convivial atmosphere.

On 27th November 2013 - rating: 6
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michael reece left this review about The Golden Ball

made a visit on wednesday lunchtime and was not dissapointed friendly atmosphere great beer.had a couple of samuel smith old brewery bitter 4.0% also been served old brewery mild, well worth a another visit

On 23rd March 2012 - no rating submitted
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Scarborough 2014 by Roy Collins
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Map location corrected by James Joines
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5th May 2014, 13:14
Review submitted by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
18th Apr 2014, 13:41
Pub added to pub crawl (Scarborough 2014) by Roy Collins

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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 26 April 2014 by Alan Hurdle
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 26 April 2014 by Alan Hurdle
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 January 2009 by hondo .
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