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The Black Venus

Challacombe, Challacombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4TT, England
01598 763251
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Pub
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
Dorset, UK
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

It was great to be able to have an early dinner with the children as they served food all day. We sat outside in the beer garden where there was a swing / slide for the children. Service was efficient. There was good choice of food and they were fresh and delicious. Smallest wine by the glass is 175ml and... More

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basildon, essex
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were recommended by friends in Exford to visit the Black Venus and to try the Black Pudding Stack starter. I don't eat black pudding, but was adventurous and tried......it was the best starter me and my husband have ever had! This wonderful pub was buzzing with atmosphere and full to the gills when we arrived at 7:45pm. You can't... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Whilst holidaying in the area, we were recommended this pub by our b&b. And it surpassed our expectations. We sat in the bar with our dog, talking to a local drinking pints on one side and fellow travellers and diners on the other. The service was friendly and efficient, particularly as they had a policy of not taking bookings. You... More

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Braunton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Had a main course and pud. Both were delicious. You can't book so you need a plan b. We had the last table available. Would definitely visit again.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We were recommended this place by our hotel down the road. It was very busy when we arrived. We waited 50 minutes for our food which was extremely average when it arrived. We didn't bother with deserts as we knew there would be at least another 20 minute wait (observation of what was happening to other people). No doubt this... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We were very pleased with the quality of food and service at The Black Venus. Definitely get there early in the evening to get a table. The menu is extensive - something for everyone.

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Los Gigantes
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

Went here when staying at Twitchen Farm. Food lovely, staff very obliging. Cut above the average Gastro-pub and good value for money. Sat outside as dining room absolutely stifling.....

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Warwickshire
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The recommendation we received for this pub was just deserved. Friendly staff and great tasting pub classics. Well worth a stop if your in the area.

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Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Great setting, friendly welcome, couldn't fault food, was tasty and well presented. Live reasonably local so will visit again and recommend to friends. Keep up your high standards.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Liked the atmosphere and although busy, was friendly. Food quite pricey but good portions and worth the wait once ordered.

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