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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
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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
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English first
barrow upon humber
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Been twice, first last September and second this September and food still excellent. Very busy even on a Wednesday night so that is a very good advert. Pleasant staff as well, well worth a visit.

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Lincolnshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

try the sea food platter - wedged with salmon and all sorts of fishy things and salad - not recommended for those on a diet !

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Poole, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

We ate here 2 nights during our stay in Devon, the menu is great and the specials are amazing. Great quality food with a great service provided too. Superb local ales to match that compliment the menu offered. I would recommend this public house as a great place to eat. You can't book so make sure you get there early... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were staying a few hundred yards from the Black Venus and on our first evening, we thought we would have dinner there. When we arrived, we were greeted so warmly by the owners and each member of staff. There was a pool table and a dart board inside the pub and the children were invited to use both (although... More

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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

A step above the standard pub fare in the region, for example the chips are big, chunky and crispy and taste great! Beautiful old pub in a lovely village, nice atmosphere and friendly, helpful staff. I had the dressed crab which was great (minor point - the excessive amount of salad on the plate didn't enhance the dish but I... More

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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233 reviews 233 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Very friendly staff and also accommodating regarding slightly changing one of the main courses for a younger member of our group. 2 of us had the fresh Lynmouth mackerel with rice and curried vegetables which was excellent. Desserts were excellent too, especially the homemade lemon cheesecake. Interior was a fairly traditional Devon pub and also quite a few benches outside... More

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Hagley, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

Meandering back from a week in Cornwall, we decided to take a detour through Exmoor, and happened on the Black Venus at lunchtime. A plan for a bar snack was changed by the main couse menu ! I had local sausages and mash with onion gravy to die for, and my partner went for the cod and chips. A slight... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

This is such a wonderful little pub. I found ALL staff to be extremely accommodating and friendly. My two boys (4&6) were able to play in the games room (darts & pool) whilst we relax at the table but still in view. The food is fabulous, every meal we had was faultless. I would highly recommend trying the nibbles at... More

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Horsforth, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We were camping for one night in the area after returning from Lundy Island and visited the Black Venus based on a recommendation from the camp site owner, and how glad we are we did! The service was exemplary and the food fantastic. We arrived on a very busy bank holiday Saturday evening and were greeted at the bar by... More

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Visited over the bank holiday weekend, turned up at 6.30 expecting it to be busy....and it was. Managed to get a table straightaway and had an excellent choice of food. We chose the duck breast in a port sauce and the steak and ale pie, both were delicious. We enjoyed the food so much we went back for a second... More

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