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The Black Venus

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Challacombe, Challacombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4TT, England
01598 763251
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch

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  • 219
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely

We were recommended this pub by Nicki at Westland Farm and we were not disappointed. A very friendly welcome and the pub was packed! There were some specials on the board and a menu. It was a hard decision! My young daughter had a lovely pasta dish. My husband had the cod and I had a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
SASHNS
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We were recommended this pub by Nicki at Westland Farm and we were not disappointed. A very friendly welcome and the pub was packed! There were some specials on the board and a menu. It was a hard decision! My young daughter had a lovely pasta dish. My husband had the cod and I had a nectarine, strawberry, mozzarella and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Went for a lovely family evening meal here on 21st August arriving at about 1900hrs. We were aware it would be busy being changeover day and most people don't like cooking on their arrival and go out. The pub were called in advance and said that they currently had no tables but to come down and they would fit us... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Came across the pub on a drive with my 11 year old daughter and were looking for somewhere good for lunch. We both had hot ciabattas which were delicious and came with the best chips! Would highly recommend

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Arrived 8ish evening for a meal, was very busy so had to endure a half hour wait but luckily there was darts and pool! Waiting staff friendly and polite, food was quick to arrive. Main course good 6 or 7 out of 10 on taste, texture and presentation. Was fairly quick to arrive. Dessert (Chocolate Brownies w/ Ice Cream) was... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

If you are ever in the North Devon area make your way to Challacombe and the Black Venus-- you won't be disappointed. If you like good surroundings, good food and choice of ales provided with exceptional friendly but unobtrusive service--this is the place for you . I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Having visited this pub for dinner on the last night of our holiday, we wished we'd found it on the first night, though our waistlines would have suffered considerably:) Lovely old pub, good atmosphere, great service, and the food was superb. The steak was mouth wateringly tender, perfect chips, delicious Stilton sauce, and my sausage and mash with onion gravy... More 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We were looking for somewhere to eat on the way back from Woolacombe beach and stumbled across this excellent pub. The service, food and local ales were all excellent I can highly recommend the mussels and the cheese board dessert with a couple of pints of Exmoor Fox!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Having eaten in many good pubs and restaurants during our week on Exmoor, we had sampled some excellent food. At the Black Venus, all 9 of us unaminously voted it as the best food of the week. I had the Exmoor Beast! A dish to behold. Staff and service were excellent and we were easily accomodated as a large group,... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Good choice of delicious home cooked food. Gluten free options. Small play area. Peaceful spot. Dark inside, small country pub. Beautiful on a summer evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Service and food are amazing. We came off the moor hungry at 2ish and after trying a few other places who weren't interested as they'd finished there service, we'd all but given up hope of any dinner until we came across the Black Venus and wow were we glad the others weren't interested.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Challacombe, Challacombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4TT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Exmoor National Park  >  Challacombe
  • Phone Number: 01598 763251

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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