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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
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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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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Not the first time I have been here, so I knew that the food would be good, but this last time we turned up on a cold, snowy Tuesday night in January to a lovely warm welcome, and a mouth watering menu, that catered for a coeliac and a wheat intolerant diner amongst the small group. We were all ravenous,... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We ate here every night during our stay over new year. The food was of high quality and great taste. The portion sizes were ample and the choice varied. I would recommend this as a great place to eat.

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Langport, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

very accommodating owners. we had both lunch and dinner there on New Years Eve and were served very well with good food absolutely no complaints from any one of us (six) No hesitation in recommending The Black Venus

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Woolacombe, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We went here for a Christmas eve family meal, there were 8 of us and a little baby. Although small the pub has a really welcoming and lovely atmosphere. The whole place was decorated for Christmas. There is a big car park opposite with plenty of room to park. Our table was beautifully laid up for us in the restaurant... More 

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Exmouth
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

It seemed a popular local pub, Good pub grub, nice friendly atmosphere. It was dark when we went but understand its close to the moor, if your a walker its a nice stop and its dog friendly.

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

We ate here the second of three nights in North Devon. There was a rowdy group of lads down the bar end playing pool but they seemed harmless enough. You can't book a table but on the last Monday in December we didn't have to wait but they were turning tables and doing a good trade. We both had the... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This optimises good British pub grub. I had gammon and chips which was lovely. My colleague has scampi which she said was the best she'd had. Excellent wine list from Bray Valley wines (a personal favourite of mine). Very generous portions, bit too big if I'm being honest as I'd planned to have a desert too but when the time... More 

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devon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Decided to try the Black Venus after reading rave reviews and word of mouth for my Birthday lunch and boy we were not disappointed. There were six of us and we got there half an hour after opening time. We got a table straight away and ordered drinks. Food seemed to arrive impressively quick after ordering and all dishes looked... More 

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Devon, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We were disappointed the last time we went here, so had not been back for sometime, but this time it was excellent. Well worth the drive out. Despite being a Thursday, the place was very busy, but we managed to secure the last table available, so recommend that you get there early, as they don't do reservations. Would highly recommend... More 

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Lovely cosy, friendly atmosphere. When you walk in you don't receive the typical frosty stares from locals that you get in quite a few country pubs at this end of the country. The restaurant area was delightfully informal. You have to order at the bar, which is nice as it gives you some privacy as waiters aren't badgering you. The... More 

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

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