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The Black Venus

Challacombe, Challacombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4TT, England
+44 1598 763251
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Challacombe, Challacombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4TT, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely pub with garden serving reasonably priced, high quality food, we had a veggie burger, tagliatelle & duck with port. The bar lady & waitress were very friendly, we stayed to play pool (I say 'play pool' but really we potted the white ball more...More

Thank julie77467
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didn't book but that didn't worry the landlord - had sea bass plus bangers and mash followed by 2 sticky toffee puddings. Lovely - oh yes, the Seahawk beer was great

Thank RealalePhil
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good place to stop for a drink after a long walk. Dog friendly although be aware chickens are loose in the garden! Food very average and therefore expensive for what it is.

Thank 274pip02
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic food, friendly staff and atmosphere. Always a good meal, highly recommend it, always visit when we are in the area on holiday.

Thank Tom S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Black Venus is just marvellous. A large menu with the edition of 'Chefs Specials' means we eat there every night for our two weeks stay in the village. The 'Pub Grub" is so well cooked. The friendly staff put you quickly at ease to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't drive past;if fact, take a detour to find Challacombe and this excellent historic pub.. Food is brilliant and service friendly. With seating indoors or out, this is a 'must find' place.

Thank bikerb2_
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our B&B hosts recommended the Black Venus as somewhere special for an evening meal. Although it was a ten mile drive each way it was easy to find and well worth the effort. Food freshly cooked and the portions very generous, served in the cosy...More

Thank Sandie A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great start with a lovely garden, great for dogs 🐶. Welcoming staff and a great menu catering for all however the vegetarian options could be a little more innovative. Just the traditional bean burger and ploughman’s. Food was a good standard and presented well....More

Thank GSBlow
Reviewed May 8, 2018 via mobile

Excellent pub verging on gastro with local specialities and great beers on offer too. Even dog beer available.

Thank jonathansouthgatet
Reviewed May 5, 2018 via mobile

We arrived about 6pm on a beautiful sunny Devon evening, the food was exceptional, the portions very generous and everything was well prepared. The staff were very friendly and the pub has a lovely atmosphere. Definitely one to take all our visitors to Devon here,...More

Thank Stephen_Alan_Harvey
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October 28, 2016|
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Response from nigel c | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have their own area
October 28, 2016|
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Response from Roger W | Reviewed this property |
They are very welcome in the bar (not in the restaurant ). They even have a jar of biscuits on the bar!
August 12, 2015|
Response from nigel c | Reviewed this property |
No bookings are taken
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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: +44 1598 763251
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