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The Black Venus

££ - £££, British,
Challacombe, Challacombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4TT, England
+44 1598 763251
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (25 reviews)
“pudding” (21 reviews)
“duck” (20 reviews)
Open Now
17:30 - 21:00 Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Challacombe, Challacombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4TT, England
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1 - 10 of 598 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

We had the excellent steak and ale pie and salmon and prawn salad accompanied by a few superb beers. Finished off with an equally good posset and left full and very satisfied. Service was friendly and speedy. Hope to return one day. Recommended.

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 6 days ago

A busy Exmoor pub with a good selection of real ales and an extensive menu. The food is very good, the portions a decent size, and the prices reasonable. The staff are friendly and helpful. Would advise booking at peak times.

Thank Tony J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here twice for supper in June. Recommended by local hosts as a good place to eat. First night choices were leek and potato soup followed by gammon - both very good, The soup was so good I called back in the next day for...More

Thank TVJ_2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

We discovered this pub completely by accident after a visit to nearby Pinkery Pond. After a long walk and swim and with several hungry mouths to feed we visited The Black Venus about 17:30 just as they started doing food for the evening. I was...More

Thank Robert A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very pretty pub serving the most amazing food. Went with a group of friends and all agreed the meal was excellent. Just a shame that you can’t book a table.

Thank rosiebo477
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in on the off chance, we did't realise it opened at 5:30. Superb food, good friendly service.

Thank rapidsjonson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed locally to this pub and so ate here frequently not because it was local but the food was wonderful do try the steak and Ale pie but everything was tasty. The staff were also very friendly and so accommodating , thank you for...More

Thank carryanne86
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hands down we had the best meal of our holiday in Devon at the Black Venus. Husband had the beef Thai salad, meet cooked perfectly and salad was crisp and fresh. I had the lamb curry with minted sauce on naan, wow, so much flavour!...More

Thank Stephanie T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This unusually (but brilliantly) named and beautiful Inn is a fantastic place to stop for some food. The service and prices were all great and the food was lovely. Dogs also welcome but just beware of all the roaming chickens with your dogs. But definitely...More

Thank Reddmond
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this pub and were disappointed we had to sit in the back room with the pool table. Food pretty well pub grub. Not impressed.

Thank jeannettewilkinson
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Questions & Answers
28 October 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from nigel c | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have their own area
28 October 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!
12 August 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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
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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