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Verna's Pepper Shack

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No 1 The Strand, Brixham TQ5 8EH, England
+44 1803 882978
18:00 - 23:30
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My partner is mixed race West Indian. She loved it here. Such a great find in Devon. Salt fish , dumplings and all round great food. Highly recommended. You need to try this place.

Thank Jamie1234567
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have just returned from a weeks holiday in Brixham. We visited Verna's Pepper Shack twice and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We both like spicy food, it was absolutely spot on every time. The staff and service were fabulous. Although the restaurant was busy they still made time to ensure everything was ok with our meals. Thank you very much... More 

1 Thank Jennifer196911
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

Popped in of the street with our two kids (both aged around 10) and had a great meal with some lovely little details. Trinidad stew chicken, pineapple pork and Jamaica jerk chicken were all full of flavour and exceptionally tender. And not too hot! Delicious dumpling as an appetiser and introduced to callalloo. There was a familiar kids' menu for... More 

Thank Travelling_Phil_W
ShackTalk, Manager at Verna's Pepper Shack, responded to this review

Thanks very much! As you know, we are experimenting with lunchtime openings over Bank Holidays ... and with the crazy busy evenings over Easter, it was nice to have more time to have a chat. Glad you enjoyed ... we do have a number of milder dishes and nothing hotter than medium ... but there is always "Verna's Effective Hot... More 

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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited last weekend quite late in the evening. Was very busy and we were lucky to get a table without pre booking. Once you reach the top floor and open the door, its amazing. Nothing like I expected, it had the whole package, ambience, atmosphere and most importantly excellent food. When in Brixham, it is a 'must visit'. Will definately... More 

Thank 2Typhoon2
ShackTalk, Manager at Verna's Pepper Shack, responded to this review

Happily, we've been busy every weekend since we got back from our Carnival break ... and a full house does mean we get a good buzz, even if we get a bit stretched keeping up with the service, haha ... glad we managed to fit you in. We tend to be a bit less busy on weekdays ... but hopefully... More 

Solihull, United Kingdom
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168 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on the second floor overlooking Brixham harbor. Food was authentic and fantastic! Service was super friendly and the chef came out to talk to all the guests. Highly recommended!

Thank MrES
ShackTalk, Manager at Verna's Pepper Shack, responded to this review

Verna is the real deal, haha, born and bred in Trinidad ... with an annual refresher trip for Carnival. She tries to come and say Hi if she is still standing and we are not overwhelmed. Just a detail ... we are on the first floor ... so, not too much climbing and there is still the reward of a... More 

Brixham, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my husband went to the Pepper Shack last night. They were very busy but managed to squeeze us in ☺ We had a lovely meal again. Which included jerk chicken for me and ribs for the husband. We really enjoyed our meal and really good value or money. Will be down again soon x

Thank Leane M
ShackTalk, Manager at Verna's Pepper Shack, responded to this review

Thanks very much ... glad it all went well and you enjoyed the meal. We do get a great buzz in the place when we get a few people in. We've had a great start to the new season ... very busy at weekends but just about managing to find space for most people. Bookings are the way to be... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a find,food excellent,plenty to choose from, fantastic drinks menu.Service excellent,music was pretty good. The ambience just hits you when you've climbed the flight of stairs. I think they would have given me a home delivery service, but I think Manchester maybe just outside there delivery service. A must of a place to visit.

Thank mikelduncan
ShackTalk, Manager at Verna's Pepper Shack, responded to this review

I wouldn't worry about deliveries to Manchester, we don't even deliver to Brixham, haha ... strictly collection only and then not when we are busy. We are lucky that the restaurant is pretty cosy ... not so big and low ceilings help with the buzz ... though it does help when people are out to enjoy themselves. Glad you enjoyed... More 

Galmpton, DEVON
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely relaxed homely decor with a touch of the carribean ... and rugby for good measures. The place was fully booked, turning people away ... so you Def have to book in advanced. Staff friendly but rushed off feet due to staff sickness that night. Food is homemade, mains were good, I had the goat curry which for me lack... More 

Thank TeamGreasyHotlip
ShackTalk, Manager at Verna's Pepper Shack, responded to this review

We've certainly had a busy welcome back from our Winter break - took us a little by surprise but I think we are back in gear now, haha. Sorry that it was a little slow on the night ... it does happen at times when we have a rush. The goat is our most popular dishes ... both in quantity... More 

Margate, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In my experience, many Carribean/West Indian restaurants last for a couple of years and then close down, the ones that don't are both in the right location and are good. I always enjoy a family run business and I also enjoy it when the chef comes to your table and asks you how your meal is. It means that they... More 

Thank Sefpacific
ShackTalk, Manager at Verna's Pepper Shack, responded to this review

That is a very nice review ... pretty much covers what we try yo do ... Thanks! Hopefully, you meant to say that "dishes or dumplings were NOT greasy or oily" which presumably would have given us a less complimentary rating, haha. Verna's roti spice filling is made up of turmeric, as you say, ground up with cumin and split... More 

Salisbury, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Ate here last night - it was a bit quiet but it was their first night of the season. Samosa's were delicious as were the main meals - would definitely recommend !

Thank Richard J
ShackTalk, Manager at Verna's Pepper Shack, responded to this review

As ever, thanks for the recommendation. How busy we will be is always pretty unpredictable outside long weekends and the main holiday periods. However it is, we are always happy to welcome people ... quieter nights being more relaxing and giving us a chance to take a breath. As it turned out, the following night we were completely full ...... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Jamaican, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No 1 The Strand, Brixham TQ5 8EH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Brixham
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 882978
Brixham's harbour-side restaurant offers Trinidadian Verna's native Caribbean cuisine alongside great local ribs & home-made steak burgers, local seafood and fun desserts. Carnival favourites Goat Curry, Saltfish & Ackee and Jerk Chicken take pride of place among a number of home-grown recipes - Trinidad Chicken & King Prawn Curry, Pineapple Pork, Legendary Lamb Shank and Shack Scallop & Monkfish Curry. Jerk Pork Skewers, Seafood Tart and San Fernando Spicy Prawns appear amongst the starters along with Patties, Monkfish Goujons, Home-made Samosas and Scallops & Hogs. We use local fish in a number of seafood dishes including Fish Bites and battered Catch-of-the-Day. Vegetarians are offered Pumpkin Patties and Goat Cheese Samosas among the starters, followed by Sweet Potato & Black Bean Curry, Chilli sin Carne and even Jamaican Jerk Tofu. Home-made Chocolate Gateau, Banana Cake, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Banoffee Pie, Morgan-spiced Rum Panacotta are complemented by Ice Cream, Sorbets and Fresh Pineapple. For children, there are home-made Chicken Nuggets, Spaghetti Bolognese and more Ice Cream. Pepper Shack is fully licensed until midnight with Red Stripe, Peroni, local Dartmoor and Bays ales, Healey's Cornish Ciders, wines from around the world and a wide range of rums among the spirits. We also offer an extensive Cocktail Menu and even some Ice Cream Liquour Cocktails

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