November news & offers from The Venus Company

What's new at The Venus Café at Dartington?

Mouth-watering and Meat Free
Our new menu at our cafés at The Shops at Dartington and Blackpool Sands has some fantastic additions, perfect for warming up these cooler days. With a wide range of meat-free options, there is something to suit everyone's tastes. You could tuck in to a hearty bowl of creamy celeriac soup, served with a delectable cheese and celeriac scone; or for a bit of extra heat, try our home made spicy falafel, accompanied by a delicious salad of fresh vegetables, harissa mayo, cherry vine tomatoes and organic leaves. Hotter still is our scrummy Thai vegetable curry, featuring a medley of courgettes, peppers, fine green beans and sweet potatoes and served with basmati rice. Whatever you choose, you can enjoy every mouthful in the knowledge that your meal has been lovingly prepared using sustainable, locally-sourced produce.

Children's Parties
Our recently launched kids' party package at our café at The Shops at Dartington has been a huge success. Each child can choose from a selection of home-cooked, delicious main meals and desserts, accompanied by a Rocks squash, an activity bag and a cuddly toy. Judging by the smiles all round, our party food is a winning recipe for both kids and the parents. If you would like to know more about how we can help with your celebrations, pop into the café.

Special Offers
Don't forget, at our café at The Shops at Dartington, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and a slice of one of our scrumptious homemade cakes for just £4.50. We will also refund your Shops at Dartington car parking fee when you purchase drinks or a meal from our café, giving you the perfect excuse to take a well-earned break from shopping.

End of an Era
We are very sad to hear that Cranks Kitchen at The Shops at Dartington held its last trading day today. This is the last Cranks restaurant in the country and marks the end of an era, which began with the opening of their first wholefood vegetarian restaurant in 1961. Our very own Louisa, co-owner of The Venus Company, started her career at the Carnaby Street restaurant in the 1970s, before moving back to Devon to be part of the opening team for Cranks Kitchen at The Shops at Dartington. "I have really fond memories of my time at Cranks. It was great to be part of a truly pioneering organisation whose commitment to creating real food made from local ingredients has continued to influence me throughout my career" commented Louisa.

Positions Available
Would you like to be part of an award-winning organisation? We are looking for a number of new members of staff to work in our cafés at The Shops at Dartington and Blackpool Sands and our takeaway at Bigbury on Sea. All positions offer a competitive package which includes a starting salary above the minimum wage. If you would like to join us as a Kitchen or Café Assistant and feel you have the enthusiasm, commitment and skills required to be part of our team, please download an application form and email the completed form to or send to: The Venus Company, Unit A Block B, Halwell Business Park, Halwell, Totnes, TQ9 7LQ.

Celebrate Christmas by the Sea
Don't forget to book your festive celebrations at our café at Blackpool Sands and enjoy a stunning beach side location and a delicious, locally-sourced, yuletide feast! For more information, or to book your space, call 01803 770209 or email

Opening Hours

The café at Blackpool Sands is now closed for evening dining but remains available year round for private parties and weddings.
Find out more about each of our cafés by clicking on the images below.

Café: 8.30am - 5pm
Takeaway: 10am - 5pm


Bigbury on Sea
Takeaway: 10am - 5pm
Beach Hut: Closed

Open until 1st Nov
10am - 5pm
Then closed for the winter.

Blackpool Sands
Café: 8.30am - 5pm
Takeaway: 10am - 5pm
30th Nov until 17th Dec Takeaway closed

Watergate Bay
Takeaway: 10am - 5pm

East Portlemouth
Open until 1st Nov
10am - 5pm
Then closed for the winter.

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