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Verna's Pepper Shack

No 1 The Strand | (Side door next to Simply Fish), Brixham TQ5 8EH, England
+44 1803 882978
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good16%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Seafood, Barbecue, Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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No 1 The Strand | (Side door next to Simply Fish), Brixham TQ5 8EH, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Just back from a damp week in Brixham and while there, looked for a place to have a meal out. We looked at the normal fish restaurants (all nice, ones visited so far) We found this little gem of a place. Having not had Caribbean...More

Thank mk4ans
ShackTalk, Manager at Verna's Pepper Shack, responded to this review

Thanks for giving us a try ... we can't do much about the rain but we can give you a warm welcome and a good sampling of Verna's Caribbean home cooking. It certainly was a dull old weather week ... unrelentingly wet ... but happily...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

We fancied something different. This place is awesome. So friendly, seriously good food. If I lived nearby, this would be a regular haunt. And what an interesting family. Go here.

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

Thanks very much ... it was nice to have you come in on a quieter night when we had more time to chat. We do our best, haha!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are staying in Brixham for a fee days and this resturant was recommended to us and having never tried Jamacan food before we would give it ago We had 3 courses and was so nice the prawns were so big I tried the goat...More

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

Phew ... we much prefer it when the recommendation works out, haha! It was a pleasure to have you in. The 'spiciness' does vary a little and I think it was at the upper end with the last batch. - Glad you enjoyed it all...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we booked on recommendation but unfortunately this did not live up to expectations, none of the table really enjoyed the meals , the service, it was unfortunate that nobody came to check along the way if everything was ok, We found the food to be...More

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

Indeed, that is disappointing ... but on the plus side, and hopefully not starting a trend, it has been over a year since our last 'Average' review. We aren't going to please everyone but we do try ... on this occasion ... Sorry! Strangely enough,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Little unexpected gem. Visit Brixham frequently and have never tried The Pepper Shack before, as it is tucked away a bit off the front by the harbor. Don't be put off by the fact the restaurant is quite small and lots going on with merchandise...More

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

Thanks very much ... looking ahead at the next review, I see they were disappointed, so it is very timely to have exceeded expectations with your visit! The merchandise comes from a shop I used to have around the corner. I like to think it...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.More

Thank Jamie1234567
ShackTalk, Manager at Verna's Pepper Shack, responded to this review

Pirates, Caribbean, Brixham ... it kinda fits, haha. Verna is 100% Trini, born and raised, and has been living in Brixham for almost 15 years. Pepper Shack was born of an idea on one Friday night in The Bell up in the Square. Thanks for...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Jennifer196911
ShackTalk, Manager at Verna's Pepper Shack, responded to this review

Thanks very much ... a second visit in the same week says it all ... glad you enjoyed it. Even as small as we are, we do get stretched at times ... so it becomes a combination of us doing our best to make sure...More

Reviewed 15 April 2017

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...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...More

Reviewed 12 April 2017

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...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...More

Reviewed 10 April 2017

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!More

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...More

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Do you cater for young kids that do not like spicy food??
28 October 2016|
Response from ShackTalk | Property representative |
Yes ... we do 3 Child options ... all homemade ... Burger & Chips, Chicken Nuggets & Chips, Spaghetti Bolognese. We also do a number of other non-spicy starters and main courses. The whole menu is on our website but please... More
Geoff I feel this is slightly inaccurate as I have been ill for a week and it was food poisoning and not alcohol related at all. This has caused me a lot of distress and I had to have time off work to recover. We would not make any defamatory remarks about eating out unless absolutely warranted. Nobody else had the spinach dish that we both had and I am afraid this may well have been the cause. The last thing we wanted on the last day of our holiday was to be so poorly. V
10 May 2016|
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I love Caribbean food, however my pal is a vegatarian who doesn't like her food very spicy. Is there anything suitable for my friend to enjoy ?
14 July 2015|
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Response from ShackTalk | Property representative |
Hi ... there are indeed several vegetarian options which you will find on our menu at PepperShack co uk. These range from the salad and goat cheese samosas (no spice in either) to mildly spiced Chick Pea and Red Bean... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 10:30
18:00 - 10:30
18:00 - 10:30
18:00 - 10:30
18:00 - 10:30
18:00 - 10:30
18:00 - 10:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No 1 The Strand | (Side door next to Simply Fish), Brixham TQ5 8EH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Brixham
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 882978
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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, Pineapple Sundae and our owwn Rum Baba. 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