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Where and when it all began

A History of Venture Inn

The Venture Inn was built in the early 1930’s by the Huntely family, who were responsible for the original trading store in Commercial Road, which was later the old Post Office.  The Roberts family, originally from Kenya, made The Venture Inn their permanent residence in 1938, when it comprised of a 3 bedroom house on 4 acres of lush land and relied paraffin lamps and rain water tanks.


In approximately 1950, Mr Lozer took over the homestead and established an unlicensed boarding house and named it Venture Inn.  Mr Lozer sold The Venture Inn to Chris von Lennop who purchased the first liquor licence for the Venture Inn in 1952.  Major Eric Foster took over the helm in the early 60’s and converted the Inn to an hotel.  Records of one of the first liquor licenses on the South Coast bear witness to the fact that the hotel changed hands in 1969 to Mr Norman Sherrard Smith who effected many alterations and additions to the original dwelling.


 Mr Sherrard Smith took ill and his brother and family came out from Australia to assist in running the business until selling it to the current owners, Hazel and Norman Jesson in 1983.


The hotel is somewhat of a landmark steeped in tradition and often remembered dearly by many locals and holiday makers.  Members of one of the oldest pubs on the coast make fond mention of the likes of Trevor Roberts, Bud Micklewright, Ken Dickson, Bob Warren, Jimmie Johnson, Fred Cordesu, Derreck Bush, Frank Guy, Graham Lillie,  the Horlock family, all who supported the hotel for many many years.


Father introduced son and a tradition was passed down, the Venture Inn has always been a place where good friends meet and share fine food and wonderful stories while looking out over the stunning Indian Ocean.


Today the Venture Inn is managed and owned by Hazel and Norman Jesson, with their daughter Kerry-Lee.  Warren Jesson joined the Venture Inn after studying at hotel school in Durban and went on to open a sister resort The Tweni Waterfront, which he runs with his wife Carmen.


A staff compliment of familiar faces, many of our staff have been with us since the early times, clocking up a total service history of over 100 years!  Barnabas Dlamini was the hotel chef for over 30 years on retiring.


The Venture Inn has undergone many renovations and additions, with the building of a new bottle store and the most recent  improvements to the restaurant , terrace and ladies bar.  The Venture Inn has 21 en-suite hotel suites and a honeymoon cottage.  A private conference centre catering for 35 delegates complete the estate.


A Sunday lunch that has remained unchanged since the 60’s bears witness to the tradition and value offered by the capable staff of The Venture Inn.  We have just launched our brand new menu which includes all the old favourites and some affordable basket meals and vegetarian options.  Our daily special at R30 per person is just a must!


We have earned our 2 star SATOUR grading for our hotel . 


Since 19voetsak, The Venture Inn is historically a  place where a friendly smile is sure to greet you and a satisfied belly takes you home – always an excellent meal, value for money and a definite return visit.