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A pretty fishing village meandering down to a beautiful shingle beach flanked by white chalk cliffs

South Devon coastline

With a charming shingle beach, fishing boats bobbing in the sea and the dramatic white chalk cliffs surrounding it, Beer is undoubtedly one of Devon’s most beautiful villages. Its unique name does not derive from the drink, but rather the old Anglo-Saxon word “bearu” meaning Grove, referring to the woodland which surrounded the town.

Nestled in a narrow valley, opening out into a magnificent bay, Beer has a rich fishing heritage. Historically, the village was renowned as a smuggling base and was home to notorious smuggler, Jack Rattenbury.

The ancient fishing village is perfect for walkers, due to its prime location on the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. It also adjoins the renowned South West Coast Path. To fully appreciate the area’s natural beauty, try the circular walk around Beer via Branscombe. The 4.5-mile route passes over the imposing cliffs, revealing magnificent coastal views. Hooken Cliffs is another popular route.

Beer beach

Beer Quarry Caves is a fantastic attraction for families and history buffs. Marvel at the intricate sculpting of the caves, frequently likened to an underground cathedral. Families will also enjoy Pecorama, a railway attraction offering short journeys on steam locomotives through beautiful gardens. It’s also home to numerous superb model railways.

As well as Beer’s pretty beach, you’re not too far from the golden sands at Seaton, Branscombe, Weston Mouth and Sidmouth. Venturing onto Beer’s beach, you’ll find Ducky’s, a delightful café. Stop for a delicious sandwich or a traditional Devon cream tea. For a hearty pub lunch, head to The Anchor Inn. Expect British classics such as beef and ale pie with mash and sugarsnap peas, or open seafood puff pastry stuffed with king prawns, smoked haddock, cod and salmon with sea salt and thyme sautéed potatoes. To sample some of Beer’s revered local seafood, try the Steamers Restaurant. Tuck into a portion of sautéed curried crab and prawn cake or fresh local River Exe mussels in garlic and white wine cream broth. For meat eaters, try the grilled venison steak with mixed berry and sherry sauce.

“The picture-postcard village of Beer can be found on the spectacular Jurassic Coast.”

Beer hosts many exciting events throughout the year, including the Beer Rhythm and Blues Festival and the Beer Regatta. The village may be small but it’s brimming with culture and has a truly welcoming atmosphere.

While you’re there

Pecorama Pleasure Gardens and Exhibition

Walk through the beautiful gardens, visit the model train railway, and stop off in the tea room for a slice of cake.

Steamers Restaurant

Enjoy delicious local seafood at this friendly and family run restaurant.

Beer Quarry Caves

Visit the caves and learn about where Beer stone is used.

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