Colourful deckchairs, classic fishing boats and plenty of local eateries make Beer Village in East Devon a must visit location for holidaymakers and Instagrammers alike…
Beer Beach is arguably one of the most picturesque beaches in all of South West England. Forming part of Devon and Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast, this quaint shingled beach is framed by striking limestone cliffs.
Beer Beach is dotted with quintessential deckchairs, allowing visitors the chance to sit back and soak up the sun or enjoy lunch at one of its beachfront cafes. Since Beer is technically a working beach, visitors can also watch on as local fishermen prep their brightly coloured wooden boats and land their daily catches of fresh fish, crabs and lobsters.
What is there to do in Beer?
Chances are – unless you live locally – you’ll be visiting Beer for the reasons outlined above. However, there’s more to Beer than its beach alone. There are a couple of galleries worth visiting and plenty of nearby local actives to enjoy during your visit:
Marine House at Beer: Devon’s leading centre for the fine and applied arts. This gallery showcases work from local and national artists & craftspeople. Several times a year the galleries host major solo shows from leading artists and there’s plenty of fabulous work to buy and bring home as a memento from your holiday.
Steam Gallery: Marine House’s sister gallery (located just down the road) has a particular emphasis on Studio Glass and Sculptural Pottery.
Beer Quarry Caves: Take a tour through 2000-year-old man-made caverns. These unique and complex caves have a long and fascinating history. Not only have they supplied stone for 24 cathedrals (including Exeter and St.Paul’s) but they also once served as a place of worship for Catholics during times of persecution and as a hiding place for contraband in the days of smuggling. More Info.
Hooken Cliffs Coastal Path: Hikers will love these spectacular white cliffs and pinnacles. Not only do they provide a haven for wildlife, but they also offer spectacular views of the surrounding coast.
Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve: This wild day out is completely free and perfect for children. Take in the beautiful marshland and spy local birds along 4km of level trails and boardwalks (suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs). More Info.
Where to Eat & Drink?
Despite its small village status, Beer is home to a number of worthwhile restaurants. If seafood is your favourite fare then you’re in for a treat. Visitors can sit on the beach and enjoy a cup of cockles, fresh from the beachfront fishmongers, or pop into the village itself for a spot of tapas…
Ducky’s: If you like the sound of tucking into a fresh crab sandwich with the best sea views around you’ll want to head onto Beer Beach and give this friendly cafe a visit.
The Smugglers Kitchen: An independent restaurant with an ever-changing menu of fresh West Country fare. There’s an extensive wine list, draught lagers and local ales to enjoy.
Steamers Restaurant: A friendly, family-run restaurant that offers dishes which straddle the line between casual and fine dining. Expect plenty of seafood on the menu, sourced fresh from local fishmongers (much of it directly from the waters around Beer).
Osborne’s Coffee and Wine Bar: A cosy venue that serves coffee and cake during the day and tapas and wine on an evening.
*All photos taken by West Country Lifestyle