Beer – Surely There Isn’t a "Place"? The Seaside Village in Devon Named After a Brew

by Rebecca Kelly
(Chester, England, UK)

Beer, Devon, UK

Beer, Devon, UK

Having not been on holiday with my parents for a long while, I was anxious to see what this controversial named destination had to offer following completion of my undergraduate degree.

Arriving in Beer one sunny July afternoon, following a long drive, the village’s beauty immediately came to attention. With it’s pebbled beach and clear blue waters; I immediately saw why this small village was such a big attraction to both locals and tourists alike, young and old.

Beer is a quaint, well-kept traditional fishing village situated on the 95-mile long Jurassic coast, Devon. The village comprised of long-established pubs and shops alongside local delicatessens and an off-licence stocking all types of traditional wines and ciders.

‘Admirals View’ holiday home provided good accommodation in the centre of Beer, which enabled us to take advantage of the local food and drink within walking distance.

Delicious homemade food was available in The Anchor Inn and the Dolphin Hotel where fresh seafood was available for both a lunchtime snack and evening meals with beautiful garden views over the cliffs. Steamers & Ye old Barrel O Beers restaurants offered freshly caught seafood in the evening in a more stylish and contemporary atmosphere.

Even with the restricted size of Beer as a holidaying village, there was always a corner to be discovered whether this be on foot or a bus journey away. Beer quarry caves, historically providing Beer stone to St Pauls Cathedral was available to view on foot for a small entrance fee, whereas a short drive would take you to the local donkey sanctuary where fun can be had by both children and adults alike.

Nearby Sidmouth and Seaton reflected a similar nautical theme to Beer and provided a vaster array of traditional shops and eateries. The vibrant city of Exeter was a mere 40-minute drive West, whilst the lively beach resort of Weymouth was a similar distance to the East.

Whether it’s for a short relaxing break or an active family summer holiday, staying in Beer accommodates for all types. I appreciated the calming and natural beauty of Beer with my family, and the ease of access to local amenities. I would most definitely visit again.

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