A local’s guide to Beer (the village in Devon)

I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in my friend’s beloved home village of Beer in Devon. It’s a true gem of a place with a buzzing community in a beautiful setting. Here’s how we spent our weekend…

First up, sea swim

It was only right, having travelled to the ocean, to make it a priority to get in it for a swim. The water was a pretty nice temperature after the unusually hot start we’ve had to the summer in the UK and it felt so good to let the waves refresh us at the end of a busy week.

Beers in Beer

There’s three pubs in Beer. The Anchor Inn, The Dolphin and The Barrel O’ Beer. Although it was 100% necessary to have a beer in Beer, it was actually in the neighbouring village of Branscombe that we found the best ale. ‘Summa that’ and ‘Summa This’ are a must-try for any real ale fans out there! All the pubs in Beer, and everywhere we walked in for that matter, were welcoming and had a friendly atmosphere, one of the many great things about this little seaside village.

Pub in Beer

Coastal walk to Branscombe

Looking out to the ocean and turning right from Beer Beach sets you on the coastal path from Beer to Branscombe. Taking in the views from Beer head and Hooken Cliffs, out to the ocean and along to the Jurassic Coast, it’s a stunner of a walk. It’s six mile each way, so we decided we deserved the ales we treated ourselves to in Branscombe 😛

The fountain Head is the awesome pub we had our pint of ‘Summa that’ in. It’s a nice, old fashioned, establishment, what you’d call a proper English pub. The old bakery building which is now a cafe and the working blacksmiths are both worth a visit too.

Coastal path from Beer to Branscombe

Beer Quarry Caves

Sunday woke me with some heavy rain on the van roof so as a wet weather plan we headed up to Beer caves for a tour.

The tour is an hour long and takes you down into the mines, walking you through the 2,000 years of history down there. The place really does hold some fascinating stories of the quarrymen and stonemasons that worked in the dark, damp mines throughout the years. Our tour guide told as of the Roman and Nomad eras, what happened during the First World War and of the smugglers using the caves as a network of passageways from an opening in the cliff face.

Fun fact Beer stone has been used to build the following (amongst a huge list of others):

Exeter Cathedral, Windsor Castle, London Bridge, Westminster Abbey, Winchester Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral (St Louis, Missouri)

Beer Quarry Caves

All-in-all, we had a fantastic weekend made unique by our insider’s guide to Beer and the lovely people that call this gorgeous seaside village home. Get yourself down to Beer Regatta for your own taste of Beer.

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