If Devon had a Bermuda Triangle, hidden away inside it would be the seaside village of Beer. It’s off the beaten track but easily accessible. Eighteenth-century smugglers knew how well it was hidden away, with its beach only visible from far out at sea. Beer fishermen knew how the surrounding cliffs protected it from stormy winds, so that they could launch their boats when other fleets were kept onshore. And visitors today who’ve found Beer have recognised it as the “best village in Britain” – a quintessentially English place for spending holidays, weekends or just a day away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, as well as being a place to love and live in.
Beer is a living, breathing community of people who work in the surrounding area and who bring up their families here, and of people who have come to Beer to spend the rest of their lives here. They understand that their active participation in this community helps to keep Beer what it is and always has been – a beautiful place for people to be in. It continually wins awards for its beauty, including a “Gold in the South West in Bloom” awards in 2018.
Local people run the shops and pubs and businesses that are all individual with their own character. There’s food available of all kinds, from fish shops and beach cafés selling sandwiches of locally caught fresh crab that are unforgettable, to restaurants offering world cuisine. Fishing boats, deck chairs, beach huts, pots of tea and Devon cream teas – there’s everything here that you remember about great holidays. With access to the water for dinghies and paddleboards and access to mile upon mile of countryside for walking, Beer is an ideal base for people who want to be active in their day-to-day life and on holiday.
And you’re right in the middle of some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery. The South West Coastal Path runs through Beer and along its cliff tops. It’s a corner of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In Beer you get a sense of living history, because it’s where the Jurassic Coast starts, where the Romans came to quarry stone, where fisherman have earned their living for centuries – and still do.
Come and visit Beer and find out for yourself why it’s Devon’s Best Kept Secret.
Beer was mentioned in the Doomsday book so it has been around a while.
How to live in Beer
Living in Beer is easy. But just in case you find yourself stuck this page will help.
Our news section publishes notable stories from in around the village.
A catalogued list of businesses in Beer:
be it shops or restaurants, B&Bs or tradespeople.