Beer is a picturesque ancient fishing village with stunning coastal walks and a fascinating past that includes smuggling, lacemaking, and Beer stone.
Beer nestles in a narrow valley that opens out into a natural bay sheltered by towering Beer Head. Its name is not derived from the drink, but from the old Anglo Saxon word "bearu" meaning grove which referred to the forest that surrounded the settlement.
Walk the glorious South West Coast Path at Beer for sea breezes and far reaching views, or hire a motorboat for one of the best views from the sea of this stretch of Jurassic coast.
Beer's long fishing heritage is still very much alive today, with a colourful population of fishing boats, fresh fish and Beer crab for sale, and mackerel fishing trips. In the past Beer was equally well known as a smuggling base and the home of notorious Devon smuggler, Jack Rattenbury. It was also famous for fine lace including the lace flounce for Queen Victoria's wedding dress crafted in Beer by Miss Jane Bidney and her team of 200 workers.
Although small, Beer's pleasant flint-studded buildings include interesting shops and galleries, and excellent places to eat.
Something a little different
In Beer where life has always centred around the sea, it is not surprising that the most important date in the events calendar is the annual Beer Regatta in August where distinctive Beer luggers with striking red sails are always an imposing sight. Another popular event in Beer is the annual Beer Rhythm & Blues Festival in October.