Sidmouth, Seaton & Beer

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Well it’s our first full day here in Devon, so it was off exploring this beautiful part of Britain, first port of call was Sidmouth a really pretty little town with some amazing architecture, and some wonderful period hotels. Sidmouth has a pebble beach like most of the coast in south Devon but still very nice to stroll along, as we had not had breakfast we decided to wander into town to find a cafe, as the prices on the seaside establishments where rather expensive (you pay for the view). On the way to get breakfast we came across Wally & Celia an old eccentric couple singing old music hall songs in aid of Help for Heroes they were marvellous (will post video clip on my return). The town itself has many really nice art, glass, and exclusive gift shops a change from the normal seaside shops. We found a nice little cafe to have breakfast “very nice indeed”, then suitably replenished, it was off to explore more shops. Then it was time to move on to our next destination Seaton.
What a sharp contrast Seaton was to Sidmouth the whole place seems rather run down, very dowdy indeed there was no period architecture no nice shops, not a lot going for it at all “sorry Seaton” so as you can imagine we did not stay very long. On the road we were on towards Seaton we noticed a sign to a place called Beer so we thought we would have a look on our way back, so after the disappointment off Seaton we gave Beer a visit, and what a jewel in the crown it was, a really pretty little fishing village steeped in history, and as it was lunch time we thought we try the local fare, at the Anchor Inn, what a lovely pub with a lunchtime menu for either £5 or £6 which is remarkable in itself but on top of that the food was to die for I had red mullet with chorizo on a bed of red pepper risotto with lime olive oil, quite how they can do that for £5 I really don’t know a truly great find, and on reading the literature in the pub Beer is one of Devon’s best kept secrets, how very true

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