The wee hamlet of Beer is an actual working fishing village where these rather tiny (in my humble opinion) fishing vessels head out in good and not so good conditions to ply the local Lyme Bay waters for fresh fish and crustaceans. And once caught, they are available for purchase at the Wet Fish Fish Shop which is just up from the beach and manned by one of the local fishermen who you will likely catch harvesting fresh crab meat or filleting fish.
Much of the catch stays local too as many of the Beer restaurants, cafes and pubs are well served by the Wet Fish shop. The blackboard offerings are updated daily as the day’s catch comes in and on the day we were there the counter held fresh Sea Bass, Lemon Sole, Flounder, Mackerel, Skate Wings and Scallops (brought in each Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings). We enjoyed a fresh Lyme Bay crab sandwich at the Dolphin Hotel on our visit (it’s an easy & picture perfect 1/2 hour walk from our Seaton home). If you get motivated to make a trip to Beer the village has some worthwhile distractions that are quite a bit more interesting than usual tacky tourist shops you might often find in seaside towns. Woozies Deli is one of our favourite spots as it is in our top ranks so far for specialty food items. Was impressed to find J LeBlanc vinegar, Principato Di Lucedio Carnaroli risotto rice and the Jose Paez Lobato Sherry Vinegar, all of which (and more) we have struggled to find even in the Big Smoke of Exeter.
Our timing was perfect to coincide with Wednesday’s Scallop catch so a sizeable dozen sweet ones were procured and made into a tasty tea that night – pan seared the scallops & tossed with spaghetti noodles lightly coated in J LeBlanc toasted peanut oil & a sprinkling of fresh mint leaves & peas…this will be made again.