We parked behind the village hall next to the Forge ( still working) We crossed the lane and strolled 2/3mile to the sea. Passing on the way the Old Mill (open on Sundays) and the old Bake House (now open as a tea room but you can see the original kitchen)
The walk is stunningy beautiful and totally unspoilt. Once at the beach we felt we hadn’t yet earned our lunch so we climbed a fair way up the cliff path with fabulous views.
Lunchtime – at last – the Sea Shanty which hasn’t changed since I was a child apart from the wonderful food.
I don’t usually do this but I’m going to copy a bit from their website.
‘The Sea Shanty Beach Café set upon the beautiful unspoilt beach at Branscombe, the heart of unspoilt East Devon’s ‘Area of Outstanding The Sea Shanty CafeNatural Beauty’.
‘The Sea Shanty Tea Rooms’ has been offering homemade lunches and cream teas to walkers of the South West Coast Path and beach lovers since 1943.
Now offering top quality locally sourced ingredients our food remains home cooked and freshly prepared to order. We offer an informal and relaxed atmosphere, serving traditional home made food with an emphasis on seafood.’
I had beer battered cod, baked potato instead of chips and mushy peas. Simple food beautifully cooked. What could be better on a lovely sunny day.
The cafe is right on the beach, has tables outside overlooking the sea, in the courtyard garden at the back and also inside.
It’s open everyday during the summer and weekends during the winter.
A treat, if you’re in the area.
There is a large carpark (not visible from cafe) but you miss a treat by driving and the lane is so narrow that you have to be very good at reversing when cars approaching!
“For more information”:http://theseashanty.co.uk