Welcome to Britannia @ The Beach

Welcome to Britannia @ The Beach home of fantastically fresh local seafood – affectionately known as ‘The Shack’. Here at The Shack we offer a combination of a traditional fishmonger, village stores and a unique rustic café.

Situated in the old fishing village of Beesands between Torcross and historic Hallsands with superb views across Start Bay.

To find out what people think of Britannia @ The Beach and their ‘Shack’ experience please have a look at our Trip Advisor on the link at the bottom of this page :)

Keeping up to date with Britannia @ The Beach

Half Term Opening 13th Feb

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Extended opening hours during half term week as follows

Monday 12th – CLOSED

Tuesday 13th – Sat 17th – 10am -9pm

Sunday 10am -4pm

Current Opening Hours

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The new season starts tomorrow, our opening times are

Monday – Wednesday, inclusive = CLOSED

Thursday’s & Sunday’s = 10am – 4pm

Friday’s & Saturday’s = 10am – 9pm

Extended opening during holiday periods, please call us for details – 01548 581168


Sister’s Against The Sea – Only £12.99

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Much has been written about the loss of Hallsands village to the encroaching sea, of how the dredging of sand from the quiet bay to facilitate the building of Devonport Dockyard saw the waves wash away a whole community. Here for the first time the story is told through the eyes of a single family – from the day the dredger arrived in the 1890s, to the enforced exodus from the village in the 1920s, and the rebuilding of their lives through the 1940s and 1950s. With the death of one of the remaining fishermen who fought the authorities to maintain a traditional way of life, four remarkable sisters now enter the scene and this is their story. In the face of great hardship these extraordinary women, daughters of a fisherman, start rebuilding their lives. Against all odds, and facing the hardships of the open sea, they continue to fish for their livelihood, not only competing successfully in what was almost exclusively a man’s world, but bringing innovation onto their dangerous trade. They then embark on the building of a hotel overlooking the old village, making the blocks themselves and undertaking much of the labour involved.
Through a superb text, written by the son of one of the sisters, and illustrated with many photographs never before published, the book brings to life the human story behind the tragedy of Hallsands.
The authors, Ruth and Frank Milton are direct descendants of the four sisters of Hallsands.


Books are available @ The Shack NOW or we can post them in time for Christmas!! ( cost £12.99 + postage)

Local Restaurant of the Year

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We think we tick all the boxes, if you think so too, please click on the link below and nominate us as your Local Restaurant of the Year :)



WOW!! Top 10 best fishmongers :) :)

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Rise and shine @ Beesands this morning!

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Gorgeous sunrise over Start Bay this morning

We’re looking forward to re-opening this week after our winter break

We shall be open from Thursday 5th February @ 10am

Devon Food & Drink Awards 2014

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We all had a great time last night at the Devon Food and Drink awards at Exeter Golf and Country Club.

Britannia @ The Beach came away with 2 runner up awards for Best Bistro & Best Cafe – well done team and thanks for all your likes and support :) look out next year!!!

Food & Drink Devon – Awards

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Britannia @ the Beach is very excited to announce that we have been nominated in the Best Bistro and Best Cafe categories of the Food and Drink Devon awards, 2014.

We’ll have to wait until 6th October to find out how we have done!

Well done to the whole team at Britannia!!!

Beesands clean up

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The village is gradually getting back to normal, after the recent storms.

The road and fishermans area has been cleared of rubble and sorted out, it’s  the Village Green which is still under threat.

Workmen have been here almost everyday working on the sea defences,

however it is an enormous task.

Come to Beesands and see what’s going on!!

Stormy seas @ Beesands this morning!

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High tide @ Beesands this morning, very stormy…….roll on summer!!