The Pier at Harwich

Location Harwich

Postcode CO12 3HH

Telephone 01255 241212

££

Why we love it...

Atmospheric seaside retreat

The Place

This makes an exceptional weekend break – if you like ships, the comings and goings of harbour life, and don’t mind an industrial presence. Harwich’s waterside is not that pretty, but it is a slice of real life.

The Pier stands out for its blue and white front – if it reminds you of a Venetian waterside palace, you’re right – it was designed to evoke a grand waterside residence of the Grand Canal. It was opened in 1864 to put up passengers leaving Harwich for mainland Europe.

On the ground floor you find a contemporary waterside bar-cum-bistro. It’s packed with locals and tourists enjoying fish and chips, fish pie and daily changing special dishes posted on a blackboard. Write your order on a notepad and take it to the bar. It’s comfortable, it’s well lit, the food is reliable and people have a jolly time here.

Hotel guests check in at the bar and when we visited the staff took our bags to the room – a pleasant change. The bedrooms are better than you’d expect for the price – and as standard, superior and deluxe are only separated by £10, think of paying this small amount extra and book the biggest available. The beds are good, the colour scheme is ‘seaside’, and all the essentials are provided – enough storage, nice chairs, mirrors, a desk. Six of the rooms have sea views including the large Mayflower suite (£170 when we last checked). It was from Harwich that the Mayflower set sail for the New World in 1620, with a local man steering.

The owners of the Pier are the Milsom family, who run two well-known local establishments, Maison Talbooth and Milsoms, as well as Kesgrave Hall in Suffolk – a new addition to Charming Small Hotels. They are hands-on and the team running this place seem close knit and happy.

The Essentials

Price Band ££
Rooms 14; all doubles with own shower or bath, phone, TV, wireless internet, minibar
Food breakfast, lunch, dinner
Facilities 2 restaurants, bar, terrace, sitting room, private dining facilities, house party service, sailing arranged on yacht or traditional Essex craft
Children accepted
Disabled specially adapted room and WC on ground floor, access at rear of building
Pets guide dogs only

To Book

Contact Paul Milsom
Call 01255 241212
Fax 01255 551922
Email pier@milsomhotels.com
Website www.milsomhotels.com/the-pier

Good To Know

Address The Quay, Harwich CO12 3HH
Payment

The Location

Find this place: on quayside in old town; own off road car parking for 25 cars

What's nearby: Electric Palace Cinema, Ha'penny Pier; walking, sea fishing and sailing