The Pier

A quintessentially English seaside hotel, bar and restaurant

After months of planning we have gained permission to overhaul this great Essex landmark. We will be merging the two restaurants into one quality led brasserie on the first floor, open all day every day. This stunning area will capture the light, space and the views over the Stour and Orwell estuaries.

The new restaurant will seat 100 people and some tables can be pre-booked. The full menu will be available from 12 noon right through to 9:30 (10:00 pm on a Friday/Saturday night).

One of the things we are most excited about is extending the balcony, meaning we’ll have a handful of tables outside, allowing you to enjoy incredible views over the water to Shotley, Felixstowe and along the River Stour – we’re sure here tables will be very popular during the summer months!

On the ground floor, an exciting new bar will offer a limited menu during the day. A private dining room will be created in the right hand side, seating 24 people. This room will be perfect for meetings, lunches, dinners and small weddings and celebrations. The Angel sitting room will be retaining its civil ceremony license.

To enable access to the new restaurant and bedrooms on the second floor, a four person lift is being installed through the middle of the building. There will also be a brand new kitchen on the first floor and a preparation and pastry section downstairs – complete with a dedicated kitchen lift connecting the two kitchen areas.

This extensive project means we are having to close the business at the beginning of January for just over four months. We expect to re-open in early May.

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14 Bedrooms

All our bedrooms have private bathrooms, luxury Aromatherapy Associates products, king size beds, complimentary soft drinks and Sky In-Room.

Beside the Quay

The Pier Hotel is located in two historic buildings that stand proudly on the quayside of old Harwich. This unique location is the perfect base for exploring the Essex coast.

Meetings & Corporate

The Lounge in The Angel is a great meeting space and caters for up to 14 people. Available to hire from Monday to Saturday for lunch and afternoon meetings.

The Electric Palace Cinema

While in Harwich, take in a screening at one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas still surviving today, with its silent screen, original projection room and ornamental frontage.

Meetings at The Pier

The Lounge in the Angel building makes a great venue for meetings in Essex.

We can arrange various activities, should you wish to break from your business for a spot of team building, or maybe even a quick trip over to France departing from Harwich harbour!

This great meeting space is available to hire from Monday to Saturday for lunch and afternoon meetings and can cater for between eight and 14 people.

Equipment includes a Panasonic plasma screen, Yamaha natural sound, DVD, flip chart, projector and screen, cordial, water, sweets, pencils and pads, as well as free wifi.

The Electric Palace Cinema

While staying at The Pier, make sure you visit the Electric Palace Cinema in Harwich.

This historic building is one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas to survive complete with its silent screen, original projection room and ornamental frontage still intact.

Combined with lunch or dinner at The Pier, a visit to the Electric Palace Cinema makes for a fabulous Essex outing. Performances usually take place at 2:30pm or 7:30pm, meaning you can dine in either of our restaurants. The Harbourside is open at lunchtime from 12 noon until 2pm, and open again in the evening from 6pm, while the Ha’penny Pier Bistro is open all day.

The Electric Palace programme changes weekly and there are often special one-off films showing in addition to the main events. To view the latest programme, visit the cinema’s website.

Explore Essex

With so much to see and do in Essex, it can be hard to know where to start.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of attractions, things to do and highlighted some of our favourite events to help you decide where to visit during your stay.

Whether you’re staying in Dedham or Harwich, you’ll find Milsom Hotels a great base from which to discover the delights of East Anglia.

Visit The Pier

Located on the North Sea coast, Harwich in Essex is one of the Haven ports and located close to Felixstowe, Ipswich, Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea.

Harwich is the northernmost coastal town in Essex and sits on the estuaries of the rivers Stour and Orwell.

If you’re travelling from London, join the A12 and continue along this road until leaving at junction 29, merging onto the A120. Follow the A120 until you reach The Quay in Harwich.
If you’re travelling from Ipswich, take the A1071 onto the A1214 and continue forward onto the A12. At junction 29, leave the A12 and join the A120. Follow the A120 until you reach The Quay in Harwich.
Leave Colchester via the A134 until reaching Middleborough Roundabout, where you should take the fifth exit continuing onto the A134. Take the third exit at Colne Bank Roundabout onto the A133 and continue towards Clacton for three-quarters of a mile, before taking the first exit at the second roundabout onto the A1232, signposted for Harwich A120. Follow the A120 towards Harwich, and then to Harwich Town Centre. At Pattricks Junction Roundabout, take the second exit onto the A120 and continue on to the Quay, signposted Docks.