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We are delighted to announce that The Pier at Harwich is now officially open!  Here is a copy of the press release sent out this morningWe look forward to seeing you very soon in Harwich.

Following on from a 1.5 million reinvestment over the last 5 months, The Pier at Harwich is once again open and set to become East Anglia’s number one coastal destination for food and drink.

The redefined brasserie is located on the first floor of the completely modernised 1860 listed building in historic Harwich. Experience all-day dining (all-year-round) and outdoor dining – whenever the sun shines – with a menu celebrating modern classics, an exciting grill menu and wonderful fresh fish and shellfish landed on The Pier’s doorstep. Guests can select from a predominantly European wine list or enjoy Prosecco-based cocktails, craft beers and cask ales.

The stripped back and raw textured interior, designed by Geraldine Milsom, makes reference to the industrious and hardworking Harwich port, but achieves a balance between function, luxury and glamour. The harbour wall is only 20 metres from the door and The Pier’s newly extended first floor balcony (for drinks and outdoor dining) overlooks the water, ships and working docks. With estuary views from every table, The Pier, only a stone’s throw from the confluence of the Stour and Orwell estuaries is a very special destination for lovers of great food and drink.

NAVYÄRD on the ground floor is a continental bar and terrace adjacent to the working harbour, the ideal place for fun and relaxation. Cask ales, craft beers, a great drinks list, Prosecco-based cocktails and one of the most carefully sourced and extensive gin lists makes the NAVYÄRD ‘the’ go-to bar for The Pier’s neighbours, friends and welcomed guests. The NAVYÄRD is undeniably and unashamedly a ‘love letter to the continent’ – celebrating and championing the influential and historic links that Harwich holds with Scandanavia and wider Europe.

The wines, beers, ales, drinks list and a gin library have been sourced from across Europe and are complemented throughout the day by Nordic-inspired small-plated food. Great coffee, fresh pastries and the simplest tastiest late breakfasts (think eggs, rye bread and avocado) through to open Scandinavian sandwiches, sharing platters and fresh oysters.

The 14 bedrooms are individually styled to match the seascape and take full advantage of the brilliant light that you only get when staying on the coast. Harwich enjoys glorious sunsets with molten coloured horizons and the setting sun on the Stour estuary is a special feature of staying at The Pier. All bedrooms are equipped with complimentary soft drink mini-bars, Aromatherapy Associates bathroom products, Sky In-Room and free Wi-Fi making The Pier an exceptional small hotel.

Paul Milsom, Managing Director said ‘I am sure I feel very much like my father Gerald did in 1978 when he first opened The Pier restaurant. Proud of the investment we have made in this wonderful building, delighted with the team of hospitality professionals (led by our General Manager, Chris Beardsmore) who we have recruited and excited by the potential of our business here in historic Harwich a town with untapped potential for tourism, particularly as we look forward to 2020 and the celebration of the Harwich association with the Mayflower 400 years ago’.


NAVYÄRD bar and terrace takes its name from the shipyard which built more than 60 vessels between the 17th and 19th century. This industry was at the heart of the Harwich community and in the 19th century when the Great Eastern Railway arrived, it was possible to leave London Liverpool St. Station, arrive in Harwich and be in Rotterdam or Zeebrugge within 14 hours.

The Pier at Harwich is owned and run by Milsom Hotels & Restaurants, a family run company since 1952, also in the group are Le Talbooth, Maison Talbooth, The Treatment Rooms, Milsom Catering and milsoms in Dedham and milsoms Kesgrave Hall in Suffolk. Paul Milsom is  Managing Director of the group alongside Stas Anastasiades, Operations Director who together with Geraldine Milsom have overseen and masterminded the re-build and re-define of The Pier.


Historic Harwich, the Home of the Mayflower

Mon 23 May 2016, Milsom Hotels