There’s never been a better time to visit The Pier at Harwich, its October, the sun is shining (hopefully!) A warm welcome awaits you from Vreni, Nick and the team and this great hotel on the Quay is celebrating its 30th birthday this year.

The Ha’penny Pier bistro is now open all day with the full a la carte menu available from 12 noon until 9.30 in the evening. The Ha’penny is relaxed and informal so perfect for all the family – as well as the perennial favourite of Pier fish and chips (haddock, cod and plaice) there is always a large choice on the specials board where Chef John Goff makes full use of fresh local produce in season.

On the first floor The Harbourside Restaurant has its own polished pewter bar set in a superb position to maximise the stunning views over the Stour and Orwell estuaries. The overall style and décor reflect the restaurants fabulous position alongside the quay and harbour; paintings by Jamie Dodds, the acclaimed Brightlingsea artist, underline The Pier’s close proximity to the sea. As does the menu overseen by Head Chef Chris Oakley which takes full advantage of the local seafood that is landed in the harbour opposite The Pier.

Still need tempting?

Then eat out on the terrace and watch the world (and boats) go by!

The Pier Hotel in Harwich just has to be visited ! Overlooking the water. The Pier offers fine dining in The Harbourside Restaurant and 14 luxury hotel room accommodation.

Sue Bunting

Fri 30 May 2008, Milsom Hotels