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“A charming waterfront hotel overlooking the quayside at old Harwich. Contemporary rooms capture the views over the working harbour. The fish restaurant is modern, lively and popular with the locals. A great stay on the East Anglian coast. ”

“A charming waterfront hotel overlooking the quayside at old Harwich. Contemporary rooms capture the views over the working harbour. The fish restaurant is modern, lively and popular with the locals. A great stay on the East Anglian coast. ”

Hotel Review

The port of Harwich is a must-see for history lovers; the Mayflower ship was built here and it was also home to its Captain Christopher Jones. This iconic 1864 waterfront hotel was built to accommodate passengers for the Continent. Gerald Milsom, Founder of Milsom Hotels bought the property in 1978 having visited Jimmy's Harbourside Restaurant in Boston and it is now recognised as one of the best places to stay in East Anglia. Rooms are split between the main building and The Angel next door which has seven bedrooms and a large sitting room, perfect for an all-inclusive house party for 14 guests.

The Pier has 14 bedrooms in total, each of which are individually designed to highlight the stunning seascape. Expect big fluffy towels, Elemis bath and body products and plugs galore make a stay here relaxing and totally stress-free. A special mention must go to the huge and wonderful Mayflower Suite in The Angel which has windows the length of the room overlooking the harbour; Gerald was right when he said it was the room with the best views in East Anglia.

It's worth staying at The Pier just for the glorious sunsets over the Stour estuary but there's much more to this charming hotel than that. Most of the staff have been here for more than five years such is their love for the place and they are charm personified and many are local with exceptional local knowledge. Head upstairs to the restaurant between 7-8 in the evening and watch and hear the bell being run upon the arrival of the ferry boat, a tradition that has been in place since it opened.

The brasserier-style restaurant on the first floor is modern and bright (the hotel was renovated in 2016) with a tantalising menu which will satisfy even the trickiest of eaters. Lobster, mussels, crab and salt and pepper squid are just some of the favourites. The all-day menu of modern British classics changes on a regular basis making the most of local seasonal produce and catch of the day. Watch the boats come and go during the day and enjoy the twinkling evening lights by night, whichever table you choose you'll have an estuary view.

On the ground floor is NAVYÄRD bar with terrace next to the working harbour. Popular with the locals it serves cask ales, craft beers, cocktails and an extensive and eclectice Gin Library. The perfect spot for sea-lovers, Gin-lovers, foodies and history-lovers, The Pier is a breath of fresh air.

 

Written by Lulu Townsend

Recommended For

  • Foodies
  • Wonderful fresh seafood meets a creative chef, simply divine! Not to mention the gin library and Prosecco cocktails!
  • Total relaxation
  • Sit in the suite's bay window, or indeed on the restaurant's balcony, and watch the sun set on the sea- heaven!
  • Other Activities
  • Spend a long evening on the balcony of the elegant Harbourside restaurant, sipping on cocktails and watching the ships roll by.
  • Sights nearby
  • Just around the corner is the Electric Palace Cinema, the second oldest cinema in England- well worth a visit.
  • Museums
  • History buffs won't be able to resist the nearby Mayflower Museum.
  • Local markets
  • The harbour is a vibrant and lively place to explore.
  • Views
  • Great views over the busy harbour and the Stour and Orwell estuaries.
  • Child friendly
  • Children of all ages welcome.
  • Restaurant
  • Two restaurants.
  • Lively
  • Less £
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Organic food
  • House party feel
  • Good wine list
  • Full of character
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Townhouse
  • Sea Views
  • Boutique
  • Historic
  • Inn
  • Pet friendly
  • Quirky
  • Beach nearby
  • Traditional
  • Charming
  • Intimate
  • Romantic
  • Free wifi
  • Gourmet
  • Owner managed

Facilities

  • Views
  • Great views over the busy harbour and the Stour and Orwell estuaries.
  • Child friendly
  • Children of all ages welcome.
  • Restaurant
  • Two restaurants.
  • Parking
  • Free parking.
  • Safe
  • Bar
  • Car not required
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Meeting Room
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Good wine list
  • Suites
  • Pet friendly
  • Sitting Room
  • Room service
  • Towelling robes
  • Satellite / Cable TV
  • Wifi
  • Free wifi

Activities

  • Other Activities
  • Spend a long evening on the balcony of the elegant Harbourside restaurant, sipping on cocktails and watching the ships roll by.
  • Sights nearby
  • Just around the corner is the Electric Palace Cinema, the second oldest cinema in England- well worth a visit.
  • Museums
  • History buffs won't be able to resist the nearby Mayflower Museum.
  • Local markets
  • The harbour is a vibrant and lively place to explore.

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Why do people love staying in your hotel? It’s a unique hotel in a unique location – the harbour is opposite


What is there to do in the area or on site? Walking, sea fishing, sailing (we can arrange the last two)


What kind of breakfast do you offer? Full English and continental


Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally? Yes we offer lunch and dinner.


Which are your most popular room types, and why? All popular but I’d say the deluxe rooms with a sea view and of course, The Mayflower which has a huge bay window and a telescope – great for watching the people and boats going by!


What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers? The Pier at Harwich is a great hotel in a great location with two superb restaurants. The Harbourside on the first floor takes its influence from the sea and specialises in fabulous seafood – much of which is landed in the harbour opposite.

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