Designed to resemble a Venetian palazzo, The Pier is a striking hotel built in 1864 to accommodate passengers departing from Harwich for the continent. The diminutive Ha’penny Pier, so called for its admittance charge, is still intact opposite. The Pier Hotel sports a light and airy interior with a fabulous bar, terrace and relaxed first floor restaurant, with five sought-after tables on the balcony. The views from here are mesmerising and the setting perfect for champagne, oysters, local lobster and the freshest Dover sole. Bedrooms are either upstairs or in a building next door. All are breezy, attractive and very good value – from six of them, you can soak up the view: the Stour and Orwell estuaries snaking into the distance, the pier at your feet and boats beetling about on the water. Owned for over 40 years by the Milsom family, The Pier makes a delightfully different spot for a break.
Discover Harwich with its wealth of history – did you know that Samuel Pepys was MP for the town and Christopher Jones, master of the Mayflower was married in St Nicholas’s Church. Exciting plans are underway to celebrate Mayflower 400 in 2020.
Fresh local seafood landed in the harbour opposite. The best lobsters, crabs as well as steaks from the grill.
A trip on the ferry to Shotley or Felixstowe or better still take the boat to the Walton Backwaters to see the seals.