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Ha' Penny Pier | The Quay, Harwich, England
+44 7743 192356
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Situated on Ha'penny Pier with stunning views. A wonderful spot for al...
Situated on Ha'penny Pier with stunning views. A wonderful spot for al fresco dining and on those cooler days the ideal place for a great breakfast, bowl of homemade soup or coffee and cake. Harwich is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. The Cafe on the Pier is open every day except Chistmas Day from 8.30 - 4 ish (depend on the weather!) We provide buffets delivered locally for business or pleasure.
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Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Basic but very good

Typical cafe style food, teas, coffee, ice-cream etc., very popular with locals and visitors alike. Could do with more table seating but it is on the pier and there are plenty of benches.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
347valerie
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Essex, United Kingdom
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Essex, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Typical cafe style food, teas, coffee, ice-cream etc., very popular with locals and visitors alike. Could do with more table seating but it is on the pier and there are plenty of benches.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We visited Harwich on a bright but cold day and found that in February there were not many places open - shops or attractions. However, this cafe was open and very busy so we first went in for a coffee. There was a good atmosphere and friendly efficient service. So good, in fact, that we returned for their lunch offer... More 

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Sarah W, Owner at The Cafe on the Pier, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We look forward to serving you again at the cafe when you re-visit Harwich later in the year to discover some of our 'hidden secrets'. More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

As regular visitors to Harwich, we often take our two young boys crabbing off the Pier. The Cafe on the Pier is a welcoming sight at all times of year. After a spot of *very cold* crablining and looking at the ships this weekend we all appreciated the cosiness and warmth of the cafe and our boys very much enjoyed... More 

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Sarah W, Owner at The Cafe on the Pier, responded to this review

We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Harwich and The Cafe on the Pier. There is so much to see here in Harwich whatever time of year and whatever the weather is like. More 

Harwich, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My hubby and I have visited this cafe many times. We usually have a pot of tea and a black Americano, which are delicious. We have yet to try out their food but what we saw being served up to other diners looked very good. See you again soon. Highly recommend.

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Sarah W, Owner at The Cafe on the Pier, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments. Positive feedback puts a smile on our faces! More 

Essex
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Often go for walk along the promenade from Dovercourt to old Harwich and always stop for a coffee and snack and it never fails to please , very polite attentive staff always served with a smile in the summer lovely to sit outside and watch the world and boats go by ,lovely pit stop in the middle of our walk... More 

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Harwich, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice to be able to sit on the pier and have tasty food with a good selection of drinks. With outside and inside seating the weather doesn't matter. If you are lucky (and someone else is unlucky) you may see the lifeboat launch!

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Wisbech, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

we stopped at Harwich for a coffee and bite to eat, on sat afternoon, we were staying in Ipswich but having a mystery excursion. There was about 16 of us when into this little cafe for our refreshments. we were welcomes pleasantly by the staff who fulfilled all orders quite quickly, the scones me and my husband had were some... More 

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Sarah W, Owner at The Cafe on the Pier, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We do hope that now you have discovered us you will come again. More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Stopped here over the Christmas period on a very cold day whilst showing visiting family the sights of olde Harwich. In all my times walking on the front I have never stopped here. We chose to have a hot chocolate and a biscuit. The friendly young chap who served us asked if we wanted to upgrade to hot chic with... More 

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Sarah W, Owner at The Cafe on the Pier, responded to this review

Harwich is a great place all year round, there is always something to watch on a walk and as you say the cafe is an ideal place to stop off. More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

A great bacon sandwich & great company was the best way to start the year. Always warm & welcoming this little spot is cheery even on a cold day with a hangover!

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Harwich, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Lovely place to sit and have a warmer whilst trekking around Harwich in the cold. Home made cakes and scones are delicious. recommended- special hot chocolate mmmm!!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ha' Penny Pier | The Quay, Harwich, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Harwich
  • Phone Number: +44 7743 192356

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 14
  • Cuisine: British, Café

Description

Situated on Ha'penny Pier with stunning views. A wonderful spot for al fresco dining and on those cooler days the ideal place for a great breakfast, bowl of homemade soup or coffee and cake. Harwich is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. The Cafe on the Pier is open every day except Chistmas Day from 8.30 - 4 ish (depend on the weather!) We provide buffets delivered locally for business or pleasure.

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