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The Cafe on the Pier

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Ha' Penny Pier | The Quay, Harwich CO12 3HH, England
+44 7743 192356
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
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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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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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
Ride out to the coast

Thought id pop in here as not been here for awhile . Building work going on on the pier but its business as usual. Got stuck behind 2 little old ladies who decided it was time to chat up the chef , think it made his day , I think he's pulled . Coffee was hot which is what I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Barry F
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Thought id pop in here as not been here for awhile . Building work going on on the pier but its business as usual. Got stuck behind 2 little old ladies who decided it was time to chat up the chef , think it made his day , I think he's pulled . Coffee was hot which is what I... More 

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Thank Barry F
Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A warm inviting atmosphere. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was delicious, location is really great.

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Thank Kyliesheehan
Stoke Poges, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very happy cafe to enjoy home made meals and snacks overlooking the harbour. Breakfasts, casseroles, fish pie all piping hot with nice coffee too. Ideal for families and open all year.

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Thank Susan F
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was out for a drive with my mother this Sunday past and having driven around Clacton and Walton on the Naze, we decided to head into Harwich on the way home. It was our intention to head to the Pier Hotel for a late lunch but when we arrived in Harwich the hotel was closed (good job too as... More 

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

Thank you so much for post. We look forward to welcoming you to the cafe agin soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love this little cafe with a view and have popped in for a cuppa and cake, or something more substantial, on several occasions. Had delicious burgers today whilst sitting warmly inside and enjoying the sea view, even on a dull and cloudy winters day! Definitely worth a visit.

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

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful menu, lots to choose from. Quick, cheerful service. There was even my favourite dessert - panettone bread and butter pudding. Obviously too popular, there was only one portion left.

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

Thank you for your kind words. We struggle to keep up with panettone bread and butter pudding! More 

Harwich, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I thought I better return to the Ha' Penny Pier to make sure my last review was fair. I must say that the improvement was vast. The breakfast included eggs, bacon, locally sourced sausages, grilled tomatoes, good quality baked beans and for me hash potatoes. Toast or bread included and the tea was piping hot. Service was fast and the... More 

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Thank TG1956
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

What a fantastic little cafe! We had prawn and crab sandwiches and they were delicious. Plenty of prawns and crab on the sandwiches. The service was amazing. Such a lovely location. I look forward to going back one day.

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Thank AK8187
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

I was down from Yorkshire visiting family. When having a walk along the pier we found the cafe on the pier and what a find it was! We were really impressed by the variety of the menu and the fact that a lot of the dishes were clearly 'homemade'. Great food, great view and great service! We will definitely be... More 

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Thank Tom D
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

i have visited this cafe on many occasions and always found the staff very friendly, food is good, and lovely to sit with a coffee and watch the world go by. will visit again

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to post such nice comments about The Cafe on the Pier. We look forward to welcoming you at the cafe next time you are in Harwich. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ha' Penny Pier | The Quay, Harwich CO12 3HH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Harwich
  • Phone Number: +44 7743 192356

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 13
  • Cuisine: British, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children

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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