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Ha' Penny Pier | The Quay, Harwich CO12 3HH, 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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  • 27
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  • 23
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
lovely spot for lunch

Just had lunch, their food is good well cooked and very reasonable. Everything is freshly cooked as you order and they do 2 meals for £10 off the board. You can eat inside on chilly days or outside on the pier and watch the boats. The staff are very friendly and try to please any tastes and changes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Christine H
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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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English first
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Just had lunch, their food is good well cooked and very reasonable. Everything is freshly cooked as you order and they do 2 meals for £10 off the board. You can eat inside on chilly days or outside on the pier and watch the boats. The staff are very friendly and try to please any tastes and changes to their... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The location is actually on the Pier overlooking Harwich Harbour, Felixstowe Docks and Harwich International Port. Right next to the RNLI Lifeboat Station. Fantastic if you like shipping boats or wide open views across the Stour and Orwell Estuaries. Had all day breakfast on a Sunday morning with my 11 year old grandson. We both enjoyed a great breakfast and... More 

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I love sitting on the pier watching the boats coming in & out. People going by . its just so relaxing. The staff at the cafe are very friendly people too.

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London, United Kingdom
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43 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

You can sit inside (limited seats) and outside along part of the pier, a great place to people watch and enjoy the sunshine. Food good given the small facilities they have and service is good too.

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

Thank you for your positive comments. We look forward to serving you at The Cafe on the Pier again soon. More 

Harwich, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Delightful place for alfresco breakfast, lunch or a bite to eat on the pier in relaxed surroundings. Good food reasonably priced. Good quality coffee and hot chocolate, these are a good measure for me, if a place does these badly it's a good indication of the food standard. Very enjoyable and we will return. Rated 4/5 as didn't find staff... More 

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

Thank you for your positive post of The Cafe on the Pier. Sorry the staff were not as friendly as they could have been. I hope this doesn't put you off coming to the cafe again. More 

Maldon, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

There are not many cafes in Harwich, this one is very good, weather was great so we sat outside and enjoyed the views. Freshly cooked food was excellent, reasonably priced, clean premises and I was impressed with the pleasant staff.

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Essex, United Kingdom
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14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

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
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Thank you so much for your comments. Positive feedback puts a smile on our faces! 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: Café, British

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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