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The Cafe on the Pier

The Quay | Ha'penny Pier, Harwich CO12 3HH, England
+44 7743 192356
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cockles” (4 reviews)
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Cafe, Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
The Quay | Ha'penny Pier, Harwich CO12 3HH, England
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Reviewed 29 November 2018

Nice and friendly atmosphere, good menu variety, used by locals regularly. Freshly prepared food arrived at the table piping hot. Good quality ingredients. Excellent service.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Roy W
Reviewed 11 November 2018

I loved the pier, loved Harwich, but to be fair there’s not much choice of eateries ( unless you like pubs! ), especially in November, so I chose to have lunch in the pier cafe. All the staff were nice, but the young lad -...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank oldessexbird
Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

Visited here during the Sea Shanty Weekend. Got a nice pint of Old Rosie and some very tasty Crayfish tails. Good little spot right on the front and in the middle of much of the weekends proceedings. Shame about the rain.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank gossyboy
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

I visited late season on a beautiful sunny day and the views were fantastic. Staffing seemed to be at a minimum but the sandwich and coffee I ordered were served promptly and were reasonablyou priced

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Roger P
Reviewed 10 October 2018

We have eaten at this pier cafe many times now. There's a good English breakfast and the morning coffee passes our high bar taste test. The lunch menu is extensive - i recommend the fish salad. The service is brisk and smiley. You have to...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Galavant321
Reviewed 4 October 2018

bought cockles and prawns ,had to throw them away,they were awfull,not impressed ,the seagulls would not eat them

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

Have not popped in here for a few years but decided on this breezy sunny afternoon to walk along the quay and decided we would give it a try. We sat inside and was pleasantly surprised to see blankets over the back of chairs in...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Anne R
Sarah W, Owner at The Cafe on the Pier, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Thank you for coming back! We hope you will visit us during the cooler months and enjoy some of our home cooked warming winter fare. We welcome dogs inside the cafe as well as providing blankets for outside seating

Reviewed 27 August 2018

We had scrambled eggs and salmon on toast. It was presented beautifully and was all made fresh as you. An see into the kitchen. Really clean restaurant. The staff were very friendly. We would definitely eat in there again.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank hayleyt82
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

My wife and I had an excellent breakfast on a Sunday morning. We sat outside and enjoyed the fresh sea air. The staff were happy to bring the food out. The food was freshly cooked, hot and good quality.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank PKEM
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

The ladies and the gents were only to happy to talk to us, and the children - this was nice. We arrived in bad weather “there were little blankets on the backs of the chairs which we all found adorable”. As the owner started to...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank golfromeoalpha309
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Questions & Answers
margaret w
28 December 2015|
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Response from sarahwI4948KK | Property representative |
Happy new year. I do apologise - I have only just seen your question. We do open during the day on New Years Eve but not in the evening. The Firework display at midnight in Harwich on New Years Eve is wonderful. New Years... More
21 April 2015|
Response from sarahwI4948KK | Property representative |
We open about 8.45 through until 5 ish. If the weather is good we open a bit earlier, if it is not so nice we may close at 4. If there are a few of you who would like breakfast earlier phone Steve on 07743192356 and we will... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$12
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Quay | Ha'penny Pier, Harwich CO12 3HH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Harwich
  • Phone Number: +44 7743 192356
  • E-mail
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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