We're getting the ferry to/from Denmark this August.
I suspect our plan will be to eat lunch "near" on the days we leave and return. We'll have our 7 year old with us who could probably benefit from a walk for a mile or so or perhaps running around a beach on both occasions (our nearest beach at home is a good hour away). She isn't fussy about sand quality, but I'd prefer somewhere that perhaps isn't too full of chip shops and arcades. I'd be fine with a carpark and an icecream van if it meant the place was less busy on 2 X August Saturdays (I'm sure we'll just be waterproofed up in any rain too!).
Thinking back to food, we all enjoy fish and seafood (but not essential)...this won't be our main meal...but we don't mind paying a few £'s for a good quality food. If we take her out for a meal in a restaurant we usually pick a place where the chef is happy to serve a 1/2 portion and happy to tweak things a tiny bit (or she'll scoff fish/chicken and chips of any standard kids menu).
Can anybody think of a few places within about 30-60 minutes of Harwich?
I read an earlier winter thread recommending the Butt & Oyster (looked a lovely location...and I don't mind booking...but I suspect that food might take ages to arrive at busy times?). Should I be looking for somewhere near Walton on the Naze and Frinton? Is traffic an issue we need to plan for in August?
It is also worth considering that I might try to sneak in a cheap overnight stay at the start/end so I can visit Audley End as I am sure that must be "almost" on the way from Bath to Harwich!
Thanks in advance
PS: I hate these sorts of qns on the Bath forum