So we’re back in our home county – Essex. One of our favourite gastronomic boutique hotel and restaurant groups – Milsom’s. The family owns and manages some gorgeous properties dotted throughout Essex and Suffolk. All are unique but each has one thing in common – high standards, outstanding food and tastefully-decorated, comfortable bedrooms.
We’re staying at The Pier in Harwich. Great not only for its seafood but for its proximity to lots to do and see – you can literally pick oysters up on the beach around the corner if you so desired or drive the twenty minutes to Frinton – a gorgeous, uncommercial beach with coloured beach huts dotted along the promenade.
You might wonder why people even come to Harwich. It’s not exactly tourist central. In fact, many cruises go from the port which means call for luxurious accommodation for nights before is high. The refit to the main building has given them a cool bar with massive outdoor seating area facing directly onto the water and harbour outside.
Now upstairs, no formal restaurant but a buzzy brasserie set over two floors, one part modern and slightly industrial and the lower carpeted, relaxed-chic, leading in to the piece de resistance – a balcony for dining al fresco!
We retired to the Mayflower Suite, their most luxurious room, easily big enough for four people let alone the two of us – lots of space. Floor to ceiling windows overlooking the harbour make for the most spectacular view with our very own telescope to spot the boats. The Mayflower Suite is the one – all muted colours with some really great pieces of furniture – mirrored side tables a fave! Being directly on the water it’s also nice and quiet!
With the day starting promptly at 9.30 (that’s early for us, but we just never want to leave) , we head back across the road for breakfast. The bedrooms are cleverly situated in a separate building from the restaurant and bar. Directly across the road but away from the hustle and bustle. The hot food menu, including the usual favourites also had some more exotic combinations like avocado, coriander and lime on rye with a poached egg and huevos benedictos – chorizo, avocado and salsa. That’s the great thing about foodie hotels! Importantly, service was… impeccable.
R & S x
The Pier Hotel, The Quay, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3HH