Win a two-night stay for two at The Pier in Harwich

PUBLISHED: 16:24 20 June 2014 | UPDATED: 16:24 20 June 2014

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Essex Life has teamed up with Milsom Hotels & Restaurants to offer one lucky reader the chance to enjoy a luxury two-night stay for them and a guest at The Pier in Harwich.

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The fabulous prize includes two nights accommodation in the Mayflower suite at the hotel with full breakfast and a three-course dinner in the Harbourside restaurant on one evening of your stay, plus dinner in the Ha’penny Bistro on the other night of your stay.

Designed to resemble a Venitian palazzo, The Pier hotel was built in 1864 to accommodate passengers departing from Harwich to the continent, and in one sense nothing has changed as visitors still depart for Holland on the twice-daily ferry across the North Sea.

The hotel, with 4 AA stars, is located in the heart of Harwich old town in an enviable position overlooking the picturesque harbour and Ha’penny Pier.

The Pier has two great restaurants — the Harbourside is on the first floor and is open from Wednesday through to Sunday, for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is renowned for using locally-caught seafood, much of which is landed in the harbour opposite. The menu has been designed by John Goff, who has just taken up the reins as head chef having been with the company for 20 years. John takes much influence from the sea, so expect to see local fishermen bringing their daily catch to the back door. Harwich lobster is always on the menu, served either grilled, poached or thermidor. The Harbourside restaurant also serves fabulous steaks if you prefer. Enhancing the food is the simple, stylish interior with amazing views over the confluence of the Stour and Orwell rivers.

On the ground floor, the Ha’Penny Bistro is open all day, with the full menu served from 12 noon with no need to book, which can be useful if you are arriving by sea. The terrace is open in the summer, perfect for a glass of wine or for watching the world and the boats go by. The Pier has 14 delightful bedrooms, many of which offering views out to sea and the harbour, while the Mayflower suite even comes complete with telescope.

The Pier at Harwich

The Quay, Harwich, Essex CO12 3HH

01255 241212 pier

How to enter

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, simply text EL HARWICH followed by your answer to the question below (A, B or C) and then your name and postcode to 80058. For example, your text might read EL HARWICH B JAMES SMITH AB1 2CD. Texts cost 50p plus your standard network rate.

The dish of lobster thermidor originates from which country?

a) Iceland

b) Holland

c) France

Terms and conditions:

This prize can be taken on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights and is based on two sharing and subject to availability. The information contained in this publication is believed to be correct and complete at the time of printing. Prizes are not transferrable and the prize does not include installation or delivery costs. All photographs and measurements are as a guide only and do not necessarily represent the products available. No cash equivalent or other alternative prize is available in whole or in part except as provided for in these terms and conditions. The competition closes at 6pm on June 30, 2014. Winners will be selected at random from correct entries after the closing date. Usual promotion rules apply. For customer service requirements relating to your text entry, call 0844 3572403.

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