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Review: The Pier, Harwich

Saturday, August 20, 2016
The Pier, Harwich, tandoori hake.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis enjoys a luxurious seafood supper at The Pier, Harwich.

Stokes Sauces

Described as ‘the Oscars’ of the food world, the Great Taste Awards are highly anticipated each year. They are organised by the Guild of Fine Food and each year artisan and speciality food products from around the country are judged and awarded one, two or three stars.

Find tasty vegetarian food in Suffolk.

The veggie lifestyle – or semi-veggie lifestyle – is one that seems to be appealing to more and more people, and in Suffolk we have a number of fantastic restaurants and cafes dedicated to serving tasty vegetarian food.

Salthouse Eaterie

There’s plenty to see and do along Suffolk’s coastline – especially when it comes to tasting the best food the county has to offer. Take a look at our top 10 gastronomic delights and perhaps you’ll find a new favourite place to eat or shop.

The Case is Altered in Bentley

The Case is Altered in Bentley is a welcoming village pub, in every sense of the word.

family life

In the Middle Ages Ipswich was not without schools, there is firm evidence of a grammar school as early as 1477 and probably as far back as 1399. This school received its Charter from Queen Elizabeth I in 1566 and went through a number of guises before it became, what is now, Ipswich School. The school buildings are on Henley Road but have previously been in Foundation Street and Blackfriars Monastery.

John Elwes lived a frugal life at Stoke College, eating stale bread and mouldy meat

John Elwes went to bed when it grew dark so he didn’t have to pay for candles, and ate little more than stale bread and mouldy meat

Nigel Havers

Star of stage and screen Nigel Havers thas spoken of his love for Suffolk as he prepared for his latest show at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

July 1976 and children keep cool in the sea off Minsmere in north Suffolk

We headed for the seaside and dreamed of ice-cream on tap. But it all got a bit serious, too, with panic-buying and warnings of drought


River Waveney Sculpture Trail. Photo: Andrew Atterwill

The River Waveney Sculpture Trail is open. We take a wander down the riverbank to see what’s in store.

Ramsholt - Richard Tyson

Many readers will have seen pictures of the ancient Ramsholt church, which overlooks a stretch of the lower Deben, and perhaps used the riverside path towards the north.

Caroline Angus with A Pig's Year Of It at Endeavour House

Dressed for both a summer stroll and a winter hike, A Pig’s Year Of It arrived outside Suffolk County Council’s Endeavour House at exactly the right time.

A walk through Bildeston and the neighbouring mid Suffolk villages

Bildeston is a large busy village with two pubs, a hotel and a substantial church set on the hill half a mile from the village centre, writes walker Bill Baldry.


Many cosmetics - like this exfoliating daily wash - contain microbead plastics that are said to be damaging seas, wildlife and entering the foodchain.

What will future generations who live without plastic but are still grappling with the environmental legacy of our seeming addiction to the substance think when they look back at the “oil age”?

Superdad Will Lodge

Superdad Will Lodge asks how protective is over-protective?

The Lodge family, Mitchell, Gemma, Mila, Seth, Will and Finley.

Superdad Will Lodge looks at being apart and bedding down.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train at Colchester

When it comes to public transport there’s often no shortage of things to moan about, whether it’s punctuality, quality of service or cost, writes Sheena Grant.

Ellen's children are all reassuringly normal

I used to hate the word “normal”, writes mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

homes & garden

Prema Leathers is opening up her

Passion fruits, chillis and strawberry guava plants were just some of the exotic crops on display at an Ipswich resident’s open garden this weekend.

Hampton Court Flower Show opened it's doors to the press on Monday 4th July. Beautiful sunshine poured down on the incredible gardens.
L-R Cassandra Hodges,Alex Parker,John Triggs.

The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is a glorious tribute to the garden, featuring a number of Suffolk and north Essex designers, growers and suppliers, as Lynne Mortimer and photographer Sarah Lucy Brown discovered today.

Old Dower House - master bedroom

The Old Dower House is an interesting historic home, Grade II listed, in the heart of the village of Coddenham.

'I look after the garden but in tandem with all the bugs and beasties that are in it,' says Hazel Buchanan

‘My daughters call us The Hobbits...’ Hazel Buchanan’s one of the folk opening their gates to the public for Boxford’s big day


Relax and unwind

When the weather is as glorious as this, you want to do nothing more than sit back and relax.

Norwegian fjords

So many holidays can seem ruined before they even begin because of airport hassle. So, why not chill out and try a no-fly cruise? Just drive to the cruise terminal and hand over your un-weighed cases. 
Your holiday begins with lunch on board your ship, and you’ll be amazed where you could end up. The main departure points are Southampton, Dover and Tilbury. You don’t have to get there until after mid-day so no need to be up at the crack of dawn either.

Scenic Crystal, Budapest

Let’s start with the fun bits, writes Mike Pickup after a trip to Budapest, in Hungary.


We hadn’t flown from Southend before and were pleasantly surprised at its peaceful, laid-back atmosphere compared to the stress and hassle of Heathrow and Gatwick, writes Mike Pickup.

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