History of The Hanover Inn, Harwich 

The Hanover is a Grade II listed Inn, believed to have been built during the reign of George I as accommodation and included stabling for horses. This area of Harwich was known as Hanover Square and was used by merchants, the Hanover sat in the South-Western corner of the square.

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Serving Ale since the 1800's

It was known as dining rooms and an inn in the 1850s, becoming licensed for ale and cider at the same time. In October 1888 the Hanover was almost destroyed when a paraffin lamp fell onto furniture and a rug, setting fire to tothe Dining Room. Only the swift action of the landlord of the time, William Lawrence, prevented a tragedy. A dairy was attached to the Hanover at this time as the landlord owned a herd of cows, which grazed on the slopes of the Redoubt Fort.

In more recent times the Hanover was acquired by the mighty Cobbold empire, and became a Tolly Cobbold pub when the Ipswich brewers merged in 1957. Around this time the Hanover became fully licensed so it could serve wines and spirits in addition to beer. When Tolly Cobbold collapsed in 1989 the Hanover became a free-house. It is currently owned by Rob & Teresa Ranson.

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(Information based on harwichpubtrail.co.uk & Harwich Society sources)

If you’re planning a visit to Harwich then The Hanover is the perfect stop for your lunch or afternoon buffet. Please contact us, our menu is flexible and we can accommodate medium to large groups. We are located next to Harwich Town Railway Station and Harwich Bus Station.

Award Winning Pub

Judged as The Best Real Ale Pub in Harwich by Camra, We serve real ales from small and microbreweries, real cider and a great selection of other drinks. 



Home Cooked Food

Our kitchen is open at lunchtimes & evenings for good honest pub grub! Our menu includes steaks, fish, seafood, vegetarian choices, daily specials and of course our legendary Sunday Roasts!

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