As the title says, it's not the Ivy. What it is, housed in a particularly ugly pre-fabricated building is an end of pier restaurant. I didn't bother with the food which seemed to be entirely of the freezer to plate variety, but I did have a decent cup of coffee which I drank outside (in keeping with the new smoking ban in place in the UK) and very pleasant it was too.
I certainly wouldn't recommend it as a restaurant, but, given it's location (about 1100 feet out over the North Sea) with the invigorating air, I can think of a lot worse places to be.
Favorite Dish: I only had a coffee.
After walking the whole length of Clacton Pier you will see the forbidding wall of metal which is the rear of the Jolly Roger Restaurant. However, it is not nearly as bad as you would expect. I thought it would be an expensive tourist trap, but it was reasonably priced with a good range of palatable meals on offer. There are plenty of indoor tables and also many outside to enjoy the fresh air and sea views. The staff seemed friendly and helpful.
Prices for main meals was around 5-6 GBP.
Don't expect haut cuisine! I chose the lasagne and salad, which was not inedible but brought back memories of school dinners. My friend had the plaice & chips, which was a far better choice. The maain attraction for me was the traditional English puddings with custard - jam roly-poly, treacle sponge and spotted-dick :-)
Busy Italian restaurant in the town centre. Good tasty pizza and garlic bread for us, Mrs Bonio especially enjoying her profiteroles afterwards.