The Dining Room at Poets House

4.2
321 reviews
£25 and under
British
Due to COVID-19 we are operating new procedures in line with government policies. If you receive a no availability message, please call the team directly to confirm availability.

Please note you will be seated at the time you book, please arrive 45 earlier if you would like drinks before your meal.

We allocate tables for 2 hours, please let us know if you would like longer.

Please note that due to social distancing, we are using The Writing Room, The Courtyard Garden (weather permitting) and The Dining Room for lunch and dinners.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 321 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.1
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3.9
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFCury
London
46 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant in the beautiful city of Ely. Good food, nice atmosphere and attentive service. A nice evening out pre-lockdown.

MB
MichaelB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of service was excellent from start to finish and the food was superbly cooked and wonderfully presented. The Poet’s House maintained the high standard that we’ve come to expect on our regular visits. We hoped for a special night out and we were not disappointed.

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Keen2Travel
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

We managed to book a table here for a Friday night but had to make it for 5.30 pm which was a little early. When we arrived we were given the choice of several tables in an empty room. The lighting was really bright, it wasn't especially warm and there was little ambience. Other diners gradually appeared - we understand the need for distancing at the moment but the place was barely half full and lacked atmosphere. The food here was adequate but not particularly good value - £20 for cod loin with no vegetables included. My felafel burger was quite dry - and expensive at £14. However, the service here was very good. Staff were efficient, courteous and friendly. We had a drink in the bar before we left and the atmosphere there was definitely more cosy.

PJ
PaulJ
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice place to stop off for a light lunch. Modern, perhaps a bit monochrome in the dinning room. Food was fine. Could do with a car park though.

JU
vipJeffersUK
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Simple and good menu but not enough variety for children.

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FRANB
Aberdeen
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent ambience, food and service.
Will most definately return - each diner ate differently and all plates were of same great standard

AI
AlisonI
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A great evening at poets house. Our food choices were a little disappointing but on the whole we had a good night and would return again

RF
RichardF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely place for a Saturday evening dinner in Ely. Look forward post Covid to eating there again.

JB
JenniferB
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My food was delicious and just as described on the menu. the right quantity too.
Breakfast the next morning was even better (Eggs Royal) , apart from the croissant which was horrible - neither warmed nor of the standard of the rest of the food. An easy one to rectify.

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Rellinda
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was right - our scallops starter in particular was delicious but all courses were great, good wine, lovely waiter, relaxed but good decor and atmosphere.

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Chezzer
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The service was not good
The waiter didn't know the menu
The surf and turf burger was very dry and only two tiny prawns
We had to keep asking for water as the waiter kept forgetting.
Overall we were disappointed as the surroundings are lovely and we were really looking forward to eating here.

DW
DavidW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and good service, they’ve done their best do make it normal again during a time of social distancing.

JL
JoanL
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met up with friends for dinner. Drinks in the bar were served promptly. Lovely ambience to the restaurante and bar. Felt like a real treat. Plenty of room between tables. Felt Covid safe. The food was excellent and well presented. Attentive waiter service. The evening felt very special.

RB
RebeccaB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing place to dine, have a drink or just sit and have a coffee! Staff are super friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience for our first weekend away together

NM
NeilM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvellous experience, good standard of food with staff showing just the right level of attention. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

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WilliamW
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience2

Food was subpar relative to past experiences, brought out at wrong time and then heat lamped based on the salad being warm to touch. The room had many flies, two of which found their way into my wife's dinner. I had the filet, my wife had pasta and we had a bottle of Dom with it. My filet was cooked perfectly but the cut had several inedible pieces. Her pasta was a bland disappointment. This was my third time at Poets House, and did not reflect my previous two experiences.

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FelicityC
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Sunday evening meal for 4 people
First impressions excellent - good safety measures in place for COVID lovely ambience/setting.
Stopped there!
Food overpriced grossly and poor - ribeye steak tough and no flavour, beurre blanc on hake had absolutely no seasoning or flavour - would be ashamed if I was the Chef!
Bubble and Squeak cold and likely frozen initially as the onions were tough. Panna Cotta- always a good test - served in a drinks tumbler, thicker than a blancmange actually had to suction from the sides if the glass, again absolutely no taste at all and thick sticky texture - not a panna cotta! Cost £8?!
Very inexperienced waiting team - did not know what English mustard was?
Continual mix ups with drinks orders etc
Hoping the poor quality of food and service was due to being a Sunday evening

TD
TraceyD
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a lovely anniversary meal here. A nice little anniversary message on our desserts too.
There were a few mistakes to what we had ordered but they had a new member of staff who was still in training. They were quickly put right.
The dining room & food was lovely.
Would love to try lunch or afternoon tea in the garden as it looked lovely outside.
Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

TG
TonyG
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic meal. Service was great with little suprise on dessert.

HJ
HelenJ
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent staff, calm but enthusiastic and cheerful.

CE
ColinE
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Staff were very friendly and professional. Menu choice was limited but our selections were well prepared and tasty.

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David
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friendly welcome and excellent service throughout. Food to a high standard well presented a totally enjoyable dining experience. Looking forward to a return visit and would highly recommend.

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Martha22
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very simple menu, easy for lunchtime pickings. Lovely table outside offered to us, great service from a friendly, efficient and kind Romanian girl with a huge, genuine smile. Lovely atmosphere. Not as ‘fine dining’ as we’d thought, but perfect for a day pottering about in the city. Lovely drinks menu and good choice of cocktails and some nice wines too.

NH
NicolaH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the food although menu was quite limited. Wine was reasonably priced and served at just the right temperature.

The service was very good, even with the Covid restrictions in place.

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IanG
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service was very good, as expected. The restaurant is a very well run establishment.

MB
MargoB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and staff were amazing. We were sat in a window neuk area where we felt comfortable and safe, covid restrictions were followed throughout our visit. Hope to return soon.

DR
DaveR
Jersey
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar and food service very prompt, Food was excellent, table spacing was spacious, we felt safe throughout

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Stephanie
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having visited the venue the evening before, I was greeted with a 'Hello again, didn't expect to see you so soon'.
A welcome like this is lovely and after checking my reservation, the waiter spoke to me by name. Making the experience very personal and lovely.

So pleased we have a venue like this in Ely.

PB
PaulB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The menu selection was good, so was the wine selection.

MM
MackM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful atmosphere and very helpful and polite staff. The food was excellent and an issue with a lost wallet was resolved quickly and efficiently. A big thank you to everyone.

MB
MarkB
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very enjoyable evening and tasty food and good attention. It is a little pricey - so only for a treat!

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Boromark
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely restaurant with very nice décor and friendly staff. Only downside was the 10pm last orders for drinks which is ridiculous for a hotel

AN
AnnetteN
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went early, service was good, loved the cutlery and the food was delicious. We both had the salmon and cheesecake! Staff very polite and friendly

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TringRob
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The meal was very pleasant but not exceptional. There was no bread or pre-starters offered which was a little surprising. There was very little choice of starters - only four plus soup I think, two of which were vegetarian. Slightly more choice of main courses but nothing particularly exciting. The prices were as one might expect. Ambiance was ok, but no doubt somewhat reduced by Covid regulations. In summary, perfectly ok but nothing "to write home about".

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Bandsman
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Overall we were reasonably satisfied with our dining experience. I ordered the fillet steak. The piece of meat was fat free but was overcooked. I requested medium but it came well done. Not a piece of pink meat which spoilt it for me. We also thought the menu was very restricted for the mains selection, for what we thought was a high standard hotel restaurant. The staff were lovely, very polite, although a little forgetful In getting condiments etc When requested. Your next question is irrelevant as we sat in the garden. Would only recommend if they Could afford it. We thought it expensive for what we had.

EB
EmmaB
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The staff were very accommodating when we wanted to be seated inside. Good wine list and the food was of a high standard. A little more expensive than most places but worth it if you are celebrating or wanting something special. The restaurant was clean and there are good hygiene standards and social distancing put in place. Would definitely recommend.

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Diner
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We had to wait for 15 minutes for our order to be taken once we had seated. Cocktails for £11 that were probably 150ml in size is outrageous.
We both had burgers for £17.
Nothing special, no twist or refinement.
Very underwhelming.
Buns were over toasted.
Peroni had ran out on tap.
Very poor service. Poor food for the price.
We will not be returning.

DC
DeniseC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Beautiful sitting in the garden on a gorgeous day. Had chicken platter off the sonnet menu, was delicious as were the sides. One thing would have been nicer for the dips not to have been just out of bottles and made in house. Service was very slow for drinks and when the wine arrived it was not cold enough but as service slow stuck with it. Overall all good food and surroundings.

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diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

There was nothing available for children. They beat they could suggest was putting an adult meal between two plates. Very average food. Adequate for a seaside cafe. Nothing special whatsoever.

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The Dining Room at Poets House is rated 4.2 stars by 321 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.