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Festive Afternoon Teas - The Dining Room at Poets House, Ely, Cambridgeshire

The Dining Room at Poets House

4.3
4.3
459 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
Our Dining Room, Writing Room, Courtyard Garden and Sonnet Lounge restaurant are the perfect places to catch up with friends or colleagues. We are open daily for dining with food being served from 9 am - 8.45 pm, and drinks until late.

Whether it's our breakfast menu, weekday lunch, or dinner, The Poet's House stunning decor, wonderful dishes, and first-class service guarantee an unforgettable dining experience

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2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 09:00–20:45
  • Phone number
    01353 887777
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    .
  • Catering
    All reservations must be pre-booked - seating area is available in The Dining Room, Writing Room and outside in our courtyard area. Current menus are online.
  • Private party facilities
    Our Writing Room and Boardroom are the perfect venues for a celebration!
  • Private party contact
    Events Co-Ordinator: 01223 653111
  • Area
    Ely
  • Parking Details
    There is an abundance of on street parking surrounding the hotel, or at St Mary"s Street, or Barton Road Public Car Parks which are a short walk from the hotel. We will be happy to provide directions if required.
  • Public Transit
    There are bus stops along St Mary Street a short walk from the hotel. Ely Train Station is approximately 15 minutes walk, or a short taxi journey.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 459 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Best Service

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for special occasions

459 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was just an enjoyable experience, we were celebrating a birthday what a perfect lunch choice

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  2. AnnM

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delicious lunch with family which included a special 70th occasion. Excellent food and service.

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  3. SteveW

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was good, service ok with friendly staff but attention to detail was lacking and was quite slow.

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  4. LauraW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The service was fantastic, the tea were great, attentive and nice. The food was delicious, a lovely meal out with my family. The only issue was that there were quite a few mistakes on the menu and we only found out about them when we were asking about the dishes. Didn't ruin anything but this feels preventable

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  5. LucyJ

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fab roast in very relaxing setting. Would definitely recommend .

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  6. Gigi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Well presented delicious food, very attentive service, elegant venue.

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  7. BobC

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent friendly. The setting very relaxing and calm when we visited. There was a varied menu, suiting our tastes. The quality of the food was first class, although expensive for a meal for three people. We will probably visit again, but the cost will limit the frequency.

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  8. KathrynE

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a delicious Sunday lunch at Poets House - everything was gorgeous - the welcome, the setting, the staff, the wine and food! And even a relaxing coffee by the bar to finish off our experience !

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    While the food was at its usual high standard the new ordering system failed and although we sorted the mix up with the cost it was a shame

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 40th wedding Anniversary with style by going to Poets. Just a small party but thoroughly enjoyed it throughout. Food was good, service excellent, the dining room was well thought out with plenty of room between tables. Overall a good venue and would recommend it for special occasions.

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  11. MTG75

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Great setting and the service was fantastic. The whole experience was only let down by the food. Don't get me wrong, everything was cooked to perfection but the whole menu lacks any ambition. A beautiful piece of Seabass served with chips? Lots of burgers on the menu. It just doesn't match the setting or ambience. Ely is crying out for a 'fine dining' experience, and sadly this is only half way there. They could do so much more just by making small changes to the menu and being more adventurous.

    The Dining Room at Poets HouseResponded on 15 October 2023

    Thank you for your review of your dining experience at Poets on the 6th October. We were in the midst of changing our dishes and I apologise you did not experience our full A La Carte which now has a delicious lamb dish on (Barnsley Lamb Chop, served with herbs, roasted new potatoes, carrot and butternut squash puree, Rainbow carrots, sprig rosemary and Chimichurri sauce). We have reduced the number of burgers to 2 from 3 and also changed the Seabass dish to Seabass, served with hot fennel and lumpfish caviar salad with duchess potatoes and buttered samphire. I hope this re-assures you that we are always reviewing our offering to ensure that we meet our customer's expectations and do hope you will give us another try. With kindest regards Christine

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  12. MikeL

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Good ambience, attractive decor, helpful staff. Good service throughout, well timed removal of finished dishes and serving next course. Let down by boring menu, essentially same as every other restaurant in town. Dishes reasonably prepared and presented but not of the standard as the atmosphere, service and ambiance.

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  13. MichaelS

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The menu is short and offers a choice of meat, fish and veggie. Portions are not too large and the food is well cooked.

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  14. GrahamS

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 September 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and faultless service. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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  15. LouiseS

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic Sunday lunch, the staff were all very friendly and welcoming. Would definitely recommend

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  16. AndrewM

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience1
    Lovely setting and great food, service excellent but oh dear, no ambiance, an under utilised restaurant that needs greater promotion to the local people.

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  17. TariqE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very nice food. The steak was cooked to perfection!

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  18. Dazz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing lunch and the staff were happy and helpful. Overall a wonderful experience.

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  19. NeilT

    Yorkshire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit to the Poets House Hotel for Sunday lunch. Excellent experience all round. Met at reception, taken to table, good waitress service and attention during the course of the meal. Superb food well presented. Booked for a three day Christmas break

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and lovely venue. There was only us and 8 other people, would have been better with a bit more atmosphere. Maybe do some offers to get bums on seats

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  21. peter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening, good food, good wine and a very nice atmosphere.

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  22. PamV

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    There was a wedding party going on and restaurant was a bit ignored

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Absolutely stunning. Decor gorgeous. Service good. There was one issue, but it was resolved .

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  24. JeanW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    A bit expensive for lunch. Could do with garlic bread with my warm prawn salad. Service was good.

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  25. JudyH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A very pleasant evening. Food was good, but the serving was too large for me

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  26. JanetO

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food in this beautiful setting

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  27. SeanS

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was wonderful, the staff friendly and professional, the food was ist class, with a brilliant choice of dishes .

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  28. Riddelli

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We were very pleased with a celebratory dinner whilst staying at the hotel. Our seating was in a quiet alcove, the service was attentive and the menu attractive. The wine options were very good value. For a special occasion we would thoroughly recommend Poets House Dining Room.

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  29. ALBERTOZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply amazing, perfect lunch after a degree ceremony

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  30. SEC09

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful service. Would happily visit again .

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  31. AdrianT

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We ate there on a Tuesday evening. Ely is a very nice place to visit with friendly people and this hotel is a fine building in an excellent location. The reception staff and the waiter were friendly and attentive. The wine and drinks menu was fine. Unfortunately the food was very poor. Following a well enough prepared starter of baby courgettes, it was all downhill from there. The risotto was dreadful. Simply piling together a heap of rice with a few green vegetables mixed in and some wilted lettuce on top is completely inadequate. No evidence of the correct rice cooked in wine and stock; no evidence of parmesan; no evidence of finishing the "creaminess" with dash of butter. Any domestic cook will do better. The eastern influenced cauliflower curry could have been interesting. The cauliflower florets were neither too hard nor too mushy, and the panko crumb was crisp enough. However the sauce itself was too sweet, half cold and therefore partly congealed, and probably came from a packet. Desserts can often partly rescue a meal but not on this occasion. The creme brulee had spent many days in the fridge and was unpleasantly curdled. So, a very poor experience, especially as this was a 48th wedding anniversary celebration!! There were two other diners in the room and their experience with a chicken meal looked to be no better than ours with the vegetarian. This review is harsh but very fair, and I hope that the owners/managers of the restaurant take it seriously because it is well intentioned. Ely is a wonderful place to visit. It should have a premier restaurant and the Poets House is eminently well placed to do just that. Please, do the right thing: you have young , well mannered staff - train them properly. Above all get a good chef. At present the location is a poor representative of English catering and needs to do better.

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  32. MargaretK

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a really enjoyable meal. Very good menu with interesting choices, tasty food and lovely wine. And very attentive service. We'll certainly be back.

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  33. SharmalineA

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I requested a round table and it made all the difference. The table was in a private space with a large window and a good view. The service was great and the staff were very attentive. The food was delicious. Poet's House is a great venue for a relaxing and special event

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  34. SharonR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit here and it was a really lovely evening. Food was lovely and presented really nice. Staff were very helpful and polite. Would definitely recommend.

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  35. Wowczuk1956

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our second visit, the staff were very attentive especially a young man called George Made sure everything was okay and asked if there was anything he could do to improve our lunch/visit The only issue for me was the main I chose was a bit bland, starter and dessert where very tasty We shall be going back soon

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  36. OwRd

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Manager was good, staff were generally attentive but in an odd shaped room the staff weren't visible at certain points when required during the meal. The menu was simple but the food was well cooked and presented and was at a price which was reasonable for the standard. In our party only one dessert was disappointing due to lack of flavour and cream being semi-frozen.

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  37. CliveA

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The menu did not offer a large choice but it was sufficient. The quality of the food was good and the price of the food and wine was reasonable. The dining room was attractive and the service was friendly and efficient.

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  38. PamelaS

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Poets House was a quiet and pleasant place to eat. The surroundings were tasteful well cared for and clean. The staff were friendly and efficient and most importantly the food was delicious! Thank you.

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  39. GreatLunches

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service very enjoyable lunch.

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  40. Ripple

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very clean, bright and nice space. Quick service, could have attended our table more frequently to check if we wanted more drinks and for the bill instead of us calling over, otherwise great.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Dining Room at Poets House is rated 4.3 stars by 459 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for The Dining Room at Poets House

40 -44 ST MARY'S STREET, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4EY

Additional information

  • Area
    Ely
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 09:00–20:45
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    There is an abundance of on street parking surrounding the hotel, or at St Mary"s Street, or Barton Road Public Car Parks which are a short walk from the hotel. We will be happy to provide directions if required.
  • Public Transit
    There are bus stops along St Mary Street a short walk from the hotel. Ely Train Station is approximately 15 minutes walk, or a short taxi journey.
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    .
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01353 887777
  • Catering
    All reservations must be pre-booked - seating area is available in The Dining Room, Writing Room and outside in our courtyard area. Current menus are online.
  • Private party facilities
    Our Writing Room and Boardroom are the perfect venues for a celebration!
  • Private party contact
    Events Co-Ordinator: 01223 653111
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