The Dining Room at Poets House

4.2
215 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
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Good hospitality goes hand in hand with great food and drink, and that is an all-consuming passion of ours, no pun intended, which is why we have created The Dining Room at the heart of Poets House.

Whether you join us morning, noon, or night, we ensure that all ingredients served in The Dining Room are sourced with care and, wherever possible, are local. Our Head Chef has designed a menu that is exclusive to Poets House and, in keeping with our ethos, combines the innovative and the traditional to the highest standard - in other words, simple à la carte dining where you"ll find some old favourites on the menu, but for the more adventurous, there'll often be a twist.

Whether you're catching up with friends over brunch, or are out to impress on a dinner date, you'll enjoy the perfect combination of a warm and friendly welcome with informal, yet knowledgeable service. We'll even help you choose the wine, as that is a passion of ours, too!

Special Offers

Get a Complimentary glass of house wine

Free with your meal.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 24 January 2019

Ends: 31 March 2019

Availability: Daily 18:00-18:30

What 215 People Are Saying
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London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely main courses and outstanding desserts. Good service, good wine list, nice atmosphere.

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OH
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to Poet’s house for our wedding anniversary, and couldn’t have had a nicer meal.

The food was excellent, the staff were great and we will be going back for sure!

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JW
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Poets House is a spectacular B&B, the environment is both historic and sleekly modern. The restaurant is a victim of the high expectations created by the superb environment. One expects an enchanting dining experience. The food is solidly good. The dishes lean towards over-wrought rather than inspired. The food did not meet expectations.

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J
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Fine dining, nice atmosphere.
A little let down by the staff, as they aren’t as fine as you would expect in such a restaurant of that standard.
A warmer welcome would be appreciated.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was faultless and the food outstanding. Quite expensive but worth it, more of a place to go as a treat than a regular place to eat.

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M
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience and great food!

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SY
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Waited a while to be offered a drink in the bar; no menus offered, had to order at table. Apart from that, service was friendly and efficient. Menus very limited in choice and wine list rather limited. Food not particularly imaginative. Hard to tell what was in the dessert. Food and drink prices were reasonable in themselves but not so much when compared with quality of what was served. Ambience is good, but wouldn't recommend this restaurant. for a special occasion.

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LP
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Felt we were in the way when they started laying the empty tables each side of ours up for breakfast at 8.30pm. Dead flowers on table - surely restaurant manager should notice things like this. Main meal was enjoyable but starter and desserts were pretty average.
All in all nothing out of the ordinary and ambience poor.

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DC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Lovely surroundings but the food was nothing special. Could pay more attention to deliver the promise of a great sounding menu. Pricing was fair but the taste failed to deliver on the expectation.

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g
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here for lunch and dinner before and booked for a Boxing Day meal. Superb day with family enjoying the food and the service. The staff are really attentive and look after you. Beautiful setting. Great food and really good drinks menu. Thoroughly recommend for any occasion.

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LM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful lunch to start our Christmas celebrations.

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JG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent Sunday lunch here. The service was very good and the dining room had a lovely atmosphere. All our food was well presented and delicious .

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LM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I love the venue. The food is good, but the service and finer details could be improved slightly do this great place justice.

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MA
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and friendly service, unfortunately they got our order wrong and couldn’t put it right. They said they wouldn’t charge, but due to the set menu, it made no difference to the bill

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GM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely evening with friends in a very relaxed setting. Good food and wine and great service.

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OT
Berkshire
20 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We visited this restaurant whilst staying in Ely. The place is very nice and the food was good too. We were the only four people in the restaurant on a Monday night and they were holding an event in another part of the restaurant. The service was ok but when it came to get the bill, we had to go and ask the waitress for it. She brought it to the table and then we had to ask again to pay it as no one seemed to be available even though we were the only diners there that night. The food was delicious but it was just the service that was on the very slow side. Having said that, we would visit again if we ever stayed in Ely again.

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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic venue with attentive and knowledgeable staff, made the experience all the more enjoyable that our waiter had sommelier level wine knowledge. Very impressed all round, food was great, atmosphere was friendly and relaxed and the building is beautiful. Will be back.

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RW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a fabulous venue that provides provides very good food and service in a fabulous environment. Surprisingly low priced as well.

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J
Cheshire
11 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ate here on two nights whilst stopping at the hotel. Normally we give hotel restaurants a wide b=erth but this was an exception. The food was imaginative and well cooked, service friendly and attentive without intruding.

The ambience is elegant and restrained but not overbearingly full of itself.

The maitre d' Chris was a charming host

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MM
Cambridge
11 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have eaten in the Poets House many times over the years, the most memorable being a fabulous meal we had with friends for our wedding day. I have to say on this occasion we were left a bit indifferent! The service we received was a bit erratic depending on who was serving, and the food for many of us, although well presented, for most of the group was rather bland which we fed back on the night, and to their credit we were offered our desserts on the house.

Have to say unfortunately based on this meal we are not inclined to rush back.

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VM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and service. We very much enjoyed our evening. Thankyou

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HJ
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff & delicious food.
Quiet, calm ambience.
Can recommend the liqueur coffees - beautifully made & delicious!!

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and attentive staff. A good spot for intimate evening together. Food was good but vegetarian / vegan options were very expensive and not very imaginative - not recommended for this.

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AP
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Not overly expensive , but main courses were somewhat bland , especially the chicken. deserts were poor. Was expecting better given the overall quality of the hotel itself.

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GT
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This dining room was tastefully decorated which made the whole experience of dining some excellent dishes memorable. Service was excellent and the staff most helpful

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JG
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Took some London friends to Poets House for Sunday lunch. Great location opposite Ely Cathedral and lovely decor. Food was great and service very good. A gem in Ely.

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S
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebrations were perfect here.
Suprise bubbles on arrival, lovely cocktails and amazingly presented food and delicious.

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VB
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The hotel is in a great location with views over looking the cathedral in Ely.
The restaurant is sophisticatedly decorated, with plenty of space between the tables, creating privacy for each party.
The service from the moment we arrived to the time we left was too a very high standard.
The menu was varied and appealed to a wide audience. The Food was presented well and delivered on taste, quality and quantity.
I would recommend this restaurant for afternoon tea and a special occasion.

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M
Worcestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

The decor was awful, the music unsuitable for relaxing dining and half the time far too loud. The waitress was sweet but a little bit uppity. The deserts were uninspiring and the one chosen had far too many elements.
However, the starters and main course was excellent - genuinely surprised and delighted. And good value.
Why did we have to ask for water every time? Couldn't they leave a jug of water on the table.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall experience was good, its very nice place, well layered out tables with good amount privacy not too disturbing, good ambient music and good service. Yet me and my date has special dietary requirements which wasn't considered at all even though the restaurant was informed a week ago. So my choices of food were very limited the food was still good. I wouldn't say it was brilliant but up to good standards.

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l
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

good food well cooked,overall good value,menu a little limited, staff young and need a little more training.happy to recommend and we will visit again.

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PM
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Poet's House in possibly the best location in Ely - looking out across the green to the front of the magnificent Norman cathedral. The hotel staff are very friendly and helpful, and the suite we stayed in was stylish and well equipped.
The restaurant is also a stylish space with friendly staff. The food is of a high quality and, whilst not being top restaurant standard, gives an interesting range of dishes. For example, they had an eel starter on when we were there and it was delicious. My only complaint about the restaurant is the wine list, which lacks much choice or genuine quality. They also, in line with far too many mid to lower-top end restaurants, do not give the wine vintages on the wine list and sell their wines too young to be fully appreciated.

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KK
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really lovely lunch and the service was second to none. Nothing was too much trouble. The decor is stunning, as is the bar area and the garden. We will definately be returning. Thank you!

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A
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful, the food was great, the service was friendly and very helpful. I ate vegan including the wine and it was fantastic, something different. Yes would definitely recommend a visit

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SC
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Smoked haddock starter was amazing but the steak from the Specials menu was not that inspired and sadly had more sinewy bits that ought to have been trimmed out by the butcher or chef - not by me!

Full English breakfast was very tasty but the home made baked beans were not for me.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good indeed, and we were provided with Gluten free options for the two diners who have an intolerance. Only real complaint was a mix up of menus - which meant we had to re-order twice - but the waiting staff handled it very well and were friendly and patient.
We went there for a Birthday meal for my Dad and he was very happy.

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r
Oxford
33 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Perhaps I should have thought more about picking a hotel dining room. It didn’t quite work for us. We were very well looked after, but for all the ‘serious’ decor the rather tired table let the side down. Very thin on atmosphere, and it was a Friday night!

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MS
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Great tasting food. Menu descriptions are needlessly pretentious and service staff unable to describe what they mean. Coffees ordered but never arrived.

Ratings are biased - 5 star options, 3 are 'positive', 1 ' neutral' and 1 'negative'. Should be balanced (2+/2-).

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g
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked this restaurant for Mothering Sunday; although we live in Ely this was the first time we have been but we would thoroughly recommend Poets House again. Wonderful welcome upon arrival and beautiful live piano playing in the background. Our coats were taken and we were then taken to a beautiful dining room, which was wonderfully laid. Our Mum received a special plant, which was a great touch for her (and us!).

The food was delicious - all three courses. I had goats' cheese starter with fish for main and a side of fries, which was all exquisitely cooked and beautifully presented. Dessert was particularity great for everyone - despite the very posh sounding names! The four of us had: pineapple and caramel trifle, treacle tart and white chocolate mouse.

Service great. Good wine list too.

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MC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dined in the restaurant to celebrate my father’s 80th birthday. It was all very good and considering that it is what I would term ‘a classy’ place to eat we were shocked and not very happy that the cleaner was in hoovering and washing the floor in the hall right next to us. I have never ever been in a restaurant and experienced this. I asked the waitress to close the door which she did but really I feel the cleaning should have stopped, the smell of floor cleaner is not ideal whilst you are eating.
We told the man who appeared to be the manager when we paid the bill and he was not at all amused and couldn’t apologise enough. Surely housekeeping duties take place before the customers come in?

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