The Dining Room at Poets House

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225 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
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Whether a celebration with friends and family, or a cosy evening for two our restaurant at Poets House has a lovely intimate feel with a friendly welcoming team to help you relax and enjoy our simple, British menu.

Before you take your place at the table arrive early and enjoy a cocktail or a G&T with us in the Sonnet Lounge
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KR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely birthday dinner for two whilst staying at the Poets House Hotel. They had asked if it was a special occasion but the Happy Birthday desert was a completed surprise. Thank you for making it a evening to remember.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Poor start . . . booked for 8pm, at 8.15 we asked to be taken to table but were told they were very busy! Butter and dipping oil on table but no bread. It came with starter . . . too late. My pork cutlet was a loin chop on tinned passata. Vegetables extra £6. Dessert was mass produced.

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IW
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience. Service was excellent. Food very tasty. Will definitely recommend it to my friends.

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DK
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Service was pretty good, but the food was very disappointing. We paid a lot of money to dine and the quality and flavour of the food simply didn’t mach the price. Unfortunately we wouldn’t consider dining here again as there are better options in Ely and surrounding area for half the price.

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PZ
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

For such a lovely hotel and great staff the food was not the best. We booked the restaurant expecting something great.

The food was ok but is wasn’t the wow we were expecting

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NS
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The venue is lovely, but the food is just ok.
My lamb was overcooked; something you don't expect for that price.
We were also really annoyed when the bill came to find that we'd been charged £4.75 for water for the table!

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B
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was decent but let down my the generally rude staff who seems to think that a top dining establishment means that the staff should be patronizing. Service for drinks was slow and we had to ask for a steak knife.

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S
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at the Poet's House. The staff were extremely attentive and even brought us a glass of prosecco on the house as it was a special occasion - My mum was visiting me after having surgery. We really enjoyed the meal and the relaxed atmosphere in the bar and restaurant. The cocktails were very tasty! The meal was really nice and presented well, but the menu options were quite easy, considering the prices. I wouldn't really consider it a la carte. Having said this, I would recommend the Poet's House for the ambience and the level of service from the staff.

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SB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal and lovely ambience. Service would very good. I would recommend.

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A
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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