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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
493 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 2 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 493 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
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Best Service

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Healthy

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for special occasions

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Vegetarian-friendly

493 Reviews
  1. SueP

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was very poor. We had to call the waiter for service in the bar and again in the dining room. The food was very disappointing. Fish cakes were dry, barely cooked, lukewarm and mostly potato. One of our party found a piece of smoked haddock. My beef teriyaki was strong in flavour but it had 3 tiny slivers of beef. I asked for more sauce for the sticky toffee pudding which was lucky as it was dry. We sent the affogato back as the ice cream had melted. They did agree and replaced it. Such a wonderful place but I don’t think we’ll be returning.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was average and expensive for the quality received . The sirloin I ordered was just under £30 and was on the tough side . My husband had the sea bass which was one small fillet . The other meal was okay . Don’t mind paying the price but expected better quality . The cheese and biscuits ordered were £16.00 , again on the pricey side for what you got . The service however was very good . Nice people .

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  3. Jacksado

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a memorable experience at the Poet's House for all the best reasons. Lovely table in peaceful tasteful surroundings. The meal was delicious, it was Chicken in a tarragon sauce and it couldn't be faulted along with the attention and professionalism of the friendly staff. Coffee in the garden was the icing on the cake. Have been there on numerous occasions and will continue to do so.
    The Dining Room at Poets HouseResponded on 13 May 2024
    Thank you for your lovely review on your meal at Poets! It is a pleasure to read your kind comments and all the staff will be delighted to read them as well. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful garden and surroundings! Looking forward to seeing you again soon :)

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  4. ChristineB

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely lunch. Had the 3 course meal. We were the only people in restaurant at one point, aside from staff. Very attentive service. Good selection of dishes on lunchtime menu. Shall return to try more of them.
    The Dining Room at Poets HouseResponded on 2 May 2024
    Christine, thank you for taking the time to share your recent dining experience at Poets. We greatly appreciate your feedback and delighted that you liked our set lunch menu which has been a great success with our customers! We look forward to welcoming you back :)

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  5. JohnW

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experuence overall. Faultless service. Very disappointed that no lamb was available
    The Dining Room at Poets HouseResponded on 2 May 2024
    Thank you John for choosing to dine with us at Poets House. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and the team provided a great service. We hope we can welcome you back in the near future!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and atmosphere. Food was lovely but a little limited on choice - only because had two teens with us. Slightly on the expensive end on price but still happy to pay it and tip.
    The Dining Room at Poets HouseResponded on 2 May 2024
    Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your experience with us. We're thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic time. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back for another dining experience in the future.

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  7. Nana

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We have finished our food and the staff came several times wanted to take away the dishes. It felt like they want to kick us out as early as they can…
    The Dining Room at Poets HouseResponded on 2 May 2024
    Thank you Nana for reviewing your dining experience with us at Poets. I am saddened to hear that this is how you feel regarding your dining experience and your comments will be addressed with them team. Thank you for sharing your experience and I do hope we can welcome you back again!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    For the price we expected a little more - my starter was a prawn,tomato & Feta dish - and lacked any real flavour- other guests had soup which they said was ok - The roast was poor - hard roast potatoes and very average meat - and veg was lukewarm. Restaurant beautifully decorated and good service- but overpriced for standard of food
    The Dining Room at Poets HouseResponded on 5 April 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on your dining experience. Your feedback will most definitely be taken onboard and I do apologise, we usually receive superb comments on our Sunday Lunch! I do hope you addressed this with one of our team members. We hope to welcome you back soon!

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  9. MichelleBN

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sadly, I booked through opentable but for some reason the venue weren’t informed of the booking. Therefore when we arrived there was some confusion. After 2 failed attempts at our order we finally received our food (afternoon tea), which was again incorrect but we went with it. The only reason it wasn’t an outright failure is because the staff were so attentive and apologetic (a lovely lady even gave me a complimentary glass of Prosecco). Lovely venue. Great staff. Not sure it was worth £64 but there was quite a lot to eat in one go and we did get to take our ‘leftovers’ home. :-) Booking online didn’t work, so call up to book if you want it to be right. Oh and there’s free parking nearby. However, it was very busy, so get there early, to await a free space.
    The Dining Room at Poets HouseResponded on 5 April 2024
    Michelle, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on your Afternoon Tea experience at Poets House, your feedback is really valuable to us. It was a pleasure to welcome you! I do apologise with the confusion with your booking as to if it was a Cream Tea or Afternoon Tea, and I can assure you we did have your reservation in Open Table. I do hope we can welcome you back to Poets House another time :)

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  10. AlasdairM

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The quality of both starters and mains was disappointing and not up to expectations from this type of establishment. Service was fine and other aspects of the restaurant were ok but overall it did not provide particularly good value.
    The Dining Room at Poets HouseResponded on 10 March 2024
    Alasdair, thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. Your comments will most definitely be taken onboard regarding the food as this is not our normal standard and we usually receive excellent feedback! I do hope you addressed this with the team at the time as it is always better to talk it through at the time.

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The Dining Room at Poets House is rated 4.3 stars by 493 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 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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