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The Dining Room at Poets House Hotel
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St Mary's Street, Ely CB7 4EY, England
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St Mary's Street, Ely CB7 4EY, England
01223 653 111
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nouvelle Cuisine taken too far

I understand the whole Nouvelle Cuisine thing, chefs want a platform to demonstrate their range of skill/art; and it works well in a Taster Menu. But when I get charged a high price for a sliver of mackerel I get annoyed by it. Unfortunately this restaurant is in this category and so we were... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2014
Michael B
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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124 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

I understand the whole Nouvelle Cuisine thing, chefs want a platform to demonstrate their range of skill/art; and it works well in a Taster Menu. But when I get charged a high price for a sliver of mackerel I get annoyed by it. Unfortunately this restaurant is in this category and so we were disappointed by our meal.

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Ely, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We had heard good reviews of the Poet's House and on arrival at our table we were presented with a pre-starter which was a nice touch but the starters themselves were in my view, very pretentious - attractive but without substance. I opted for a medium rare Fillet Steak which was nice but rather overdone, only having a hint of... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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180 reviews 180 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Dined here at the weekend - meet and greet was professional, ambience was perfect, and food service was faultless. The waitresses were attentive and knowledgeable - making thoughtful recommendations (that all worked well). The starters were very good. The wine list was very good and not unfairly priced for a high-end restaurant - we had the Puilly-Fume with starters. My... More 

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Ely, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

We are here again last night and it just simply seems to get better and better. Service was very good, food was exceptional and the wine excellent. The aromas and presentation of the food was out of this world and I genuinely cannot rate it any higher. If you are looking for a special place then this is it. Simply... More 

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David T, Owner at The Dining Room at Poets House Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Ps123456789, Thank you for your review of Poets House and indeed your great feedback. I am delighted that had a good time with us and you have recognized the work that has happened behind the scenes from the teams involved. Much appreciated by all concerned. Thank you again for your kind words and we will very much look forward... More 

Woking, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This was my third visit and picked again as previous times had been so enjoyable. Quality of service and food was definitely lacking this time which was a shame. THIS IS WHAT WAS WRONG: 1. On arrival no one attempted to bring chairs together even though we were a table of nine and the bar was not busy. 2. Drink... More 

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The dinner was excellent, with mostly local produce cooked by a creative and seasoned chef. The waiting staff were attentive but not intrusive, and we enjoyed everything we had.

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David T, Owner at The Dining Room at Poets House Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Elizabeth S, Thank you also for taking the time to review us here as also !! Very much appreciated ! Best wishes, David More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Our wedding was a small affair - just nine of us but Poets House went out of their way to make it a very special day. We had lunch in the Boardroom rather than the restaurant - a perfect room for our party. The menu which our guests selected from beforehand was lovely and the food exceeded our expectations. The... More 

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David T, Owner at The Dining Room at Poets House Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Jacqui B, Thank you for your lovely review of Poets House and indeed choosing us to celebrate your very special day. I am delighted that the day was a good one for you and I hope we went some way into making it memorable. Thank you again for taking the time to review us and I do hope you... More 

Huntingdon, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
297 reviews 297 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
274 helpful votes 274 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I ate here with colleagues in their private dining room. Food was off the normal menu though and everyone seemed to enjoy the food. I certainly had great dishes and enjoyed the service, the wine selection and the whole experience really.

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David T, Owner at The Dining Room at Poets House Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Masaccio, Thank you for your review of our Dining Room at Poets House. I am delighted to see that you all had a good time and we were worthy of an additional review on our Dining Room site also. Very much appreciated and many thanks, Best Wishes, David More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I had the fillet steak which wasn't as good as I'd hoped, but it was passable. My husband had the cod which he said was very tasty.

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David T, Owner at The Dining Room at Poets House Hotel, responded to this review

Dear TheHunterClan, Thank you for your review of Poets House. I am sorry to see you had issue with your steak choice but pleased the remainder of your meal was OK. Your comments and feedback have been shared with the kitchen team for a review of the offering. Thank you again for taking the time to review us. Best wishes,... More 

Townsville
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

One Monday in November this year, having ordered a steak during a family meal whilst visiting Ely from overseas, I was extremely disappointed that it was served very dry (allbeit it was cooked to the medium well I had asked for) with a congealed pepper sauce. There was absolutely no moisture in this steak and no evidence of any on... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Address: St Mary's Street, Ely CB7 4EY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Ely
  • Phone Number: 01223 653 111

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