Fantastic dishes in a beautiful setting


Dining at Poets House 

Due to the current situation we have extended our dining facilities to three areas which include: The Writing Room, The Courtyard Garden and The Dining Room, with social distancing and Covid-19 procedures in place. We are open and taking reservations for the 4th of July onwards. Bookings must be made directly with the hotel with any dietary requirements. 

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Dining for
All Occasions

Our Dining Room, Writing Room, Courtyard Garden and Sonnet Lounge are the perfect places to catch up with friends or colleagues, or simply relax and enjoy the wonderful ambience with enough space to be able to socially distance too! 

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. Click here to download our wine list. 

Sample Dining Menu

The Dining Room 2
Poets House Breakfast


Kick start your day with a delicious breakfast at
Poets House.

Our breakfast menu offers a wide range of tasty options, including cooked and continental breakfasts, porridge, fresh fruit, and cereal, accompanied by our great coffee and a selection of fruit juices.

Sample Breakfast Menu
Mid-Week Lunch

Sunday Lunch - Served From 12 noon til 5pm 

Whether it's a family occasion or a simple Sunday treat, join us for Sunday Lunch served in our beautiful dining areas, with all seating arranged with the latest government guidelines in place.

Sample Sunday Lunch
Private Dining Wine

Drinks in the Sonnet Bar 

The Sonnet Bar & Lounge at Poets House is the perfect destination whatever time of day you choose to pop in. A relaxing space where you can sink into the sofas while catching up with friends. An array of choices are available, from good coffee with homemade cake to a light lunch with a cheeky cocktail.

Bar Drinks Menu
The Sonnet Bar

The Sonnet Bar
& Lounge

The Sonnet Bar & The Courtyard Garden at Poets House are the perfect places to relax and unwind, and we are delighted to offer you our lunch time menu which is served from 1200 until 2pm daily. We are opening again from the 4th of July and look forward to seeing you again! 

Our food menu will be limited to sandwiches initially, however come and enjoy a refreshing beer or your favourite cocktail with lots of space to socially distance too! Please click here to download our Drinks Menu and Wine List. 

Sample The Sonnet Menu

Afternoon Tea

Experience a little of England's heritage with a delicious traditional afternoon tea.

Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes, and warm scones with clotted cream and jam, all lovingly prepared and served in beautiful historic surroundings.

For a little extra indulgence why not add a glass of chilled bubbly?

Please note that afternoon tea must be pre-booked.

Call us on 01353 887777 or get in touch.

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Afternoon Tea

Our Food Gallery

What Our Guests Say

Excellent Food, Perfect Service - Four of us enjoyed an excellent lunch on a Saturday after visiting the cathedral. We hadn’t reserved, but were offered a table in the restaurant (the bar looked lovely and stylish but more casual). Everything was perfect. The food was superb - I particularly enjoyed the scallop with smoked mackerel and avocado purée, but the other starters of whisky smoked beef carpaccio and goat’s cheese looked equally delicious. Main courses also impressed, as did the cheese selection. We also enjoyed an excellent Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. Service was spot on - attentive, helpful, knowledgeable and unobtrusive. We would all happily return.

"An amazing atmosphere - Wonderful food. Had a sandwich from the lunch menu and couldn’t fault it. Great service and very plush surroundings. Would definitely recommend for any occasion. Generous portions and priced as you would expect for the type of establishment"

"Afternoon tea - I took my Daughter in law and 7 year old granddaughter here for Afternoon tea as a birthday treat. We were very impressed with the size of the portions especially the childs. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious. Would definitely recommend this lovely hotel"

"Pleasant Date Night -Took my better half here for our payday date night. Lovely service. Even when the waiter bought the wrong wine over it was swapped immediately without any fuss. Staff were very accommodating and the food was super tasty. Plenty of free parking around the establishment and this was on a Friday night at 7pm. Right opposite is a walk way through to the Ely Cathedral which is worth a visit but unfortunately wasn’t open at this time, however, it is during the day I believe"

"We booked a day in advance as I have my parents come up to visit us, what a lovely place is the Poets House Hotel, We had an afternoon eat in the bar area, it was nice ambiance around with the views of the garden and the sitting area was comfortable, light, funky and energetic, the section of tea was good, nothing special of strength and taste, but the sandwiches and cakes were delicious, Would recommend to anyone, I would book in advance as you don't want to be missed out"