Fantastic dishes in a beautiful setting


Dining at Poets House 

The dining room is perfect for a simple catch up with friends and family or a special occasion!  Should you be looking for something a little lighter, why not pop into the Sonnet Lounge for a sandwich or lite bite. Our Bookings must be made either online or directly with the hotel with any dietary requirements. From the 8th of January 2024, we are serving our Set Lunch Menu, served from 12 noon until 3pm, Monday - Friday. 

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Dining for All Occasions

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 Monday - Thursday from 9 am - 8.30pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am - 8.45 pm, and Sunday 9 am - 8.00 pm.

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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Dining for All Occasions
Poets House Breakfast


Kickstart 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
Sunday Dining

Sunday Dining

Served From 12 til 3pm 

Whether it's a family occasion or a simple Sunday treat, join us for Sunday Lunch served in our beautiful dining areas. 

Sample Sunday Menu 
Drinks at Sonnet Bar

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.

Sample Bar Drinks Menu
The Sonnet Bar

The Sonnet Bar
& Lounge Menu 

The Sonnet Bar is the most perfect place to relax and unwind, and we are delighted to offer you our Brunch menu from 10 am - 12 noon, and our lunch time menu which is served from 1200 until 5pm daily. Why not try one of our cheeky cocktails? Maybe a classic Negroni or a beautifully hand-crafted house special such as our Smokey Sour, all made with passion from our skilled, friendly bar team! 

Sample Sonnet Lounge and Bar Menu  

Afternoon Tea

Experience a little of England's heritage with a delicious traditional afternoon tea from £32 per person

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? Our Afternoon Tea menu is subject to change.

Please note that afternoon tea must be pre-booked 24 hours in advance and full pre-payment is required on booking.

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Afternoon Tea

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What Our Guests Say

I think Tripadvisor should allow you one 6* review to give out per year. Our meal here last night deserves more than 5*. We were met be a friendly Maitre D, and decided to have some drinks in the bar first as we were early. We ordered cocktails from an extensive menu. I'm not a cocktail guy, but seeing a 'Hemmingway' made from absinth and champagne, I was too curious not to try it. It was an event watching the mixer make it, and of course was incredible. We were led through to the dining room as we finished our drinks. We were there to celebrate an anniversary, and found a beautiful anniversary card from the management on the table. An incredible touch. The waiter was perfect, friendly and chatty, but not intrusive. Extremely smart and polite. The food. The food! I think I can honestly say it was the nicest meal I've ever eaten. I had the ribeye, medium rare and it was PERFECT. I also had the stilton sauce which was divine. My partner had the chicken and it was also, perfect. We had one of the cheaper wines, and a dessert - both absolutely lovely. I've been coming here since it opened, but can safely say it is at the absolute top of its game. We were made to feel like royalty. It's 'posh' and fairly formal, but not stuffy. There isn't a single thing which could have made it better.

First visit to the Poets House Hotel for Sunday lunch. Excellent experience all round. Met at reception, taken to table, good waitress service and attention during the course of the meal. Superb food well presented. Booked for a three day Christmas break

It's all about the professional, friendly and welcoming staff,as well as the great outside garden and lovely inside dining. Overall professional service and great food !

We had a superb afternoon tea. The location is easy to find and the whole ambience of the place was great. The staff were friendly and helpful. It's certainly somewhere we might like to stay for a weekend or longer and we will definitely be back.

"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"

Christmas Day Lunch
Thank you Poets House for making our Christmas Day lunch so wonderful. Everything was perfect from our splendid welcome, table setting and decorations, friendly atmosphere and amazing cuisine. It was the best Christmas Day restaurant lunch we have ever had and nothing could be faulted.

Fabulous Festive Food
Excellent menu for both lunch time and evening. We have just tried the lunch time offering and were not disappointed with anything.
The food was superb, the staff are really friendly, the dining room was decorated beautifully and we couldn't fault a single thing.
Already looking forward to our next visit to work our way through the rest of the menu!

The experience was wonderful, the staff friendly and professional, the food was 1st class, with a brilliant choice of dishes .