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Places to Eat in Ely

Old Fire Engine House, Ely

The Old Fire Engine House is a traditional restaurant and art gallery, serving Fen inspired recipes and local produce since 1968. We offer morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and evening menus with an extensive wine list. A photo of the horse drawn fire engine, which was housed here at the turn of the century, hangs over the log fire in the bar and customers are welcome to explore both floors of the Georgian house; its cosy sitting room, contemporary art galleries and beautiful, walled gardens. Please reserve by calling us and for service times, sample menus and gallery listings, please visit our website.

The Royal Standard, Ely

The Royal Standard started as a one room public house in the 15th Century and is the oldest building on Ely's Forehill. The building has been extended over the years and is now one of Ely's most popular dining and meeting places. Our extensive food menu is focused on fresh and local as well as seafood and steak, with a good selection of traditional pub food thrown into the mix. An eclectic 60 bottle wine list compliments the varied menu and you can also expect to find well kept real ales, cocktails and a great range of premium spirits.

Poets House, Ely

The Dining Room offers a great selection of seasonal dishes using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The perfect place to catch up with friends, impress a dinner date or simply relax and enjoy the professional yet friendly service.

Riverside Bar Kitchen

Ideally situated on the stunning River Great Ouse, RBK offers a great range of dishes, from traditional line caught fish and chips to authentic homemade pizzas. We are the perfect venue for lunch, afternoon cream tea or a three course evening meal – whether sitting inside our spacious restaurant or outside on our extensive riverside patio. You can book on our website or by phone on 01353 666699.

Peacock's Tearoom, Ely

Homemade cakes, delicious lunches, a pretty garden and the widest selection of teas in the world are the hallmarks of this welcoming riverside tearoom, repeatedly recognized as one of the best in the country.

Prince Albert, Ely

A lovely little traditional English pub in a side street of Ely. Whilst the pub may look small from the outside, don't be fooled! The cosy front room, impressively opens out to a fabulous dining area where a range of beautifully presented meals are served. We also have one of Ely's best beer gardens where you can dine alfresco or partake in one of many traditional beers on offer. Now open with a fantastic outdoor dining/garden area.

The Cutter Inn, Ely

The Cutter Inn and Riverside Restaurant have been open since 2006. With its superb location alongside the River Ouse, whether with family, friends or colleagues, there is no finer place to relax and enjoy quality traditional British pub food served in stylish surroundings.


11a Forehill is Ely’s newest 'City Centre' kitchen, bar and cocktail lounge.  Nestled at the top of Fore Hill.  We are equidistant to Ely Cathedral and the River Great Ouse with ample free car parking space located in Forehill car park. Come and see for yourself just what’s going on at 11a.  Open from 11am for coffees, pastries and cake.  Kitchen open for all day dining from 12pm - 9pm.  Weekends, we like to turn the lights down low, put on some music, mix ’n’ shake some cocktails and relax.  Open until late Friday and Saturday evenings, 11a is the place to be whether it’s family time, catching up with friends, business meetings or just a quiet dinner for two.

Le Spice, Ely

Our goal is to provide great food and excellent service. We also aim to provide high quality authentic Indian food, prepared by our experienced chefs. Our mission is to achieve customer satisfaction by providing consistently fresh, innovative, healthy foods using only the finest ingredients.

The Almonry

The Almonry is a truly unique location nestled amongst the medieval precinct of Ely Cathedral with an excellent reputation for local sourced, home cooked food. The main restaurant is a 13th century undercroft creating a stunning yet informal space for lunches and bistro dining. The gardens are extensive and overlook the magnificent Cathedral and an ideal spot for alfresco dining or evening drinks during the summer months. Open daily from 9.00am. Evening suppers served Thursday - Saturday Evening Dining from 6.30pm.

The Lamb, Ely

Old English Inns are a collection of some of England’s historic pubs inns and hotels, steeped in history and loved for their warmth and hospitality. Whether taking time out in a pub or getting away to a hotel, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with our cosy bars, crooked walls and low beams. Enjoy time to relax with a glass of wine or real ale and join us for an Old English pub meal in our restaurants, where if you choose to stay with us, we offer a range of delicious breakfasts cooked to order.

Siam Seasons Restaurant

Siam Seasons is a family run business which aims to serve food cooked with love and care at a reasonable price and in a warm atmosphere. Here at Siam Seasons, we take pride in the fact that all our dishes are cooked fresh and to the customer’s tastes. Fresh Thai herbs, spices and vegetables are imported each week and expertly blended with the finest quality local ingredients to provide an authentic taste of Thailand.

Ely Turkish Restaurant

Ely Turkish Restaurant is celebrating an incredible first year and continues to offer a warm welcome to their family run eatery offering a wide range of freshly prepared Turkish dishes, evoking the flavours of the wonderful Turkish cuisine. With a range of hot and cold dishes, catering for all tastes and with the added bonus of a Meze Bar, with a range of beautiful cocktails, Ely Turkish Restaurant is a perfect place to enjoy a meal for any occasion. Also offering a Lunchtime Menu – Monday to Friday, 12 Noon until 4pm – Two courses for £8.95.

The Old Hall Ely

At The Old Hall, we are surrounded by beautiful scenery, with Ely Cathedral sat prominently on our skyline. If you are looking for dinner or Sunday Lunch with a view, we are most certainly the next restaurant you should try.At The Old Hall we always work extremely hard to source the best possible ingredients from our independent local butchers, fishmongers and greengrocer. To book a reservation for dinner, please contact us on 01353 663275 or email us at

Lemon Tree Deli and Cafe

Award winning, family owned Deli and Cafe situated in the heart of Ely's market place offering a wide selection of deli goodies and a mouth-watering menu which is fully licensed. Lemon Tree Deli have a passion for baking, so pop in and try one of their home made cakes or bakes or perhaps one of their delicious jars of home made preserves. Seating available inside and out.

The Garden Restaurant at The Nyton

Offering fine cuisine, warm and inviting décor, excellent service and close proximity to Ely City Centre, it is easy to see why the Garden Restaurant has become a destination for so many. The Garden Restaurant is attractively designed to provide just the right atmosphere for so many dining occasions. The menu offers a varied selection of traditional English food to a very high standard made with the freshest in local produce. In addition to quality home cooking, the restaurant offers an extensive wine list that reflects the same high standards and wide selection as our menu. The restaurant can comfortably seat 40 people and is also able to accommodate private events and parties.

The Red Lion, Soham

The Red Lion in Soham is a 17th century pub and restaurant serving rustic British and Mediterranean cuisine in a unique setting. The interior has been recently restored achieving a successful mix of new and old to create a welcoming cosy ambience with a contemporary twist. Formerly of the Old Fire Engine House in Ely, Lucy Jarman has taken on the restaurant, serving a modern rustic menu featuring a wide variety of dishes from game to traditional roasts and using local produce wherever possible. The Red Lion also has a cosy bar where customers can enjoy an Adnam’s beer or a artisan gin from a specialist menu.

Clare's Kitchen, Littleport

This friendly coffee shop is perfectly situated at Sharman's Garden Centre in Littleport, just a few miles from Ely. It serves all day, home cooked breakfasts as well as a selection of light lunches and delicious home bakes. Plus, on Sundays they serve hearty roast dinners. They also have a gift shop for you to browse making this the perfect place to catch up with friends, visit with family or relax on your own. It's extra special at Claire's Kitchen because they offer FREE cake on a Friday and a 'chat table' where you can make friends!

The Wigeon Cafe, Welney

The Wigeon Café can be found in the visitor centre at WWT Welney.  The first-floor location and large picture windows provide stunning views across the Fenland landscape.  Open daily from 10 am a yummy selection of cakes and scones accompany hot drinks morning or afternoon, with lunches available 12-2.30 pm.  Enjoy hot, hearty winter meals or fresh summer salads whilst watching beautiful wetland wildlife. 

Hadi's Gelato

3 Lynn Road Ely CB7 4EG

With a fantastic selection of handmade gelato and sorbet flavours, along with freshly made crepes and waffles you can enjoy a sweet treat at Hadi's. Italian coffee and a range of hot and cold beverages also available.

Dutchie and Grill

68 Market Street Ely CB7 4LS

Dutchie and Grill is an authentic Jamaican restaurant and takeaway where you will experience the finest Jamaican food