Poets House, in Ely, Cambridgeshire, occupies an attractive trio of Grade-II listed Edwardian buildings, which surround a central courtyard/car park, complete with an impressive view into the cocktail bar.
We were delighted be invited along to see what Poets House had to offer and we were certainly not disappointed.
‘As we arrive in Ely, the Cathedral dominates the landscape surrounding the city.
As we draw nearer to our destination, we find it in the most enviable location, opposite the ancient cathedral close and Oliver Cromwell’s House.
Poets House was named after Sybil Marshall, the Cambridgeshire poet, who once lived on the site.
The majority of bedrooms are situated on the upper floor of the main block, where you’ll also find the reception, a buzzing cocktail bar and busy restaurant.
With a luxurious vibe throughout, Poets House is decorated with poetry written mirrors and black and white tiled flooring.
We arrive on a wet Saturday evening; and eager to settle into our new home for the night, we head straight to reception to check in.
Dave the manager, warmly greets us at reception, we ask him where we can park and we are happily informed that valet parking will sort it at no extra charge.
Our room is beautiful, complete with a copper freestanding bath taking pride of place in the bedroom.
However, before we settle and prepare for dinner a cheeky cocktail is in order from the bar. The bar staff are extremely friendly and go out of their way to make our favourite cocktails even though they are not listed on the menu.
We take a sneak peak at the dinner selection, which contain a good variety of both meat and vegetarian options.
As we sink into a relaxed state, watching the rain patter against the tall glass branded windows, we realise that time has escaped us and if I wanted to fit in that bath, it was time to leave the bar.
Feeling refreshed and hungry, we walked down to the elegant and modern restaurant decorated in shades of grey. As my partner hurries to order his daring starter of ‘pig head terrine with quail egg and Cambridge sauce’ I gasp at his choice.
I opt for the slightly less quirky offering of ‘crispy duck egg with wild mushroom and puy lentils’.
In the blink of an eye the starters arrive and we remark on the quick service!
Shortly following, for the main event I select the ‘poached and glazed breast of guinea fowl with mushroom and truffle mousse with braised pearl barely’ and Sam picks his favourite, ‘slow roasted blade of beef with horseradish mash, sauce bourguigon and bone marrow’. Always being the cheeky one, I begged him for a taste and you could tell the beef had been cooking for hours, it was delicious.
The was no doubt that for dessert (being chocolate Lovers,) we would both selected the ‘hot dark chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream’. In hindsight guess we could have shared?… but we were far too greedy for that! As our dining experience came to an end, we retired to the bar for one final drink.
As the lights dim and the setting turns cosy my eyes start to grow sleepy and the thought of the large inviting bed in our room, urges me to call it a night.
We venture back to our room for a peaceful sleep and wake up to the sound of church bells on a Sunday morning.
After a lazy breakfast complete with all the favourites, we re-energise and set off for our journey home.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Poets House, the boutique hotel offered us a combination of luxury and fine dining in a friendly environment.
The staff really made a huge difference to our stay and we would like to thank them for making us feel so welcome.
For details on how to book see Poets House, St Mary’s Street Ely, CB7 4EY, 01353 887777 | www.thehousecollection.com