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There are plenty of places to sit down for light refreshments, lunches and afternoon tea and seating for those who prefer to picnic in the grounds. Many local restaurants are offering special packages for the Flower Festival visitors.
Please see below for participants details:

The Almonry
The Almonry Restaurant is nestled amongst the medieval precinct of Ely Cathedral. The 13th Century Undercroft creates a stunning yet informal space for lunches and bistro dining. The Tea Room overlooks the gardens and is the perfect setting for morning coffee or an Almonry Afternoon Cream Tea. The gardens offer a view of the magnificent east end of the Cathedral with tables, chairs and parasols.
(Please note the Almonry is unable to take advance bookings for daytime service during the Festival but there will be additional seating in marquees in the gardens to avoid disappointment)
36 High Street, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4JU
01353 666360

The Old Fire Engine House
The Old Fire Engine House is a restaurant and art gallery situated just west of the cathedral in an attractive Georgian house with a beautiful large walled garden.
Ann Jarman set up the restaurant in 1968 with two friends and continues to run it now with her husband Michael. Their aim was to use local, seasonal ingredients and recipes; a concept which is commonplace now, but was relatively unusual forty years ago.
25 St Mary's Street, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4ER
01353 662582

The Royal Standard
The Royal Standard started as a one room public house in the 15th Century and is the oldest building on Ely's Fore Hill.
Out 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.
24 Fore Hill, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4AF
01353 645194

The Prince Albert
Formerly the Officer's Mess for the local Militia and recently refurbished to create a separate restaurant area for fine dining. A beautiful walled garden can be found at the back with terrace for al fresco dining.
62 Silver Street, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4JF
01353 663494

Poets House Hotel
The Dining Room restaurant at Poets House, Ely 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.
St Mary's Street, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4EY
01353 887777

Peacocks Tearoom
Peacocks is exactly what a tearoom should be... This is a quintessentially English tearoom on the waterfront at Ely housed in a beautiful old building with a little garden to the front, bedecked in wisteria... Greeted and served with a smile... wonderfully mismatched quaint tea cups and saucers... Fantastic cream tea... Chocolate scones to die for...
(No pre booking but plenty of room at this award winning river location)
65 Waterside, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4AU
01353 661100

Red Lion Bistro
The Red Lion Bistro will be serving food throughout the Flower festival in the wonderful surroundings of the Bishop's Garden. Based in Soham, the Red Lion was opened in November by Lucy Jarman (formerly of The Old Fire Engine House) and has since become an extremely popular local eatery serving local produce in elegant yet relaxed surroundings. It has recently been featured in The Guardian newspaper where Grace Dent gave it a glowing review. Lucy is bringing her team to the flower festival to serve homemade cakes with fresh coffee during the morning, light lunches with salads over lunchtime (booking is essential) and cream teas during the afternoon.
Opening hours:
Morning coffee: 9.30 -11.30am (Not being served on Sunday)
Lunch: 12pm-2pm
Tea: 2.30pm-4.30pm
To book please contact the Red Lion on 01353 771633 or email ku/oc/mahosnoildereht//ofni
17 High Street, Soham, Ely, Cambs, CB7 5HA