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The Almonry Restaurant


Due to the current COVID-19 prevention measure and in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors the Almonry is closed. We continue to follow guidance from the government and the Church of England and hope to be able to re-open when safe to do so.

Restaurant and Tea Room

The Almonry restaurant is a truly unique location nestled amongst the medieval precinct of Ely Cathedral in the centre of the beautiful riverside city of Ely. The main restaurant is located in the 13th century Undercroft and has recently been refurbished creating a stunning yet informal space for lunches and private hire. The Almonry Tea Room overlooks the gardens and is the perfect setting for morning coffee with a piece of homemade cake - the date and walnut is legendary - or an Almonry Cream Tea with freshly baked scones and locally produced jam. The gardens are extensive and overlook the magnificent east end of the Cathedral with tables, chairs and parasols for alfresco dining during the summer months.

The Almonry has an excellent reputation for its local sourced, home cooked food. The lunch trade is extremely popular offering a choice of freshly made sandwich or salad platters, soups, fresh quiches, home baked chicken and asparagus pie plus daily specials such as sautéed chicken breast with leeks and bacon or a pan fried fish with prawn butter. You cannot leave the Almonry without tasting one of their speciality puddings - the delicious home-made lemon meringue pie or warm treacle tart with freshly prepared vanilla custard are firm favourites.

Private Hire

Almonry Undercroft

The Almonry's magnificent Undercroft can seat up to 70 diners and is one of the most beautiful and versatile spaces for a private party, dinner or reception. It has recently undergone a major refurbishment including extensive redecoration and new lighting. The result is a beautifully lit space with dining tables and chairs positioned under the medieval vaulted ceiling. Various artefacts from the Cathedral stores including a pew bench and prayer stands have been up cycled and included as part of the decor to echo the heritage of the space and the on-going historic relationship with Ely's medieval Cathedral.

The space is equally versatile. The lower Undercroft provides an excellent space for pre- dinner drinks, dancing or as a bar area. During the summer months your guests can enjoy cocktails or an aperitif the beautiful enclosed private gardens overlooking the Cathedral. If you are looking for a smaller venue 'The Blue Room' can comfortably seat up to 20 for a sit down dinner. The Almonry prides itself on English bistro dining at its best and the menu can be specific to your requirements whether sit down formal dining or a buffet supper.

The Almonry Team

Alfresco Dining

This Autumn the Almonry is delighted to welcome their new Catering Manager, Adrian Scarlett. Adrian started his career in Cornwall working as a Chef de Partie in a busy hotel. His first position in Cambridge was working for Loch Fyne before becoming Executive Chef at Cambs Cuisine, an award winning privately owned company, where he was responsible for their three prominent Cambridge based restaurants - The Cambridge Chop House, St John's Chophouse and Smokeworks. More recently Adrian has worked as Chef Manager for a large Cambridge Law practice overseeing all their catering requirements from staff lunches to boardroom dinners and charity and business events.

Adrian brings a wealth of experience in cooking, restaurant management, food innovation, leadership and business catering. Working alongside Jill and Mark and the rest of the team, Adrian will be able to focus on building on the success and reputation of this very popular, truly unique restaurant.

Enjoy our special Winter Set Lunch Menu from £9.95 available from 1 February 2020.

For bookings and enquiries please ring 01353 666360.

Opening Times

Monday - Saturday Morning Coffee, Lunches & Afternoon Tea 9am - 5pm (April to September) 9am - 4pm (October to March)
Sunday Sunday Lunch & Afternoon Tea 11am - 5pm (April to September) 11am - 4pm (October to March)
All profits made from Ely Cathedral Enterprises Ltd sales help fund the life and work of Ely Cathedral.

The Almonry Restaurant (11 images)

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    The Garden

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    The Garden Room

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    The Garden

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