Take The Eel Trail this Summer in Ely Staying at Poets House
19 Mar 2017
- Take a stroll along Ely’s waterfront and visit Ely Cathedral or take a boat trip
- Fans of eel can walk the longer Eel Trail and try smoked eel at the farmers market
- Further explore the outdoors nearby at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve
- Luxurious Poets House is located in the heart of historic Ely, home to just 21 bedrooms and a restaurant and bar
Ely in Cambridgeshire is ideal for spring and summer walks as the days get longer. Ely has a beautiful waterside ideal for strolls discovering the local countryside. During the warmer months visitors can enjoy a boat trip along the River Great Ouse. Visitors can embark on Ely’s Eel Trail! This walk invites walkers to discover the architecture and history of this small city. Ely’s marshland and waters once contained many eels which were part of the local staple diet. Visitors can still sample smoked eel at Ely’s award-winning Farmers Market. The Eel Trail highlights around 18 local attractions starting at Oliver Cromwell’s House and Ely’s tourism information centre where the leaftlet can be picked up. Other highlights of the trail include The Bishop’s Palace, Ely Porta, Ely Museum, the antiques centre by the Waterside and of course the world famous Ely cathedral. Throughout the summer months Poets House offer a package which includes a boat trip.
Ely Cathedral dominates the skyline and sits just opposite Ely’s leading independent hotel, Poets House. The Cathedral has been the set for many major productions and most recently appeared in the Netflix drama The Crown. Ely is no stranger to film stars and over the years these have included Cate Blanchette, Natalie Portman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Eddie Redmayne and many others.
As walkers explore the Eel Trail they will encounter a selection of public artworks that explore the life of the eel in this city. One of the highlights is the 3m high galvanised steel eel sculpture found in Jubilee Gardens.
Poets House hotel is home to just 21 bedrooms, many have views of the Cathedral. The hotel’s design is contemporary and the hotel is home to a street facing restaurant ‘The Dining Room’, serving both traditional and modern British dishes. A modern cocktail bar ‘The Study’ faces the hotel’s courtyard. Originally consisting of three Grade-II-listed properties of the early 1900s and the home of a renowned local author, today, Poets House is a stylish luxury hotel ideal for short breaks.
Daniel Perjesi is Head Chef at Poets House Hotel. Daniel oversees both ‘The Dining Room’ with 40 covers which is open daily for dinner (lunch at weekends) and he also oversees the ‘The Study’ bar which offers lunch and afternoon tea daily. The menu includes ‘Turnip Soup’ and ‘Seared Boneless Quail’ among other starters, whilst main dishes include ‘Lamb Shoulder – Bacon and potato custard, broccoli, radishes’ and ‘Seared Cod – Crushed cauliflower, pickled cockles’. Desserts include ‘Vanilla Mousse’ and ‘Poached Rhubarb’. The dinner menu is priced £20 for one course, £25 for two courses and £30 for three courses.
Wicken Fen Nature Reserve was the first reserve owned by the National Trust. Today, it is one of Europe’s most important wetlands home to over 9000 of the rarest and most endangered species. Throughout the year there is a wonderful array of wildlife to see. Guests can enjoy longer rambles and several walks are available to download via the National Trust’s website.
Poets House is located just 17 miles from Cambridge and 5 minutes by taxi or a pleasant 15 minute walk from Ely train station with direct, regular train services, to London Kings Cross. Poets House is ideal for pleasure and business and is also home to a dedicated events space which can host up to 70 people.
Whether you are a fan of eels of not, Ely’s stunning outdoors are the perfect place to soak up the sunshine.
www.poetshouse.uk.com 40-44 St Marys Street, Ely CB7 4EY 01353 887777
B&B priced from £180.00 per room, per night
Summer Boat Break (Available July, August and September 2017)
Enjoy a three course dinner each, overnight accommodation, a boat trip and breakfast each priced from £260.00 per room per night, based on two guests