The Old Fire Engine House is re-opening on July 15th, we are following government guidelines to be covid safe and have made changes to our opening times and arrangements:

  • Reservations for lunch and dinner can be made in advance by calling 01353 662582. Tables may be available on the day, please call or ring the doorbell for availability. However, bookings cannot be taken by email.
  • Indoor tables can seat up to 6 guests from a maximum of two households. Outdoor tables can seat up to 6 guests from any number of households, however these are weather dependent. Children are welcome but we ask that they remain seated and are included in the group number.
  • Please arrive on time to assist with staggered bookings and only with the number of guests you have booked for. Guests will be welcomed at the door and shown straight to their table. We cannot offer drinks in the bar but you are welcome to order pre-dinner at your table, or in the garden, depending on weather and availability. To assist with track and trace, we will ask for contact details from each household on arrival, we will keep these for 21 days and may need to share them with the NHS.

Temporary opening times:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday - Saturday: Morning coffees 10.30-11.30am (table service), Lunch reservations 12.15-2pm, Afternoon Teas 3.30-5pm, Dinner reservations from 6.30-8.30pm
  • Sunday - Lunch reservations from 12.15-2pm

Please note that opening times may be subject to change until further notice.

If anyone in your group has Covid symptoms, we ask that you please stay at home and cancel your booking by phone to protect our staff, customers and community.

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  • The Old Fire Engine House - Restaurant & Gallery (since 1968)
  • The Old Fire Engine House - Restaurant & Gallery (since 1968)
  • The Old Fire Engine House - Restaurant & Gallery (since 1968)
  • The Old Fire Engine House - Restaurant & Gallery (since 1968)

The Old Fire Engine House is a restaurant and art gallery situated just west of the cathedral in an attractive Georgian house with a large walled garden stocked with many old English fruit trees, herbs and flowers.

It was built in the mid 18th Century on the site of a farmhouse which was the home of Dean Tyndell's widow in 1616. Ely's horse-drawn fire engine was kept there at the turn of the century, which can now be seen in a photograph above the fire in the bar.

Ann Jarman set up the restaurant in 1968 with two friends and continues to run it with her husband Michael. Their aim was to use local, seasonal ingredients and recipes; a concept which is commonplace now, but was relatively unusual fifty years ago.

The restaurant has maintained the feeling of a family home rather than that of a commercial business which is reflected in its work ethos. Four generations of the Fyson family have worked there as cooks; Olive Fyson started with us in 1968 and worked in the kitchen for 30 years. Her daughters Terri, Christine and Jayne all still work with us as does her granddaughter Claire and both Jarman daughters also worked at the Old Fire Engine House until recently.

Opening Times
Coffee and teas:
10:30 - 11:30am Mon Sat
3:30 - 5:15pm Weekdays
4:00 - 5:15pm Weekends
12:15 - 2:00 pm
7:00 - 9:00pm
For all reservations please call 01353 662582
We do not take reservations online or by email
Closed every Sunday evening and Bank Holiday.
Closed from Dec 23rd to 10.30am Jan 7th 2020.
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Vouchers can be purchased with cash or debit card.
Please call 01353 662582 for further details.