Due to Corona Virus, The Old Fire Engine House Restaurant & Gallery will close after lunch service on Wednesday 18th March 2020. All bookings are now cancelled and no further bookings will be taken until we re-open, which we intend to do as soon as we can. Reservations after June 30th will be contacted nearer the time. Updates will be posted to Facebook @theoldfireenginehouserestaurant. We wish all our customers the very best of health and thank everyone for their on-going support.

The Gallery is now closed and the preview on April 1st is cancelled. We are hoping to have an on line presence for the gallery in the near future. Updates will be posted to Facebook @theoldfireenginehouserestaurant and through our e-newsletter.

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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.
Gift Vouchers
Vouchers can be purchased with cash or debit card.
Please call 01353 662582 for further details.