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The Minster Tavern, Ely - pub details

Minster Tavern
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Address: Minster Place, Ely, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 9204) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Ely (0.5 miles), Littleport (5.3 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.8/10 (rated by 28 users)
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Lamb Hotel, Ely (0.0 miles), Kings Arms, Ely (0.1 miles), Hereward, Ely (0.1 miles), Town House, Ely (0.1 miles), Fountain, Ely (0.2 miles) - see more nearby pubs

user reviews of the Minster Tavern, Ely

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Decent looking pub close to the impressive Ely Cathedral - this pub is a place you inevitably stumble into, rather than search out. Some cask ales, and quite a few kegs. The cask ale I had, Salem Ernest, was not in perfect nick. Did not eat.
Sigmund - 1 Jun 2019 23:41
When you go into a country pub in a market town, nay a cathedral city, like Ely, you might expect the best beer and lunch possible.

This place was described on Google as a "Classic old pub with real ales and a sizable menu of British and global favourites" and given 4 stars by them.

I went on a Wednesday. On that day they had an offer on their boards - Order a Pie and you will get a free Pint. On their bar they had a selection of so-called "Real Ales", but none of these was included in their offer. I was offered John Smiths or Carling as beers. I personally dislike both of these.

So I accepted the situation and ordered one of the so-called real ales and the pie - Steak Pie with Abbot Ale, a supposedly yummy sounding combination. Paid over to them £11.49p for the beer and the pie - full price.

When I got the "pie" it wasn't really a pie at all. A pie in my estimation is meat cooked in the oven fully enclosed top and bottom inside a crust of rolled pastry, with loads of its meat juices oozing out into the pastry. A pie is a baked dish which is usually made of a pastry dough casing that covers or completely contains a filling of various sweet or savoury ingredients.

That's not what I got. Instead I got this

A completely inedible puff pastry cooked separately placed on top of a enamel dish with some non-descript meat chunks swilling around in a supposedly Abbot Ale sauce, mashed potato made from powder, over boiled peas, cabbage, and carrots and a boat of gravy which seemed to have been made separately from the meat in the pie, probably from a reconstituted gravy shot you can buy in supermarkets nowadays.

Was this a "Classic old pub" - not really!! It had screaming kids playing in the bar, whilst you were soothed from their noisy intrusions by ghastly muzzak!

In my estimation Never Again.

Stars: Null Points!!!!
mycetes - 21 Apr 2016 18:44
Can't comment on the food although I had hoped for a more sedate atmosphere with it being within a stones throw of the cathedral. Noisy Sky Sports TV blaring out. I too had the Doom Bar which was just about passable.
tommo1957 - 6 Jul 2015 15:06
Gloomy, low-ceilinged entrance area takes a step up to a brighter back room. Five real ales including Jennings Cumberland and a surprisingly mediocre Doom Bar. Couple of foul-mouthed locals paraded the full range of their limited vocabulary while a pleasant young barmaid, who was more tolerant than she should have been expected to be - and deserved much better clientele - smiled tolerantly. Menu was the usual chain mix of meal deals and drinks offers and the air was heavy with the smell of greasy food. Fairly busy for a Friday afternoon, however, so they must be giving their overwhelmingly male patrons what they want. Nice comfy armchairs.
Kenny260556 - 13 Jul 2013 18:31
This place always seems a bit dark and dingy inside. It's the kind of pub where old men arrive before lunch and go home when there dinner's ready at night.
bcalvert - 13 Sep 2012 10:53

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