Ely Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee

Ely Online recently received an email from tourist Thomas Bewley and he was far from happy with his visit…

‘My wife and I are gradually visiting all the cathedral cities of England. I have to tell you how very disappointed we were, apart from the magnificent Cathedral, by our visit March 28-30.

From a limited choice of accommodation we booked a room in a smallish hotel in a quiet part of the city – it was quite simply the worst hotel we have been to in 30 years – extremely shabby, dirty and run down, but not cheap!

The only tea room near the Cathedral was closed down (arriving at 4 and wanting to look round the Cathedral and stained glass museum before it closed we were too late for the cath. refectory) and later there was hardly a restaurant in town. One near the centre was advertised as being open every day but showed no sign of life; not wanting a hotel bar meal we settled in the end for an Indian. Luckily on Tuesday we found the very recently opened Boat House – an oasis in a culinary desert!

Have to do much better, I am afraid.’

Does he have a point?

2 replies
  1. Sam
    Sam says:

    I’ve often thought that Ely lacks the amenities for tourists (and residents for that matter!). So surprised that there are not more cafes, shops and bars along by the river or near the cathedral.

  2. Anon
    Anon says:

    Lucky he didn’t go to the Minster Tavern. He would have seen two policemen pulling a junkie from the ‘out of order’ toilet, and loads of underage drinkers trying to start fights. Oh, and the incredably rude bar staff…

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