about the pub
A pub has stood on this corner site in the centre of Ely for several centuries, and behind it's smart cream and red facade the present West End House has many fine period features. Kim and Stephen Baxter took over the licence in the spring of 2003 and run the pub with the active participation of the dogs Murphy and Paddy. Stephen is in charge of the drinks side of the business, and in the comfortable bar, with its feature brick walls, beams, wooden floor and smart country furniture, he dispenses a good variety of cask ales, including Spitfire, Adnams, Flowers IPA and an ever changing guest ales including some local Fenland brews. Kim looks after the food preparation, which comprises a straightforward selection of sandwiches, filled baguettes and some light snacks (food is not available on Sunday).
Another great feature of West End House is it's beautiful, florally decorated courtyard, complete with pergola covered area. Perfect for enjoying the sunshire with a beer during the summer months or even just for going outside for a crafty cigarette now that the smoking ban is in operation!
An important asset of West End House is it's proximity to Ely's greatest attractions. The house where Oliver Cromwell lived, which is now the Tourist Information Centre, is literally just a few steps away, and a little further on stands the glorious Ely Cathedral. This remarkable example of Romanesque architecture stands within the walls of a monastery, and many of the ancient buildings stand as a tribute to the amazing skills of their designers and builders - definitely not to be missed.
Ely, the jewl in the crown of the Fens, is easily reached from any direction, standing at the junction of the A10 up from Cambridge and down from King's Lynn, and the A142, which runs west to Chatteris and southeast to Newmarket.
* Text adapted from 'Hidden Inns of East Anglia' by Travel Publishing
Mondays to Thursdays: 12am - 3pm / 6pm - 11pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 12am - 11pm
Sundays: 12am - 4pm / 7pm - 10:30pm