About The Maltings

The Maltings, alongside the cathedral is arguably one of the city’s distinguishing landmarks, set in the beautiful surroundings of Ely riverside, with stunning views over the river Ouse and Marina.

A brief history

The Maltings was built in 1868 as part of Ebenezer William Harlock’s brewery complex on Ely’s Waterside, where locally grown Barley was processed into Malt for brewing. The hall was originally three separately floors, where Barley was added to water, and then stored on the first and second floors, before being passed to the drying kiln, which is now home to the Stage. The Building passed through various ownerships, including the ‘Steward and Patteson (Ely) LTD’ company in 1961, who were later absorbed by Watney Mann (East Anglia) LTD. In 1971, the building was made available to the ‘City of Ely Urban District Council’ for a minimal cost, who converted it into the public hall. Original Stewart and Patteson pub signs for the Glazier’s Arms and The Montagu Arms still reside within the building. The building was operated by Leith’s (Compass Group) from 2009 until September 2014, when City of Ely Council obtained the lease from East Cambridgeshire District Council. The Restaurant area was separated from the rest of the building, and is now home to Ta Bouche. The Maltings building itself soon returned to operation as the venue you see today, and continues to grow its activities.

The Ely-Ribe Tapestry

Housed in the building’s foyer is the Ely-Ribe Tapestry, which was commissioned by the Ely-Ribe Association in 2004 and unveiled in 2006, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the twinning arrangement between Ely and Ribe, the oldest existent town in Denmark.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

We appreciate it is currently a strange time for us all right now, with no clear end in sight. We just wanted to ensure our customers, that we are still working as normal and that we are here at the drop of an email.

We have currently closed our venue for the time-being to ensure the safety of our staff, customers, suppliers and friends but we are looking forward to re-opening as soon as we can, with a variety of new events and some postponed events. Keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with all our events, details and news!

You can also find out more about the Ely Community Covid-19 Aid Group here.

In the meantime I wish you all the best and hope you all stay safe and well in these times of uncertainity.

Look forward to seeing you in our venue soon.

Thank you

Lola and all at The Maltings