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Afternoon Tea at Parker's Tavern

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4.2
94 Reviews
£26 to £40
Afternoon Tea

"A restaurant and bar located within the new University Arms hotel on Parker’s Piece, Cambridge.
Parker’s Tavern serves modern British comfort food sourced from field, fen and England’s seas.
The menu changes with the seasons, every dish representing a return to good, unpretentious British cooking, conjured by a spectacular chef."

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Booked 4 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea

  • Hours of Operation

    Afternoon Tea
    Thu–Sun 12:00–17:00

  • Phone number

    01223 606266

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

Menu

Free From Tea

  • Free From Afternoon Tea£28.00

    a delicious selection of savouries & sweets created by our chef Tristan Welch

    • Champagne Afternoon Tea£40.00

      • Strawberry & Cream Tea£8.00

        Freshly baked scones with raspberry jam and strawberries

        • P'T Afternoon Tea Take Away£24.00

          Savouries

          • Tempura Courgettes*

            With honey and black pepper dressing

            • Crushed Avocado, Gem Lettuce, Sunflower Seeds and Chilli

              • Cucumber & Mint, Crushed Cashews Open Sandwich*

                • Pea, Preserved Lemon and Rosemary Sandwich

                  • Roast Tomato & Basil Bruschetta

                    Scones

                    • Freshly Baked Plain Scones

                      With raspberry jam and fresh strawberries

                      Sweet Treats

                      • Passion Fruit Cake

                        topped with fresh raspberry

                        • Apple & Cinnamon Cake

                          Mixed raisins & apples topped with cinnamon butter cream

                          • Chocolate & Banana Ganache

                            Dark chocolate & banana ganache with banana & passionfruit filling

                            • Strawberry Jam Macaron

                              Tea

                              • P't Tips£3.75

                                • Chamomile£3.75

                                  • Earl Grey£3.75

                                    • English Breakfast£8.75

                                      • Fresh Mint£4.00

                                        • Green Sencha£3.75

                                          • Lapsang Souchong£3.75

                                            • Liquorice Mint£3.75

                                              • Masala Chai£3.75

                                                • Rooibos Orange Breakfast£3.75

                                                  Coffee

                                                  • Bodolink, Brazil Filter Coffee£3.00

                                                    • Americano£3.25

                                                      • Cappuccino£3.50

                                                        • Double Espresso£2.80

                                                          • Double Macchiato£2.95

                                                            • Espresso£2.50

                                                              • Flat White£3.00

                                                                • Hot Chocolate£3.00

                                                                  • Latte£3.50

                                                                    • Macchiato£2.65

                                                                      • Mocha£3.50

                                                                        Champagne

                                                                        • NV Brut Réserve, Charles Heidsieck, Champagne, France£12.00

                                                                          • NV Rosé Réserve, Charles Heidsieck, Champagne, France£79.00

                                                                            Last updated: 6 August 2021

                                                                            What 94 people are saying

                                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                            4.2
                                                                            4.2 based on recent ratings
                                                                            • 4Food
                                                                            • 4.3Service
                                                                            • 4.4Ambience
                                                                            • 3.7Value

                                                                            NoiseModerate

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                                                                              RachelB

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Huge scones, delicious cakes and yummy sandwiches with free refills of tea. The staff were very attentive and helpful.

                                                                            2. RD

                                                                              RachelD

                                                                              London

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              We enjoyed our afternoon tea at Parker's Tavern and would definitely do it again. Excellent food and service.

                                                                            3. JS

                                                                              JanuszS

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                              As much as I liked it, it was quite an expense. I would say that the bread on the sandwiches could have been fresher.

                                                                            4. ED

                                                                              EmmaD

                                                                              London

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 2 January 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              A really great Afternoon Tea in a gorgeous setting. Highly recommend!

                                                                            5. B

                                                                              Barney03

                                                                              Edinburgh

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              Dined on 19 December 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Afternoon tea was lovely, good selection, great service! Lovely airy room! Felt very Christmassy, my friend and I had a fabulous time! Thank you to the staff, so friendly and professional!

                                                                            6. W

                                                                              Wilko

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              Dined on 11 December 2021

                                                                              overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                                              Was disappointed as sandwiches were a bit dry, no top up of the tea was offered and a 12% service charge. Had a drink afterwards in the bar which was very noisy due to a wedding. Also a 12% service charge..

                                                                            7. MS

                                                                              MarkS

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 26 November 2021

                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                              Perfect afternoon tea with friends of my daughter. Sweets were interest8ing and scones good, savouries could have been more substantial. Waitress was enthusiastic to start with but then left us rather to our own devices and we had to get up to ask for more tea. The window seat was perfect and the ambience was very atmospheric. On balance, I would say that the premium price (London prices) for afternoon tea at Parker's Tavern is justified.

                                                                            8. KL

                                                                              KerryL

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 23 October 2021

                                                                              overall4food2service5ambience5

                                                                              Staff were friendly and helpful, beautiful surroundings (and possibly the nicest and cleanest bathroom I’ve ever seen!). Would love to go back for an evening meal. We had afternoon tea which was plentiful, but sadly the items we received were very different from the ones on the menu. We had one normal and one vegan due to an egg allergy, the vegan sandwiches included sliced tomato on one, and whole garden peas on another (?). The staff however were very attentive to the fact that one guest had an allergy and explained the items throughout. Would definitely return but maybe just have the cream tea, the scones were amazing!

                                                                            9. AS

                                                                              AmandaS

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              1.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 7 October 2021

                                                                              overall1food1service2ambience2

                                                                              I must admit this was far too much money for what we received and also the service charge on top was extortionate I would like them to hear this.. I will not be visiting again as the value for Money is not there only two sandwich’s per tea for £32pp and then to sack an £8.00 service charge us disputable

                                                                            10. SL

                                                                              SylviaL

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 30 September 2021

                                                                              overall3food2service3ambience3

                                                                              Having tea at Parker's Tavern is a lovely experience, beautiful building and atmosphere. However, I felt there was too much cake and not enough savoury for the tea. 2 small finger sandwiches, one smoked salmon and the other - perhaps just cream cheese? - and 3 small finger bites did not balance with 2 medium/large scones each and 4 pretty but very sweet cakes, also each. Maybe I am just a 2 course 'starter and main' person and most would go for the extra sweet but it was a shame that the tea for me was a disappointment. Lunches are much better!

                                                                            11. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 5 September 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Absolutely brilliant, better than expected with superb staff and setting.

                                                                            12. MD

                                                                              MioD

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 20 December 2020

                                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                              Chocolat praline and macaron were delicious, tasty scones but disappointed with sandwiches - barely any filling and stale bread. Friendly service.

                                                                            13. GV

                                                                              GVZ75

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                              Dined on 20 December 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Beautiful settings, delicious food and an impeccable service.

                                                                            14. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              London

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              Dined on 18 December 2020

                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                              Had afternoon tea here. Lovely cosy, traditional location. Very English and excellent scones and cakes. Staff were friendly but not particularly attentive - had to flag them down for more cream and basics like milk for the tea. Would go back as possibly the nicest venue in Cambridge.

                                                                            15. J

                                                                              Jodi

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 12 December 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Fantastic service, food and beautiful surroundings Never disappointed by visiting Parker’s Tavern

                                                                            16. DA

                                                                              DA216

                                                                              London

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              1.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 7 December 2020

                                                                              overall1food1service2ambience1

                                                                              I took my son as a treat at Christmas but unfortunately it was very disappointing . It was not festive at all apart from a Christmas tree in the main foyer. We had three finger sandwiches, two scones with a small pot of jam and cream, a snowman macaroon plus two other small sweet bites. Sadly, it we were also in the main restaurant not the lounge area as the images on the website showed. The staff were friendly but not very tentative and had to get up and ask for more jam and cream.

                                                                            17. GW

                                                                              GrahamW

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 2 November 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Very good location and food and service was good. I had told them when booking online of a small allergy but I had to remind them when I got there

                                                                            18. MH

                                                                              MaddisonH

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 31 October 2020

                                                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                              Coffee tasted burnt/over powering.. Ordered a latte tasted more like an expresso. Sweet food was lovely, sandwiches and pea tart not for me.

                                                                            19. AC

                                                                              AlexC

                                                                              London

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 30 October 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Attentive, friendly and efficient service. The food was delicious, and a great selection of teas available. Highly recommended.

                                                                            20. H

                                                                              Helk

                                                                              London

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 28 October 2020

                                                                              overall3food4service2ambience4

                                                                              Food was generally good- the pavlova was fabulous, sandwiches tasty but only 2 small sandwiches each. The pea tart was delicious. Scones were okay but not much jam and cream. Service was poor, slow & disorganised. But we enjoyed the tea overall- a safe space for 2 old friends to meet up, and the location is superb. The experience could be improved by offering more savoury and fewer sweet dishes, and by improving the service.

                                                                            21. AB

                                                                              AlisoB

                                                                              London

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 27 October 2020

                                                                              overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                              Service was a bit slow but the afternoon tea was delightful, especially the cakes !

                                                                            22. MM

                                                                              MichelleM

                                                                              London

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 24 October 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Birthday afternoon tea! It was amazing. Service and food excellent. Beautiful surroundings and all very safe in the current Covid crises. Good value for money. Would highly recommend

                                                                            23. D

                                                                              Diana

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 18 October 2020

                                                                              overall3food3service1ambience5

                                                                              Looks like they lack staff - it took ages for the orders to be taken, about 40 minutes, even though it has just been an afternoon tea in the library. It was extremely hard to catch a waiter to ask for more tea and every time we asked something we were either completely forgotten about and had to ask again or had to wait for another 40-50 minutes. In the end, when we asked for a regular menu, the waiter again forgot about us, we then found another waiter in 30 minutes and she told us that we can’t order anything anymore as the library was closing in 20 minutes and we had to go the restaurant instead if we are lucky to get a table. The afternoon tea itself was so so as well, just two small slightly dry sandwiches per person and a quiche. Cakes & scones were alright.

                                                                            24. H

                                                                              Hels501

                                                                              London

                                                                              13 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              13 reviews

                                                                              Dined on 10 October 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Great atmosphere and attentive service. Would re-book

                                                                            25. DA

                                                                              DianaA

                                                                              Norfolk

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on 6 October 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              We booked Parkers Tavern afternoon tea for 6 following our Civil Union. ~Wow what a treat. The staff were so freindly & helpful & the food was delicious. Nothing was to much trouble. My freind cheekily asked Tristan the lovely chef for more sandwiches & he delivered them to us in person with a smile & joke. Even an extra dish with homemade truffle chocolates & congratulations piped round the plate. We were made to feel welcome & very special. Thank you all for making our day. Diana & Graham Wade.

                                                                            26. GA

                                                                              GillianA

                                                                              London

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 3 October 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Amazing afternoon tea and beautiful setting. Good Service too .

                                                                            27. LP

                                                                              LucyP

                                                                              Hertfordshire

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on 27 September 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              This was a lovely peaceful afternoon tea. A really lovely treat. Lovely food, wonderful building and attentive friendly staff. Can't wait to go back. Highly recommended.

                                                                            28. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 26 September 2020

                                                                              overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                              Smaller portions than when we visited previously.

                                                                            29. JO

                                                                              JoannaO

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 20 September 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Professional and clean environment. Beautiful setting. Fresh and tasty food. Beautiful presentation and value for money. Relaxed and not encouraged to hurry at all Will definitely go back

                                                                            30. AD

                                                                              AndrewD

                                                                              Toronto

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 15 September 2020

                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                              Afternoon Tea was fine, perhaps another item or two on the savoury side would have been better⁶.

                                                                            31. H

                                                                              Harriet

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on 11 September 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                              We had a lovely time and will definitely be back.

                                                                            32. AN

                                                                              AndyN

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on 11 September 2020

                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                              Very nice indeed. Personally, we would have like a couple more sandwich's and a couple less sweet items, but this is just our taste.

                                                                            33. DR

                                                                              DavidR

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 28 August 2020

                                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                              Everything very nicely prepared and excellent service

                                                                            34. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 26 August 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Excellent food, service & value.

                                                                            35. ST

                                                                              STEVE

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              Dined on 26 August 2020

                                                                              overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                                              There were not many sandwiches - only two per person. Quality of the food was good

                                                                            36. CR

                                                                              ClaireR

                                                                              London

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 17 August 2020

                                                                              overall4food4service2ambience3

                                                                              Food was good especially the scones and macarons, though no decaf coffee or tea was available and the service was bad

                                                                            37. PW

                                                                              PamW

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 17 August 2020

                                                                              overall3food4service1ambience3

                                                                              Slow service. Table booked in advance but it seemed a surprise we were there, 45 mins before food arrived. 20 mins before order taken. If you’re going to be that slow at least get the first lot of drinks on the table so we don’t get twitchy.

                                                                            38. D

                                                                              Douglas1

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              Dined on 17 August 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Lovely place to have an afternoon tea with a friend , looking out over Cambridge . Very well looked after .

                                                                            39. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on 16 March 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              We were celebrating my husbands birthday. The staff were very friendly & attentive, nothing was too much trouble. The food was delicious & plentiful especially the lemon curd served with the scones. The Happy Birthday plate presented to my husband with the handmade chocolates was a lovey unexpected gesture as were the portions of Duke of Cambridge tart given to us to take home. A lovely afternoon tea which we would highly recommend. Thank you to all the staff who made it very special.

                                                                            40. DG

                                                                              DonaldG

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on 23 February 2020

                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                              Disappointed that we were not in the library as advertised - it was closed for a private function

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                                                                            Afternoon Tea at Parker's Tavern is rated 4.2 stars by 94 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                            Booked 4 times today
                                                                            Google Map for Afternoon Tea at Parker's Tavern

                                                                            Parker's Tavern Regent Street Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 1AD

                                                                            • Area

                                                                              Cambridge

                                                                            • Hours of Operation

                                                                              Afternoon Tea
                                                                              Thu–Sun 12:00–17:00

                                                                            • Cuisines

                                                                              Afternoon Tea

                                                                            • Dining style

                                                                              Casual Dining

                                                                            • Dress Code

                                                                              Smart Casual

                                                                            • Parking Details

                                                                              Hotel Parking

                                                                            • Payment Options

                                                                              AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                            • Additional

                                                                              High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, View, Wheelchair Access

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