Afternoon Tea at Parker's Tavern

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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
"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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L
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Floor rug was dangerous, the chair was to heavy to lift so had to slide taking the floor rug with it, resulted in one of my party stumbling. Waiter explained afternoon tea, but at 5pm they all seemed to clock off and we ended up going to get the bill ourselves. Expected a bit more for >£200

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JS
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We took some friends over visiting from New York, to Parker’s Tavern for Afternoon Tea last Monday. It was very nice. The food was lovely. At first the food looked very sparce on the cake stands but more food appears as you go through and by the end we couldn’t have eaten one more thing!
The library is very quiet which suited us as there were several of us. Nice with a big open fire which was lit. It’s a lovely hotel and very tastefully designed. It was an ideal venue for taking friends out for sonethjng special, as we were. I would recommend it.
Service isn’t top notch but staff very pleasant and we had no major issues.

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AJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent experience. The waiter
who looked after us was very knowledgeable about the food and very polite.

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MJ
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Really good afternoon tea overall.
The ambience next to the fire place is amazing. The staff is friendly and very attentive refilling your tea when it’s finish without asking for it. Such a nice touch.
Sweets and scones were really good, sandwiches a bit dry and tasteless.

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JR
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our Afternoon tea on Saturday the 12th January..
The staff were all excellent from first arriving to being shown to our table, there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere in the room, warm and cosy with the log fire.
Food was excellent
The toilets were wonderful, so clean and a pleasure to use, the lady there looking after the area was very polite and chatty.

It is definitely a hotel which Cambridge needs, something with some style and elegance, would recommend.

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AV
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my parents who are European and loved the British atmosphere
Great experience for them
They also catered for gluten free which was very tasty

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JM
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Really overpriced. The service was terrible and really ruined the whole experience. Charge you for more than 1 cup of coffee when it is almost £35 a head for afternoon tea!

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing. Very friendly, attentive and made us feel special :-) thank you!

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D
London
11 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

This is an attractive venue, but the ambiance is a strange mixture between casual (no tablecloths, badly dressed diners) and formal (uppity staff). I booked based on the excellent tripadvisor review, and went through the website, but could see no tea menu, so assumed we would order off the menu. When we arrived, it gradually became clear (after interaction with the uppity staff) that it is not possible to order off the menu, but only a 3-tier full tea, or cream tea. We ordered one of the former and two of the latter, which was plenty for 3 people, and came in at £56 - on the expensive side, but it was very good food. My main issue was that I had identified allergies to shellfish and nuts in the reservation, and someone even called me about this in the afternoon, which seemed unnecessary at the time of the call as no additional information was exchanged and it was just an annoying interruption, but seemed even more pointless when the food arrived, as the allergies had not been considered whatsoever (despite additional assurances from the staff when we ordered). At this point, I felt that I had had enough interaction with them, so didn't bother to complain, but it did mean that part of the order had to remain uneaten. Also, when I asked for more hot water for our tea, the teapot disappeared and didn't come back. It could be a great place, but they need to pay more attention.

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RC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Very disappointed. No consideration for limited mobility 90 year old mother. Exorbitant price. Not shown to a menu. Precarious little table squashed between two bigger ones.
Waiters didn’t seem to know who was doing what.
Astonished to find such poor start to this “iconic “ hotel

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