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Afternoon Tea at Parker's Tavern, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Afternoon Tea at Parker's Tavern

3.9
3.9
287 Reviews
£41 and over
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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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00–16:45
  • Phone number
    01223 606266
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual

What 287 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for brunch

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Romantic

  • Cambridge

    Great for brunch

  • Cambridge

    Romantic

  • Cambridge

    Good for special occasions

287 Reviews
  1. IrynaB

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Came early, asked if we could be seated early if not we said we’d go to JL for a bit. Told of course. Waited for 45 minutes in fact seated late. Offered menu then told we “had to take the tea as that’s what we booked for or we can spend the excess on drinks”. Waited for pre-booked order, another 30 mins. Eventually brought an avarage 40pp tea on gently composing. Misleading communication, patronising staff for avarage tea. Will not be returning thanks.

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  2. Lauren

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Afternoon tea was very average, one of our party members was vegetarian apparently we had to order her food in advance of the visit which was not clear so we could not eat. The service was very average and was charged 12.5% service charge.

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  3. RobertW

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat in the library nice and quiet with a view over Parkers Piece. Good choice of teas and sandwiches and cakes. Service was good as well

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  4. Eirn

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    ambience very good but the service was bad , unexperienced staff , delayed serving

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  5. MichelleT

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food in a very pleasant environment, of a higher quality and quantity than a standard hotel afternoon tea. Pleasant and friendly service, although we did have to chase up a couple of things as it wasn't easy to catch anyone's eye after the initial service. A lovely calm classic setting overlooking the green. Some suitable background music would have been welcome as the restaurant was very very quiet. The staff very kindly gave us an extra treat as it was the birthday of one of our party. Would definitely go again!

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  6. Tracyk

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As soon as we arrived we were made to feel special …we were celebrating a birthday and were offered a Free glass of Prosecco …. the staff were really attentive our afternoon tea came out promptly and very delicious at the end of our tea a staff member gave us a extra desert on a very decorative plate of chocolate saying our name and happy birthday ..we couldn't eat all the cakes so staff gave us a lovely box to take away what we could not eat ..i supported a young lady with a learning disability for afternoon tea and it was the best service i have seen for a very long time and can not recommend this place enough grate service and lovely food …Thankyou so much for making the day so special and treating the young lady the same as every customer

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  7. AshleighE

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was brilliant and had a lovely personality.

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  8. BriegeR

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Beautiful setting and lovely afternoon tea. Our waitress was lovely but it felt like they were very understaffed so took a long time to order or ask for more drinks/ bill. The library room is lovely but a little bit of music would have really helped with the atmosphere as it was very quiet in there even with tables of people.

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  9. KateP

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Warm welcome, attentive but not intrusive service, good value for money

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  10. GillB

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful afternoon tea.Lovely cakes and scones and really tasty fresh sandwiches. Service was excellent. We were there for a Birthday and they made my friend feel really special. Would highly recommend.

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  11. AndreaK

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The vegan afternoon tea was super and the staff really friendly and welcoming !

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  12. Patsy

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing afternoon tea to celebrate our friend's 70th birthday celebrations. Food was delicious & plentiful & staff were so friendly & attentive - will definitely visit again in the future

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  13. AlexandraS

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place and service, traditional treats and unlimited tea!

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  14. ConsuelaP

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was absolutely terrible. The sandwiches were awful quality ( think baad bread and cheddar) and the sweets were inedible. Service was ridiculously and almost entertainingly bad - our server lady, bless her, was extremely slow (took 20 to 40 minutes to bring a cup of tea) did not understand the orders and came back a few times to confirm the order. Amusingly bad experience.

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  15. BartD

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Afternoon tea was nice. Bit pricy for but that’s what you can expect here. High end quality services, free refills were nice! Overall a nice place to impress. Scones were the highlight!

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  16. LesleyM

    Essex

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Gluten free afternoon tea was awful, 3 slithers of sandwich, awful bread and a tasteless scone and 2 tiny meringue snowman plus the usual chocolate cakes which every gluten free person gets everywhere so can’t face. We completely phased the waiter when we asked for the tea to be delayed whilst we had a glass of wine with our sandwiches Also stuck out in the library room so no atmosphere.

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  17. Disappointed

    West Sussex

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Food and service amazing but not the cosy lounge ambience we were anticipating. The actual tea took a long time to arrive.

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  18. KirstenB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Christmas afternoon tea. Beautiful setting and delicious tea- what we couldn’t finish they boxed up to take home. Perfect afternoon and definitely a new Christmas tradition.

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  19. PhilipF

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good, but the service left a lot to be desired. The person who took our order was friendly and polite. However, for the cost, £132 for three people, that is not enough. Afternoon tea is not just food, it is an experience, and the service is part of that experience. We were sat at a very small table and when the three afternoon teas arrived, there was not enough room on the table for them. However, the person serving them simply squeezed them onto the table, leaving us very little room, so eating them was a very cramped experience. The strange thing is that this table must be used all the time for afternoon teas, so they must always have this issue, but the waiter still didn’t seem to know what to do. Having delivered the food, there was no explanation as to what it was. As already mentioned, afternoon tea is an experience, and at other restaurants I’ve been to, there has been some explanation as to what I was getting, but here, the waiter simply dashed off without a word. This is a shame, as the food here is themed, so a little explanation as to what you are getting and why it is relevant to Parker’s Tavern and Cambridge wouldn’t go amiss! Then, the person arrived with the teas (strangely served in coffee pots rather than tea pots) and mumbled something along the lines of ‘I don’t know which is which, but I think I’ve got it right’ and then struggled to put the pots on the already full table. After that, we had no service until I asked for the bill. No, ‘is everything ok?’ , no ‘would you like more tea?’, nothing. Therefore, it is a bit galling when the bill arrives and there is a 12% service charge (£14) added - what was this for, someone to take an order and then shove some cake stands on to our table and someone to deliver some tea and tell us they didn’t know which is which? I know it is called a discretionary charge, but it is already added to the bill and I’m not the sort of person who can comfortably ask for it to be removed!

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  20. FreddieT

    Cambridge

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We were attended to immediately upon walking in and sat down, we ordered a cocktail which came fairly quickly and the tea having already explained that I was lactose intolerant but a tower of sandwiches appeared covered in butter and clearly various other dairy products. I sat and waited for the champagne, specifically included in the price, to let the server know that they had got the food wrong. No one came. We had been there for 1 hour and 15 minutes of our 2 hour allotted time before my fiancee managed to get the attention of the server and asked if we could have our drink. The drink came and I tried to explain the issue with the food but the server had already hot tailed out of there! We had now been there for almost 1.5 hours and had not eaten a thing and had dinner reservations elsewhere (we were rather hoping not to wait 2 hours to have the tea). At this point we had had enough and wanted to pay for the drinks we had and leave. We patiently waited another 10 minutes for a server so we could send the food back, get our bill and leave. No one came. We eventually went to the front desk and spoke to the helpful girl up front. She said there was nothing she could do but she would find a server. We watched for over 5 minutes as she waited for the table next to us to finish complaining to the server. It was at this point we left because we refused to miss our dinner reservations because of the incompetence of your staff. Not to mention how disappointed and starving hungry we were by this point. This was supposed to be a nice treat as the start of a fairly extravagant evening and instead we got the complete opposite.

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  21. SimonC

    Cambridge

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Awful service, wrong type of tea, not able to order another drink and generally a very disappointing experience

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  22. FionaA

    Cambridge

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Dreadful. Soggy sandwiches and it wasn't even clear what was for the children. Service was absolutely terrible - no one attended to our table, we had to repeatedly try to catch someone's attention, which was difficult to do. Had to repeatedly request the drinks we had ordered (and when the tea arrived there were no tea cups). I cannot capture all the detail here of everything else that was disappointing and didn't meet basic standards. My mother in law complained and in response to the complaint they didn't even get the details correct of the complaint which also had to be followed up on again, as we had not received a response after being told we would hear back from them. This was a treat for my mother in law and her grandchildren, and they were all utterly disappointed, never mind me.

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  23. LucindaC

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was awful, no one came to do a check back, we were constantly chasing for everything and waiting a long time for things. The food was great just the service let them down

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  24. HayleyS

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    An ok festive afternoon tea. Expensive for what you get and food could be better. Staff very friendly and welcoming.

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  25. MichelinLovers

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A must ! Really great service ! Ambiance on point

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  26. cambfoodie

    Buckinghamshire

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    What would have been a lovely festive experience ruined by terrible service. Items/order forgotten, wrong items brought, no drinks brought, no bill at end. Very poor. Hire & pay for experienced staff or train new team members properly.

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  27. ElenaH

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We visited Parker's Tavern for an Afternoon Tea for three people, and unfortunately, our experience was disappointing. The wait for the food to arrive at our table was excessively long. Once the plateau finally made its way to us, the waitress kindly informed us that we could request refills for both food and tea at any time. However, after finishing the initial spread, we found ourselves waiting for a long time without any staff checking in on us. We had this impression that they didn't want to check on us on purpose. We had to approach the bar to request a refill. Regrettably, the staff appeared visibly displeased when we made the request. After an additional 30 minutes, they brought us two plates with only a few bites and visibly annoyed. Our intention was to have a delightful afternoon but we left disappointed.

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  28. MaggieT

    Cambridge

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was exceptionally poor. For eg. Given our pot of tea but no cups and saucers. Milk took another 20 minutes to arrive. Waiting staff were rushed off their feet and needed more help. Food was moderate. Afternoon tea. Tasteless sandwiches. Scones were delicious. Cakes were just balls of sugar.

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  29. hreese

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my parents here on their visit to England, and they haven’t stopped raving about the experience.

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  30. SebW

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food Lovely venue Pleasant staff Understaffed

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  31. JosephW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    It was chaotic from start to finish. Stroppy waitress. We waited ages for teas and coffees and when they did arrive, we got a pot of tea and had to chase for a cup, got the cup had to chase for milk. I was very very disappointed in the entire experience. Previously it was exemplary in all aspects. Someone dropped a clanger this time. And they still tried to charge me a service charge! I will give them another chance, but they need to be on best behaviour

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  32. TraceyL

    Cambridge

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    It was absolutely shocking . Nothing like the reviews. It was booked as a surprise for my friends 60th birthday which turned into a nightmare

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  33. Alice

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The main problem was the lack of service. Although the staff were very pleasant when you did get their attention, they still mixed up order requests. I had emailed in advance as we had a milestone birthday and dietary requests. On the day, these were not acknowledged.

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  34. TorFil

    London

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I don’t like leaving bad reviews, I will always try to find the good aspects and focus on that, but on this occasion I’m sorry to say there are so few good aspects. We were seated at our booked time. We were given menus and our order was taken. Both ordered afternoon tea, one vegan. Tea was brought to us swiftly, however, no sugar, lemon slices (earl grey) were brought with the tea. At least 45 minutes after ordering we were informed it isn’t possible to have afternoon tea from the “free from” menu without at least 24hrs notice. We agreed to have just vegan sandwiches and vegan scones. More than an hour after we sat down, we still had no food. Many other diners were in similar situation. The manager came to apologise and ask if there was anything he could bring us (sparkling wine etc). We asked for some food, any food. Having not eaten all day so as to fully enjoy the afternoon tea - it was now approaching 4pm and we were well and truly starving. Eventually some olives were brought to all tables that had been waiting for a long time. Nearly 2 hours after we were seated our food arrived. The sever placed the stacked platter on the table, but did not check to see all legs were on, and the platter tipped, causing several items to fall on the floor. This was of course rectified and more food was brought to replace what was lost, but it really was the final straw. Over all, despite profuse apology from the manager, the experience was dreadful. Service was terrible, food was mediocre, and had they not taken 50% off the bill I would have been very reluctant to pay the £40 per head. I can’t see me returning any time soon, which is a shame because the decor and building is beautiful.

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  35. BarryD

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely time, very quiet setting in library. Tea and food very good, large portion sizes. A little pricey, but can’t beat the setting! Enjoyed the visit

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  36. FruM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing cosy and christmasy atmosphere, our couches and afternoon tea table was very comfortable and great location, staff was very kind and helpful and great food. Everyone had a fantastic time!

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  37. JennyP

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The afternoon tea was delicious if a little over priced but the service was excellent, staff were very helpful & friendly

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  38. Abcda

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Very beautiful and calm location. Good food. Service - not ideal. We received the wrong type of tea two times. Price - extreme. Small font that we needed to pay 12.5% tax, so in total we paid 90£ (!) for two afternoon teas. But the place is really beautiful and the food pretty good.

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  39. Lucia

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a nice experience. But super expensive, and no advice of mandatory tip.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were absolutely amazing and so friendly took my mum here for her 60th booked another visit for December straight away.

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Afternoon Tea at Parker's Tavern is rated 3.9 stars by 287 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Afternoon Tea at Parker's Tavern

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

Additional information

  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00–16:45
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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