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Parker's Tavern, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Parker's Tavern

4.1
4.1
2200 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
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 23 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00–17:00 Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–14:45 Sat 12:30–14:45 Sun 12:30–15:45 Dinner Mon–Fri 17:30–21:30 Sat 17:00–22:00 Sun 17:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    01223 606266
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    A private event at Parker’s Tavern combines the gravitas of an historic Cambridge institution re-designed by the Queen’s architect, John Simpson, with a modern lightness of touch by Swedish-born interior designer, Martin Brudnizki.
  • Private party contact
    Tracey Chatters: 01223 606266
  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Greywacke Wine Dinner

    £75.00 per person

    Prepaid

    22 Feb 2024 only
    Join us on the evening of Thursday 22nd February with an exclusive wine dinner with Greywacke winemakers. We will begin the evening at 6:30pm in our Library with a welcome and presentation by founder, Kevin Judd where you will then move into Parker’s Tavern restaurant for the wine dinner. Our kitchen team have curated a menu of dishes to best compliment Greywacke’s white wines. Goat’s cheese, prunes and burned hazelnuts will accompany the Wild Sauvignon 2021, Galette and wild mushrooms with the Chardonnay 2021 and New Zealand lamb, shallots & blackberries with the Pinot Noir 2021. To finish the evening, apple tart tatin & bourbon vanilla ice cream with the Botrytis Pinot Gris 2018.
    Greywacke Wine Dinner photo
  • The Suffolk Takeover

    22 Mar - 23 Mar 2024
    The Suffolk restaurant comes to Parker's Tavern for a menu takeover on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March only. In the heart of seaside town, Aldeburgh, The Suffolk celebrates the splendor of British seafood and produce from local farms, bringing a taste of the Suffolk coast to Cambridge. Menu will be announced soon, keep an eye out for updates!
    The Suffolk Takeover photo
  • Sunday Lunch serenaded by our harpist

    29 Oct 2023 - 24 Mar 2024
    Join us every Sunday for a harmonious indulgence that will enchant your senses! At Parker's Tavern in the heart of Cambridge, immerse yourself in the grand tradition of Sunday Roast, while our gifted harpist serenades you with enchanting melodies. Delight in a delectable Sunday Roast with all the trimmings.
    Sunday Lunch serenaded by our harpist photo

What 2,200 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Romantic

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for special occasions

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Lively

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Most Booked

  • Cambridge

    Best Ambience

  • Cambridge

    Great for brunch

  • Cambridge

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge

    Great for fine wines

  • Cambridge

    Romantic

  • Cambridge

    Good for special occasions

  • Cambridge

    Lively

  • Cambridge

    Most Booked

2,200 Reviews
  1. HPhil

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Lack of experienced staff made service sloppy and unprofessional. Food is not as good as it used to be. Expensive for basic food. Very salty and lacking flavour. Ordered two steaks, both really over cooked, in fairness both replaced with minimal fuss. Steak said served with a salad, this was simply a pile of watercress. Disappointed. Bar area is nice, cocktails presented well. Staff attentive.

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  2. Steve

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was seamless from welcome at front of house to service throughout. Food was sumptuous and perfectly cooked. Can't wait to come back again.

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  3. PSILisbon

    New York City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was quite good, including salads, meat, initial bread & butter. However... service was terrible! First we had to seat and wait for our (reserved) table and then food very longgggg to arrive. One of us almost missed a train because of this. Too bad!

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  4. Pablito

    Cambridge

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Good ambience. The food was a bit slow to come from the kitchen, given it was a busy Saturrday night, but the staff was very apologetic. Pricing is a little bit on the expensive side, but the experience is a good one. Wine list could afford some balancing.

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  5. StephenM

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was good but they were short staffed..food took far too long but the manager v kindly gave us drinks to compensate although we hadn’t asked..personally I think the restaurant has dropped a level from a year or two ago..very noisy family ambience.. slow service and food not so good..

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  6. LewisP

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great evening and the food was superb. Staff were very attentive. Cocktails fabulous

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  7. GlynJ

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely ambience in the bar area with jazz music. Good food but had to wait over 45 minutes for it to arrive! Food and wine a bit on the expensive side and not of good value.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Under staffed waited over 50 mins for a main and the food wasn’t amazing. They did comp our desserts!

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  9. Calboy

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very tasty food, mostly excellent service, although we were told they’d replace the sweets we’d asked for with our dessert, as apparently there were none left, only for us to see them very much sat there in a jar on our way out, so that was a bit of a head scratcher.

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  10. AlexanderJ

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentines menu was extremely disappointing compared to prior years with portion sizes just far too small especially for courses to be shared and at 65 a head plus service charge. The service was nowhere near the quality of previous visits either we had to request the bill from 3 different members of staff over more than a 30min period before we could finally pay. This was very much towards the end of the evening in a more quiet period making it all the more disappointing it took so long. We have had a lot of wonderful visits to Parker’s Tavern but last nights was truly disappointing and going forward we may look for somewhere else to visit for special occasions.

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  11. Harrywood121

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing and fresh food and some really good cocktails too, our server made us feel very welcome and looked after us well. we also tried to amazing cocktails.

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  12. MaiteV

    Cambridge

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Not good food, a lot of presure with the time of departure.

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  13. MartinC

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere. Food was excellent but portions a bit small. Service excellent.

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  14. fine

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very pleasant welcome from the receptionist on entering the hotel and from member of the restaurant who showed us to our table. Everything was really good, A most pleasant waitress and excellent meal. The restaurant is spacious and looks out onto Parkers Piece.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    My third visit and very disappointed from the start. The restaurant was cold, empty and no ambience. My starter of mussels was cold and the liquor was tasteless and full of uncooked onions. The staff then at 3pm started dressing all the tables around our table with table clothes for the evening and it just felt awkward. I also had to ask twice for the bill despite so many staff and it was only later that evening I noticed I got charged for a main portion of mussels when I had the small starter option. This was my fault for not checking at the time and I’m not even looking for a refund for this. Overall a poor experience for £175 for 2 people and only one desert.

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  16. DerekD

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful room, spacious, elegant. Interesting menu with something for everyone, which delivers. Good selection of wines. Should be first rate. But it isn’t. Lots of staff but no focus or obvious management. Long waits. Inability to respond to problems- if you ask where your coffee is, the staff should just get it, not start questioning. All this is easy to fix but needs someone to take control.

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  17. CathyH

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great traditional service, quiet and elegant, pleasant lunch with set lunch menu option

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  18. NADINEG

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited for Sunday lunch yesterday. The building is stunning and has such a lovely atmosphere. The staff were so attentive and friendly, the food was outstanding and there was a harpist playing beautifully in the corner while we were eating. Another exceptional Sunday lunch at Parker’s Tavern.

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  19. LucyN

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service here was incredible. They really take their time and make the evening feel special. Food was also absolutely delicious! Thoroughly recommend for a date night! Oh and cocktails in the lounge are awesome too

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food and service but far too much noise, including an amplified (!) harpist.

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  21. SeanM

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We arrived on time to find we had no booking ? This was because our friends had arrived earlier and already been seated. After a short delay this was resolved and we were seated. The decor and fittings are amazing and really feels high end. The food was also very good but the service was slow and some drinks we ordered were either wrong or just didn't arrive and needed chasing up (not just once). A lovely ambience with a harpist strumming away during dinner but cannot give it 5 stars due to the service though. Not quite the standard required for such a fabulous venue.

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  22. neill

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The young man who looked after us was really attentive, great personality

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal in a fabulous restaurant. Great new menu and wide choice of wine. Lovely to have the jazz band playing in the bar. Service was impeccable.

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  24. Bewitched

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I met my mum here for a special lunch and the food and service was incredible!

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  25. Jadefish7

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Bright airy dining room with nice views. Staff friendly and available. Food good but not wildly interesting or varied. It was better three or four years ago. But enjoyed my meal and love being able to sit and wait in the library.

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  26. joSal

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good roast. I was very impressed. Food hot, fresh and very tasty.

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  27. MicheleS

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    High quality food and good wine, the portions are quite large and perfect for sharing. This is one of my favourite restaurants in Cambridge.

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  28. CoreyG

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a great time here. The venue is beautiful in a great location. The food was delicous and fresh. I will only criticize the butter served with the bread and the cheese board afters. The butter just didn't taste good and the cheese board looked like an after school snack for the kids. Otherwise good experience and reasonable value.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We joined the cocktail bar before heading to the restaurant. The staff didn’t know much about cocktails. They are in no position to suggest/comment on a drink (even the most classic ones). Said that, cocktails are good. The restaurant is nice, but the food was nothing special (considering the price). We couldn’t finish the dessert (lemon merengue)

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  30. hungry

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We spent a couple of hours in the bar before our reservation. We were relaxing and enjoying our cocktails when a waiter came on shift who was very pushy about us getting more drinks and bar food. He was upselling to all the nearby tables too and it was a bit much, and broke the relaxed ambiance in the bar which we were enjoying. When we went through to the restaurant the service was excellent, friendly and efficient. Unfortunately we waited over an hour for our mains. The server was apologetic and we were offered more wine on the house, which we refused as we were pacing ourselves, so they brought us bread and butter to tide us over. The food was lovely when it finally arrived. We were given complimentary glasses of rose and truffles as it was a special occasion, and that was a nice touch.

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  31. Joey147

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Lovely attention, well-timed service. Definitely recommend and we will go back. The cocktails were amazing and the birthday glass of bubbles was a super surprise and much appreciated. Thank you for a fab evening.

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  32. NicholasC

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Would have been nice on Burns Night to have a piper and more Scottish food.

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  33. runninggirl

    London

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice Sunday lunch. Good range of wine choices.

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  34. Mesru

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great dinner with delicious food and a great service. Perfect place for special occasions.

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  35. MatS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal. Amazing service and wonderful food. Will be back again soon.

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  36. SallyAnnR

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food better than 6 months ago. Upped their game. Had some good vegetarian options and loved “Feast Anglia” options.

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  37. DaveS

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for my wife’s birthday , staff were fantastic and included some fizz and a birthday treat. Service isn’t quick but sometimes it’s nice to just let the world go by Food was incredibly tasty

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  38. HelenH

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely evening with 4 friends. The food was amazing and none of us could fault our choices. The staff were very polite & informative about our selections

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  39. AnnaW

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Choice for set menu reasonable for price. Final bill mistake rectified, new staff error. Ambiance was perfect, staff attentive.

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  40. SueK

    Cambridge

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service and decor were superb. Having the set menu at lunch time made it very good value.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Parker's Tavern is rated 4.1 stars by 2200 OpenTable diners.

Parker's Tavern does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 23 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Parker's Tavern

Regent Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 1AD

Additional information

  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00–17:00 Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–14:45 Sat 12:30–14:45 Sun 12:30–15:45 Dinner Mon–Fri 17:30–21:30 Sat 17:00–22:00 Sun 17:00–21:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01223 606266
  • Private party facilities
    A private event at Parker’s Tavern combines the gravitas of an historic Cambridge institution re-designed by the Queen’s architect, John Simpson, with a modern lightness of touch by Swedish-born interior designer, Martin Brudnizki.
  • Private party contact
    Tracey Chatters: 01223 606266
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