Parker's Tavern

4.3
191 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Lunch
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast
Mon–Sat 06:30–11:00
Sun 07:00–11:00
Lunch
Mon–Sat 12:00–17:00
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 17:30–22:30
Fri, Sat 17:30–23:00
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Phone number
01223 606266
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Tristan Welch
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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NS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place and the staff were amazing. From offering 54 different gins to local food, PT was exceptional in every way. It's quite pricey but you don't feel anything but cosseted by the lovely staff. I would drink and eat here every day if I could.

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TM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and great ambience. Service could be slow at times especially with our first drinks! But staff friendly!

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JP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I travelled from Kent to share a first meal with a new friend, who lives in Cambridge. The next one - hopefully very soon - simply cannot be anywhere but Parker's.
Food, service, ambience: all 'bang on the button'!

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N
London
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I have eaten at Parkers Tavern twice now and I appreciate it is still in that learning curve of the first few months. The staff are all excellent - especially the waiters and bar staff - friendly and professional. The ambience is comfortable and it is a great place to meet for lunch. The decor is stunning and I particularly love Toad of Toad Hall being read in the ladies! The bar area is particularly nice - and a great place to meet before a meal. My Bloody Mary was one of the best Ive had. The only thing that lets it down is the food. My first meal of pork with confit squash was disappointing and there was no suggestion that I ordered sides to go with it, which it badly needed. The duck egg starter was good though. For the second meal I chose the pie and although the flavours were there, the sauce was so watery it was almost impossible to eat! I think there are some great ideas on the menu - but they need not to get lost in translation!

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RT
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu options, delicious food, attentive (but not intrusive) friendly service. Enjoyed the ambience and buzz!

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AH
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Just the most wonderful, attentive, humorous service - a real pleasure to be looked after here. A great team. The food was, in the main, great - although the tempura starter could do with some finesse....terribly thick, soggy batter. But wow, the apple pudding was incredible - a real star!!

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MP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Food arrived cold
Sent back but it meant my husband ate his alone
Mine arrived hot eventually but he had finished eating

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j
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Probably the best restaurant in Cambridge for now. Keep it up

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TV
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, but food was disappointing and expensive for what it was. Lobster was replaced by crayfish in the starter - we had been told the replacement was crab, which would have been more interesting. My wife's lamb stew contained bits of bone. My slow roast duck was edible, but looked unappealing - swimming in gravy. My wife's scallop starter was fine

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JA
London
13 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was generally excellent but there were one or two slips which were quickly remedied. Overall we felt it was slightly expensive for the standard of food on offer but it is certainly a welcome addition to the Cambridge food scene.

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JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable and the food amazing with excellent cocktails - thank you!

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OT
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We booked a table for 2:45. After being seated we waited for around 20 minutes before we were served which was slightly too long.
After that the waiting staff were excellent and the food really great.
Happy overall.

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CL
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Had heard mixed reviews so thought I would see for myself and agree with a lot of my friends, what lets this restaurant down is the service. It was pretty poor to say the least, from staff that did not know the fish of the day, to having to ask two members of staff if somebody could take our order, not only for drinks but for food. But if you can look passed the service the food itself is really good. I had a fabulous pie and the soufflé was amazing. The tables are quite packed in and the noise level is high so not the place if you are looking for a quiet meal but a good place to go with friends. So I left a little disappointed but very full!

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FB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A really enjoyable evening, good food and good service. Thank you.

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A
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, extremely helpful staff, really nice decor.

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A
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Not our first visit, certainly won’t be our last, new items on menu

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A really memorable meal. Interesting and varied menu. Our food was without exception cooked beautifully, and the attentive and unfussy service.

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TH
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time I’ve been since opening & both times the food has been great. I hope it manages to maintain this level for long to come. We’ll be frequent visitors, love food & crave better experiences than Cambridge currently offers. The truffle risotto is really beautiful. Great wine selection too with many affordable great bottles from a good variety of regions. It’s upscale dining in Cambridge, but maintains a relaxed feel the best combination in my opinion.

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A
London
32 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great menu choices, splendid Sunday lunch option (roast beef from the trolley), great service and value. The dining room is attractive but very noisy.

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BH
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

They are having some teething problems, mainly with staff, but I'm sure it will improve, and we'll definitely return.

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J
Sydney / NSW
27 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The service needs to be more polished. All the staff were very pleasant and helpful, but at times service was a little unprofessional. E.g. waiting staff leaning across one person to deliver food to person sitting next to them. Also waiting staff not knowing answers to simple questions about the menu - e.g. is the pastry on top of the pie shortcrust or puff. As it's early days I expect these issues will be dealt with.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We thought that the venue and food were very good but the service was a bit hit and miss. A couple of times we had waiters at the table within a couple of minutes of each other and then at other times it was difficult to gain their attention.

At the end of the meal we weren't asked if we wanted any teas and coffee. We then had to ask twice if we could have a table in the library for a night-cap. When we were eventually escorted to the library, nobody came to take our drinks order until we made a point of finding a member of staff.

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VB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been twice now, excellent service ever time! Favourite place to g.

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Meeting a friend who we hadn’t seen for a long while

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I booked Parker’s Tavern as an addition to my husbands birthday treats. The service was appalling. We sat at the bar as we were early

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EP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We enjoyed our meal at Parker's Tavern. However, what was disappointing was the noise level and the closeness of the tables. It was quite difficult to hold a conversation and the tables are quite close to each other. When we arrived the Receptionist who greeted us was clearly under pressure. She was holding an armful of coats and rushing about with the coats before she found time to put them in the appropriate place. I thought there should have been more than one person on the Reception. It just gave the impression of stress, not what you want to see when you are hoping to have a relaxing lunch. Apart from this the food and service was good.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had been wanting to try this restaurant in the refurbished University Arms and a family birthday provided the opportunity. It's a lovely open, welcoming room with friendly efficient staff. The food was excellent and well-presented, with prices that were actually very reasonable (budget for £10 starter, £20 main and you will be pleasantly surprised, although there are lower cost items as well). Decent wine list which isn't a rip off. A top class location in Cambridge for anything from a special occasion dinner to a lunch to celebrate a successful Christmas shopping trip.

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H
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely evening in beautiful surroundings. Food was delicious and service good. Relaxed, buzzy atmosphere.

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LC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food in a lovely setting, thoroughly enjoyed it!

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HM
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was mediocre but the decoration and the space were terrific. Waiting staff were very attentive.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience overall !!!

The food is on the average side compare to the extremely friendly, attentive and professional staffs.

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EP
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Booked after reading many favourable reviews since reopening. We were not disappointed.

Service was first class from the moment we entered the hotel.

The food was excellent: best potted shrimps I’ve tasted and the legendary Spag Bol more than lived up to its billing.

Varied, reasonably priced wines.

Highly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never knew that food could taste as good as this.

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LT
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb service from the minute you walk through the door. The food was absolutely delicious and so imaginative. Would definitely return and felt it was extremely good value for money.

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MT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parker’s Tavern is a superb professionally run,classy and yet relaxed restaurant and hotel where you can pop in for coffee or stay and enjoy lunch,afternoon tea or dinner.The cocktails are creative and delicious. The building has been transformed and the interiors utterly charming. The food is delicious with old British favourites on the menu served with flair. The staff are top notch and well trained-attentive and friendly without being intrusive. This was my second visit and will be my go to place now whenever I am in Cambridge.

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HM
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, great Ambience, & Lovely Food.
The Beef and Sole were lovely but the lamb unusual

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SB
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Seated at table then ignored by the waiting staff for about 15 minutes. Once we had ordered the service was quick, the food was excellent. We asked for the bill and again were ignored so eventually we took the bill to the bar to pay.

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LD
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit. I really love the building and the interiors. The food is good, too. All in all - a wonderful place to have a meal. The staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful.

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MO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I was extremely disappointed with the service. When booking, I started that the guests had allergies. When confirming on the phone, I reminded them off the allergies. On arrival I asked for advice of what can be ordered due to the allergies - TWICE - the waiters nodded and walked away. I waited quite a good twenty minutes and then got impatient and demanded service upon which we were told there was no allergy menu and that the waiter could tell us verbally, which we really could have be told upon our arrival. So we then ordered our food. The food arrived, which clearly had cheese on it, which is what the allergy is to! Very slow, poor incompetent service.

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I thought the food was fresh, well presented, tasty-really excellent offering. Staff are attentive and room is cosy. Will return.

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