Parker's Tavern

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£26 to £40
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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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EH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Nice enough but in comparison to other cambridge restaurants, I believe the quality of food to price ratio was a bit steep. I have had just as good food for cheaper at other locations in the Cambridge city centre. Overall, the food was nice so no complaints.

W
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed every aspect of our lunch, will definately revisit.

V
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The service was a little slow and impersonal, on this visit. The food was good though.

AM
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The beef in a Sunday roast was the best I gaff had in a long time abc all guests at my table thought the same. Only Criticism I would have is the type of plate or more metal wok we had to eat main course out of. Roast potatoes were not as good as my own and poss could have done with 1 more. But overall very good and will def go back.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Many new staff who were inexperienced & therefore standard not as good as it usually is.

TG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Service and ambience was nice but the portions were expensive, tiny and salty

A
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Would highly recommend Parker's Tavern for a night out!

EF
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service - Giuseppe provided fabulous recommendations (truffles duck egg and lamb in particular) and service from him and Iris was impeccable. One of the best meals and experiences we have had in years.

RH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Valentine's menu.
My lamb was perfect , my wife's halibut was also cooked to perfection. We both had souffle which again was perfect.
The starters were great although they initially forgot them...but a couple of free glasses of bubbly was greatly accepted.
We will be dining here again.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice And easy but too expensive for what it was.

E
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great space and incredibly friendly and accommodating staff. Had a cloakroom which is handy. A little too loud but then it was valentine's day! The food was good, good quality ingredients and the wine reasonably priced. Sat in the bar afterwards, very good vibe.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed the Valentines set menu. Looking forward to going back when it’s less crowded and trying the ala carte choices.

OT
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food, drinks, venue. Great attention to detail, absolutely fantastic time thank you.

IA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Compared to the prices the food is not up to par.

Seating is rather poor as the tables were moving around as they're unbalanced, which got kind of annoying whilst trying to eat.

Service was also rather poor, it seems I came on a training day as most of the waiters/waitresses were struggling and seemed lost when taking orders and bringing out the food.

I had a gin and tonic with a Cambridge gin, which was one of the worst gins I have ever tasted, I asked for it to be changed, but they couldn't get it right so I didn't bother drinking it at all.

Overall 0.5/5

MP
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good overall experience. Food generally very goodand my partner rated her dishes as excellent . I had slight reservations as my main and an accompanying salad were over salted. Enough really to have raised it with the staff though I chose not to.

The ambience is that of a traditional up-market continental brasserie. Somewhat overdone but stylishly and with good views out over the open space of Parker’s Piece. Service was attentive and efficient. Prices were on the high side but not eye watering so I thought it average as value for money. We certainly wouldn’t be put off from going again and we’ll be recommending it to friends.

AV
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal... great Service (thanks Giuseppe!)
The truffles duck egg was amazing!!
Will definitely recommend it!

n
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I have been to this restaurant before and had a very good experience. I have to say this time the service was disappointing. The waitress didn’t speak English so it was difficult for her to understand our order . Also we had quite a Walt .
The food was good however

CT
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and excellent service. Relaxed atmosphere and great choice of music too. Lovely place.

SM
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

I had lunch on an unfortunate day as the restaurant was virtually empty and so lacking in ambience. The food and service was good but not special

RL
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Service was pleasant, if a little amateurish at times. The real disappointment lay in the food. We have been several times before but not for some months. My principal disappointment was in the butternut soup I ordered - a special Sunday menu starter. It was so salty that it destroyed my pallet for the rest of the meal and certainly masked any more subtle flavours of the squash or truffle oil. I appreciate that I generally don't add salt to food and so my taste buds may be more delicate than others' but as salt can so easily be added afterwards, it's a great shame that the chef used it so liberally.
My husband had the winter truffle risotto, which he enjoyed.
I had the fish special as a main. A very small piece of brill on a bed of what seemed to be slightly curried lentils. The whole thing was quite dry, as if it had been waiting around for a while, and the flavours just not special in anyway. My vegetables, on the other hand, were good.
My husband had suckling pork and was similarly disappointed. The meat tasted almost 'gamey' and not at all what he had expected.
The rhubarb and ginger cheesecake was really ordinary and without the ginger biscuit base would have had little flavour.

I'm sorry to be so negative. We've had much better experiences in the past - but this just felt a real let down. As I say, the staff were warm and friendly, if rather slow and confused to begin with and some not very well informed about the food.

B
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everytime again it is een very nice place to have diner, to have lunch or to stay.

M
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Waiters black aprons were filthy, clearly worn the previous day.
Serving Sunday roast in a metal dish made it very hard to eat, as it was on a plate (with folded napkin) which didn’t fit the dish.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Duke of Cambridge tart was particularly good.

L
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very dissapointing portion size, we were all left wondering if we'd been served starters instead of mains by mistake. The food was delicious but I dont expect to start discussing ordering a pizza for when we get home before we've even got to the dessert.

From a Tavern i expect to be comforted and well fed, especially for the price of the dishes. The food really was fantastic but the did not feel like value for money.

We were entertaining customers after a long day of meetings and i was left embarassed that we all left still hungry and unsatisfied.

The actual ambiance was fun and lively and i can not fault the staff at all, attentive but not intrusive. Again, we loved the food but not the portion size.

TH
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, brilliant food, nice relaxed atmosphere and great decor

I would 100% go back

So much on the menu I wanted to try

Even had dessert which is unheard of for me

Y
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I and my husband had a great time at Parker's Tavern. We went for the afternoon tea. Sandwiches and creamy cakes are amazing. But I'm afraid I cannot tell the same thing for scones. Chocolate scone was like dry cake and plain one was like old sweet bread. So they need to review their scone recipe. Service was great. You can get tea as much as you want. You can order more cakes and sandwiches that included the price. They gave us a nice gift box with a slice of cake inside before we left. This cake's quality doesn't suit the place. On tart pastry lots of burnt sugar which is I think caramel tart doesn't taste good. But the idea is great giving a box to the customers with a slice of cake. Overall it is a nice place to have afternoon tea. We'll try their lunch on our next visit.

FL
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food, from vegetarian beetroot hash to suckling pig our group enjoyed everything.

H
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our table was not ready at 8.30 so we waited 15 mins, not a problem with nice cocktail bar at hand. However, the guy (not sure his title) who had promised to come and get us when table was ready, didn't and then delegated this simple task to his female colleague who was not in the loop, so the whole experience was uncomfortable and not that professional. The food was nice enough but not a wow to be honest. The beetroot and venison was a little bland and not hot enough. The duck was very delicious and extremely rich. The atmosphere in the restaurant was very nice and buzzy. I did find starters and deserts pretty pricy.

TC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food - really well balanced flavours. House wine (red) also notably good for price. Service friendly and helpful, if a little stretched when it got busy. Would recommend as a high end dining experience at a moderate price.

WH
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Luxurious surroundings, creative menu suitable for all tastes. Superb and professional staff.

MW
London
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very pleasant dining experience. Thank you very much.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing. Great value Sunday lunch and a good vegetarian option.

VJ
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, amazing food, great service. Will definitely be back

B
Cambridge
28 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing and the night for the pair of us was wonderful. Drinks service was fairly random but we muddled through. The slow cooked duck egg was a treat almost worth going back for on its own.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been a few times, but this time everyone was perfect! Excellent service, food, drink and atmosphere

JS
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an early dinner on a Friday - very good food (amazing value), absolutely lovely service, and as always a great atmosphere.

D
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We availed ourselves of the special lunch offer and enjoyed it thoroughly.
Although there was a slight hiccough with the main course order, it was swiftly put right.

TT
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit of a treat for us. Lovely food, lovely drinks, lovely service, lovely location and we didn't break the bank. Thank you!

CS
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

On the plus side, the staff were all very professional and friendly. The location is delightful, overlooking Parkers Piece. However, one of our dishes (pie of the day - beef with mushrooms) was very poor. The meagre meat filling was very fatty and the side of mashed potatoes had too much butter, so very soggy. Very overpriced for the quality of the food on our visit and extremely disappointing.

Z
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice place, quite noisy where we were sitting, side dish forgotten and brought eventually but no redress offered. Not a cheap night - food typical for Cambridge pricing but drink is ££££. Pleasant for a special occasion, food was nice, service a bit confused at points but friendly.