Parker's Tavern

4.2
282 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.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall it was excellent, although we did have to wait 20 minutes for our table to be available.

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PP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We went for the Valentines meal. It was massively overpriced and really not the nicest. It was good food, but for what we were paying I expected a whole lot more. The servers were great and even though we’re clearly very busy were accommodating. Still we won’t be going there again. A shame really.

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t
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Perfect all round meal just service was a bit slow 45mins to get our drinks and food order

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LA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Tables so close together that the staff couldn't reach to give us good or drinks. Tables also very small. Starters was good. Waited 45 minutes for mains. Chicken dish had a distinct fish taste! Desert was lovely. Staff were lovely but just far too crowded. Spoiled a special evening sadly.

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ES
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely setting and very attentive staff. Perfect valentines dinner.

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H
London
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Everything about our lunch was great, apart from our two main courses, which were disappointing. I had the lobster macaroni, not cheap st £19. It was not very nice at all. The ice cream sundaes were some compensation.

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MM
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my 43rd birthday and my lovely wife took the day off to be with me! After taking the kids to school, she asked: “Why don’t we go to Parker’s Tavern”? Well, best idea ever. We were welcomed by a lovely lady, VIP style! She showed us our table and both our waiters were amazing, with just the enough amount of right talk with a brief history about the place and its surroundings. The food! Wow.... just amazing! From the starters, to the mains and ultimately the desserts! All of that with a great Prosecco! It is not a Michelin starred restaurant but everything from the welcome, the food and the service are all within the range! A special thanks to our waiter Mr Luis Miguel, a real gentlemen and a pleasure to talk to. Price? £99 all together, what I do consider quite reasonable for our level of satisfaction! Will come again, no doubt!

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A
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely meal. The roasted lamb rump was particularly stunning.

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JE
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first time my wife and I came here to eat was for an evening meal which was most excellent. This last time we brought a couple of friends and went for Sunday lunch, we had a great meal with attentive service and will be definitley coming back. Compliments to the chef and all the staff.

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MB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent.

Giuseppe served us, he was very funny and professional and made our birthday celebration very special.

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M
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with extremely helpful and friendly staff. Great menu, excellent choice of wines.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service & location. Will definitely be visits again.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent ambience. Food was generally good. We had “Cut and Come again pie” which was a “tart” not a pie with no top and little sides. Service was very good. Would recommend but care needed with choice of dish. Prices mid range and reasonable value for money.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very pleasant evening and would definitely go back.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A number of friends had recommended Parkers Tavern so I was expecting a lot but felt disappointed.

It is a great venue when you get past the Las Vegas style entrance.

The Bar staff were frantically busy making cocktails which meant that the service at the bar was slow.

The menu was interesting, the portions (I had duck) were small, the taste was average given the prices. The service was average - we had to replenish our glasses. It was a tad noisy.

I wouldn't rush back but would try it again in a few months primarily because the alternatives in Cambridge are limited.

The taxi home ordered through the front desk was cheap.

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious and the food service was good but the service coming from the bar was shockingly bad

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y
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Disappointed. Beautiful setting with great views. Lots of staff on duty but varying levels of competence. Expensive food that just didn’t justify the price. Shame.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice to see the University Arms come to life again and we particularly liked the easy booking online, the reminder, the old fashioned service of being shown to seating in the bar, the disappearance of our coats to the cloakroom and delivery of a cloakroom ticket. The meal was very good and if there was to be a comment it would just be there was too much cream in the creamed potatoes , but there was a clue in the title! Overall we were impressed and we will be returning.

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D
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went on a Sunday so was pretty quiet - food was very good and great service by all of the staff. Wine list was well curated with a good selection and desert wines. The hotel is very nice too. Tables as others have commented are a little close, but on a quiet night the staff seem to make a conscious effort not to seat customers on top of each other needlessly, so hopefully on busy nights there's enough noise to keep some degree of privacy..

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice dinning room staff great food fantastic worth going

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GB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lovely food and service, we did have a wobbly table which the waitress tried to fix but not very well then the waiter tried and it was a bit better, the excuse was that the floor is apparently not level, it was fine but a bit annoying, if you know the floor is not level then put something permanently under the table maybe. I would definitely come back again though.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Nice setting and decor but unfortunately some things spoiled our experience. We arrived at just before 7 for a drink in the bar and this was all very nice. Then seen to out table and placed our orders, the wine waiter waiter and all staff very attentive and helpful.

We ordered the lobster and smoked mackerel cocktail, this very disappointing firstly due it’s size and the distinct lack of lobster in the dish I counted 3 small slivers in mine and all for £16 each. We aren’t habitual complainers or that’s fussy about the size of portions, but this was ridiculous and we honestly felt swindled.

The other low point came when our mains arrived before we had finished our starters as the waiter quite obviously whisked them back into the kitchen. We then finished our starters and immediately as our plates where cleared the mains turned back up at our table.

This gave us no time to break between courses or order wine for our mains in time for the to arrive, really disappointing! All in all we felt very rushed and where out of there within an hour! We diced to skip desserts as a result of the experience thus far.

The food was tasty and generally the staff good, but we felt rushed and ripped off somewhat.

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K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Normally good food but totally off their game for this visit - food was either average at best or had to be sent back. Shame. Great service though.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The full fine dining experience for a very palatable price. The food was outstanding, the service some of the best we have had, great wine selection and more importantly great beer selection.

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RN
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better than a lot of the London hotels for afternoon tea!

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RC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere/ beers in the bar before a very enjoyable 3 course meal. Would definitely go again.....

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FH
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great food. Great setting, will visit again

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JH
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food well-cooked and certainly above average, but not gastronomic, and service excellent. Excellent bread and butter at no extra charge and proper white linen tablecloths are an added bonus. The whole atmosphere is reminiscent of a French (or Belgian!) brasserie.

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EW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Setting is beautiful but food was disappointing. It was cold, we had to send it back. My husband had just finished his wine, and a waitor swooped in to remove the glass (we were thinking, wow great service) to then just walk away without asking if he’d like another! For the price it lacked the ‘extra’ Service you’d expect.

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M
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A great experience in this newly renovated hotel. The restaurant food was superb as was the service. Our only criticism would be the layout of tables in rows in the restaurant otherwise ambiance was superb.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A perfect place to celebrate my birthday. Felt very welcome and the service and food was superb.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality of service given by all staff is excellent clearly the management take pride in training staff which is evident and not always seen in 4 and 5 start rated environments but this place has it all so well done everyone involved. In particular the kitchen under the management of the chef Tristan Welch.

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f
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent Sunday lunch with plenty of choice for non meat eaters. Great atmosphere and friendly service.

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CB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant, welcoming and friendly service.
We had the brunch menu. Have done lunch previously.
Both occasions, the food is great quality, and prepared with care, presented beautifully.
Lovely dining room, comfortable and with views over Parkers Piece, it is a lovely Cambridge venue

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BN
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Nice food although very rich, I felt uncomfortable for long time after eating . We also felt rushed to leave restaurant as there was waiters looking all the time for people to vacate their tables so others could be seated.

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RB
Essex
31 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance. Great selection of food and drinks

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CC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was exceptional. A very enjoyable dining experience.

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MJ
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

Great Location, Great Atmosphere, Great service with friendly and knowledgeable staff, let down by the very average food and tiny portion.

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F
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Not an exceptional meal - tried to palm us off with a paltry 'seasonal veg' side dish which was replaced with the correct mix of veg - otherwise meal was ok. My sole dish was excellent.

Restaurant extremely noisy, tables for two far too small and insufficient room between tables - my chair was knocked by the staff at least a dozen times and that really irritates me!

The service was excellent

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w
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a dinner with friends on Saturday evening. We all really enjoyed our food and the wine. Staff were friendly and attentive. Pre dinner drinks were great will go again and would recommend

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