Parker's Tavern

4.3
385 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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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London
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, magnificent service, great value, buzzy atmosphere

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RB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a lovely meal here on Saturday evening, staff were helpful and attentive, the food on the whole was very good (I did send my lamb back as it was relatively cold however this was dealt with promptly and when it came back it was really tasty). Overall, a good experience and value for money.

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

Overall very impressed. Food was superb, my duck was the best I'd had. Service excellent, ambience great, a real 5 star way to spend our anniversary.

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

Foreign waitress did not understand order so starter was wrong. But otherwise she was very good.

The duck which is usually good consisted of large over cooked rather coarse pieces and not very good.

This is the problem with this restaurant, the cooking is so inconsistent. Very poor dishes like macaroni with lobster, lobster and mackerel cocktail, both appalling and very expensive and then the usually reliable duck and good desserts.

People go back to restaurants if they know what they will get but this restaurant still has too many disappointments.

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AH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant decor and ambience. Good service . Food was tasty and well presented. My daughter loved the ice cream choice of toppings. I thought the Apple Epiphany was a real show stopper which looked and tasted delicious.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was fantastic which justifies a high rating. The restaurant is spacious and airy and nicely set out so it's not too cramped. It's a shame that you can't see out of the windows to the view, which is the main USP for Parker's Tavern - the windows are curtained off along the bottom. The view of Parkers Piece is more important than privacy (people can choose to sit at the back if they dont want to be seen!) & hopefully the hotel will realise this.
Service was terrible. The staff were friendly and not rude, just slow, forgetful, table wasn't ready until 20 mins after our booking, noone took our coats, drinks ordered at bar didnt arrive before we went through to table, noone took our order etc etc.

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A
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

All was perfect apart from food. Muffin was half cooked or may have been defrosted before cooking and serving them. Eggs were fine.
Nice ambience and lovely staff.

Can definitely improve in their food.

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DW
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Our meals were very disappointing.
My wife chose the smaller portion of Spaghetti Bolognese at £12. After 4 or 5 mouthfuls, she said it had neither taste not texture. The meat was chopped too fine for amy mouthfeel and there were no discernible herbs or flavours. We complained to the (Italian) waiter who told us how to make Spag Bol (we already knew). He said he would tell the kitchen. We never saw him again and received neither comment nor apology.
I chose the signature dish - Turbot in a bag at £25. I know Turbot is expensive, but my piece was no more than 3-4 oz and was sat upon 7or8 pieces of Samphire and 4 or 5 of Fennel/ What I also know about Turbot is that it is a very tasty, meaty fish. This was not. It was tasteless, unseasoned and soggy. It could have been cod, haddock or any other white fish.

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EK
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent customer service. Food beautifully presented and unique, and very tasty.
A bit pricey, but it's Cambridge and the kind of place you would go for a treat.

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NS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Can’t wait to come back!

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s
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

I had langoustines for lunch. I was very sick when I got home.
Not much atmosphere as restaurant quite empty.

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R
London
155 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed by Parker's. We may have been unlucky with a new and inexperienced waiter (who was struggling to understand English at times) - lots of small mistakes and misunderstandings which became a bit annoying. We also had to wait a very long time between courses. The food was OK but nothing remarkable and my steak was tough and tasteless. Very expensive for what was basically pretty average brasserie food. We were however treated very courteously and the manager was great. Nice setting/views and the interior feels quite upmarket. We didn't want to complain as we had a guest with us but I could not recommend this place. Wish we had just found a decent gastropub instead.

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G
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve been here 3 times now and loved it each time. The food is amazing and the menu is varied & interesting. The place itself is beautiful and the service is incredible. The only issue we had this time was that the service was slightly slow. It was a lunchtime, we had things we needed to get to after lunch and it really wasn’t busy, so we were just a little frustrated with the time it took to order & get served. Otherwise it was fantastic.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The full English was good. The quality of food was good and the portion was generous. Staffs are very polite and nice. Would definately go back again!

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LW
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for lunch on a Monday quiet and very relaxing.

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S
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Expensive for what it is but the most negative thing was the noise. Very loud and very busy - the acoustics are nit conducive to having a conversation.

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LD
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I booked the table as that's what I thought you had to do. However, when we arrived and ordered our coffee the waitress returned to ask us if we wanted food. We had not expected to have food and we explained to the waitress. She very kindly offered for us to go into the Library. It was extremely nice and comfortable and very elegant. We had two more coffee's, 2 lots of drinks, your Bloody Mary, fantastic. Then we heard people ordering lunch, yes that's how long we were in there, and decided to do the same. The only thing that you could possibly improve on for your lunch menu is to offer posh sandwiches with perhaps game crisps or posh crisps, as that's what we would have both liked, but, what we had was delicious. We will certainly be coming again, and I will be booking to have afternoon tea with my Mum and Dad. Thank you.

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A
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to enjoy good food in wonderful surroundings

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SE
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We were 6 people and there are no round tables only long with benches one side which is hateful to get in and out of. Service was very slow. We were never offered a sweet or coffee until in desperation I flagged a waiter. We had scallops to start and they were cooked in butter with Samphire grass and then we had brown sole which was also cooked in butter with samphire grass; the waiter should have pointed this out as we ordered. Finally we had intended to park underneath the hotel but the parking chap seemed to have disappeared so after waiting 15 minutes we gave up and found parking elsewhere.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great early dinner with our 7 month old. The food was served quickly, was good quality and the waiting staff were very accommodating of our little guy who fed in a high chair while we ate.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service is impeccable, the food wonderful and the setting grand. But all of it still manages to be relaxed. We loved it. It was buzzing too -- great energy.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truffle risotto was excellent! Thoroughly enjoyable meal.

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m
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

NEW RESTAURANT FOR CAMBRIDGE, GREAT FIND, GOOD FOOD, REALLY ENJOYED MY LUNCH,

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M
Cambridge
15 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good Brasserie type menu which was very good in great location with attentitive staff

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p
London
20 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh, the truffle risotto, it really is sublime. And my sole with shrimps and samphire was perfect too...

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Sunday lunch with friendly service. Delicious roast beef lunch with generous vegetables. A lovely treat!

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s
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening, service and food was fab

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GA
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I had confirmed reservation with yourselves so disappointed when Parkers rang direct and almost spoilt the secret of taking husband for his birthday. Our son was already at table and had been offered drink. We were not acknowledged for 15 minutes, then waitress asked if we were ready to order food. We said we hadn't even been offered a drink. We wanted champagne due to celebration. Another person served drink.
A third person took our order.
inconsistent service to start with, but then one waiter, fourth person, recognised it was a birthday and served us well along with celebratory chocolates.
handed cloak room ticket in and received wrong coat!!
Food choice very good and good value.
Some staff need fine tuning and more interactive with clientele

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P
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time eating here and still doesn't disappoint, far the best restaurant in cambridge

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S
London
13 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is light and bright and yet cosy. Service was excellent, very friendly from start to finish. The menu is quite diverse, so everybody should find something to their taste. Our langoustines were delicious, so was the apple dessert and the wine. The bill was a pleasant surprise, we thought Parkers Tavern would be more expensive.

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AT
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit.
My word for this restaurant is unfussy which is the highest praise I can give. I hate places where the food is presented in an over-elaborate way and the staff won't leave you alone.
PT gets everything right. Great choice of items on the menu and food is superb. Full plates without over-facing you. Great ambiance (no musak) in an elegant location. But best of all is the staff. Friendly, informal and polite, they were there when we wanted something and not when we didn't. No hovering which I really like.
There were a few large groups when we went but the room was big enough for us to find a quiet corner for two.
Excellent!

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Service was awful I'm afraid. I've been here before when the service was very good, but this time it was extremely slow. We waited ages for our lunch. The waitress seemed new so perhaps it was because of that, however the service in the bar was also very slow that day. It wasn't busy so I hope they resolve this issue for when it is. Lovely food normally, but not spot on for us on this occasion.
I have to say that this is a very lovely room, beautifully decorated and with a wonderful view of the green behind the hotel.

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GH
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked for an anniversary meal and requested a table out of the way. From start to finish the service was excellent, attentive staff who could no do enough to make the experience wonderful. The food was top notch, I had the duck for main followed by the rice pudding souffle. Prices for this sort of venue and quality of dining were very reasonable. A lovely touch was the complimentary chocolates we received for our anniversary. Highly recommended!

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AK
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The duck was great.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Really nice ambience and classy atmosphere. Tables are nicely spaced out, and an eclectic range of interesting pictures adorn the walls.

The food and drink are very good, and the staff are knowledgeable about the menu. The sommelier's knowledge of the wines was particularly impressive.

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S
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to the new University Arms. I had to change my reservation which was done easily. We loved the location overlooking Parker’s Piece, very pretty at night. Food excellent and the complementary dessert with a candle for my husband’s 70th birthday was a nice touch. Would definitely go back.

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SH
London
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was expecting better. Nice place to eat but the food could be better in my opinion

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere for a birthday celebration

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OT
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Beautiful building and setting with a great atmosphere but so many errors with staff, service and food orders. Actual food also unfortunately very disappointing, tough steaks and poor quality langoustines.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Rushed on arrival then virtually ignored apart from our water glasses which were constantly refilled. Had to ask 3 times for a drinks order, when it arrived we were told it would be on the house, however it was added to the final bill along with an item we hadn’t ordered.
Food was not of quality we had read about.
Disappointed

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