Parker's Tavern

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431 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely ambience, great food. Service a little slow at times and we had to have the bill corrected but will definitely go back. Relaxed environment and super cocktails. The only complaint I have is that they never answer the telephone so we could not get hold of them on the week leading up to the booking.

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B
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic evening everything was excellent from the superb service to the outstanding presentation of the food and the taste of it. The only thing if I had to make a negative comment would be the noise which is only due to the wooden floors, walls and high ceilings there is nothing to absorb this.

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B
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wait staff was impeccable. It was obvious the experience mattered to the staff.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is incredible! The truffle risotto is out of this world good!!

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DM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Level of service was really poor, we had 4 different people taking orders, below standard. Food was average and quite expensive.

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NC
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have now eaten here twice, and on both occasions the food has been outstanding. Certainly among the best we have ever eaten. Service is good but not formal and intimidating .... And the surroundings are really great. Expensive but worth every penny.

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ES
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

A beautiful setting to appreciate attentive service, locally sourced food which was deliciously presented and a vast array of gins. However, the atmosphere on Sunday lunchtime was too formal to be able to really enjoy.

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c
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd time at the parkers tavern and will NOT be the last. Every time the food has been exceptional, the service exemplary and value superb. there was an issue when we arrived that our table wasnt ready, the management could not have handled it better and even if we didnt sit down until about 30mins after we had booked the table, wouldn't put us off. these things happen and we appreciated the "on the house" items we were offered Would encourage anyone to eat here. 5* for everything

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JW
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu offered a whole turbot, the waiter confirmed that it was a whole turbot, when it arrived it was a small fillet of tubot cooked off the bone as a small fillet......the waiter then agreed with me that it was in fact a fillet. No explanation. Very odd and unimpressive for the most expensive item on the menu after the steak.

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t
London
12 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

An aspirational restaurant, setting amazing, food mostly good, cocktails excellent. Service fairly good. We know you have another sitting, try not to pressure guest on arrival about this... then when asking for the bill make them wait 20 minutes? 20 minutes would've been better employed having a relaxing cocktail in the bar on arrival. All in all v good though, and much needed uplift in Cambridge. Would recommend.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a probem with my booking which I had amended online - didn't realise that the day had been changed so that my booking was not in fact for the night we turned up! The lady on the desk was extremely helpful and fitted us in. It was a birthday dinner for a friend so I was extremely grateful. Food and service were excellent.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. The restaurant is in a lovely building. Very comfortable dining room with a good atmosphere. Service was excellent with friendly staff. Good menu choice and the best risotto I’ve ever eaten. We couldn’t fault it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great; a lovely atmosphere and service.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was a little too salty for our taste and I would have liked a draught beer. Overall, a pleasant experience.

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c
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, atmosphere and service were all superb. The slow roasted duck was amazing.

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JW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were having a belated birthday celebration for our son's 30th. We'd seen Jay Rayner's review and thought we'd give it a go. Given the rather awful (!) outside entrance we were a little worried that it might be pretentious. On the contrary, we found it just right in terms of formality - nice that there were some young (well-behaved) children - and were particularly pleased not to have to shout to hear the conversation. The food was excellent - the younger ones in our party are London foodies and they thought it was terrific. Would certainly come again for a special occasion - although we felt that the prices were very reasonable for the quality. Staff were attentive without being intrusive! A really good addition to Cambridge restaurants!

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W
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The perfect place to celebrate our wedding anniversary, we had a lovely meal in the perfect setting, thank you

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous laidback ambience. Staff were absolutely delightful. Helpful and knowledgeable without being pushy. Clearly well led by their managers .
House red was fab.
Perhaps my highlight was being able to design my own ice cream sundae ... a dream come true! Only slight hiccup was the raspberry ripple did not have any ripples.. but was delicious non the less. A perfect evening. Thank you

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great meal! The food and service were brilliant and good value.

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CB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful venue, service is warm and efficient. The food is excellent - full of flavour, an interesting menu and nice seasonal options. Great kids menu too, especially the ice cream menu at the end! Highly recommend.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was chaotic. Long delay before order taken, mistakes on order, mains arrived before aperitif, wrong wine, side dishes arrived long after mains. Food tasty but not hot.

Hopefully just a bad day but we will come back to find out

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JE
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was very slow and the staff didn’t seem to mind if you enjoyed your meal or not. My duck fell off the bone but apart from that I would describe our meal as pretty average.

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W
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good choice of wines, with single glasses for those who want a different or additional choice, for £5. Food was excellent, my fish was cooked to perfection, with lovely greens including samphire. Others in our party really enjoyed the pork! Desserts excellent value, the apple dessert would have been at home in a Michelin starred restaurant. I had the dark chocolate ice cream with honeycomb topping. Nicely presented and a steal at £6. We look forward to returning!

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Whilst we enjoyed the food and the venue the service was less than desired. We were left seated at our table for 20 minutes before anyone asked what we'd like to drink; the waiting staff were never nearby when needed; they seemed to forget we had a bottle of wine so I had to keep asking for a top up; again we were left waiting for nearly half an hour before they took our dessert orders. On the positive side the food was excellent and when I commented on the poor service the charge was removed from the bill.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Disapointing Sunday lunch. No better than an average pub lunch, but much more expensive. Unlikely to return.

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G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

This was our second visit to the restaurant and it was disappointing - the first visit shortly after the restaurant opened was a great and enjoyable experience. This time the service was slow and disorganised and two of the three dishes were poor (but the third was really very good). We raised our issues with the management and they dealt with them professionally and reduced the bill (without being requested to do so). The room is great and the staff are very friendly - a little more focus on the quality of the service and consistency of the food is needed.

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SP
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Restaurant was very busy but there were insufficient waiting staff and the service was very poor. Our dessert order went astray and the dishes served not as we had ordered but it was so late we just wanted to pay and go.
Food was very good apart from the dessert mix up

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AB
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Parker's Tavern to celebrate a birthday.

We were well looked after and the food was AMAZING!!

We all ordered a different dish and there was no food envy. It was a absolutely delicious and well presented. The deserts were equally tasty.

Surroundings were very comfortable and pleasant on the eye.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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

Great food, great dining room but catastrophic service, felt like no one was in charge

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S
London
15 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch (duck and sole), excellent service, nothing was too much, perfect wine, such a friendly ambience, all in all a super experience.

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and attentive service, we were particularly impressed that our server noticed we were very disturbed by the extremely loud diners behind us, and without us complaining, offered to move us to a quieter area. This was much appreciated. The food was excellent, I had the tandoori whole quail, and the risotto..absolutely delicious. Also to be recommended was the mushroom soup, deep rich flavour and silky, and the lamb, which was perfectly cooked. This is a classy place, but not at all stuffy, very nice decor and atmosphere, not overly priced. Highly recommended.

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SA
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was all brilliant except how noisy it was, I think I expected it to be more chilled when you are paying more for a meal, I felt a little like I was sat in Pizza Hut.
All staff amazing tho

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JO
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Despite booking in advance with knowledge that it was my wife’s birthday we were shoved into the worst table in the house, next to the till and kitchen. My wife’s game starter came raw - it went back to the kitchen and came back 15 minutes later burnt to a crisp while mine was left to go cold. 55 minutes then went by until the next course - a dry, overdone and inedible duck (uncuttable rubber) and dry, butter-less Langoustine dish. With my wife in tears (big night out after long illness) we asked for it to be fixed only for the waitress to come back to us to explain this is how the chef ‘meant it’. Appalling. We left without paying and went (at 11pm) to Jamie’s Italian for some proper food and service. Not what we were expecting.

Will tell anyone that’ll listen of this disastrous experience, which will be easy as my wife runs a very popular and influential instagram account and blog. Will never go again.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Very nice environment - good service but food was poor - salmon starter that I could have made better myself - chicken pie for mains which did not contain any chicken as far as I can tell. Expensive for what it was.
Did not bother with pudding.
On the plus side building is beautiful and plays audio books in the toilets.

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food and attentive service. Cocktails are particularly amazing!

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L
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful location, fantastic and friendly service. The restaurant decor is fabulous. Starters, in particular, were on the pricey side although the starter of crab salad was delicious as was the truffle risotto. For my main course, I opted for the pie of the day which on this day was duck pie ..... this was really disappointing: a tiny amount of duck, much of which was a bit gristly, in a sea of gravy. I'll definitely be back to try again.

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FW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

So disappointed in our meal here, having read so many good reviews, including by Jay Rayner. Room is lovely, as were staff, but food just didn’t match up.
The best bit of the meal was an appetiser of cod roe with radishes — which was really delicious. Nice sourdough bread too, so we had high expectations for the rest of the meal. A purple sprouting broccoli tempura starter had a thick oily batter and veg was soggy inside. They could do with a lesson at my local Japanese. My mother had a not particularly generous portion of very small asparagus. Pleasant but not memorable.
For main, I had the turbot cooked in a bag. Looked lovely when bought to the table, and full of fennel and herbs as well as fresh fish. It should had been delicious, but had no flavour at all. I think they may have forgotten to season it. Perfectly nice once I’d seasoned at the table, but really? The new potatoes ordered as a side were inedible — completely waterlogged, I’m guessing from overlong boiling? They did remove these from my bill. My mother had the duck, which was not bad, but not particularly good either. The potato purée that came with it was over rich.
Pudding was a perfectly nice apple mousse, and a vanilla ice cream which my mother said was the worse she’d ever had — it had a watery granular consistency more like a granita, which was not as advertised.
With the exception of the soggy potatoes, all was edible, but just very disappointing for the price, which was around £110 including two Campari and sodas.
The following evening we had a really wonderful meal at Varsity. Exceptional, and significantly cheaper.

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F
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable Birthday lunch, service, food and surroundings made it worth the visit.

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OT
London
70 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant interior, beautiful location and a nice menu. Service was ok but not amazing. Same with the food.

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TW
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food. Extremely well priced for the quality. Staff were very welcoming. Wonderful atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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