Parker's Tavern

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605 reviews
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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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Kent
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my daughter and fiancées graduation. The staff made it special for them both. The food was delicious, and the flavours balanced very well, to create a meal to remember. Thank you to all atParkers tavern for making it a special day 🤪🍾

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

One of the best meals I’ve had the pleasure of eating on the British isles. Simply superb!

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

Graduation

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JS
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Considerate waiters were attentive but not overly bothersome. Noise level was quiet enough to have a decent conversation without straining your ears - unlike many restaurants these days.
Overall a very pleasant experience indeed.

LW
London
14 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was a birthday celebration for me and we were not disappointed. The waiting staff in particular were very friendly and attentive. There is a good selection of dishes and it is generally good value even if the starters seem a little overpriced. £50-60 per head for 3 courses and a drink is pretty decent really considering the quality of food and service. You absolutely have to order the Apple Epiphany for pudding, a humorous and inventive homage to Isaac Newton.

DM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was lovely, drinks great, but pricey. Service was rather slow on a Friday evening.

SH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Grand surroundings. Plenty of staff - but difficult to know who has responsibility for what. No one took my coat, for example, but someone took my colleague’s. The entrance to the restaurant was unguarded. I awaited service. Someone arrived, asked me to wait; a little later someone else arrived and took my reservation and to my seat. There’s a lack of coherence.

The service is too haphazard. Various people took our order; various people brought food; various people forgot the coffee; various people took the bill. Too many times they intrusively took glasses or plates from the table, reaching over, while we still hadn’t finished. We were asked more than once if everything was ok. If I don’t like it, I’d send it back. Please stop bothering.

Food was nice. But serving fish in a metal skillet means it goes cold fast. All the heat disappears into the tin. My colleague’s chips were greasy. He had to have a pudding to sweeten up afterwards (his excuse).

It’s a bit like eating in a posh continental railway station brasserie. Maybe in Vienna. Not an intimate space.

N
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Parker’s Tavern is a stylish and chic place to meet up socially. The staff are friendly, helpful and professional. I had the beef burger with chips. The burger was good quality meat but the chips were not so good - too oily, as were the onion rings which were in the bun making the bread oily too. So a bit disappointing. For desert we had the whipped ice cream in a cone (flavour of the day - vanilla & mandarin) - very nice!

AM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Yes. Service could have been a little faster in view of the fact we were told when booking that we only had the table for 1.5 hours .

FW
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Perhaps my expectations were raised having had Parker's Tavern highly recommended, but I was disappointed by the pie I ordered. The meat was fatty and whilst the side veg was nice, presenting them separately and the pie dish on a napkin on the plate seemed odd. The staff were polite and efficient but aloof and so the welcome wasn't warm. I enjoyed the menu card that allowed the choices for ice cream and the peanut brittle was tasty, but I wouldn't recommend it and won't be returning.

HC
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, can’t wait to visit again

RF
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful Sunday lunch in the lovely Parker’s Tavern, buzzing but faultless attention from the kind and helpful staff. Food was delicious, nice portions, some lovely combinations. I loved the tempura courgettes - divine dressing. And we bumped into Tristan Welch - always a bonus to see the boss on site!

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

What a gorgeous place - fabulously decadent. Food good. Atmosphere lovely. A small disappointment was the awful cocktails...and deserts weren’t great. Worth visiting though

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Experience can be best described as mediocre. Front of house were rude on arrival. Two of three meals sent back as cold when served. Quality of the steak poor. Such a shame. There are much nicer places to eat in Cambridge.

K
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for lunch - friendly, great food and reasonably priced too!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Delicious food

OT
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and good wine. Waiter a little distracted at times but the restaurant was very busy on a Friday evening.

NS
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening, amazing food and brilliant staff! Thank you.

SP
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, ambiance, price and respectable service. I will visit again on a personal occasion.

CN
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We booked PT for my wifes 40th birthday lunch and we had a lovely time. I have told all of my friends and work colleagues to visit

YB
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved our lunch at Parker's tavern. The staff was very welcoming and friendly. They were very accomodating for my allergies and changed the sauce for the dish accordingly. I loved the dark chocolate sorbet. Overall a very good experience for us.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely terrific birthday dinner! Food and wine were delicious, and staff lovely. The sole in nut brown butter is especially terrific as is the ragu (for children and adults alike). The chef was there, and he was extremely kind to us and our child. We really appreciate the wonderful memorable evening we had there; thanks so much!

p
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

They screwed up our 28th wedding anniversary.
No room to have a pre dinner drink..we were shooed away twice from empty seats in the bar with implausible excuses and then they screwed up our dinner order so one main course was completely cold by the time the second one appeared. Literally uncool.

SH
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pleasant space nicely decorated with views over Parker's piece, Service good, food okay but nothing special and menu looked the same as when I visited in January.

SS
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The service has improved since we were last here but fell down by the time we got to deserts!

Three course meal with drinks came to £50 per person.

Great ambience and setting.

P
Cambridge
11 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was expecting amazing but not was generally ok. Service was a little slow and staff were new, food above average but not brilliant, clumsy handling of gluten and dairy free. There is better in Cambridge at the same price point (Varsity, Ivy, Chop House, Oak Bistro).

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and the friendliness of the staff are outstanding coupled with great food and wine. A perfect anniversary lunch.

LB
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Extremely slow service, sometimes non-existent. Cold food, a long way off previous standard. Very disappointing visit, will be a long time before I consider returning.

RW
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food, service abit patchy (but they were busy). Value ok, starter x2 scallops £16 I thought was a little pricey, but main courses good sized portions for the money.

SA
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

This is the fourth time we have eaten here and always the food is amazing. It was exceptionally busy and loud on this occasion. The service wasn’t spot on as I had to request water, drinks, extra butter (didn’t arrive). The staff didn’t seem very confident in what they were doing or where they were going.

L
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tastefully decorated to create the feel of the historical setting with crisp white linen and period touches. Service swift and spot on - our waiters were friendly, helpful and could help with menu dilemmas. Went further in bringing me an extra dessert as I had changed my mind and they didn’t hear me. Affordable with first class food. My duck was so tasty and my friend sole in brown butter delicious too. Couldn’t fault!

k
Manchester
28 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

After dining here twice with terrible service the manager called me to apologise and stated that when were were ready to try them again, he would personally ensure the visit was excellent. So after a few months we decided to return, we even reminded them of this promise. Sadly, whilst not as bad as previous visits, it was still pretty poor. SLOW service, limited wine list, mediocre, lukewarm food and VERY loud environment. I wondered whether they confused my booking with someone else, when the couple opposite were being fussed over by multiple waiters and the manager, whilst we sat for ages waiting for water. At this price point in Cambridge, I strongly advise The Ivy, Varsity or Trinity. This place can only wish to be half as good as them.

B
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant venue. Would certainly return. Would certainly recommend.

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent as always. Only minor complaint is having to wait for bar to serve us drinks at restaurant table - very odd.

JM
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Friendly, professional service. Comfortable place to have lunch. Interesting decor

F
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

For the experience it is a lovely venue. The food was ok, but not a WOW!

DC
Frankfurt Area
15 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We ate two dinners and 1 breakfast at Parker’s Tavern. The food was superb, except for one unfortunate feature at both dinners: way too much salt in the soups and mains. I should have specified as little salt as possible on the second night. The breakfast buffet was the finest I have ever seen with lots of high fiber, low sugar options for muesli, muffin etc.

CA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Most excellent experience. A proper brasserie, white table cloths & napkins, decent sized portions and no 'SHARED PLATES' which are an abomination! Wine list rather expensive, not much under £30 a bottle. Great atmosphere and not at all provincial.

ED
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we were shown to our table it was a fabulous dining experience. We will definitely be returning.

WP
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, lovely service, great venue. Wine list a bit short and rather pricey, compared to other top restaurants in town.

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