Parker's Tavern

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568 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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DC
Frankfurt Area
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

MG
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Breakfast and ambience were very nice but I felt that the continental breakfast was not a lot.There was only a few selection.Maybe more bread rolls and pastries in the future. The staff were nice but were always in a hurry and no time to listen to what you need. Overall, it was a great experience.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 4

Many issues on the Saturday night we were there. Booked for 845pm and not seated until 920pm. By 1030pm we had still not been served our main course, over half an hour after our starter. Our waitress was great- it was down to issues in the kitchen. The front of house proactively gave us our wine on the house to make up for it, which was a very positive gesture but the damage was done by then. The food was very salty as well, even the side salad, which was odd. Overall, lovely surroundings, buzzy atmosphere, pleasant staff, but they could not deliver as expected.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This is my second time eating here, the first time was incredible. The second time wasn’t so good. Upon being seated we were told that we had to leave the table by 8:15 (just under 1.5 hours) which makes everything feel rushed. For the whole meal it felt like we were being watched as the manager walked around with her iPad noting down when people got served so she knew when people had finished and could be kicked off of their tables. As we were finishing our desert we were told that the next booking was here and if we could finish up. They moved us to the lounge area to finish.

The situation was understandable, it was not handled in an appropriate manner. It is not pleasant trying to have a nice meal with someone watching over your shoulder the entire time.

Other than this issue the result of the service staff were brilliant, and the food was perfect.

KO
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Our meal was disappointing. Service was very good to start with but less attentive toward the end and we had to ask several times for a dessert menu then they forgot one of the desserts. The coffee was undrinkable. And the lamb very tough and overcooked in spite of having been asked how we wanted it done and responded rare and medium rare. I expected more from a new restaurant hyped for its food and especially for the price.

H
London
11 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been to Parker’s Tavern now on three occasions and each time it has been excellent. This time I started with the summer truffle risotto which was one of the loveliest things I have ever eaten. Great depth of flavour with plenty of shaved truffle without it overpowering the dish. My wife said her fish cake starter was the best fish cake she had ever eaten. For mains we really enjoyed the red mullet and, in particular, the sole. Ice creams for dessert with choice of as many toppings and sauce you want was fun. The torrontes white was for extremely good for the price.

This is currently one of our favourite restaurants. It isn’t cheap but for the quality of the food, service, location and drinks i think it is very good value for money. We can’t wait to return.

L
Cambridge
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the meal and atmosphere, truffle egg starter is a must!

The bread served at the table was not up to the standard of the rest of the meal, quite dry and should be changed in my opinion.

Buzzy feel to the restaurant and nice service

c
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. Food is really good and service is excelent.

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Host staff extremely thoughtful and managed to relocate us to our preferred table. Nice view over Parker's Piece.

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We booked for dinner with family and friends and were really disappointed with the whole experience. The service was poor with staff who couldn’t understand what we wanted, even simple things like ordering a drink. We asked four times for one bottle of lager for example. We were not asked if we needed anything or if our food was okay. Sadly our food was not okay. Most of the party had the Sunday roast which was inedible. The gravy was basically runny fat. The potatoes were over cooked and greasy. The beef was so fatty that it put you off the whole plate of food. The Yorkshire pudding was rock hard and just disintegrated when you cut into it. The manager was very apologetic and took the meals off the bill but we were hoping for a lovely Sunday dinner and we ended up leaving with a bad taste in our mouths ... literally. We were there for hours too as everything took so long - 20 minutes before we were asked for our order. So disappointed and a bit embarrassed as this was a treat for our family and friends. We ended up going somewhere else for food in the end.

PB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We ate here for a. Saturday birthday lunch. it was a good lunch choice. the seafood platter was adjusted to the account of one diners choice...good. the duck confit and mash was rather swimming in gravy which diluted and spoiled the mash. a fair priced bottle of wine. staff were very attentive and agreeable

OT
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Lovely food, great setting, chaotic service due to absence of any clear management rather than individual staff members

AT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My partner could not fault his chicken and tarragon pie. My duck tasted great but it could have done with being a bit hotter.

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely breakfast and venue. Service has improved over the past year.

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

AA
Miami
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely dining room and good quality food for lunch. The service was friendly but we did have to ask a few times for chidren’s menus and a bit of a long wait for my glass of rose!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. They are on top form right now, with great service too, worth the price tag!

S
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cooking is excellent and the wines (by glass) complemented the dishes perfectly. The restaurant has a relaxing ambience and some of the tables have excellent view of Parker's Pieces.

AB
Berkshire
37 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were wonderful

LB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere, decor and good cocktails but food was mostly swimming in non-descript brown sauce... including beautiful fresh scallops :(

SB
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, great service - friendly but not OTT, beautiful bar area. Will be back.

BV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been twice, highly recommend! Lovely food as always.

MM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely evening , friendly staff , good food and nice ambiance .

y
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful bar and restaurant serving high quality classic British food. Scallops were absolutely delicious, if pricey (£8 each!!) Lots of staff but service sometimes a little slack - our waiter disappeared (went off shift??) halfway through our meal and there was no handover to another. Overall a lovely experience for a special occasion.

JS
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxed and lively. Friendly and fun. Really enjoyed my pre-drinks in the bar, delicious meal and happy birthday surprise for my mum.

WM
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A very comfortable and welcoming place to dine - lovely food and great ambiance - lively and busy without feeling crowded. I'd recommend it.

JH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Food, drink, service. Very relaxed but smart . Great value for money .

CH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and food were wonderful! They seemed to love the baby and we had 3 people serving us! I hade the Sole, it was Orgasmic!! Really it was amazing!!
Will definitely go again very soon.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food plenty of choice on the menu Pleasant staff great place for lunch. Good ambience. My fish had a bit too much butter on it but was very tasty. Spag Bol was one of the best ever

R
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Thé newly renovated hotel lobby is splendid. The restaurant/tavern is nice but the food is very average. The waiters are friendly and helpful. We visited on a Monday night, which, we hoped, would be quiet. However the place was extremely noisy even though we sat at the back. No place for a romantic supper!

F
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

Very average meal, very waterey mash potatoe with over cooked duck and poor veg selection. Dessert menu very poor with limited choice of hot desserts, two mousse options, burnt cream or ice cream. Only one other table in the restaurant and very cold ac on a wet and windy day.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

When we booked online, I was asked if it was a special occasion, I mentioned that it was a birthday celebration for two of the guests. Nothing was done after the meal. It really didn’t matter much if we were led to believe there might be some gesture from the restaurant.
The service was fine until near the end. After we finished the main course, the waitress came to clear the table. After clearing half of the table, she went away and carry on service other customers. We were left waiting for the table to be cleared and for the dessert menu. For 15 minutes, the waitress went pass our table many times without attending our table. In the end, I have to ask her for the dessert menu and then she noticed that the table was only half-cleared.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Cambridge and came to Parker’s the night before we had already booked for - loved it so much went back the second night and food and service was just as good - thank you PARKER’s for a lovely experience

J
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Went with great expectations and it was a huge disappointment. The menu was unappealing and the food, in a word, terrible. Tough, overcooked steak, unfilleted fish, vegetables that were different to those described on the menu and the presentation slapdash. As for the bill! It even made my enormously generous father do a double take. Like paying for the Savoy and getting a low grade pub meal. At least the service was delightful - for that at least we were grateful.

GD
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average food in a restaurant that needed less seats. It looks fancy in outside and we had expected it to be inside but were disappointed to find it was full of families and other holiday makers in very casual clothing. Slow service too didn't help

OT
London
64 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Met a member of my family for Saturday lunch at Parker’s Tavern last week. Part of the University Arms though with its own web site and entrance the restaurant and bar are located overlooking the fields of Parker’s Piece. The food was good to excellent with the Duck and Cognac pie on a par with Calum Franklin’s pies at Holborn Dining Room. Yes that good. The wine list has a varied selection though we stuck with the house claret which was fine. I do understand some of the comments about service though it was fine for us and the restaurant was not full. Overall a very enjoyable experience and one we will repeat. Parker’s Tavern is a good addition to Cambridge. The damage was £140 for 2 including 3 glasses of sparking, 2 courses and a bottle of wine.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Wine list is out of date; vintages not as advertised. They had a sommelier, I guess no one has kept an eye on the wine list since he left.

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