Parker's Tavern

4.3
336 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had to move tables because the one we were originally shown to was wobbly. My macaroni cheese with lobster was too oily to eat. When I complained I was told that I wasn't the first person to send theirs back that evening and that they were trying a new recipe that hadn't worked! The item was taken off the bill but this was unexpectedly poor for somewhere that we were expecting excellent food.

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JG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Beautiful surroundings.Attentive service by a young helpful staff.We had the Sunday roast which was very good.The vegetables could have been hotter.The beef was a bit tough but had a good flavour.I

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DT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Gorgeous Sunday lunch, great food & staff all very friendly. Drinks service a little slow initially but overall, great.

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SG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had booked Parker’s to celebrate my 50th birthday with 5 friends and it was amazing; the food, the service and general ambience we couldn’t fault! I wish I lived closer. I was more than impressed. Well done Parker’s for making my special birthday extra special.

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SB
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely service, beautiful bar for pre-dinner drinks, some outstanding food and all good.

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A
Cambridge
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I have been a number of times and unfortunately this is the first time I was dissapointed with the food, I started with the steamed buns which were soft and gluey in texture with little of the goose filling, I followed with the Lobster and Macaroni, which my partner had been thinking of ordering on a number of occasions, the gratin topping was too thick obliterating the taste of the macaroni, which was decidely average, I could only find one piece of lobster as well. I did mention this to the server who replied that they had received the same comments from other diners.
I must say the rest of the party thoroughly enjoyed their meals and as usual the service was impecable. Should have had the Chicken Pie.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal, great atmosphere, good service and great value

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IM
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food in a lovely location. Great views out over Parkers Piece.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table for lunch to mark a family birthday. I increased the size of the party and explained that one of our group had hearing problems. The table was excellent! Although there was a pleasant buzz of conversation in the room everyone could hear each other. The consideration shown was much appreciated.
The greeting on arrival was very pleasant with coats whisked away. The dining room is impressive and the white linen and china welcome when some restaurants are still serving food on boards and slates. We were very pleased with the food and wine.
A lovely lunch!

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NE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved it! The food was excellent and the atmosphere was great. We especially appreciated the ice cream menu.

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H
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent lunch. The restaurant was full with a nice buzzy atmosphere but not noisy. Service was excellent. Young, very professional and knowledgable staff. The marinated whole quail starter was delicious as was the truffled duck egg. I really enjoyed my main dish of lobster Thermidor macaroni cheese. Plenty of lobster and not overly rich or cheesy. The 2 other members of the group loved the sole and the cut and come again pie was a revelation. The truffle mash it came with was absolutely fantastic. The cheese board at £8 was good value and our friend raved about the soufflé rice pudding. We had a very nice bottle of torrontes white wine. Will definitely return. While notcheap, for the quality of food, service, and ambience i believe it is very good value for money.

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R
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service with pleasant ambiance. Shame that the floor shook every time someone walked past though!

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L
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was very crowded and the staff while polite, didn’t clear the table properly. They forgot cutlery and left our drinks empty for some time and plates longing for collection after the main course.

One would expect the basics to be a given in such a place.

However, the decor and overall restoration of the building is very fine indeed.

The cocktail bar is good and has a terrific ambience, reminiscent of The Ivy and aspires to The Rosewood Scarfes Bar, but again they seem to struggle with demand. Bar tenders are slow and a little arrogant we waited for 25 minutes to receive attention and when we did there was no apology just ego, although a decent vodka martini in the end.

Let’s hope with time and practice maturity prevails and the gentleman the establishment suggests it is, is revealed.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s difficult to understand that prices can be so low for such excellent quality. We had several dishes easily on par with those in Michelin restaurants. And only slightly higher cost than in your standard, regular family restaurant. Congrats to Tristan Welsh and his team for giving us our new favourite restaurant in Cambridge.

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SW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good bar area for drinks before dinner. Restaurant had a lovely atmosphere, buzzy and relaxed. Food absolutely delicious, shrimp cocktail and slow roast duck particularly outstanding. Courteous, efficient staff. Good wine recommendations and not overpriced. Our first visit and will definitely return.

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A
Cambridge
8 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never fails to impress, from pre-meal cocktails in the bar, great food in the restaurant and coffee and liquors in the library

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PS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food in a relaxed atmosphere.
Friendly staff, happy happy

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, nice setting, nice atmosphere. Pricing not consistent.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Three out of the four of us were extremely pleased with the experience at Parker’s Tavern - my husband particularly enjoyed the pie of the day. I was a little disappointed by the range of dishes which could be made without dairy (being lactose intolerant) although the hake that I did choose was very nice. Please try and give a bit more choice for those of us with dietary issues (and who don’t fancy kale!)

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AM
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Absolutely loved it, the restaurant is so beautiful now after all the refurb work. Only reason I scored the food and service 4 stars was because I found the main course (lobster macaroni) portion to be really big considering how filling it was - I am small though so may be fine for others. Also just another minor thing was that it would have been nice to get our coffee with the bill as there was quite a long delay afterwards, again it’s very minor and others may not pick up on that sort of thing!

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HP
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful, beautiful restaurant with such delicious food and friendly, kind service.

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W
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The venue was lovely but the food was disappointing and overpriced. The staff were attentive and they did remove the price of one main course which we complained about.

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SK
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere decent food but nothing special. Would happily return

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SL
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tranquil setting. Attentive staff. Having mentioned it was my guest’s birthday, it was good to have it acknowledged with a special treat. Tables could be a little bigger to accommodate plates, cups etc.

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SR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

dinner at PT was an excellent experience. Not only was the food delicious, but the staff was also extraordinarily helpful to keep our youngest guest (age 3) entertained and happy and making everybody around us very comfortable. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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TH
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First table we were shown to was very draughty and we asked to be moved. Solved. Service was excellent and staff all well trained, polite and not in your face. Food was all good, and we ate more than we intended - a good sign. A " glass" of wine was not Sized (S/M/L) but just poured into the glass at the table from the bottle which we were able to inspect first - excellent - and a generous portion. And the wine by the glass was excellent, though the choice was very limited.
The ambience is good - lively - people enjoying themselves - unstuffy, fun. But the noise level is too high - hard ceiling, hard floor (no carpet) hard walls, so nothing to absorb the sound of many people - so a bit uncomfortable. The room would greatly benefit from a thick carpet and/or thick full-length curtains (though unless closed these wouldn't really help). The noise level was really the only negative, and it wasn't terrible. Overall an excellent dinner out -- we'll go back.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and very relaxed, friendly service. Excellent value for money. We will definitely be returning.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The place itself is great, fantastic ambient, really well done and decorated and very pleasant in every way BUT the food was rather disappointing, particularly with two of our dishes. A friend that is vegetarian chose the only vegetarian option they had but this wasn’t available so they offered him a spoon of beetroot with a small fried egg in the top and he had to pay nearly £20 for it! One of the pies, expecting a real pie arrived as a small tart that was rather a started that’s a main course and not very nice. Service was ok, some a bit inexperienced. However, because the place is so nice, we will have another go to try other dishes if not, we will go just for an apperitive.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Amazing renovation, the decor is beautiful. The table reserved for our party of three adults for afternoon tea was in the front lounge/library which was a gorgeous room, but we were squashed between two other tables, Which meant limited room - we had to move our table to get in and out. The close proximity of tables also resulted in little privacy.

Service was good, very attentive to the point of feeling a bit pressured to get eating rather than leaving us to relax and talk. The menu was a bit too top heavy with cake, which was ok, but nothing to write home about. The savoury selection was great, but not generous, I would have preferred few more sandwiches and less sweet items.

Three afternoon tea’s and three gin and tonics resulted in an expensive afternoon, which based on my experience wasn’t great value for money. However it won’t stop me from giving the restaurant a go, but if I walk away feeling the same after that, then despite the lovely surroundings I won’t be returning.

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SK
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great location and lovely setting and decor.
The service was slow - very attentive when given, but often slow to appear.
The Sunday roast beef was a bit disappointing: not a great cut of meat and somewhat overcooked: I was expecting better. But starters and desserts were very impressive.

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GF
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room in a gorgeous hotel. Can't recommend enough. Sunday lunch was delicious. Only slight quibble isn't that crab shrimp mackerel cocktail is a bit overpriced but duck and roast beef were beautiful as was goats cheese starter. Great outlook over Parkers Piece. Adjoining bar is lovely too

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V
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, the waiters were friendly and helpful but I didn’t appreciate the manager/head waiter talking behind an upheld tray to one of the waiters, I thought that was a little rude. The noise level became a bit of an issue as the room filled up, some sort of sound baffling material within the ceiling panels might help.

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M
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The restaurant itself looks lovely and there was a good atmosphere with a mixture of tables.

Unfortunately we had booked for 8pm and our table was 30 mins late. We weren't kept updated on when the table would be ready. Then when being taken through it wasn't acknowledged at all.

There was a mixed review of starters across the table predominately the difference in size. My partner ordered the Spaghetti Bolognese which looked like a main where as the Smoked Salmon was 4 strips of Salmon.

Main dishes, the mashed potato side dish had been overwhipped and had turned to liquid. Several of us ordered the Macaroni and Lobster. There wasn't a lot of lobster in the dish where as there was copious amounts of pasta.

Two of our party ordered the Pie of the Day and thought that was very nice.

Dessert wise, only two people had a dessert and went for the Cambridge Burnt Cream. This was apparently great.

For the price point and the décor of Parkers Tavern you have high expectations and there were some things specifically the lateness of the table that let it down slightly. Our server changed three times throughout the meal so we were unsure who to ask for drinks.

Service charge was 12.5% it wasn't clear if this was optional.

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J
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had an absolutely fantastic time there. It was my best friend's birthday and knowing how much she adorns this place, a bunch of us decided to take her there for drinks. She was overwhelmed!

The drinks were refreshing and just what we needed after a long day at Grantchester. The staff was incredibly warm and welcoming. Also, thank you for the chocolates and the note. Meant the world to my best friend!

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NM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

This is my third visit since the refurb, unfortunately the food is very average. There’s always just one person at the bar doing all the drinks for the restaurant and bar area, therefore we waited 20 minutes to get our pre-dinner drinks. All our dishes were very salty, my steak was over cooked and my mothers lobster gratin was dry. The staff were very apologetic, but this has happened 3 times now. 3 times too many ;(

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m
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Lots of staff but most didn't seem to know what there were doing. We had to keep remind them what we had ordered as drinks and courses didn't appear. Staff were friendly but the overall management of the restaurant was not as good as I would expect for this class of hotel.

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CC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea. The food was outstanding and the staff were friendly and helpful. The library setting was the perfect place for afternoon tea. Have had a few afternoon teas and this was by far the best - even better than Fortnum and Mason! Will definitely return for another one. The only other comment is that a member of staff phoned me the day before to confirm the booking and when I said we were having afternoon tea she said she needed to make a note of that. Am now wondering if when booking you have to specifically book afternoon tea. If this is the case perhaps this could be made clearer on the website.

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n
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ambiance is a bit contrived, but fine in itself: food was well-cooked and -served; prices about average for its class. Probably not the best in Cambridge (Midsummer House competes), but cooking was better than, for instance, the Oak Bistro. A good resource.

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DF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had lunch. The staff were very welcoming, the decor was slightly quirky and, most importantly the food was good. There was no"good value" set menu but the a la carte was reasonably priced, especially if you avoided the starters.

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We waiting for the wine to be served with the main meal, had to eat it and then wine arrived. I did not complain...
Then ordered a dessert dnd dessert wine and again waited for the wine to arrive. Had to ask twice then wine arrive way after I ate the dessert.
Waiter did apologise but I was expecting a complimentary discount on the bill as the restaurant boasts of its excellent service. Feeling very disappointed overall for the experience.

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