Parker's Tavern

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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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C
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic restaurant, fabulous atmosphere and interior and great staff. Excellent food, good choice and beautifully served. A fabulous evening.

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CB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn't fault anything. The food was delicious. The staff were attentive but not overly so. Best restaurant in Cambridge.

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EJ
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Second visit inside of a year. Menu has been streamlined, which is a good thing. Tempura courgette and asparagus with hollandaise as starters were generously portioned. Fillet of sole and hazelnut-crusted chicken for mains. Vegetables with chicken not what was on the menu, but nice regardless. Wine by the glass complimented lively yet relaxed atmosphere. Kentish ‘champagne’ also imbibed, which was delicious and recommended.

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AB
Berkshire
33 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is great with a wonderful atmosphere. It was busy but that did not affect the service.

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JA
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having read a few restaurant reviews in the papers of Parker’s Tavern we were keen to try it.
This is a really nice “bistro” type menu, a variety of meat/fish/veggie options to satisfy all tastes and budgets.
The scallops starter was wonderful - where do they get such big, juicy scallops from?!
My husband had the pie of the day and said it was the best pie he has ever had (and he’s had s few), the mash was “there’s some potato in my butter” it was so smooth and creamy, we wanted more of it!
The chocolate bar and rice pudding soufflé were divine, but I do confess to having dessert envy when the lady on the table next to us ordered the Cambridge Burnt Cream - I will definitely have that when we return, which we will.
The staff and service was attentive but not overly so that we were able to enjoy our meal.
The noise was a little high but the restaurant was fully so it was more of a hum rather than noise from people taking.
We will be back!

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DE
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Good was ok not great service was a bit hit and miss probably due to it being busy but the cost of drinks was ridiculously expensive

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LS
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

I visited the Parkers Tavern on Friday 7th June with a friend, we had booked afternoon tea. I was treating my friend for her 30th Birthday. I have to say, the service was brilliant. The afternoon tea was good quality food but for two people including a service charge it was £74!! The offering was very minimal for the price we paid in my opinion.

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EW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The service in the bar was very slow, particularly compared to the restaurant service which was excellent. We had to ask for our drinks twice and were kept waiting for 15 mins although the bar was very quiet.
The food was very good and the atmosphere in the restaurant was pleasing. The waiter in the restaurant was very attentive with a high level of customer service.

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LM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Based on our lunch yesterday I would not recommend Parker’s Tavern however we may go again just in the hope that we caught them on a bad day! Cambridge is strangely lacking in good restaurants. The lows were a glass of wine with loads of cork in it & a medium rare steak £26 that was grey, tough & beyond well done - they did replace the wine & the steak but for these prices we expected better - & they didn’t charge us for pudding. The menu is a strange mix, maybe to appeal to tourists, & the accompaniments a little lacking in imagination, all £3.50. The sourdough was good though we weren’t asked if we would like more. A smoked salmon starter £10 says with a “herb salad” though it was just a garnish on 4 very small slices of salmon. Roast lamb rump came pleasingly pink £19. The rice pudding soufflé £8 was good though could have done with more vanilla & the accompanying raspberry ripple ice cream was watery, most odd. They offer an ice cream menu so they have gone to a lot of trouble for that but then the ice cream came in nasty stainless steel bowls. Coffee was good but arrived with pudding, we had to convince them not to bring it before, so it was rather cold by the time we drank it. £62 each for 2 courses, 1 glass of fizz/wine & 1 coffee each including service (not added by us).

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BC
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very lovely evening at Parker’s Tavern this week. Drinks in the buzzing comfortable bar. Welcomed into the restaurant by friendly and professional staff. Our meal was delicious.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent service.... highly recommended!

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A
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a very enjoyable meal with another couple to celebrate my birthday. The food was excellent and the service good.

There was a problem with the dessert that I ordered (rice pudding soufflé that would not stay risen) but I got free ice cream while the chef tried a second tome to make it and then a free replacement dessert when the second attempt also collapsed. It was a very warm day and we suspect the kitchen was too warm for the soufflé. The staff handled it very well and the recommended alternative dessert was delicious.

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DB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We were staying in the hotel for a special Birthday. Hotel and staff all very good and the menu sounded delicious. However,most of the food was dreadful. Overcooked beige chicken dish and almost raw beans, the fish dish tiny and just served with hard asparagus. The starter of pilchards( which was described as ' chargrilled' sloppy and just not nice. We made our feelings known and were given a free dessert but the meal spoilt what otherwise was a lovely stay.

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NB
Jersey
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a late lunch so it was a little quieter. However the service, food and ambience were excellent. The place has a lovely feel to it, quality without being stuffy. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and the food was of a high standard.

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AL
Essex
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Parker's Tavern. The staff were attentive and our waiter shared some excellent details about the menu. The food was delicious and well-presented. We would definitely return!

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NR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very yummy food. Waiter gave good recommendations.

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P
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere, with very attentive service.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable, beautiful room, very helpful and polite staff, food was fantastic
Highly recommended

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PG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our business dinner was successful and the fod was good. A few of the ordered items did not turn up, possibly due to language difficulties or the noise level at ordering. No fuss was made and our overseas guests enjoyed the experience.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

I ordered a mushroom sandwich and the mushroom had so much garlic I could not eat it, the starter of asparagus was good and the broccoli good, the service from the waiters was excellent, plus the venue was very good, it was a shame the mushroom sandwich overflowing with Garlic was extremely poor

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DJ
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We visited Parker's Tavern to celebrate my son's second birthday as a family of four. Overall the venue was nice and service generally good, although not particularly attentive.

The food was pretty good, though due to the pricing it was average value for money. I had been excited having read the Jay Rayner review but there were a couple of issues that were unfortunate.

We ordered two kids meals and the waiter unfortunately got the order wrong - he half repeated back the order and I corrected him but we still received the wrong dish. However this was quickly and positively rectified which meant we were happy with how this was dealt with. Later when my wife ordered the choose your own sundae (which involved filling out a form presumably to reduce errors) the wrong ice cream was used in the sundae which was disappointing (we still weren't sure the replacement ice cream was correct but were too British to send it back again).

On the actual food side, I loved the poutine we had as a starter (although it wasn't particularly authentic), I really enjoyed my sole dish although the waiter had suggested that the potatoes were merely a garnish but were completely sufficient and there seemed to be an excess of butter and salt. My wife's pie looked impressive but she found the filling a little too liquid and again slightly excessively buttery. The kids starters were fine (veg sticks in a jug with mayonnaise in the bototm which we didn't initially realise was there) and then the bolognese and chicken and waffles were well received.

Overall the food was solid and the staff were lovely but a little slow to come over, especially to get the bill at the end of the meal.

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AB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Unfortunately we booked afternoon tea but when we arrived they could only offer lunch, originally in the dining room but after complaining we were allowed to sit in the bar, staff bought lunch and drinks promptly and offered cream tea, not sure what the issue was but after half an hour and asking two members of staff tea had still not arrived another half an hour and three scones between us arrived still no drinks eventually another three scones appeared we complained and a discount was applied to the bill Such a shame it’s a lovely venue !

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c
London
25 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place, good atmosphere at lunchtime. Seats a bit uncomfortable.
Food and service good.

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JD
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal, we had the steak that was cooked perfectly, the waitress was very helpful, informative and polite, my only criticism was that the tables were too close together, not the place to go for a personal conversation.

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NC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Too noisy and the main meal (Roast Beef) was only lukewarm and not very impressive. Starter and dessert were fine.

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S
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff, who understood from a subtle comment it was my partner's birthday and brought him a small sweet gift as a result. Very good food (amazing desserts), and great atmosphere. Booths on the cozy side for taller-than-average folk, but very minor inconvenience only. All in all, great experience. We'll return.

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SF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was inconsistent, service a bit inexperienced. They took off items off the bill as an apology

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NC
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
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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NC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Good atmosphere and attentive waiters/waitresses. The dishes were way too salty unfortunately, otherwise they would have been very enjoyable. Good location and reasonably priced.

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B
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
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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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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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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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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