Harden's says

Parker’s Tavern is the destination restaurant in the revamped University Arms Hotel overlooking Parker’s Piece; chef Tristan Welch (previously head chef at Pétrus, he also relaunched Launceston Place then worked on Mustique) heads up the kitchen, representing a return to his East Anglian roots.

survey result

Summary

£61
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A proper brasserie in a lovely refurbished hotel in the middle of Cambridge”“who would have guessed that the once-dismal University Arms would house such a charmer?”. Ex-Launceston Place chef Tristan Welch champions local East Anglian produce on a menu that provides comfort rather than foodie fireworks. Rebuilt several years ago, this long-established hotel has a fantastic position, overlooking Parker’s Piece.

Summary

£57
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The “fantastic dining room overlooking Parker’s Piece” was a “welcome addition to the Cambridge restaurant scene” when it opened three years ago in the old University Arms Hotel under chef Tristan Welch (formerly of Launceston Place). It’s “good for a fancy family celebration” and “the food can be great on its day” – but by several accounts it “does not always quite match up to the surroundings, and sometimes service could be improved”.

Summary

£56
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The formerly creaky old University Arms Hotel has been expensively transformed, and this – it’s new ‘pub’ – is a “wonderful room in Parisian brasserie style with high ceilings and mirrors”, and “with a brilliant view over Parker’s Piece”. Tristan Welch (once of Launceston Place) is at the stoves and has won some stellar newspaper reviews for his “high-end brasserie food”. But while survey feedback on it is mostly OK, it’s also pretty middling: “nice but not 100% perfect…”; “pleasantly consistent but a bit underachieving…”; “nowhere near as good as initial reviews suggested – shame as the setting’s great”. Still, it’s “well-placed to up its game in a city short of options”.

Summary

£56
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The formerly creaky old University Arms Hotel has been expensively transformed, and this – it’s new ‘pub’ – is a “wonderful room in Parisian brasserie style with high ceilings and mirrors”, and “with a brilliant view over Parker’s Piece”. Tristan Welch (once of Launceston Place) is at the stoves and has won some stellar newspaper reviews for his “high-end brasserie food”. But while survey feedback on it is mostly OK, it’s also pretty middling: “nice but not 100% perfect…”; “pleasantly consistent but a bit underachieving…”; “nowhere near as good as initial reviews suggested – shame as the setting’s great”. Still, it’s “well-placed to up its game in a city short of options”.

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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £22.00 £25.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£12.30 £20.30 £9.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £27.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
1 Park Terrace, Cambridge, CB1 1JH
Opening hours
Monday6:30 am‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Tuesday6:30 am‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday6:30 am‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday6:30 am‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday6:30 am‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday7 am‑2 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Sunday7 am‑5 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm

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