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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.

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Starry local chef Tristan Welch (whose CV includes stints with Rhodes, Ramsay, Roux Jr. et. al.) is behind this “wonderful brasserie” in a “lovely setting” at the recently revamped University Arms hotel, overlooking Parker’s Piece green. East Anglian produce informs the cooking, which is “good” (if not spectacular) by all accounts, and makes it never less than “a reliable choice” when in this varsity town.

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“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.

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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”.

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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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1 Park Terrace, Cambridge, CB1 1JH

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Reviews of Parker's Tavern Restaurant in CB1, Cambridge by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Parker's Tavern restaurant.
Andrew W
Nice setting in the University Arms Hotel. ...
Reviewed 3 months, 7 days ago

"Nice setting in the University Arms Hotel. Mediocre food. Sunday roast could be better "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£13.00 £25.00 £10.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £20.00
Filter Coffee £3.25
Extras  
Service 10.00%
1 Park Terrace, Cambridge, CB1 1JH
Opening hours
Monday6:30 am‑10 pm
Tuesday6:30 am‑10 pm
Wednesday6:30 am‑10 pm
Thursday6:30 am‑10 pm
Friday7 am‑10 pm
Saturday6:30 am‑10 pm
Sunday6:30 am‑10 pm

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