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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.
Harden's survey result
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”.
New restaurant in the revamped University Arms Hotel overlooking Parker’s Piece, Cambridge, expected to open as this guide went to press in late 2017. Chef Tristan Welch (who has trained with Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay and Michel Roux Jr) heads-up the kitchen.
|Wine per bottle||£20.00|
1 Park Terrace, Cambridge, CB1 1JH
|Monday||6:30 am‑10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||6:30 am‑10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||6:30 am‑10:30 pm|
|Thursday||6:30 am‑10:30 pm|
|Friday||6:30 am‑11 pm|
|Saturday||6:30 am‑11 pm|
|Sunday||6:30 am‑10:30 pm|