Fit for a King: Coronation Afternoon Tea and Overnight Stay

Celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III like royalty with a stay for two at University Arms. On arrival you'll open your door to a complimentary bottle of English sparkling wine, a fresh bouquet of flowers and an invitation to a Coronation-themed Afternoon Tea. For guests staying with us on Saturday 6th May, enjoy your tea in our ballroom while you watch the live ceremony broadcast.

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Expect a delicious selection of savouries & sweets created by our pastry team. With traditional finger sandwiches, truffle sausage rolls and a coronation chicken salad, accompanied by Darjeeling tea and honey macaroons, Royal gala apple crumble choux, Rose and Pistachio Battenberg and our freshly baked scones, served with raspberry jam, and clotted cream. Free-from menu also available. HRH would surely approve.


Parker’s Tavern Restaurant opened for business in 1834, and swiftly became a popular stopping point for coaching passengers on their way to and from the capital. They came for good company, a stiff drink, and a room for the night in the University Arms. In 1838, the city threw a party to celebrate the coronation of Queen Victoria. Fifteen thousand locals gathered for a public feast, eaten in the viewshed of the coaching inn on Parker’s Piece, Cambridge. 185 years later we gather again to celebrate the coronation of Charles III.


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