Parker’s Tavern is a quintessentially
English brasserie on the ground floor of
the University Arms.

Chef Director, Tristan Welch has designed every dish to be a whimsical re-imagining of a British classic, sourced from field, fen and England's seas. This is where you will find plates piled high with Norfolk fruits de mer, or in winter, suckling pig with wild mushrooms, and Tristan’s special Spaghetti Bolognaise. You can taste England on every plate.

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Breakfast From 6:30am - 10:00am

Breakfast is served in Parker’s Tavern Dining Room, amidst
bespoke panelling and the steam of hand-roasted grounds rising from burnished coffee pots.

You can also take things easy and have breakfast delivered to the Library. The menu is classic Cambridge, from a full English with free-range Cambridgeshire eggs, Newmarket sausages and bacon, to pastries and sticky buns from a local bakery.

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Breakfast buffet set at Parker’s Tavern in University Arms luxury hotel Cambridge

I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food.”

Bertrand Russell


Lunch From Noon - 3:00pm

Lunch at Parker’s Tavern can be simple and low-key, a moment of culinary comfort in the busiest day. Head chef Tristan Welch sources the season’s freshest produce for every dish — from farmer, market, fisherman and gamekeeper, all within easy reach of Cambridge.

In the hazy Cambridge summer that means well-stuffed sandwiches and hearty salads. As autumn draws in, it’s the turn of warming root vegetables and organic, grass-fed steaks in soups, stews and rustic casseroles.

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Seasonal pie for lunch at Parker’s Tavern in University Arms luxury hotel Cambridge
Baked beetroot hache for lunch at Parker’s Tavern in University Arms luxury hotel Cambridge

Dinner From 6:00pm - Late

The evening is when Parker’s feasting legacy truly comes into its own. Plates of suckling pig and fresh Norfolk seafood emerge from the Parker’s kitchen, as diners indulge in Tristan Welch’s whimsical interpretation of Great British comfort foods.

Every dish on the menu comes with a carefully chosen wine recommendation from the Parker’s Tavern sommelier. Our formidable cellar is at our diners’ disposal, with a vintage to match every depth of flavour and individual palate.

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A delicious chocolate dessert at Parker's Tavern
Scallops for dinner at Parker’s Tavern in University Arms luxury hotel Cambridge

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”

François de La Rochefoucauld


Parker's Picnic

Parker’s Picnics, Paniers and Punting Hampers take the whimsical charm of a Parker’s Tavern meal into the streets, parks and punts of Cambridge. Chef Director, Tristan Welch delivers classics alongside pleasing culinary curiosities.

Picnics are a national institution, taken to new heights by a Cambridge chef with European pedigree. Influenced by childhood memories of family outings in Cambridge. Informed by his experience as a chef at a three-Michelin-starred Parisian restaurant.

A Parker’s picnic and classic hire bike at University Arms luxury hotel Cambridge

Life, within doors, has few pleasanter prospects than a neatly-arranged and well-provisioned breakfast-table.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne


Afternoon Tea

Cambridge has given the world more great literature per square mile than perhaps any other city on earth. In their time, preeminent authors have paced along every side street, canal path and cobbled courtyard.

Afternoon tea at Parker’s Tavern is inspired by the city’s literary legacy, inflected with a maverick chef’s creative passion. Amongst the bookshelves and shades of Cambridge blue, waiters come laden with trays of savouries and jaunty cakes.

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Afternoon tea at Parker’s Tavern in University Arms luxury hotel Cambridge

The Bar From 11:00am - Late

As an old coaching inn, Parker’s Tavern has been a meeting spot for over a hundred years. The inventiveness of our cocktail list is matched only by a famously well-stocked wine cellar.

Then and now, the Bar is a place where meetings are concluded with a round of drinks, where stories are told late into the evening in the company of friends and stiff nightcaps.

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The bar at Parker’s Tavern in University Arms luxury hotel Cambridge
The perfect cocktail bar in Cambridge
Tables laid for breakfast at Parker’s Tavern in University Arms luxury hotel Cambridge

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    I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all of our guests returning to University Arms.

    We are delighted to have you with us, and believe we have put exceptional measures in place to offer you, and our team, safety and security during your stay, while not compromising on hospitality.

    For those of you still undecided, Cambridge is the perfect autumnal spot to escape to, with green spaces, the glorious river Cam, bike rides to Grantchester, or curling up in our cosy library with a good book and an even better drink. 

    Most of our reservations are flexible, meaning you can book with confidence and know that should the worse happen and you cannot come to Cambridge, you will not be held accountable to pay for the room. All we ask is for 24 hours notice before your arrival day. Please do refer to the terms and conditions of your reservations, where we will clearly indicate, the cancellation policy.

    I look forward to meeting you all.

    Ian James, General Manager

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