If restoring Cambridge’s first hotel to its former glory wasn’t sufficiently steeped in expectation, the news that two world-class design names were leading the project added its gravitas yet further.

The inimitable Martin Brudnizki and esteemed classic architect, John Simpson, have worked their magic to release the University Arms’ true potential as the jewel in Cambridge’s hospitality crown. Picture-lined corridors lead to the lifts, transporting guests to the University Arms’ 192 well-appointed rooms and suites. With views over the spire-filled Cambridge cityscape, or over the green splendour of Parker’s Piece, the guests accommodation offers a relaxed, eclectic feel.

Accessible from the bar, as well as via its own street entrance, Parker’s Tavern is a 132-cover destination restaurant headed up by Chef Tristan Welch. Serving up whimsical recreations of classic British fishes, there is an emphasis on high quality ingredients from Cambridge and East Anglian producers.

Review by Gemma Ralph

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