Unpretentious sophistication and excellent value

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The boisterous legacy of a bustling coaching inn, the cultured refinement of an artist’s salon.

Parker’s Tavern Bar is a place where ideas are discussed around crackling fireplaces, where the hum of conversation mixes with hurrying waiters. From the wine cellar, rare vintages emerge.

Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary.”

Ernest Hemingway


A drinks menu should be the antithesis of pretension.

It should reward the curious palate, without punishing the traditionalist who knows what they like. Among Cambridge’s bon vivants and connoisseurs, the reputation of the University Arms’ cellar has always been great. With our reinvention, we have gone back to a selection of beautiful wines that need not cost the earth (but a few that do).

Right up until the Seventies, the wine cellar was insanely good. Latour ‘61 for thirty quid!”

Nicholas Stanley


Parker’s Tavern guests will discover an inventive cocktail menu as well as the usual nightcap classics.

Our cocktails follow a slightly different ethic, celebrating Cambridge’s spirit of invention with mixology that reinvents the classics. The Bloomsbury Boozer. Wittgenstein’s Poker. Blushing Byron. Each drink has a story, each twist a Cambridge link.

Show me how you drink and I will show you who you are.”

Émile Peynaud

The Food

British classics, with some whimsical reinterpretations,
by a chef with outstanding culinary heritage.  


The Space

A quintessentially English brasserie
occupying a former coaching inn.  


We’ve temporarily closed our doors to do our bit for the community, but that doesn’t mean we’ve gone away!

We are busy maintaining Cambridge’s leading restaurant, behind closed doors, so that it is even better when we reopen them. Our reservations team remain open for business, and will do so throughout this period, and are there right now to assist you and to take your future bookings.

Please contact us to make a reservation from June onwards.

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