University Arms appoints new Head Chef for Parker’s Tavern restaurant

By Eamonn Crowe, Boutique Hotelier


In his new role, Booth will oversee the day to day running of the kitchen and will be responsible for lunch and evening services as well as managing private dining, breakfast and room service menus for the hotel.

He will work closely alongside Chef Director Tristan Welch, who will oversee menu development and continue championing Parker’s Tavern as ‘a pioneer of sensational East Anglian produce.’

Originally from South-East London, Booth is a long-standing member of the World Master Chefs Society, a global honours society for professional chefs, where he has been a member for 15 years.

He previously spent two years as Head Chef of Ickworth House Hotel in Suffolk where he led the team to win two AA rosettes. Prior to this, Booth was Group Head Chef at Drake & Morgan where he built his experience as their culinary lead, responsible for menu creation, development, and operations across 23 restaurants in London and across the UK.

Adrian Booth commented: “I am thrilled to be joining the exceptionally talented team at Parker’s Tavern. I’m looking forward to building our kitchen and believe that this is a great environment for ambitious chefs, who care about fresh, seasonal produce and who are keen to develop their skills and progress. I am also looking forward to working closely with the incredible suppliers who have helped Parker’s Tavern carve out its reputation as one of the best restaurants in Cambridge.”

The design of Parker’s Tavern was overseen by Martin Brudnizki and mirrors the communal dining halls synonymous with Cambridge Colleges.

The restaurant is part of University Arms, a historic hotel which first opened in 1834 as a coaching inn. The hotel relaunched alongside Parker’s Tavern in August 2018, after a two year, £80 million transformation.

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Brasserie Restaurant Cambridge | Parker's Tavern Cambridge Parker's Tavern is a British brasserie restaurant led by Chef Tristan Welch.