Parkers Tavern: Festive Afternoon Tea 

festive afternoon tea

We were delighted to be invited to visit Parkers Tavern (situated in the University Arms hotel) to enjoy a festive afternoon tea. It was a lovely way in which to spend a relaxed afternoon. 

The Setting

Parkers Tavern re-opened in 2018 having had a major two year reinvention. It now stands proud on Parkers piece and is a geographical landmark in the city. It is perfectly situated close to many of the shops and not far from the station. 

The Style 

Parkers Tavern has a lovely relaxed and elegant style. We enjoyed our afternoon tea in the Library, with views over Downing Street and Parker Piece, whilst surrounded by a wonderful array of books to flick through. The setting is perfect for a relaxed and comfortable afternoon tea or catch up for a cocktail with friends. 

The staff were very attentive, smart and helpful. The artwork on the wall is eye catching and fun, however the fun doesn’t stop there as the decor also extends to the bathrooms. The bespoke china is elegant and eye catching and a great topic of conversation. 

festive afternoon tea

festive afternoon tea

festive afternoon tea

The Food

We enjoyed the festive afternoon tea which was a really festive treat. We started with a wonderful array of tea choices, followed by: 


Duke of Cambridge Tart

Sausage Rolls

Crayfish Tart

Scones – both plan and fruit with cream and jam – that started the debate jam or cream first! 

Snowmen Macarons 

Ferrero Roche 

Paris Brests 

Ginger & Marmalade cakes 

Custard Tart

It was a delicious feast, and we had so much food we couldn’t eat it all so we were kindly given lovely yellow goodie boxes to take them home with us!

What was extra special about this afternoon tea was you were sent home with a festive treat of a gingerbread man. So we left full of delicious food and foodie delights to share with our families. 

festive afternoon tea

festive afternoon tea

festive afternoon tea

Fun Fact

Parker’s Tavern opened for business in 1834. 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.