Good Hotel Guide Review
A 19th-century coaching inn beside grassy Parker’s Piece has been redesigned by John Simpson architects (Kensington Palace, The Queen’s Gallery), with Edwardian-style interiors by Martin Brudnizki. Rooms range from ‘cosy’ to suites, the latter with shelves of books related to one or other Cambridge luminary. Walls are painted in restful Cambridge blues. A reader thought the library would have been ‘a good setting’, were it not for the ‘noisy tourists’. A reservation made ‘via the Marriott central system’ resulted in a mix-up, compensated with an upgrade upon check-in. There is no background music, but recordings, in the loos, of Alan Bennett reading The Wind in the Willows. In your room you’ll find Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales. Take a lesson from the vulture, don’t eat between meals, but save yourself for lunch or dinner at Parker’s Tavern, an all-day bistro where Tristan Welch cooks such British classics as sole with coastal herbs and brown shrimps; a daily ‘Hobson’s choice’ pie; braised Lake District pig, salt-baked apple. ‘The food was reasonable, the wine excellent.’ Breakfast is a buffet. ‘The best thing about the hotel was the quality and helpfulness of the staff.’
192, 10 suitable for disabled.
library, bar/bistro, ballroom, meeting rooms, fitness centre, in-room TV, free Wi-Fi, bicycles, limited guest parking.
all ages welcomed, children's menu, interconnecting rooms.
only assistance dogs allowed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per person B&B £144–£640. À la carte £35.