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Book now for Tea on the Terrace at Parker’s Tavern

Parker’s Tavern, housed in the University Arms hotel, is launching Tea on the Terrace for two weekends in May.

Tristan Welch from Parker's Tavern who is encouraging people to get on their bike and get down to The Terrace at Parker's Tavern. Picture: Keith Heppell
Tristan Welch from Parker's Tavern who is encouraging people to get on their bike and get down to The Terrace at Parker's Tavern. Picture: Keith Heppell

It comes as the restaurant was unable to go ahead with ‘Parker’s on the Piece’, which would have involved serving customers outside on Parker’s Piece, due to a complaint.

“It’s all down to the 1985 City of Cambridge Act,” explained chef Tristan Welch, “which a member of the public cited and threatened legal proceedings against the council, because they would be letting us use Parker’s Piece for commercial use.

“So the council has withdrawn our agreement that we had that we could use Parker’s Piece. To be fair, they’re within their legal right, so there’s nothing we can do about it. Our main thing was just to bring back the staff and to do something fun for the public after being locked down for so long.”

Ever the optimist, Tristan is looking forward to the new project: “If life gives you lemons, you make lemon tart, that’s what I say! We’ll do something else and continue to have fun with delicious things.”

Tea on the Terrace is a pop-up concept allowing guests to dine on the terraces of the hotel’s suites while overlooking Parker’s Piece. The savoury selection includes crayfish and dill in pastry boats, inspired by the Boat Race, while sweet treats include Tristan’s version of a Wagon Wheel – the ‘Tavern Wheel’.

Tea on the Terrace is available to book from today (Friday, April 30) to Monday, May 3, and then from Friday, May 7 to Sunday, May 9, between noon and 6pm.

To book, email enquiries@parkerstavern.com.

The very busy Tristan will also be celebrating Garden Day on Sunday, May 9, by inviting people to join him in a virtual cooking class, #TristansCookAlong.

Followers will learn how to make minestrone soup using fresh, seasonal ingredients grown in the garden. A list of ingredients will be posted the day before the live cook along, allowing time to gather the produce.

Tristan will go live at 3pm from the kitchens at Parker’s Tavern, guiding those taking part. You can watch #TristansCookAlong on the Parker’s Tavern Instagram @parkers_tavern.

Tristan has appeared on shows including BBC2’s Great British Menu, BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, Channel 4’s Drop Down Menu and, most recently, Channel 4’s Snackmasters. Visit gardenday.co.uk for more.

Followers are encouraged to share photos and clips on social media using the hashtag #GardenDayUK and the pick of the bunch will be in with the chance of winning one of 10 National Garden gift vouchers each worth £100.

Visit parkerstavern.com.

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