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Midsummer House Restaurant

Midsummer Common, CAMBRIDGE, CB4 1HA

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In a city used to topping league tables, Midsummer House does its bit to make Cambridge an essential stopover on any culinary tour of the country. Daniel Clifford took over this Victorian villa on common land by the river (where cows do actually freely roam as if they own the place) back in 1998 and set about creating the divertingly handsome, dynamic and high-powered restaurant we see today. It is an exceedingly civilised series of spaces done out with good taste in fashionably neutral shades with a warmth that is enhanced by the service team who make a visit seamless, easy and fun. The place has been improved and upgraded year-on-year, which reflects Daniel's single-minded approach to constant improvement. The conservatory looks over the pretty garden and there's a small bar upstairs with a terrace looking out over the River Cam. A window gives a view into the kitchen without allowing the action to distract too much. The menus are of the tasting variety - five-, seven- and ten-course options - with the shorter version offered at lunch in the week and in the private dining room (it's worth mentioning at this point that there's a rather glam first-floor private dining room). Whichever of the menus you go for, whether your decision is made by appetite or budget, rest assured that the kitchen has done everything to ensure there are plenty of thrills along the way. With a background at the top end of classical dining, combined with a creative mind and astounding technical abilities, Clifford delivers flavour combinations that hit the mark again and again, with outstanding ingredients and everything looking gorgeous on the plate. First up might be smoked haddock with pickled onion and grilled cheese in a clever partnership that brings the best out of the immaculate produce, followed by beetroot baked over hot coals and matched with quinoa and goats' cheese. Braised pork cheeks arrive tender and packed with flavour, and roasted scallops with an accompanying tartare, Jerusalem artichokes and some black truffle. If pot roasted chicken, leeks and mushrooms sounds humble, rest assured it is not. There's a lot of ground to cover if you've gone for the ten-courses, but it is so well judged that you don't want it to end. Adding a cheese course from the trolley before dessert is one way of keeping things going. The sweet courses (two of them) might include a stunning chocolate dome or an exotic poached kumquat number with tamarind yogurt sorbet, carrot and cardamom. The wine list, like everything here, is a class act.

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Tel: 01223 369299
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Open/closed

Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 2 wks Xmas
Days closed for lunch: Tue

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Daniel Clifford
Number of seats: 45
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.

 
 
Midsummer House Restaurant, Cambridge
  • Midsummer House Restaurant, Cambridge
  • Midsummer House Restaurant, Cambridge

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Park in Pretoria Rd, then walk across footbridge. Restaurant on left
Nearest station: Cambridge

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