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Midsummer House Restaurant

Midsummer Common, CAMBRIDGE, CB4 1HA

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The Victorian villa on the edge of Midsummer Common, with cattle grazing on the lush green grass, and the River Cam flowing by, is certainly an idyllic tableau. It's been run since 1998 by chef Daniel Clifford, whose unwavering energy and enthusiasm has put Midsummer House well and truly on the gastronomic map. A good deal of TV exposure has certainly helped (Clifford was a winner in the BBC's Great British Menu in 2012 and 2013) and the restaurant is now unequivocally recognised as one of the country's A-list addresses. It is an exceedingly civilised series of spaces done out with good taste in fashionably neutral shades, enhanced by the service team who make a visit seamless, easy and fun. The conservatory looks over the pretty garden and there's a small bar upstairs with a terrace looking out over the River Cam. The menus are of the tasting variety - five-, seven-, eight- and ten-course options - with the shorter version offered at lunch in the week and in the rather swish private dining room. Clifford's background at the top end of classical dining, creative mind and astounding technical abilities, combine to deliver 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 potato, pickled onion and caviar in a clever partnership that brings the best out of the immaculate produce, followed by celeriac baked over hot coals and matched with hazelnut, hollandaise sauce, celery and wood sorrel. Subsequent courses could see braised brill matched with smoked bone marrow and mushroom conserve, or roast loin of pine-smoked venison with cannelloni, apple and elderberry purée. The sweet courses might include an intricate composition involving aerated pear, blueberry and white chocolate. The wine list is a fine piece of work too.

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Tel: 01223 369299
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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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