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Midsummer House Restaurant

Midsummer Common, CAMBRIDGE, CB4 1HA

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Daniel Clifford first arrived at Midsummer House in the summer of 1998. An ambitious fellow, he had a vision to take his restaurant to the very top. His competitive edge has been seen on TV shows like the BBC's Great British Menu, where he emerged triumphant. It's easy to imagine what drew him to the location as it's a great spot, right by the River Cam, with cattle grazing on the green, and feels more country than town. The Victorian villa has been gently improved and upgraded over the years, and now the place has a contemporary finish throughout. There are tables in the conservatory area with views over the pretty garden, and a glimpse of the kitchen through a window (just a view, no noise). There's a small bar area upstairs, too, with a terrace that serves up views over the river, plus a private dining room if you fancy separating yourself from the genteel crowd. Daniel has a classical training which is evident in his dishes, although there's no shortage of contemporary flair and flourish, and it perhaps this respect for the foundations of haute cuisine that keeps his food so highly focused and on song. Attention to detail is a hallmark of the cooking, from the flavours, the presentation, and the sourcing of the produce itself - no stone is left unturned in pursuit of the best. The deal is tasting menus - either five, seven or ten courses - with an optional cheese diversion along the way, and the whole table need to be in agreement regarding which to go for. A meal might begin with a pumpkin velouté with à la grecque mushrooms and parmesan gnocchi, the balance of flavours working together a treat, the skill in the kitchen evident from the off. Roast Cornish cod with Jerusalem artichokes, truffle and sorrel is another winner with harmonious combinations of classic ingredients. There are luxury ingredients such as Wagyu beef, which appears in a dish with braised oxtail, spinach purée, creamed potato and braising juices (another dish with its classical French origins laid bare). There are two sweet courses to look forward too. First off, perhaps, a lemon posset with blueberries and a lemon espuma, with another following on that combines roasted chestnuts, caramel and chestnut frangipane. The service team maintain charm and composure at all times, and everyone plays a role in creating something rather special. That goes for the sommelier, who is the living, breathing face of a fine wine list, featuring plenty of French classics alongside some exciting New world options.

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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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