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Midsummer House Restaurant

AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
AA rating

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Stellar cooking from a chef at the top of his game

AA Inspector

At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

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.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks at Christmas and New Year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: Daniel Clifford

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30: 945
  • Wines by the glass: 17

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Additional information

  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16

Getting here

Park in Pretoria Road, then walk across footbridge. Restaurant on left

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Nearest train station

Cambridge
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