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Midsummer House Restaurant

AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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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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Beautiful, confident cooking in an elegant Victorian villa

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At a glance

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

Daniel Clifford's elegant, sophisticated modern British continues to go from strength to strength as he celebrates 20 years at Midsummer House. A comfortable Victorian villa, certainly not overly grand, but comfortable and confident, it stands with its back to the Cam, and looking out on the grazing cows of Midsummer Common from the front. It's a destination restaurant in the best sense of the phrase, with everything in place to ensure your journey, whether local or from much further afield, is not just worthwhile but truly memorable. The sunny conservatory dining room has been described as the perfect combination of formal and informal, smart in slate and charcoal, with starched white linen and a calm, friendly atmosphere. A window to the kitchen lets you see behind the scenes, where Clifford, along with head chef Mark Abbott and their dedicated team, are busy constructing precise, thoughtful dishes. If you go for lunch there's a five-course tasting menu, (full vegetarian and pescatarian menus are available too, and vegan options), while at dinner there are eight courses. The somewhat terse menu descriptions belie the complexity of the dishes, where every ingredient has been carefully considered, and you can be assured that every last detail has been given the attention it deserves. Not just delicious but beautiful to look at, this is eating elevated to its highest level. Seasonal flavours are spot on, and a winter meal might begin with a mouthful or two of velvety smooth pumpkin velouté, topped with a barley cracker and cubes of sherry jelly, before moving on to a perfectly balanced offering of braised pork knuckle with raclette, potato and morteaux sausage. The scallop with apple is something of a signature dish, never off the menu, and you might follow that with game; partridge, perhaps, or quail, before monkfish arrives, paired with spiced aubergine, black quinoa, and burnt lemon purée. Grouse with pink fir apple, mushrooms and Savoy is richly satisfying, and the sorbet that follows, perhaps crème fraîche, with pear and pickled elderberries, a refreshing and unusual contrast. For dessert, the coriander white chocolate dome with coconut and mango and snowy jasmine rice is a delicate, exotic finale. If you've the appetite, the cheese trolley is a truly magnificent example.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks Christmas to 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(s): Daniel Clifford

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 945
  • Wines by the glass: 17

Price guide

  • Starter from: £29
  • Main course from: £49
  • Dessert from: £22
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

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

Getting here

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

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Cambridge
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