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Summary

“An ideal location next to the River Cam adjacent to Midsummer Common” provides a glorious setting for this fine Victorian riverside villa, where “Daniel Clifford is pushing on to new levels” – reporters rated it No. 2 in our Top-100 UK Restaurants this year, and some would argue that Michelin should bestow it that third star. “The level of detail is second-to-none” and the “spectacular and surprising food combinations” create “complex” and “exciting” dishes, delivered by “attentive but un-cloying” staff. Even many fans though feel it’s “too expensive”.

£138
Exceptional
Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Daniel Clifford’s “sheer innovation” has won a gigantic reputation for this “slightly formal” Cam-side destination, and the results are “terrific”; “ask your bank manager before you open the wine list” though, as the prices are “crazy”.

£138
Exceptional
Very Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Awesome”, “adventurous”, “truly wonderful” – fans find Daniel Clifford’s Cam-side restaurant is a destination “on which it would be hard to improve”; there’s no denying, however, that there’s a small minority of punters for whom the style of the place will just never ‘click’.

£133
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

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Highchair, Portions,
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Mon closed, Tue - Sat 9.30 pm, Sun closed

Midsummer House Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Midsummer House Restaurant in CB4, Cambridge by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Midsummer House restaurant.
Paul A
The last time we dined here, some three yea...
Reviewed 2 months, 10 days ago

"The last time we dined here, some three years ago, a Michelin VIP was sitting two tables away, and the chewy beef that was the least convincing element in the meal and was instrumental in our not returning before now was clearly also experienced by her companion. Daniel Clifford kept his two stars, though, and currently keeps getting rave reviews, so it seemed reasonable to give it another chance, and here we go with another rave review! Everything about this visit showed just what some arrivistes need to learn; the welcome was warm, the dining room perfect in all respects, the table very suitably situated with a view of the kitchen, and the staff (mostly French) the epitome of properly schooled, relaxed, engaging and knowledgeable personnel. Once again chef was not in the kitchen, but in this case, just as we have noted in some other top-class restaurants, it did not appear to make the slightest difference to the superior quality of the cooking. The ten course tasting menu no longer exists and has been replaced by a more manageable eight course version, which happily also means a smaller wine flight, and my wife, for the first time in our memories, was permitted to have half measures, a matter for congratulation to Midsummer and an indication of the classy self-confidence this restaurant radiates. The champagne trolley gave us the wherewithal to properly enjoy our excellent canapés of cream cheese balls, smoky beetroot with goat’s cheese and crispy ham hock and piccalilli. A sort of pre-amuse bouche comprising Bloody Mary foam and celeriac sorbet was one of the best ever and really started the palate working. The amuse bouche proper was a dish where the beauty of the appearance, especially the arrangement of the avocado on the plate, matched the lovely taste combination of the crab, the sorrel granita and the avocado. This was succeeded by a dish which was a piece of restrained but effective theatre with super new English asparagus wrapped in foil perfectly cooked in beurre noisette on a heated stone at the table and suitably backed up with burnt onions, mushrooms, and fresh green and pickled asparagus in deep-fried potato with clever cubes of aerated sauce hollandaise; this was a triumph. The next course was a balancing act of Granny Smith jelly, celeriac cooked with truffle to give a whole new taste experience, sautéed scallop, the sweetness of which was beautifully contrasted against a love apple caramel blob and apple batons; another winner. The surprise combinations kept on coming with the super sautéed duck liver with tangerine jelly and gingerbread crumbs prettified by a salad of red chicory and little pear discs and a further occasion to murmur with pleasure. Brill has become a restaurant staple, but the presentation, the perfect fish and the amazing flavours of the razor clams, the stupendous squid ink cake, the cuttlefish and, in particular, the battered samphire left us asking for more. No room for that, though, as we moved on to some splendid, although admittedly French, pigeon with just the right level of gaminess and sprinkled with a sort of puffed wheat crunch, the crispy leg absolutely sensational, and the balance achieved with the morels and the wild garlic a demonstration of high cooking skills. The intriguing pre-dessert was a clever coalescence of blueberries, chocolate and aerated pear with fresh blueberries inside, and this set us up perfectly for our final treat, delicious passion fruit jelly with yoghurt sorbet, and chocolate biscuit and passion fruit meringue as the texture and taste contrast. Our impression was that the style had changed for the better for this was a super experience and we have no hesitation in eating our words and saying that, for us, this was three star category fine dining."

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carol g
Saturday diner tasting menu. Some simply am...
Reviewed 5 months, 24 days ago

"Saturday diner tasting menu. Some simply amazing dishes here especially to start with but did fade away towards the end though. Service was very good and appropriately engaging however at times the staff seemed in competition with each other rather than working together. Ambience was nice and being in a conservatory worked surprisingly well."

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Alekshandra S
Absolutely incredible food, I don't think I...
Reviewed 9 months, 11 days ago

"Absolutely incredible food, I don't think I've ever had scallops that good. Wait staff did an excellent job of looking after us and were surprisingly down-to-earth."

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Mark R
Far superior to our previous visit when it ...
Reviewed 11 months, 27 days ago

"Far superior to our previous visit when it felt that Clifford was pushing out his Great British Menu successes without much thought to flavour. On the ten course taster menu every course from bar one excellent. Service superb, notably from the sommelier who guided us through the flight of wines from around the world with real charm. Lovely to have coffee in the garden afterwards. Dining room still feels a bit like a furniture village showroom."

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lunch noon - 1.30 pm, dinner 7 pm - 9.30 pm
Last orders: Mon closed, Tue - Sat 9.30 pm, Sun closed

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