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Daniel Clifford’s “haven of calm and delight” occupies a beautifully located Victorian villa bordering Midsummer Common and the banks of the Cam (“lovely river views from the lounge”), and continues to maintain its renown as one of the country’s top culinary destinations. From a series of tasting options (including a vegetarian menu), results from the open kitchen are “adventurous without being silly” and “the theatrical presentation which accompanies each course course truly makes for a meal to remember”, complemented well by a “brilliant choice of wines” and “exceptional service with a smile”. “Excellence doesn’t come cheap” however, and although major disappointments are rare here, mild panic on the arrival of the bill goes with the territory.
“What a revelation to find this gastronomic oasis in Cambridge”; Daniel Clifford’s Victorian villa – “fantastically located” on Midsummer Common, by the Cam – is nowadays one of the survey’s top 5 most commented-on destinations outside London and, with the help of his team and continual investment in the property, it “radiates classy self-confidence”. “An updating of the dining room with an open-plan kitchen has led to a far more relaxed atmosphere”, there’s “an upstairs bar overlooking the river”, and the option to “end with coffee and petit fours in the walled garden” when the weather’s fine. “Superb” staff deliver “a wonderful array” of “spectacular” dishes (plus “well-chosen wine pairings”) “with just the right degree of theatre”, and you choose from a series of “innovative tasting menus, with a choice as to the number of courses”. No prize for guessing the catch! – even fans can choke on the “London prices in the provinces”.
“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”.
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”.
Midsummer House Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Astronomical prices on wine list which are in no way value for money and marr the whole dining experience"
Midsummer Common, Cambridge, CB4 1HA
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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