survey result

Summary

£304
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Gorgeously located” – on the banks of the Cam within Midsummer Common – this much-accoladed Victorian villa remains the Varsity town’s top address and one of the country’s better-known ‘fine-dining’ destinations. “Every morsel of Daniel Clifford’s cuisine is delicious, creative and innovative” and “all beautifully presented”. Staff can be a bit “formal”, but “the only real negative is the vast overpricing”, a gripe which crops up in many reports on the restaurant (in particular, “the wine selection is very extensive, but very expensive”). A more positive view? “What is there not to like? Of course, people will say the price, but for this quality there is bound to be a price to pay. Superb!”.

Summary

£165
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Amazing… every time” is still the most typical assessment of this acclaimed Victorian villa – one of the UK’s most renowned eateries – which is very picturesquely situated across the Cam from the Varsity’s boat houses and bordering Midsummer Common. Daniel Clifford and his team deliver “a superb overall dining experience: the number and quality of amuse-bouches, the sourdough bread, each individual course… the service… all of the highest order”. Even many fans feel that the “exuberant bill is hard to justify”, however, and to its critics the “staggering costs” are plain OTT, with toppish wine prices a particular gripe (“some more reasonable ‘house’ options would be welcome”).

Summary

£165
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Amazing… every time” is still the most typical assessment of this acclaimed Victorian villa – one of the UK’s most renowned eateries – which is very picturesquely situated across the Cam from the Varsity’s boat houses and bordering Midsummer Common. Daniel Clifford and his team deliver “a superb overall dining experience: the number and quality of amuse-bouches, the sourdough bread, each individual course… the service… all of the highest order”. Even many fans feel that the “exuberant bill is hard to justify”, however, and to its critics the “staggering costs” are plain OTT, with toppish wine prices a particular gripe (“some more reasonable ‘house’ options would be welcome”).

Summary

£154
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

It has a very “pretty riverside setting” on the Cam in the midst of Midsummer Common, but that’s not why Daniel Clifford’s Victorian Villa is so often hailed as an “amazing destination”. It’s the “stunning cuisine from start to finish” which creates a “seriously top-notch eating experience” with the only option in the evening being an eight-course tasting menu. However, even fans acknowledge that it is decidedly “not cheap (call your bank manager first)”, and while for most diners “it’s well worth every penny”, there is a significant disgruntled minority for whom the final bill is “way over the top”.

For 31 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).

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Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair, Portions
12
No shorts
43
10
Yes

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £130.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 250.00 Dinner only 10
Menu2 250.00 Lunch only 5
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Midsummer Common, Cambridge, CB4 1HA
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8 pm
Thursday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8 pm
Friday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8 pm
Saturday11:30 am‑1 pm, 6:30 pm‑8 pm
SundayCLOSED

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