Midsummer House Restaurant

“Modern fine dining elevated to the highest level” - AA Inspector

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CAMBRIDGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

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Since Daniel Clifford bought Midsummer House in 1998, he has turned this former private residence - and one-time dog breeding home - into a world class dining destination. Idyllically set in a handsome Victorian villa on the banks of the River Cam, the chic and light-filled conservatory dining room is a tranquil setting with its white linen tablecloths and slate and charcoal hues. Diners are separated from the kitchen by a window, through which Clifford and his head chef, Mark Abbott, can be observed at close quarters. They are supported by a talented team of studious and focused chefs creating elegant, precise and inventive modern British dishes showcased in a nine-course tasting menu and, from Wednesdays to Saturdays, a more compact set lunch menu. The concise menu descriptions are at odds with the intricacy of the food - each carefully sourced ingredient is treated with respect and is on the plate for a reason. Flavours chime perfectly with the seasons, and a meal might begin with fresh water prawns, broad beans, English peas, sauce cocktail, before moving on to Suffolk tomatoes, aged parmesan, Nocellara olives, English basil, sauce gazpacho. Things remain light with hand-dived Orkney scallop, salt baked celeriac, Granny Smith apple and summer truffle before gaining in richness with roasted Norfolk quail, creamed shallots, duck liver, confit quail egg, Jerez vinegar, followed by slowly cooked Loch Duart salmon, white chocolate and caviar sauce and finger lime. Another highlight is a dish of grass-fed Yorkshire beef, tenderstem broccoli, pickled anchovy and beurre rouge. Next up, a cheese course of truffled Baron Bigod, English yoghurt, mushroom consommé and truffle honey might precede Cambridgeshire strawberries, ewe’s yoghurt and garden lovage. Baked passionfruit and crystallised orange tart might be a final flourish before coffee and a plate of delicate petit fours.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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5 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
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AA Notable Wine List
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AA Notable Wine List
Midsummer House Restaurant
Midsummer Common, CAMBRIDGE, CB4 1HA
Phone : 01223 369299

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.45
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 30
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Cambridgeshire

To the west of East Anglia is Cambridgeshire, a county best known as the home to the university that makes up the second half of ‘Oxbridge’ (the other half is Oxford). As well as its globally renowned educational credentials, it also has a rich natural history; much of its area is made up of reclaimed or untouched fens. These are low-lying areas which are marshy and prone to flooding. The lowest point in the UK is at Holme Fen, which is some 9 feet (2.75 metres) below sea level. Some of the fens had been drained before, but it was in the 19th and 20th centuries that wide-spread, successful drainage took place, expanding the amount of arable and inhabitable land available.

Ely Cathedral was built on an island among the swampy fens, but now sits among acres of productive farmland, albeit farmland criss-crossed by miles of flood-preventing watercourses. Oliver Cromwell was born in Ely, and his family home can still be visited. Cambridge itself is a beautiful and historic city, with any number of impressive old buildings, churches and colleges, and plenty of chances to mess about on the River Cam which gave the city its name.

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