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“A beautiful haven of comfort and isolation”, this Victorian villa by the river Cam really is serenity itself – complete with a conservatory dining room overlooking the walled garden. Now into his second decade as chef/patron at Midsummer House, Daniel Clifford continues to deliver a masterclass of creativity defined by direct, unabashed flavours and “new levels of innovation”– think stone bass with razor clams, cucumber, wasabi and sorrel or slow-roast duck with English cherries, sweet potato, tamarind and hazelnuts. Elsewhere, a stunning plate of celeriac cooked on open coals with confit duck and celery pickle is the essence of distilled freshness. As befits a two-Michelin-starred kitchen, fabulous desserts such as Yorkshire rhubarb with hickory ice cream and sorrel are also an absolute joy to behold and savour. A brigade of friendly, helpful staff add the final gloss to this unfailingly impressive venue.


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  1. Published : Friday, 25 April 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Midsummer House, Cambridge

    Midsummer House is a two Michelin star restaurant in Cambridge which is owned by head chef Daniel Clifford (whom you might know from BBC’s Great British Menu). We first experienced Daniel’s food at the Cube by Electrolux pop-up on the Southbank and loved it, so we were really excited to finally be visiting his restaurant.

    Situated right by the river, it was a really beautiful setting; the building, complete with conservatory and garden, looked like somebody’s house not a restaurant. Inside was equally stunning; we were seated facing a window into the kitchen meaning we could see all the action yet in an elegant...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 7 September 2013

    Edesia Is Hungry - Food of the Gods :: Midsummer House

    Midsummer House, set on the picturesque Midsummer Green on the edge of the River Cam in Cambridge, is the 2 star restaurant of the very talented Daniel Clifford. We had to park on the other side of the river and cross a footbridge to get to the restaurant and ended up parking just near the house my mother was brought up in. The main room is the conservatory of Midsummer House, with a walled garden surrounding it, a light and airy environment. There is a choice of lunch, a 7 course Taste of Market menu and an 8 course Taste of Summer House menu, we went for the vegetarian and standard version of the Taste of Summer...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 7 September 2013

    Edesia Is Hungry - Food of the Gods :: Midsummer House

    Midsummer House, set on the picturesque Midsummer Green on the edge of the River Cam in Cambridge, is the 2 star restaurant of the very talented Daniel Clifford. We had to park on the other side of the river and cross a footbridge to get to the restaurant and ended up parking just near the house my mother was brought up in. The main room is the conservatory of Midsummer House, with a walled garden surrounding it, a light and airy environment. There is a choice of lunch, a 7 course Taste of Market menu and an 8 course Taste of Summer House menu, we went for the vegetarian and standard version of the Taste of Summer...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 6 April 2013

    vialaporte :: Midsummer House** // Cambridge // England

    Daniel Clifford is chef-patron of Midsummer House. When we visited his Cambridge conservatory style dining room, the initial impression wasn’t a good one. The main problem was the roller-coaster service, which ranged from a very nice welcome to some pretty obvious errors. While ★★ is principally about impeccable gastronomy, it’s also about the experience. Being left without bread, water and wine at the right moments affects how you feel about a meal. Milling, ineffective waiting staff don’t help either. Though while this might be true, what Clifford doesn’t deliver in service, he delivers with his food.

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Daniel Clifford

Daniel Clifford clocked up his kitchen experience under Jean Bardet at his eponymous restaurant in Tours, with Marco Pierre White at the legendary Box Tree in Ilkley and with Simon Gueller at Rascasse in Leeds. In 1999, he took over Midsummer House in Cambridge,, swiftly turning it into a destination restaurant and winning two Michelin stars by 2005. Clifford, a family man with five daughters, has also won Great British Menu twice over.

Essential Details for Midsummer House

  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: Cambridgeshire
  • Price: £75
  • Wine: £29.00
  • Champagne: £60.00
  • Lunch: £40/£50/£60£75/£95 (3/4/5/7/10 courses) (Wed-Sat)
  • Dinner: £47.5/£82.5/£105 (5/7/10 courses) (Tues-Sat)

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