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|Address:||Midsummer Common, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 1HA|
|Tel:||01223 369 299|
|Price: £77.00||Wine: £29.00||Champagne: £60.00|
|Opening Hours:||Wed-Sat 12N-1.45pm Tue-Sat 7-9.30pm (Fri-Sat 6.30pm- )|
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Midsummer House is certainly the best restaurant I am aware of in Cambridge and worth a visit if in the area, although I am not convinced it is worthy of the levels of praise or certain is it worthy of its accolades.
Arriving a little early for our table was were seated in the ‘bar’ which is a very small rectangular room upstairs with two clusters of tables and chairs. These were already occupied so instead we were given two wooden chairs and held our drinks until one of the tables were vacated. It did have the distinct feel of a waiting room. Bit strange.
The dining room itself was nice but did now feel very much like sitting in a conservatory, although perhaps I was more aware of my surroundings after the ‘bar’ experience. The menu was tasting only as we were having dinner at the weekend – with a choice of two, ‘taste of the market’ £130 with wine, or ‘taste of midsummer’ – £165 options with wine. I would usually opt for a tasting menu rather than dining a la carte but it would have been nice to have a choice. There also seems little point choosing a Wine if the sommelier has already paired each course in advance, so bowing to superior judgement I reluctantly handed the heavy Wine list back.
The meal was interesting – if a bit of a foam party. Some predictable dishes but also some real flourishes of excellence including a Jack Daniels and Honey shot. The desserts were also notable. Service was good although altogether the whole experience felt a little conveyor belt and the atmosphere was slightly flat. Sit down, eat this, drink this, nod agreeably and then leave £450 lighter.