Midsummer House Restaurant

“Modern British cooking at the very highest level.” - AA Inspector



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After a quarter of a century at the top of the culinary tree, Midsummer House continues to be one of the best restaurants in Britain. And you certainly can’t argue with the location, which is idyllic, although it may not have felt that way when the restaurant was recovering from catastrophic flooding in 1999 and 2000. This elegant Victorian villa has its back to the River Cam and views across Midsummer Common from the front. The conservatory dining room is airy and spacious, the atmosphere welcoming, and the seasonally evolving menus offer a choice of four courses at lunch, or different tasting menus offered at lunch and dinner. This is modern British cooking of the very highest calibre, with Daniel Clifford’s passion and respect for quality produce and seasonality clear to see. Technical skills are absolutely spot-on and the wine list is impressive. A window into the kitchen means you can see where Clifford, along with head chef Mark Abbott and their team, are busy constructing precise, thoughtful dishes, with intriguing combinations of flavours. A tasting menu might take in duck liver mousse with red pepper and strawberry, smoked salmon rillette with black radish and apple, and French rabbit with Agen prunes, duck liver, lovage, while braised Cornish turbot might be accompanied by cockles, cuttlefish and sea herbs. A coriander dome might look simple, but this is a complex and technically challenging dessert of white chocolate and coriander, with refreshing lemongrass jelly, mango, coconut and koji foam.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

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


  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: Last week April, 2 weeks August/September, 25 December to 8 January
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 945
  • 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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