Daniel Clifford’s smart restaurant located in a Victorian villa on Midsummer Common on the banks of the River Cam is unlike any other in the country. For a start, if you choose to stroll there across the common you’ll likely have to contend with the free-roaming cattle which, if they aren’t sitting around in the sunshine, are helping themselves to the flowers in Midsummer House’s front garden.
But that’s just the start. The two Michelin-starred restaurant, which in 2018 celebrated its 20th birthday, has long been considered one of the best in the country thanks to Clifford’s unflinching dedication and ambition to create a dining room that can hold its own on the global stage.
This meant changes to further push the envelope, including the bright dining room having been given a complete overhaul, the installation of a brand-new kitchen, a new bakery and an enlarged cellar that now holds almost 1,000 different wines. However, the biggest changes have been on the plate, with Midsummer House’s menu more ambitious than ever before with Clifford becoming increasingly inventive with flavour combinations.
Be warned though, non meat eaters are given short shrift, and Midsummer House does not offer vegetarian or vegan menus.