Michelin Restaurants

Michelin star restaurants in Cambridge UK

Currently there is only one restaurant in the city of Cambridge (and Cambridgeshire in general) with a Michelin star, or more precisely two: the Midsummer House. The Hole in the Wall in Little Wilbraham (approx. 8.5 km from Cambridge) has a Bib Gourmand. Not so far from Cambridge, about 40 km, there is a nice restaurant called Pea and Porridge in Bury St Edmunds (in the county of Suffolk) with a Bib Gourmand.

2 Star Michelin Restaurants in Cambridge, England

Midsummer House Restaurant, Cambridge

Midsummer House - Michelin 2 Star Restaurant, Cambridge, UK
Midsummer House - Michelin 2 Star Restaurant, Cambridge, UK

A two-star modern culinary establishment ‘serving modern British food’ close to the heart of the city of Cambridge in a Victorian Villa by the river Cam. In addition to the steady 2 stars in the Michelin Guide (since 2005), Midsummer House has been awarded 12th on The Sunday Times top 100 food list for 2011. They have held 4 AA Rosettes since 2005 and currently have 7/10 in the Good Food Guide.

“Excellent cooking, worth a detour” says the Michelin Guide. Specialties: Seared scallop, celeriac, truffle, Granny Smith and caramel. Rack of lamb, courgette and basil purée, essence of lovage. Mango and Douglas fir cream, white chocolate cookies. Prices reflect the two stars (Menus are approx. 40-75 GBP). To quote from the website: “Daniel Clifford’s … cooking has a modern-focus which is underpinned by classical French technique”

Midsummer House Restaurant Reviews

Some of the cons mentioned by previous guests: “Dining room rather plain and lacking in warmth” “Pricey even for a two-star restaurant” “Wine list is rediculously overpriced” Some found the service attentive, others surly and unapproachable. But again, some guests wrote raving reviews and found the contemporary design as well as the service perfect “after eating in many 3 star restaurants, I can’t see why midsummer only has 2!” “Wow-factor in abundance!”

On TripAdvisor travel site, Midsummer House got over a hundred reviews with an average rating of 4 out 5 (where 5 is the max). Food and service got higher ratings than value and atmosphere. Some of the cons mentioned are: no parking by the restaurant (true, you need to walk over a pleasant little footbridge, but in chilly winter time a 5-10 minute walk may not be ideal for some), wines overpriced, arrogant or reserved service, limited choice of foods (“To our horror the only food on offer was two, set, tasting menus. You could only select one complete menu for your whole table irrespective of the diverse tastes of 4 people”), 2 stars not deserved (“The food was alright but nothing near Michelin star standard (despite their 2 stars))”.

The Interior of Midsummer House, Cambridge

There are 12 well-spaced tables dressed in crisp white linen in the dining room, while upstairs there is a private dining room, and a bar and terrace for alfresco drinks with river views. Some guests found the interior design lacking in warmth. The conservatory was extended by April 2012. One reviewer of the restaurant remarked “The conservatory has a cold feel to it in the winter.” Another con of the restaurant seems to be less restaurant specific, but worth mentioning as 2-3 reviewers pointed out the problem with acoustics: couples and smaller groups may feel suppressed by bigger groups “When we visited there were several noisy groups and it was hard to hold a conversation on our table.”

Service at Midsummer House, Cambridge

You can expect polished –  predominantly –  French service, says the official website of Midsummer House, and most reviewers seem to agree. However, it seems to be a recurring complaint that the service is not welcoming and enthusiastic enough “The staff acted as though they were doing us a favour in serving us” “The staff were courteous and prompt, but reserved and shy. They mumbled in their strong French accent what each dish was, but didn’t seem to be too excited to be there, or proud to be presenting these dishes” (quotes from TripAdvisor travel site). Frequently mentioned con is the hurried explanation of meals “Some of the food explanations were rushed and inaudible.”

The Menu of Midsummer House, Cambridge

The Classic Menu of Midsummer House is available for lunch from Wednesday – Saturday and for dinner from Tuesday – Thursday, starting from £40 per person for 3 courses. Further menus: Taste of the Market menu, Taste of Midsummer menu downloadable from the official website of Midsummer House, or take a look at current news about menus, last minute reservations and more at their Twitter account.

Reservations at Midsummer House, Cambridge

Tel: +44 (0) 01223 369299
Email: reservations@midsummerhouse.co.uk

Midsummer House
Midsummer Common
Cambridge CB4 1HA

Directions to Midsummer House – How to get there?

Proceed around Ring Road to Chesterton Road.
Turn into Ferry Path, or De-Freville Avenue.
Turn into Hamilton Road then into Pretoria Road where you park.
Walk to footbridge at the end of Pretoria Road, cross River Cam.
Restaurant is on the left.

GPS navigation

For satellite navigation please use CB4 1HD which will take you to Pretoria Road which is the closest parking. At the end of Pretoria Road you will need to walk over the foot bridge and you will find us at the end and to the left.

From London

Come off M11 at junction 13.

Turn right at the slip road.
At the end of the road turn left onto Northampton street.
Continue straight to the ring road with Staples stationary store.
Go straight at the round about onto Chesterton Road.
Take the first right onto Ferry Path.
Take the first right onto Pretoria Road. Park here.
Walk over the footbridge at the end of the road.
Midsummer House is on the left hand side of the bridge.

From Newmarket

Come off A14 at junction 33.
Take the first exit onto the A10 Milton Road.
Continue for 2 miles until you reach the ring road with the Staples stationary store.
Take the first left onto Chesterton Road.
Take the first right onto Ferry Path.
Take the first right onto Pretoria Road. Park here.
Walk over the footbridge at the end of the road.
Midsummer House is on the left hand side of the bridge.


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