2018 will be Midsummer House’s 20th anniversary and its history is fascinating. This Victorian villa is on Midsummer Common on the banks of the River Cam in the University town of Cambridge.
Midsummer House has been a private residence for most of its life, as well as a dog breeding home and lodgings for the public house next door. It first got turned into a restaurant in the 1980's when it was bought by Food & Drink’s Chris Kelly.
In 1998 Daniel Clifford bought it and since then, following two devastating floods in 1999 and 2000 which ruined the cellar and ground floor, the building has been upgraded and refurbished to the highest of standards possible. The larger kitchen is now world class. The cellar has been extended too and has almost 1000 different wines, plus there is an additional bakery. The main house hosts 15 tables and the open plan conservatory has three parts.
In 2002 Daniel Clifford at Midsummer House was awarded its first Michelin star and its second in 2005.
The iconic apple trees in our kitchen garden (Bramley and the heritage Blenheim Orange) are featured in our signature dish of “scallop, truffle and apple” as they complement each other perfectly. This dish has never been off our menu and is used all year round.
I would certainly say Pub in the Park is up there with one of best things I have ever done, the atmosphere and buzz over those 3 days was just electric and I felt so lucky to be a part of it all. All in all, we served around 4000 dishes over the 3 days, the most popular being the Mackerel Taco which sold out on each session, I couldn’t have asked for a better crowd though as they were all willing to try the other dishes we had to offer. One of my favourite moments had to be that I got to celebrate my birthday which was on the Sunday In such an incredible way, meeting a huge amount of kind and wonderful people as well as watching The Milk who are one of my favourite bands.
Wow - what an incredible, amazing weekend! The vibe was fantastic; the food was stunning, the music outstanding, but above all else, the people of Marlow made the whole event feel very special. It showed off our lovely town to all our visitors and the chefs from all over the country and did us proud.