A broad range of experience in some of the top kitchens in the UK and France along with hefty doses of innovation, dedication and originality have led Daniel Clifford’s style – tempering advanced kitchen science and presentation techniques with classic French influences and a sturdy reliance on the best local ingredients – to be widely praised.

He has won significant acclaim for his work at Midsummer House in Cambridge and has followed this up with memorable appearances on The Great British Menu.

Following a move from a university kitchen to stints with Jean Bardet and Marco Pierre White, he spent time at Howfield Manor Hotel and Restaurant, The Bell Inn and Box Tree. A revelation came following visits to The Fat Duck and Bras. Utilising some of the more unexpected combinations of flavour and styles of preparation that he discovered there, he opened Midsummer House to high acclaim and very quickly won the attention of the Michelin inspectors. The restaurant won one star in 2002 and another in 2005.

Clifford looks towards French technique and focuses on local and seasonal produce. Innovations like the Pacojet and sous-vide cooking are in his repertoire, but taste comes first – with his recipes emphasising seasonal combinations such as mackerel and pickled cucumber with ingredients like caviar, bourbon and lime.

Asked what defines him as a chef, Clifford answers, "For me, the taste is the most important thing. Presentation has always come into it but it’s got to taste nice in your mouth first."

Guardian critic Matthew Norman commented, "[Midsummer House] is an extremely well run and likable restaurant presided over by an inventive, gifted chef driven by the desire to please punters rather than inspectors". Furthermore, Square Meal compliments Clifford’s ‘sure touch and keen eye for quality ingredients [that] have kept things spanking-fresh’.


The Michelin Guide
Two Michelin Stars

Sunday Times Food List 2012
Best Restaurant in the East of England
Ranked 7th Best Restaurant in UK

The AA
Five AA Rosettes



The Guardian - Midsummer House review

The Telegraph - Foraging for Ingredients

Feature in Big Hospitality

Interview in The Staff Canteen

Interview in Fine Dining Guide

Interview in The Good Food Guide


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Midsummer House
Midsummer House Situated in a smart city villa in Cambridge, with an intimate and classically decked-out dining room, Midsummer House provides a corner of seclusion among the teeming cloisters. Featuring a private dining room overlooking the river Cam and boasting two Michelin stars for its cuisine, the restaurant – and chef Daniel Clifford – has become one of the area’s most highly-praised culinary destinations.

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@ChefboyFresh thanks. Turbot in new today. I love it.

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