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5 reviews

Kings Place, 90 York Way , London, N1 9AG


020 7014 2840

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SquareMeal Review of Rotunda

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Long before Coal Drops Yard upped King’s Cross’s cool factor, Rotunda was drawing in the crowds with its farm-to-table ethos and charming canal-side terrace. The restaurant underwent refurbishment in the summer of 2018 and while most of the cosmetic changes are subtle (splashes of orange in the colour scheme, a new hanging cabinet on display near the entrance), the biggest difference is the introduction of a buzzy chef’s counter. With much of the kitchen moved from downstairs into the restaurant, diners can now watch the chefs at work, while asking for their cooking tips of course.

Rotunda makes full use of its owner’s farm in Northumberland, while all beef and lamb on the menu is dry-aged, hung and butchered on site. Seasonally changing specials are also a fixture: on our visit, we devoured a tremendously decadent baked camembert, drizzled with honey and truffle oil and served with St John bread.

The kitchen’s commitment to process is evidenced in triumphs such as the 8oz beef burger. So often an uninspiring choice on restaurant menus, this perfectly cooked burger is gratifyingly greasy without overdoing it and is complemented by toppings of smoked bacon and Ogleshield cheese. If you’d rather eat fish, try the likes of fleshy, citrusy grilled Cornish scallops slathered in seaweed butter and topped with crispy samphire.

Things get a little odd come dessert, with some rather random combinations on offer (blueberry Eccles cake with espresso coffee choc pot anyone?). Nonetheless, our more conventional chocolate and almond lava cake with cherry compote was a warm, comforting end to a delicious meal.

Friendly staff and a fairly-priced wine list are further reasons to take a trip to King’s Place – it might have more competition now, but Rotunda’s still got it.

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Kings Place, 90 York Way , London N1 9AG


020 7014 2840

Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 5-10.30pm Sun 12N-6.30pm

Private Dining

 Private dining room at Rotunda
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With large windows overlooking Regent’s Canal and a modern interior, Rotunda’s private dining room is a safe bet for a good time. The food offering here ranges from family-style sharing dishes to a six-course tasting menu, while guests can also enjoy exclusive use of the adjoining terrace, making it well suited to summertime BBQs or hog roasts.

Private Room Capacity: 30

Rotunda's Reviews


Food & Drink: 6.6


Service: 7.6


Atmosphere: 6.2


Value: 5.8


Food + drink: 1

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 2

Silver Reviewer
01 August 2015

Has the management or the chef changed recently? Originally we thought Rotunda was very good, but our last visit was a big disappointment. Delicious ingredients ruined by bad cooking. Is it so difficult to bake a beautiful lemon sole without drying it out and leaving is crisp and chewy? In two minds whether we'll make the trek to Rotunda again. Very sad!


Food + drink: 3

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 2

22 January 2014

Overall it as okay. Orders got a little mixed up, but maybe that's because we had a late lunch (2:45pm ish) on a Saturday, so perhaps the rota was changing…


Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

20 March 2012

Popped in a few times now for their Sunday Roast and i've yet to be let down. Yet to try anything else on the menu but if you're in the mood for a relaxed Sunday lunch next to a hidden gem of a canal then you'll enjoy this place. Waiters are friendly and knowledgeable, the live music sets a nice atmosphere and if the sun's out the waterside setting is lovely. Will venture their soon to see how they handle a busy Friday night but so far, so very good.

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