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At the back of Kings Place, Rotunda’s large canal-side terrace is a serene contrast to the bustling of offices above it. Vibrant blue banquettes frame a brightly lit, white-on-mahogany dining room while a steady kitchen takes full advantage of the owner’s farm and butcher in Northumberland for well-aged ribs of beef, flat-iron steaks and ‘rump caps’, served alongside confit Isle of Wight tomatoes, copper pots of béarnaise and bunches of watercress. Elsewhere, delicately crafted beef carpaccio comes with truffle for added flair. Snacks might yield spicy whitebait with lime mayo or ‘three onion’ bhajis with mango chutney, and there’s crisp-topped mac ’n’ cheese to share. Skip pedestrian puddings, pull up a canal-side deckchair and relax with a Waterside Garden Martini or a Champagne Negroni (if you’re feeling flush). Staff are friendly rather than flashy; ditto the wine list.