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Rotunda Bar & Restaurant

Restaurants, British King’s Cross
4 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)
Rotunda Bar & Restaurant

Time Out says

This King's Cross bar and restaurant has a cracking location when sunshine hits in summer. Sure, its addresses says traffic-heavy York Way but Rotunda's real plus comes from its view out back, of the bobbing barges and boats of Regent's Canal. There's usually a cute little garden set up on the terrace, too.

The food is focused on British produce, but with influence from across Europe. Expect dishes such as texel lamb with black cabbage, shallot and anchovy dressing, grilled baby chicken with smoked parsnip and turmeric purée and chocolate and almond lava cake with cherry compote. The spot has a farm-to-fork ethos, with their very own farm in Northumberland supplying both their lamb and beef directly.

The drinks list includes seasonal cocktails, beers from Camden Town Brewery, Pressure Drop, Beavertown, Five Points and Brewdog, and a wine list with an old world slant.

Rotunda Bar & Restaurant says
Boasting views overlooking the Regent’s Canal and an alfresco terrace, Rotunda is a hidden gem in the heart of King's Cross for drinking, dining or a summer or Christmas party.

Following an extensive refurbishment in summer 2018, the new look Rotunda restaurant features an open view kitchen, exclusive chef's counter dining and meat ageing cabinet. The bar has also been extended with a new semi-enclosed covered area.

Enjoy seasonal, modern-British food with all the beef and lamb sourced from its own farm in Northumberland, hung for 32 days in the onsite hanging room and finally butchered by the in house butcher.

A real 'farm-to-fork' ethos. Finally, there's an impressive selection of craft beers, wines and seasonal cocktails.



Address: Kings Place
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9AG
Transport: Tube: King's Cross tube/rail
Price: Main courses £10-£21.95.
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm daily. Dinner served 5-11pm Mon-Sat; 5-9pm Sun.
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Users say (11)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 3 star:0
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  • 1 star:2
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Came here with some good friends for a boozy brunch. They had lovely outdoor seating overlooking the canal however, the weather wasn't as gracious so we opted for indoor seating.

They have a wonderful bottomless brunch where you get any item off their brunch list with unlimited rum punch!

Let me tell you now.. That rum punch was absolutely delicious!!! The best I've ever had and it was strong!! In fact each one we ordered got stronger. The jerk chicken club sandwich I had was pleasant but I would've preferred softer bread and a slightly larger portion seeing as it all came to £30 inclusive of the unlimited rum.

I would happily do it again but there weren't many options for those who didn't eat meat or pork :/ and for that they lose a star as I found the menu very limited..


This place is tucked away round the back of Kings Cross, and is worth coming to find (especially in the summer months). It has great views of the Canal, and gets most of its meat from an exclusive farm they have a link to.

Food wise, we tried the tartare and goats curd dishes to start which were both fantastic. The goats curd dish in particular was just spot on. WE had Sunday roast next, with the lamb (tender and beautiful), and mushroom wellington sort of thing which was also great.

The sides to the roast however weren't so fab. Overcooked Yorkshire and pretty uninspiring roast potatoes. Though the roast parsnips, carrots and beetroot were fab.

All in all, a great place to go for a bite to eat. We came at the very end of the day for our meal which doesn't always bode well for roasts, but largely I was impressed and very happy with my meal. Plus the service went above and beyond to make sure we had a great meal, which we did!


Rotunda is an odd one. It's one of those places you have to know about, as it's mission to find the entrance. It's on the ground floor of Kings Place at Kings Cross, the same building where The Guardian is, but you have to go through the whole building to get to Rotunda at the back. However it's great once you get there, as most of the bar is outside seating that fronts onto Regent's Canal. You can sit down to formally dine or have a drink at one of their more relaxed tables or deckchairs. The Summer vibe and decor is floral fun, with a special selection of Gin cocktails, that aren't too pricey. This place can get quite busy with office workers during weekday post work drinks, but I'd still recommend popping here on a sunny day to enjoy a drink in front of the canal.


Great outdoor area - located right on regent's canal, we went for after work drinks. Great weather definitely helped, but having some great cocktails by the water is something that I enjoy. Well worth checking out, a bit hard to find as it is in the Guardian building - but once you find it you are onto a winner!


Right on Regent’s canal and 5 mins walk to King’s Cross, this posh looking bar and restaurant turns out not to be unaffordable after all. I had only been there once before for drinks with my boyfriend who worked in the same building for the Guardian but the real awesome experience happened around breakfast with my best friend a couple of weeks ago: it was raining, everything else in the area was full and we were seeking the comfort of warm, delicious food... which we found! The staff was very friendly, the brunch cocktails beautifully sweet but very strong for a midday drink and the food UNFORGETTABLE: juicy sausage, orange coloured fried eggs, black pudding, crispy bacon and other delicious vegetable delicacies. They also have a breakfast deal inclusive of unlimited prosecco for TWO hours! I’d totally recommend it!

With time to kill whilst waiting for the Eurostar around Kings Cross, what better place to go for a Sunday roast than Rotunda. Set overlooking Regent’s canal, the nautical themed decor blends in well. The surrounding full glass windows make the venue feel bright and airy. Rotunda is a really smart venue (with reports that David Milliband celebrated his 50th birthday here), however they cater for the little ones really well with a special kids menu, colouring books and high chairs. Lots of families were here to enjoy a family roast, which was excellently executed  (so often in London, you pay up to £20 for a lack lustre roast).  Priced at around £16, I would say it was well worth it, just for the yorkshire puddings alone. The venue is spacious and kids will have plenty to look at with the passing barges outside on the canal.

We held our work Summer Party here yesterday evening and it was an absolutely fabulous event. The staff were endlessly helpful and friendly both in the run up to the event and on the actual evening. The area that they reserved for us was great with both indoor and outdoor space and plenty of it. We went for the Street Food Market and the food was delicious!! Very praised by all our guests and everyone had a good fill whilst being able to choose what they had from the different options. It was a great way to feed 68 people in an informal manner. We had our own private bar so no queuing at the busy main bar which all helped to add to the easy flow of the evening. We had lots of fun playing the table football and jenga that Routunda put out for us, another nice touch. I would highly recommend this bar to people looking to hold any event, whether that be a work party or a wedding reception!

Always interesting how ones expectations set you up for an evening. My guests booked at this place so I wasn't clued up before I arrived but, perhaps due to not knowing about this place at all, was amazed that I hadn't heard of such a fine restaurant that had been on my doorstep all along. Great food from a farm they own. The two-person beef cuts were amazingly succulent and the service was friendly but formal. Thoroughly good evening. I shall be returning soon.

I'm sorry the other reviewers didn't enjoy this but after my experience I really want to go back. My friend had octopus salad and fine, tender beef, and I had Really good mushroom veloute to start and Shepherd's Pie - all four dishes prepared well and served quickly, unobtrusively and with great charm. For my taste, the veloute could have improved only by being slightly smaller. Other than that, really, neither of us could fault the food. It's good value for London, too. The setting, on a warm spring evening next to the Regents Canal... what's not to like? Really sorry other reviewers didn't like it - but it'll be easier for me to get another table I guess...

What can I say, this is my first one star review. My partner and myself walked past this place a couple of weeks before we went and said to each other that looks like a really nice place. It's true it dose look like a really nice place and when you walk in you think wow. A very nice location overlooking the cannel and to be honest the food was amazing. Five stars to the chefs, but that's where the pleasantries end. When we walked in not a single staff member greeted us and we stood waiting for some time. After a staff member had seen us waiting we asked for a table for two and after some time we were seated. We were offered water and then our menus were brought to us. Our order was taken and our meals came out very quickly. At no point during the meal were we approached to ask if we were happy with our meals, or even asked if we would like a drink, after we had finished our meals it took them almost 15 minutes to clear our table and we still weren't asked how our meals were or even asked if we would like to see the dessert menu. We did feel like dessert and a coffee after our meal but by the time someone came over with dessert menus we were well and truly over the customer service and just wanted to leave. The staff member who took my payment just stood there in silence as the transaction cleared then handed me the receipt and walked away. Never in a dinning experience have a ever been made to feel so uncomfortable, it really did feel like they didn't want us there. The lack in customer service was such a disappointment because the two of us both really enjoyed our meals. I would recommended giving this place a miss

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We went with Korean guests and it was a huge embarrassment for us! The menu was very basic, the table for five far too small, we had to ask for water several times befaure they actually bring it. After we finished with the starters we had to wait at least thirty minutes for the main courses without any excuse or feedback. After we complained they offered us deserts which were a disaster and at the end the bill was FAR too expensive for such poor quality of service, food and ambiance.