Not only does the Rotunda feature pretty large in our list of essential summer hangouts – its curving waterside terrace offering enviable views over the bobbing narrow boats – it’s also something of a go-to at the weekend.
Why? Because despite its central King’s Cross location, it always feels a secret, tucked away from the madding crowds of Granary Square. And with its big windows, and outside garden, it’s the perfect calm space to tuck into Sunday Beef Club, a leisurely four-course daytime feast paired with easygoing drinks. Better still, if you prefer, you can also have your roast delivered to your home (see box-out below).
As has been the case since it opened over a decade ago, meat is sourced from the restaurant’s own Corneyside Farm in Northumberland. While meat-free options exist on the menu, the emphasis is – and has long been – quite firmly on all things butchery.
If you participate in Sunday Beef Club, over four courses you can tuck into the best of sea and land, from amuse bouches with a fiery Bloody Mary (or a glass of fizz, if you prefer) to a sharing platter of seafood with sourdough: there’s Bow-based H.Forman’s smoked salmon, a crab shell stuffed with both brown and white meat and big, fleshy Atlantic prawns in tangy marie rose sauce.
The centrepiece is, of course, sensational roast sirloin (as with the Roasts @ Home, see below): slabs of ruddy meat with a whole heap of mouthwatering duck fat potatoes, carrots, mange tout charred al dente and outsize, pillowy Yorkshire puds. A jug of umami-packed dark gravy brings the whole damn thing together.
And this rather awesome set menu also includes a bottle of house wine per couple, plus an after-lunch espresso martini, once you’ve tucked into light, summery desserts of, say, tiramisu or trifle.
Please note it is advisable to pre-order Beef Club, as it is served on a first come, first served basis. To guarantee your membership to the club, select Beef Club when making your booking. Better still, throughout August, Rotunda is knocking £10 off the price per person. More details here.