We try to work with local suppliers to bring you organic, free range, regionally-procured or Fairtrade food & drink.
In this section you will find:
Alas we have had to make some changes to our food offerings due to the pandemic. We’ve tried to strike a balance between safety and normality overall but sadly a few things have had to go.
Complimentary in-apartment supplies
Coffee, tea and hot chocolate
You will find English breakfast tea, green and peppermint teas in the kitchen.
There’s also a pint of milk in your fridge. If you run out of anything, just ask at reception and we’ll re-stock your fridge.
Illy espresso machine & cafetière coffee
Good coffee makes a great start to the day. That’s why every apartment has a Francis Francis Y3 Espresso Maker with illy coffee.
Simple instructions are printed on a sheet next to the espresso machine. Don’t forget to switch it on at the wall and flick the little switch at the side of the machine.
We also provide Bodum milk frothers for those who love a cappuccino or latte. If you prefer a long black just mix your espresso with slightly cooled boiled water.
If filter coffee is more your thing, we work with local coffee roasters Quarter Horse to bring you fresh ground coffee for your cafetière. You’ll find both next to the espresso machine ready for brewing.
Our eco compostable takeaway cups and lids have been temporarily removed.
You’ll find oranges and grapefruit for the juicer in the sealed bag in the fridge, the perfect combo for a great glass of chilled juice.
- Plug in the electric juicer
- Halve your oranges and grapefruit
- Gently press the halves down on the juicer and voila.
Just a word about the oranges and grapefruit. We select them especially for juicing so while they may not look the prettiest or feel the firmest they do make good juice.
We try to avoid waste so we choose regular deliveries and don’t put too many in your fridge at once. If you would like more during your stay (they’re free!) just let us know. And if you know you aren’t going to use them, please do let us know that too.
You will find cold-pressed rapeseed oil (suitable for both salads and high-temperature frying) plus balsamic vinegar next to the hob along with sea salt and black pepper grinders for seasoning. Just a few kitchen essentials in case you fancy cooking up a storm during your stay.
We’ve also pulled together some recipes by local chef Alex Claridge of The Wilderness fame if you’re looking for some dinner inspiration. They are all easy but delicious.
Tuck Shop (suspended until November)
Feeling peckish but too comfy to move? Fear not, the Staying Cool Tuck Shop is here to save the day!
We’ve bundled together a few of our favourite snacks and refreshments from some small, independent suppliers, so you don’t have to move far to satisfy that sweet or savoury craving. Peruse the in-apartment menu and help yourself. We’ll add the cost to your booking total when you depart, charge your card and email you the receipt.
As always, if there’s something from the tuck shop you really like and happen to run out of, contact us on reception and we’ll get you topped up.
Booking extra treats
Add food and drink for your apartment when booking or email our guest relations team and avoid dashing to the shops as soon as you arrive! We’ve bundled together some of our favourite food combos below that we think you might like, but if there’s something specific you’re after, all you have to do is ask.
So we can source the very best ingredients, please book at least 24 hours before arrival and make us aware of any allergies that should be considered as part of your order.
All items are organic and/or Free Trade where available. Products may differ from time-to-time or seasonally due to availability.
Midnight Munchies £15.00
Large crisps, nuts, chocolate bars and biscuits. The perfect Midnight snack – with or without alcohol!
Full English £27.50
Serves two or three
All the ingredients for a classic English fry-up or grill.
Jolly Hog British outdoor bred sausages and bacon, free range eggs, beans (Heinz of course), vine ripened tomatoes, mushrooms, organic sliced bloomer loaf, butter, preserves and Savse smoothie.
Enjoy a bottle of organic prosecco, four fresh bagels, organic smoked salmon and cream cheese.
Plus rose petals sprinkled on your bed.
Fit & Fruity £17.50
Start your day feeling Fit and Fruity. Yeo Valley organic yogurts, Rude Health cereals, fruit smoothie, organic sliced bloomer loaf with butter and preserves, fresh grapes and berries.
Smoked Salmon Bagels £15.00
Four bagels, organic smoked salmon and cream cheese. Yum!
A bright crimson wine whose plum and raspberry aromas mingle elegantly with vanilla from six months ageing in French oak barrels.
Moet & Chandon Champagne £49.50
The delicious sumptuousness of white-fleshed fruits (pear, peach, apple), the alluring caress of fine bubbles, the soft vivacity of citrus fruit and nuances of gooseberry. Enjoy with the view!
Organic Prosecco £17.50
A superbly fresh Italian sparkler. Pale lemon yellow with delicate aromas of peach and green apples. Fresh, light and zesty on the palate, with mouth tingling soft bubbles.
Laurent Perrier Rosé Champagne £79.50
A precise nose of extaordinary freshness and a wide range of red fruits: raspberry, redcurrant, strawberry, black cherry. A fresh and sharp attack for this supple and rounded wine.
Sauvignon Blanc £14.00
A very approachable, food friendly wine with a beautiful expression of crisp lime and ripe passionfruit.
Four bottles chilling in the fridge on arrival.
Ultimate lovers package £95.00
Treat the one you love. Laurent Perrier Rosé champagne, Charbonnel et Walker sea salt caramel milk chocolate truffles, four fresh bagels with organic smoked salmon and cream cheese. Plus a seasonal bouquet of flowers and rose petals sprinkled on your bed.
Buying food locally
Whether you’re cooking a romantic meal, throwing together a healthy lunch or fancy a sweet treat, there is no shortage of local shops and supermarkets within a few hundred meters of Rotunda. Most places have now reopened but please check online before going or ask us on the desk.
Medicine Bakery: turn left out of the building and walk straight up New Street. Just before you reach Victoria Square, on the right-hand side you’ll notice a doorway with MEDICINE written above, head in and up the stairs. Open 10.00 to 18.00 Mon-Fri, 10.00 to 19.00 Sat and 09.00 to 17.00 Sun.
Anderson & Hill Delicatessen: walk out of the building, turn left and walk up to Corporation Street (where the tram lines cross New St. Turn right onto Corporation Street and cross the road. Walk up the street and take the first left after House of Fraser into the North Western Arcade. Walk straight through and across the street into Great Western Arcade and you’ll find the deli across from Loki Wine. Open from 10.00 to 18.00 on Mon-Thu, 10.00 to 19.00 on Fri, 10.00 to 18.00 on Sat and closed on Sun.
Loki (opposite Anderson & Hill above) is a brilliant local wine merchants. You can also sample over 100 wines before you buy.
Selfridges Food Hall: although the range of fresh food to take away is decreasing it still offers a good quality selection plus plenty of pop-ups. Turn right out of reception and enter the Bullring by the NEXT. Selfridges is straight ahead.
Marks & Spencer Foodhall: walk out of the building and straight ahead. M&S is about 100m away. The food hall is located on the lower ground floor and is open from 08.00 to 19.00 Mon-Sat and from 11.00 to 17.00 Sun. There is also a smaller M&S Food at New Street train station.
Sainsbury’s: walk out of the building and straight ahead, past Barclays and take the first turning on the left. Sainsbury’s is on the corner of the next block. It is open from 6.30 to 21.30 daily (except Sat 07.00 to 20.00 and Sun 11.00 to 17.00).
Tesco: turn left out of the building and walk along New Street. Tesco is on the opposite side of New Street, after you have crossed the tram tracks. It is open from 6am to midnight daily, except for Saturdays when it closes at 22.00 and on Sundays when it is open from 12.00 to 18.00.
All of the main supermarkets – including Waitrose and Ocado – will deliver food and drink for your apartment to the Rotunda for around a £5 delivery charge, although minimum order quantities apply (usually £40).
Your postal address is:
[Your Apartment Number]
150 New Street
We will happily order anything on your behalf for the price of the goods plus a £12 sourcing and delivery charge. Just ask at reception or contact us ahead of arrival.
Food and meal deliveries
We don’t have an in-house delivery service, but the Deliveroo website (or their app for iOS or Android) is probably the most reliable delivery service for food and drink for your apartment. It offers choices from 100+ local restaurants.
The delivery company will need to ring 123 on arrival at the external door and we will then direct them up to your apartment.
Top tip: Insist that they park in the Rotunda’s loading bay and deliver to your door. Sometimes they cheekily try to make you go out to meet them!
If you’re planning to dine out during your stay but need some inspiration on where to go, check out our Dining Out section to learn about some of our favourite spots around town.
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