The original Rum Kitchen opened in early 2013 in the island paradise of Westbourne near Portobello Road, and was an immediate hit with the sort of locals who were probably reminded of their last holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands: Prince Harry and his pal Cressida Bonas were snapped loitering outside. It’s Caribbean for the loafers-and-gilet set, for sure, but it’s a lot of fun, especially the basement bar.
And now it’s washed up in Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street, in a much more compact space. Also making the hop from W11 are the carefully distressed driftwood, the don’t-worry-be-happy slogans on the walls, the fancied-up versions of Caribbean classics on the food menu (saltfish fritters, jerk chicken wings, curry mutton, roti) and the all-rum cocktails (we particularly enjoyed the disturbingly named Lesser of Two Weevils, an easy-drinking mix of Red Stripe ginger beer shandy, rum, lime and bitters). If you’re planning on weighing anchor here for a spot of grog, however, take heed: this Rum Kitchen is more ‘kitchen’ than ‘rum’ – the drinking area is small, seating only a few at the bar. Which is a shame – rum + reggae = a surefire way to brighten up a dreary February in Soho.
We opened our first restaurant in 2012, a 200-capacity site nestled in the heart of Notting Hill on All Saints Road. A year later we jumped at the opportunity to bring some of our Caribbean sunshine to Kingly Court in Soho! So far, so good.
Over this time we've been fortunate enough to gain impressive reviews from critics such as AA Gill and Grace Dent and been frequented regularly by customers such as Prince Harry, David and Victoria Beckham, Harry Styles, Nicole Scherzinger and Rita Ora.
We're open in Soho every day for lunch and dinner. Just ask any of the barmen if you need help with choosing the right rum, they're some of the best in the business!
Hope to see you soon! Feel free to email us on Carnaby@therumkitchen.com #NoRumNoRainbow
If you feel like spreading the love all our social media is @therumkitchen!