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A smart Caribbean restaurant with excellent rum cocktails, Cottons is something of a Chalk Farm institution. And with a history going back to 1985, how could it be anything else? It's just had a new lick of paint but, thankfully, the rum shack vibe still pervades – it wouldn't quite be the same otherwise.

Cocktails are as important as the food here, with a sunshine Caribbean slant to most – think coconut and banana daiquiris, Jamaican mules, a Cotton's pina colada and a reggae rum punch – it'll have you singing like Bob Marley, apparently. Whether that's his heyday or now, we're not sure. Wines, beers and mocktails complete the list.

The food menu is a showcase of traditional Caribbean dishes. Expect, then, fritters, coconut seafood soups, jerk chicken, curried mutton, rice n peas, fried plantain, Caribbean roti and callaloo. Set menus for groups offer good value.


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Cottons says
Since 1985 we have been serving up a slice of sunshine to London, firstly in Camden and now in Shoreditch since 2012. To celebrate 30 years of Cottons we have just renovated our first restaurant in Camden Town and would love to welcome you back to take a look. Our food takes inspiration from the various influences of the Caribbean islands from Jamaica to Margarita with a little stop over at St Lucia in what we refer to as ‘nouvelle cuisine Caribbean’
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Venue name: Cottons
Address: 55 Chalk Farm Road
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Staff Writer

This place is fab!  The food is great with good sized portions.  The cocktails are wicked. You can also drink and dance at the front of the venue to some fab urban tunes! 

Matilda Egere-Cooper

Visited  a couple of weeks back with a friend and couldn't fault the lovely new interiors, service or the food.  I'd recommend the tapas-style starter (trinidadian roti, cod fish fritters and creole shrimp) and the curry goat for mains - they're both generous portion wise and the prices aren't too shabby either.  The cocktails are pretty amazing too, especially if you just fancy visiting for drinks.  Overall, a fabulous lunch!