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Caribbean comfort food is the real deal at Negril. It’s a popular spot in spite of service that slows to a snail’s pace when the place is heaving, and the cramped, unadorned interior (decoration is limited to pages torn from Heat covering the walls of the lone toilet, which is accessed through the kitchen).

Standards such as jerk chicken and ackee with saltfish are best enjoyed with a side of fried plantain, while tender goat curry should be mopped up with a perfectly fluffy roti. A hearty brunch menu featuring the likes of jerk chicken sausage is popular among local party animals repairing the ravages of the preceding night, while the quaint roadside garden is charming in summer.

Don’t forget to bring your own beer or wine.

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Negril says
Located on Brixton Hill, Negril started five years ago with a view to educating customers about Jamaican foods. We offer healthy nourishing meals at a reasonable price, using quality and healthy ingredients.

Negril is the name of a place in western Jamaica. It is laid back, rustic and relaxing. It became popular in the 1970s, when all the hippies started going there and it seemed to perfectly reflect what the café was about.

We offer organic coffee, free-range chicken, use real butter instead of margarine, organic eggs, better quality ingredients and forgoing MSG and hydrogenated fats. Yes, it is more expensive to do it this way but we feel it is better in the long run. Customers often describe the food as 'good, honest food', which is a fantastic compliment for us - it means we are on the right track.

Jamaican food is unique because of the complex ethnic makeup of the people, who came or were brought to Jamaica. The food tells the story of its people.

Most of the traditional dishes are fusions of cultures. For example, Jamaica's national dish, ackee and saltfish, is a combination of ackee from Africa and salted codfish from Spain. The staple of rice and peas is a combination of Chinese rice, African peas and coconuts brought in by the Spanish. Even jerk chicken, most commonly recognised as Jamaican food, is itself a collision of Arawak and African cooking styles and techniques.

Our menu also features salads, burgers, roti wraps, fish and stews.
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Venue name: Negril
Address: 132 Brixton Hill
Opening hours: Dinner served 5-10.30pm Mon-Fri. Meals served 10am-10.30pm Sat, Sun.
Transport: Tube: Brixton/bus 45, 109, 118, 250
Price: Mains courses £7.95-£9. Unlicensed. Corkage £2.50 per person.
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Rellie Loves

It's no secret that Caribbean culture is laid back and easy, so it's no surprise the service here reflects that too, but not in a good way. If you manage to get a seat inside this cramped restaurant then you will be greeted with traditional Jamaican cuisine of curry goat, jerk chicken, fried fish, stews, vegetarian dishes and classic accompaniments like rice & peas or roti. The food is tasty but coming from a Caribbean background, it's nothing to write home about! It's pricey for what it is and given the cramped dull space you can't really relax - on a busy night the door is constantly opening and closing. It's in a nice location on Brixton Hill but my advice would be to venture down the road to explore some of Brixton's other Caribbean hotspots.

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Beautiful tasty food with plenty of flavour. The atmosphere is very laid back and friendly. Would definitely visit again


Best Caribbean in Brixton, their goat curry is fantastic and salt fish fritters are perfectly balanced. I've taken lots of family and friends who are unfamiliar with the cuisine and all have loved it.


I think it's great for a laid-back evening of nice food. If you expect perfectly polite staff and quick service then go somewhere else, but staff are ALWAYS chatty, funny, interesting and hey, it might not com ein 15 mins but it's definitely worth the wait. Plus you just get to order two of their DELICIOUS home-made lemonades! I'm a vegetarian and they cater VERY well for veggies. Shockingly offering more than one choice. Go, it's nice, fun and a bit special. Not your usual italian/frensh/english resturant. A different experience. Probably why so many people give it bad reviews. We're very hard at accepting change, aren't we!


Been going there for a long time, when the food has been amazing every time. Little can be said about the running on the pass and home delivery organisation. Three times i ordered food for delivery and every single time food wasn't what i ordered. Twice they corrected it and sent my ordered food when the driver was available again, 40min after. The third and final time the TWO hours after my phone call with them to correct the order they asked me if i still wanted my order even though i had paid the driver already and suggested i come and collect it, if i didn't. This because they didn't know where the driver was and couldnt give me a time on how much longer the wait would be. On COLLECTION, they just hand the food to me as if i were a normal collection, no apology at all, ironically the driver was in the restaurant as well and didn't acknowledge me even though i had seen and tipped him two hours ago. ABSOLUTE SHAMBLES NEVER GOING AGAIN!


Can't believe anyone would give this a bad review it must be a rare unlucky time. I have been many many times over many years and never had a bad experience. I love negril, it is an unknown gem of brixton, amazing vibe and service, good hearty food, cheap cost and when you can't face brixton hill, they deliver too...have spent many a wonderful night in negril.

scott cobden

Great homecooked food, great service, wicked Platter for 2 to share.... had curried goat as an extra to the platter, cant moan on any account, big up all Negril staff....... was visiting family in the area, we travelled from Leicester.... and would happily do it again...... blessings...x


I always find the staff helpful and friendly, it is a busy restaurant and not that many waiting staff., but they do their best. The food is good and freshly cooked, no faults there. Corkage charge is reasonable!