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.
|Venue name:||Rum Kitchen Soho|
First Floor, Kingly Court
|Opening hours:||Mon - Thurs: 12PM - Midnight Fri - Sat: 12PM - 12:30AM Sun: 12PM - 11PM|
|Transport:||Oxford Circus tube|
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Average User Rating
3.2 / 5
- 5 star:1
- 4 star:8
- 3 star:7
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:3
Went here for lunch on Sunday. Ordered 2 cocktails with our food and after about 2 mouthfuls through the straw we discovered both glasses were completely jam packed with crushed ice up to the brim of the glass. very bad value for money! we complained and she took them away and returned them filled up and with half as much ice but they had only been filled with juice so they didn't taste like cocktails anymore. Chicken wings were the stingiest we had ever seen or eaten. won't be going back here. no wonder it was dead...
Allowing to float away to a Caribbean island for a tenth of the price. So if you want a shot of summer hop on down to the rum kitchen. I loved my visit here and cannot recommend it enough
Visited the kingly court restaurant on a Saturday at 12, it was dead. Took ages to get served for drinks and food. When the food did come then chicken was undercooked :-( . Trying to get service during the meal is difficult and the food wasn't especially authentic either. The environment was cramped and the staff lifeless. Maybe we was unlucky but wont be going back.
Good food, absolutely terrible service. Have been 2 times and both times waited an age for food, place was only half full. Both times food order was wrong and both times had to ask multiple times for the bill which again both times was wrong. Will never go back.
Literally like stepping into the Caribbean in the middle of Soho - the pace of life is slower here! Cocktails are good and authentic. I didn't eat, but the food looked good.
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