Restaurants, Caribbean Chalk Farm
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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.



Venue name: Cottons
Address: 55 Chalk Farm Road
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Stephanie C

I ended up in here after being a little bit disappointed with Camden Beach where the promise of Jerk Chicken was dashed due to the weather. We set our feet in here and it really felt like the sunshine was pouring down on this place. Not commercial and all the staff are friendly and happy to recommend. On Monday and Tuesday selective dishes are 50% off. We shared a starter of salt fish fritters and then both had 50% mains and the bill came to £22. I am a wuss with spice so i did need water and top tip is the coleslaw deffo helps when something is too spicy! Absolute gem and I would return here again and again. I recommend the jerk chicken with lamb kofte and the best bit was the plantains! 

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!