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.
55 Chalk Farm Road
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Went to cottons for a birthday meal with my partner. We have visited Cottons previously for many years and have enjoyed ourselves. The change in management is very noticeable for the worse! You couldn't tell who was working, our waitress had no note pad to take our order never repeated our order back to us and just walked off,she wasn't pleasant .When the food did eventually arrive (over 30 mins for starter and 40 mins for main course). My prawn cocktail was rubbery and there was not a finger bowl to wash my fingers after (which on every occasion I've gone previous has been at the table)! My partner had items missing from his starter and when we tried to tell the waitress she was no where to be found the restaurant was not busy at all! When she did come back without asking if we had finish she was trying to remove our plates! When our mains came it was cold and small portion size had to be sent back and then when it came back items were missing. Absolutly terrible service. From start to finish. My usual cocktail wasn't the same. We were extremely disappointed with everything overall and will not be returning and would certainly NOT recommend to any one wanting authentic carribean cuisine.
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!