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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.


Venue name: Negril
Address: 132 Brixton Hill
Transport: Tube: Brixton/bus 45, 109, 118, 250
Price: Mains courses £7.95-£9. Unlicensed. Corkage £2.50 per person.
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3.7 / 5

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Finally got to go to this place and it lived up to the hype. Great portion sizes and tasty chicken.

How can you call a restaurant Negril and the food tastes like it came from Harvester? First the meal was missing the curry goat which they rectified by giving us £10 credit and not charging us for it so the customer service is good but that's where it ends. The jerk chicken tasted like Sunday roast chicken, the rice and peas was white like the peas came from a can, the festival was doughy and when we did finally get the curry goat it tasted like casserole stew. I don't usually right reviews but I think it's an insult to name a restaurant after a town in Jamaica when the food barely has been seasoned with salt and pepper. The rum cake was bread and butter pudding with rum poured over it. Culture appropriation at it finest. All these great reviews must have been written by people who've never tried real Jamaican cuisine. This restaurant is obvisously geared more to the new influx of middle class people gentrifying Brixton. Defiantly not coming back.


Their jerk chicken is pretty tasty. My husband particular loved their jerk chicken. It can be a little dried for some people, but it's very delicious with their sauce. Maybe that's how jerk chickens are supposed to be? I'm no expert. However, their dumplings are not worth ordering, I don't get the dish and the dough was very dense. Again, I'm not expert on Jamaican food. So don't listen to me on this. 


Authentic Jamaican and Caribbean food, good portions, tasty. Good for sharing with friends.


Top of brixton hill, good vibes and friendly but slow service. I enjoyed the BYO cosy caribbean dinner with friends which made it a real treat. My friends happened to live down the road so it was easy to visit but not sure I would go out of the way to visit. Also, getting there early is a must to get seated and also so the food doesn't take too long. I highly recommend visiting if in the area, so 4 star experience from me.


Negril is a diamond hidden in plain sight. Everyone will notice it and it's neighbour whilst walking or bussing up Brixton Hill. I've only had brunch here, and the choices are fantastic. Lots of fruit, yogurt and pancake style treats all with a Caribbean twist (lots of coconut and tropical fruit), the juices are also not to be missed.

Service is slow. Like really slow. Find a table outdoors, order your drinks as you sit dow and settle in as you'll be there a while before anything happens next. It is also quite pricey for where it is and as a result of this and the service, I would rate this as more a place which is nice to visit, rather than an essential revisit.

If you want to guarantee good Caribbean food - come here, if you want to try something special, wait for a night market or head into Brixton Village.


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.

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!