Cottons

3.9
186 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Caribbean
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
Our food takes inspiration from the various influences of the Caribbean islands from Jamaica to Margarita with a little stop over at St Lucia
in what we refer to as ‘Nouvelle cuisine Caribbean’.

Fresh ingredients are sourced daily and our meats are
well seasoned and marinated for at least 48 hours.

Our superb scotch bonnet sauce is available on request for those
who would like their food a little spicier.

For those with allergies to various food ingredients, please ask your server
or refer to our menu description below for clarification.

Enjoy the best of the Caribbean ...

Cottons...Bringing the Caribbean sunshine to Camden since 1985.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Caribbean
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday (Kitchen): 5pm to 10:30pm
Monday to Thursday (Bar): 5pm to 11pm
Friday to Saturday (Kitchen): 5pm to 11:30pm
Friday to Saturday (Bar): 5pm to 1am
Sunday Lunch (Kitchen): Noon to 3pm & Dinner (Kitchen) 5pm to 10:30pm
Sunday (Bar): Noon to 11pm
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Phone number
020 7485 8388
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Payment Options
Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Public Transit
Chalk Farm sation is just 2 minutes walk away, or get off at Camden Town for a stroll through the markets on the wy in around 10 minutes.
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Entertainment
Live music and Djs Friday and Saturday, evenings playing sounds from the islands old and new.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Wine
What 186 People Are Saying
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AM
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The best squid I’ve eaten, love the vibe - DJ had us dancing. Good service from our waitress, she kept the cocktails coming!

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GB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Will definitely go back again. Great portion size made it even better.

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RH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first experience at Cottons and we are looking forward to visiting again soon.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good. Gr8 Cocktails..

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HT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great. Salt fish was to salty,otherwise lovely meal.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a family friend... it was worth it. Service was fantastic! Food was tasty n delicious! Music on point, drinks was epic. Will definitely be back!! That Calamari though 👌🏽🤤🤤

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PT
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, and the Rum menu is impressive, however they don't have most of them. My colleague had to try 5 before finding one available, and the first 2 attempts resulted in waiting 5 minutes each time to learn it's not available, until the waitress suggested going directly to the bar to order it. As I couldn't get up easily from the table and they also didn't have the one I had ordered, I just gave up.

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DG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My third visit to Cottons. I live in Manchester and I have been to Cottons during my last three visits to London. Cocktails are good value compared with a lot of places. Food interesting.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked a table and arrived to be greeted by two bouncers who then informed us, it was finished serving food and could only get a drink!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great Caribbean food, matched by great cocktails and mocktails. Service really friendly and efficient.

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was impressed with the food and cocktails; both were delicious and reasonably priced. The cottons rum punch was yummy and had a good amount of rum. cocktails galore at this place and all made well.
Great service too which is rare in Caribbean restaurants- well done Cottons Camden

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V
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for our wedding anniversary and the food and service was amazing. Treated us to some complimentary rum and dessert to help celebrate. Very friendly and attentive staff. Definitely recommend and will be going there again.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was poor. Made a booking, when I got there the shop was closed. A member of staff turned up, opened the door, I asked if they were open, was told yes and someone would come to see to me, I waited 5mins and nothing. I went elsewhere to eat.

What type of poor customer service is this? What was the point in making a booking? Waste of time and I'll never go there to eat again

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NF
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We received great service and staff were all very friendly. The cocktails were great and we received a great recommendation from the staff. The food we had was very tasty and will definitely come again!

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Well worth a visit for tasty, authentic Caribbean cuisine.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Where we sat we had both the kitchen and restaurant music competing with each other. It was funny in a way but kind of distracted us from our catch up. Our waitress was really lovely and the cocktails were great too.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable experience . My wife and I were celebrating our 32nd anniversary . The quality and taste of the food was pleasing , as it embodied the authenticity of Jamaican cuisine. Our server Charmaine was brilliant , making us feel welcome and appreciated.
We shall be returning to “cottons” very shortly ..

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AB
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always been there for a drink. So I decided to eat. Good service and attentive staff... not going to give 5 stars for the food but 4 because some was great but just one particular item didn't taste as I should be. But I don't regret and be going back

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MH
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The issue wasn’t with the restaurants food or location.

But I was upset to find out the date and time I had booked online using open table failed to disclose that the restaurant that day had been booked for an event.

Not only did this waste my time but ruined my evening. I was certain I’d enjoy my evening knowing I’ve made a reservation and everything would be fine, to arrive at the restaurant and be told I was unable to sit down and eat.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic food, great atmosphere and great music
I would definately recommended this place and location. Very relaxed and easy going. The service was outstanding

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice food, great cocktails and good music

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AS
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great. All 3 of us hadn't been here before. I found it on Google and we went with the reviews. So happy we did. It was so delicious!! And the staff was great.

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JJ
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a booking on opentables.co.uk however when we called to confirm they told me that the kitchen is closed and no booking should have been made. It was poor the level of communication and professionalism was poor on behalf of the staff

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CF
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Our waitress was very friendly and patient. The food was lovely and portion size reasonable. Cocktails were amazing we had no room for dessert as stuffed. Cottons is the best Caribbean restaurant we have come across and would definitely recommend and visit again. Only down fall they do not have a children’s menu.

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service and well flavoured food as per usual!!

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C
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is fast becoming one of my favourite Jamaican hot spot. A bit on the pricey side so will keep it for special occasion!

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r
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience and value for money, the food quality was superb enjoyed every bit

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AA
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food and service was good but didn't seem to be great knowledge of the menu and what was available that day. Nevertheless fine for casual dining.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food. Generous portions. Wonderful service. First class dining experience.

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m
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We had high expectations of Cottons however unfortunately they were not lived up to due to a few reasons. Food and service being of a sub-standard level were the main reasons with the atmosphere also a large factor at play. The food is okay, but could be better. The service meanwhile was fairly slack and it took us over 10 minutes to get the receipt upon asking for it and another 10 minutes to pay. There were only 2 waiters working, and although they did not look overworked, I believe another waiter is needed for smoother and faster service. The atmosphere was by far the biggest disappointment. With Caribbean restaurants, from both personal experience and what I have seen and heard from others, I would expect a lively and upbeat atmosphere however this was the total opposite. I take into account that the day we visited, it was a bank holiday however I personally feel this is no deterrent and I cannot imagine what the restaurant would be like if it were to be busy as there doesn't seem to be any vibe or character. I wouldn't recommend and would much rather visit Turtle Bay, which ticks all the boxes for me.

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B
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Had to wait for our booked table for 5 mins then had to wait a lot for someone to take our order. The drinks which we ordered straight away took 15+ mins to arrive.

Long waits throughout the night.

Waiter was friendly though.

Mandotory service charge was added to the bill and I didn't see it stated on the menu.

Didn't want to make a scene on a date night so paid but I feel like I was conned with the service charge.

Good food though plantain wasn't that fresh (tasted liked it was microwaved).

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good service and food, everyone enjoyed the whole experience

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Under new management. It's not the same authentic Jamaican vibe. Food was ok. Ordered chicken rice and peas. The rice and peas was consist of black eye peas instead of kidney beans.
Spare ribs was cold.
The waiter forgot the plantain.
Had to pay 5.00 pounds each for 4 of us, for cocktails, even thou it was happy hour.
They need to step up.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Visited this restaurant for a meal for my husbands birthday. What or who that was meant to be the manager decided to cause an argument between 2 tables surrounding my husband and I. Which then ended with us being totally put off our food and taking it home to eat instead. Neither the manager (who had caused the argument) or the waiter who was serving us offered any kind of apology. We even had to wait so long to pay that we took ourselves to the bar to pay and requested that the service charge be taken off our bill as the service we received was terrible. The nice gentleman at the bar apologised (although it wasn’t anything to do with him) and gave us a free shot each. Although it was a nice gesture by then it was a bit too late. My husbands night was already ruined.....We will definitely not be returning to Cottons.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good quality of food, and staff were very friendly, second branch I’ve been to after shoreditch- they never disappoint. Amazing authentic Caribbean cuisine!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food!

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very noisy, so not great for a romantic evening. Service much improved - food delivered quickly. The portions were much smaller than they used to be - this time I got three small slices of plantain with my main meal and the slat cod starter was on the small side.

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S
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice food - very generous portions and excellent cocktails. Service was very good too. Highly recommend a visit.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I heard about Cottons from friend's saying it was good.

It was my first time attending on 4th March with my partner too. I looked online to view the menu and everything looked tasty. So when we arrived only to be told it was only a Sunday Brunch menu we was a bit disappointed because there is nothing on Cotton's menu to suggest there is a Sunday Brunch menu.

Anyways we choose our cocktails first which was very nice and didn't take long to make.

We choose our food but took quite a while before it came out. Cause we was so hungry we just ate it quick. Both of our food was quite warm but cause we was tight on time we didn't bother to say anything.

I finished my meal before my partner and was thinking I'm sure I'm missing something from my course. I looked at the menu and saw I was missing yorkshire pudding. I told the waitress and she when back to the kitchen. My partner then finished her meal and said she is still quite hungry. So she looked at the menu and then noticed she was missing rice and peas with plantain. I mean the Sunday Brunch isn't a massive menu and it wasn't busy.

I told the same waitress that my partner we missing food as well. She came back and said she will bring the rice and peas with plantain. she also gave his a complimentary dessert each for what had happened.

We ordered our desserts. When she came back with the desserts my partner ordered a fruit cake but was given a chocolate cake. I mean this is just shambles.

As I said before tight on time so we didn't bother to say anything but as we was leaving a couple behind us had just sat down. The couple was ordering from the main menu not the Sunday menu.

So for overall very disappointed for our first time.

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OP
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Meh, that’s the best way to describe it. Just a meh dinner. Drinks were too sweet and the food was sub-par. The plaintain was overly fried in oil, literally dripping off when you picked them up. My partner and I had the Jerk Chicken, it was ok nothing special. The ambience was odd, partying downstairs and then a normal restaurant upstairs but felt disconnected. Would preferred if it was more buzzy upstairs as well. Walked in and were dismissed by the waiter when told we had a booking and were made to wait for 15 minutes. Won’t be going back.

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