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Cottons Camden

4.3
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347 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Caribbean
Cottons is something of a Chalk Farm institution. And with a history going back to 1985, how could it be anything else?

Spreading the contagious spirit of the Caribbean - Cottons food, drink and trademark colorful interiors are all totally tropical, centered around an innovative Caribbean menu inspired by islands from Jamaica to Margarita.

Typical Cottons dishes include jerk chicken with rice ‘n’ peas; homemade curried mutton; and Cottons most popular vegetarian dish Chaguanas Dinner Plate - chana dhal curry served with black eyed bean, chick pea and callaloo fritters, and plantain. All jerk meats at Cottons are grilled and smoked over coals and oak wood chips with hickory and pimiento and covered in Cottons homemade jerk sauce.

Cocktails are predominantly rum-based featuring Cottons originals like Sorrell Sling – beefeater gin, homemade sorrel squash, fresh lemon, creme de casssis and soda water; Cottons Punch and Killer Doppi made from four differen

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 347 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.2
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4.1
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JayeK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very accommodating due to the circumstances, nice atmosphere

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LLcoolJ
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great first night out! Staff were polite and helpful! Not sure what happened to the 25% off....

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MaduL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere and service. Excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, great food, amazing cocktails and my company was good too.

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JoanL
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Disappointed with the lunch menu and the service was slow.

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inreb
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was fantastic huge chicken but not alot of rice and peas ( i personally could have eaten more rice and peas). Non alcoholic cocktails were good but very expensive, dont think they are worth that much each. Music was fantastic but we sat downstairs else it would have been too loud to have a conversation with my family. Desert choices are poor not many to choose from. 3rd visit to cottons and i would come back.

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SimonC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal in Cotton's Camden. Sharing platter's gave a great taster experience which didn't disappoint. There is also a great cocktail menu from the bar. Great atmosphere and good service throughout. Would recommend.

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Johnny
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and good cocktails (not at all watered down). Good service and reasonable pricing. We went on. Tuesday so benefited from the jerk discount menu which was an added bonus!

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Nadine
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely time with my family. The staff was very accommodating because I was stuck in traffic and they still managed to move my booking from 6:30-7:30 thanks for a lovely evening! Lovely live band which was a pleasant surprise too !

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EmilyW
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good atmosphere. The staff were friendly, and the food portions were huge! Happy hour drinks were good. Very good value for money!!

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Cstephen
London
43 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, excellent location for the Roundhouse. Spoilt slightly by a really loud group of girls who got sat next to us and meant we couldn’t hear each other talk.

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MargaretO
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Meal was nice but they ran out of the starters and mains choices we wanted .... so book an early sitting to avoid disappointment

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Bell
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience1

Some of the staff were not friendly. Portions were small but tasted good. Seating was extremely tight I was put in a corner literally

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SAlex
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely atmosphere although the music was a bit too loud at times!
Manager was great and couldn’t do enough for us. Ordered the jerk platter for two which was delicious. The cocktails were also fantastic. Defo be back very soon

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every Tuesday and Thursday they have a 50% off menu what a bargain! I went on a Tuesday and the food was divine chicken cooked to perfection, succulent and fell of the bone the Jerk sauce was divine with the right kick I can not fault anything the festival and dumpling superb my regards to the chef I will be returning.

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Fiona
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulously flavourful food, great cocktails and portion sizes

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Londonluvly67
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was nice ... music was Caribbean ... cool and very entertaining ... service was good big thumbs up ...

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CarlaJ
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant! Good service, delicious food! Beautiful cocktails,Lovely vibe with Great music! Cant wait to return!

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AnneS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and lots of it. Vibrant atmosphere. We will definitely recommend it to friends x

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IntisarA
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, comfortable seating, relaxing vibe and great service. The blonde waitress (Im terrible with names) and Portuguese Manager were very helpful in giving genuine opinions about food/drink options. Will definitely be returning.

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DebbieB
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The staff were very friendly and helpful. Although the restaurant is small and the decor is now dated after all these years, it still has a nice ambience. However, having not visited the restaurant for a couple years, I feel the food is not of the same standard. It seems the restaurant has been taken over and rebranded, however unfortunately the food has lost its authenticity.

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monikaf
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Cottons in Camden to celebrate my niece's birthday. The staff was fantastic, especially thanks to Marvin the bartender and Felix the manager. As a party of 12 people we had the most fantastic time, the athmosphere at Cottons is brilliant. Food is so good. Really recommend

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JaneC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always friendly staff great food and service. Jerk salmon was moist and seasoned to perfection as was my husbands oxtail stew.

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LoraineF
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal before a show at the Roundhouse. Food was good, portions large. Service was attentive.

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Vintage
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! Tasted authentic and was a generous portion (I couldn’t even finish my plate although I REALLY wanted to). Would absolutely recommend this place. Definitely going back. Cocktails were superb!

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sweetie
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

The food was cold. I have now had cottons on 3 occasion (inclu once in shoreditch) since October and each time the food was cold.

NYE - The set menu was not advertised on open table. I wanted to order from the main menu and I was only made aware on arrival.

The food and cocktails were nice.

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jadew
Bath
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Usually love it here, so went for NYE but was very disappointed, there was a small set menu that was overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mangiare Buonisssimo servizio eccellente posto dà ritornarci.

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B1RTHD4YG4L
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I visited the camden branch for my birthday with 6 friends. We all had a mixed reaction. With 3 of us feeling just ok with what we ordered and 3 of us not happy with their meals. The macaroni was cold. The ribs lacked flavour however the chicken wings and curry were not bad. The restaurant did not acknowledge that this was for a birthday event. Even a happy birthday from the waitress would have sufficed. I would still recommend this restaurant hopefully this was just an off day.

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Nandi
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food was not up to par. The service was lacking. Definitely not worth it.

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ColinM
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent service, staff were warm, courteous, attentive to us as and when required. Restaurant manager was friendly and went that extra to entertain us. Food was excellent, well flavoured and food presentation was fab, no complaints. No heirs and grace, what you saw is what you got - ( WYSIWYG). Will definitely come down again sometime.

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Fiona
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Cottons over the Christmas season, We had a lovely time, it was a bit chilly sitting by the door, but it wasn't a problem. The waiter who served us (i think he's Portuguese?) was absolutely fantastic, really friendly and recommended us great cocktails :-). We will definitely be going back!

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TopCat1
London
14 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food.

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Clarissa
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food is delicious, cocktails are great they have plenty of alcohol in them as should be and the people are lovely.

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Foody
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The jerk meat and vegetarian dishes were exceptional. The sea food platter was cool nearly cold and was sent back. The curry mutton was in fact lamb, but we were by then too hungry to make a fuss. Drinks great music great just a couple of dishes off the mark!

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NigelK
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic place. Food was good. Cocktails are good. Atmosphere is good. Felix the manager is absolutely incredible and went above and beyond to make sure our meal and experience was 10/10

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RuthH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I was really disappointed with this trip to cottons. This is my favourite one and I’ve always enjoyed myself everytime I’ve been. So I thought it would be appropriate to bring my boyfriend here for his 21st birthday. The food was beautiful as always but we spent almost 3 hours there with just the two of us because the service was so slow. I’ve been there numerous busy Saturdays with quicker service. Told a staff member it was my boyfriend’s birthday and even mentioned it on the booking. He said he’d sort something out but instead we were left waiting in vain. Had to ask for the bill twice since we were forgotten about. I don’t see the point in adding a complulsory 12.5% service charge if the service doesn’t meet the standard that this particular cottons usually sets!

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MelleBelle
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was medicore. Our plantains were cold and dry so was the rice. The chicken im sure was pre cooked and warmed up. The staff are nice and so is the space. Shame the food let the experience down.

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AnnaA
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely evening gorgeous food and cocktails , lovely staff cottons never fails!

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CarlosT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Waitress and manager was great. We were not rushed. Great experience.

FAQs

Cottons Camden does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Cottons Camden also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8037 9555.

Cottons Camden is rated 4.3 stars by 347 OpenTable diners.

Cottons Camden does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.cottons-restaurant.co.uk/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.