Cottons - Notting Hill Gate

3.8
160 reviews
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Caribbean
Top tags:
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Happy Hour
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.

Cottons Notting Hill currently holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the bar with the most types of rum commercially available (372). 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 different rums.
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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was astonished at the how authentic and fresh the food was, I could not fault the food or service. Greeted with smiles and open arms! The fried plantain was fresh and moist not dry and re-heated! It’s the small things that really make you appreciate the lengths a restaurant will go to, to ensure the customer receives fantastic food!

Thank you for serving good Caribbean food with pride!

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j
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

highly recommend the food, service ambiance just all brilliant

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Father’s Day! Food nice but service slow and unprofessional.

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TD
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyable meal and attentive but not intrusive service. Highly recommended

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Considering the restaurant was extremely busy the service, food etc was really good and we all enjoyed it. Will be back!

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T
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything I touched was really great. Try the jerk... nice and tasty, very enjoyable, add fire via their homemade hot sauce to spice it up.

The place was recently renovated, so its clean and colorful, tasteful tropical murals, light colored wood accents... you will transported to your favorite island. Oh! The rum! They had my favorite 12 year old Guyanese brand as well as Red Strip on draft. Boom!

Finally, the manager Paul will make you feel like family. I will be back.

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SA
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to for lunch for my partner’s birthday and had a blast. New menu is amazing; small plates for sharing is a great idea, gives a much more contemporary feel. We were therefore able to enjoy more of the menu. Already thinking of having my birthday party there later in the summer! Thanks to all the staff and Manager for a wonderful experience :-)

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EO
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service. Excellent customer service from the manager. Will definitely re-visit and tell others. Good plans ahead for them

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JB
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A rare night out for me & hubby and we really enjoyed it. Food was great, would well recommend the prawn curry!! Service was really good, nice chilled out vibe.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Goodness was Good, caribean food is a bit basic but they step it up! Very nice
I booked with a 20% discount but they didn’t give it to me because it didn’t show in their service so they offer a 10% discount

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PH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great to have these guys back. Service a bit slow on the evening we were there, but the food was tasty and the ambience fun.

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JW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and food. Wonderful service. A delightful evening.

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l
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Cottons was closed down I wished I was told when i booked it. It was suppose to be a bday surprise for my husband.

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Unfortunately it is not as good as the Camden branch. We went on a Saturday night and the restaurant was very quiet with a lack of ambience

The food is also not as good as in Camden.

Will not be returning

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was very shoddily prepared and presentation wasnt good. We ordered a cocktail, which couldn’t get made as they didn’t have the main ingredient. We ordered another one, which was disgusting and the pineapple piece on the edge of the glass was wrotten and brown. It was made with zero finesse and that barman was constantly running out the restaurant and o don’t think really worked there, as he didn’t know how to prepare the cocktails.

Reviews had made out like it was a popular and busy nottinghill restaurant but we were the only people there. It’s a shame as it sounded good but unfortunately nothing was good. We were very disappointed and will never go back, especially when there are so many lovely restaurants in London.

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PP
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food and atmosphere, very slow getting the bill.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was very disappointing, the ribs were dry , the profiteroles had just been taken out of fridge and served cold and hard. Very mediocrely.

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JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu, extensive cocktail list. Comfortable and welcoming.

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TR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

I usually LOVE Cottons but, on this visit, I was a little disappointed. The service was really lacklustre and my favourite dish had been removed from the menu. That being said, the food was still good and I will definitely return.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I think this restaurant works for couples but for a group of friends getting together a bit quiet.
Some of the dishes I had wasn’t as good at some of the other Cotton restaurants.

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YW
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have had cottons before in the camden branch and thought about trying one closer to home. It has lovely decor inside and the staff where very friendly.

The food: The escovitch fish dishes were actually very nice, I wish I had ordered them! However when it came to ordering the waiter never wrote down our order, so we never received fully what we asked for.

My family do not eat pork for religious reasons, me and my brother split the Jerk platter, and asked to swap the pork for more chicken- which it states in the menu that you can do. However our food came with pork, we had to return the food and wait a further 20 minutes to receive our meal, at this time the rest of our table had finished their meal and we had both lost our appetite.

We also didn't receive the additional sides we ordered.

It is not the best caribbean food I have had but it also not the worst, it is also quiet pricey, so be prepared to shell out some money!

Because of the mix up on our order we were offered a 15% discount off our bill and they were very apologetic about the mix up.

Cocktails are good, of course as it is caribbean expect all of them to be made with rum.

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KR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Was really looking to have some jerk chicken and opted for the jerk platter with other meats such as lamb and pork.

Initially felt the meat in general was extremely dry and tough and required the sauce to add some texture back. I know jerk food should be smoked and cooked for a longer time but it shouldn’t of been as dry as expected

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N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We’ve been lots of times before. There were quite a few changes, some good others not so good. Improved menu and good choice of cocktails. We always make sure we get there in time for “happy hour”, cocktails didn’t disappoint. Enjoyed the starter of salt fish fritters served quickly then waited for ages for our main. Both dishes were totally over cooked, the spatchcock chicken was about 5” long and charred pretty much; the ribs and chicken similar. Such a shame as the flavouring was really on point. There was only one guy serving, why?? Crazy. He was lovely but found it hard to keep up. Loved listening to the cool ruler all evening and enjoyed the live band, thanks for singing happy birthday.
Need more staff to improve all round experience

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LC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Lovely place to eat the service could of been a bit quicker on the night
We had to wait a little while for starters and the main was fine...
Desert could of been served a bit quicker

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p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Great restaurant ..great food .. the live band where too load

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LS
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I ordered oxtail and rice &peas the oxtail was 4 massive pieces on a bone, the meat was so hard I had to use the fork and knife to cut the meat of the bone, this meat when cooked properly should literally fall off the bone.

I ordered a pinacolard cocktail, all my friends received their drinks although there was a mix up when they received their drinks, I waited around 20 mins more to receive my drink after asking 3 times.

The staff were very friendly and polite, the French Caribbean guy who served was nice but did forget my drink.

we were a group of 8 people and we usally meet once a month for a dinner somewhere, unfortunately we would not be returning after this experience.

Thanks

Leon

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MM
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The venue is lively but there is no abiunce, the music is tone low and not Caribbean in the slightest. The food is great very in keeping with the Caribbean taste and flavours. The happy hour menu is small but does nice and at £5 you can not go wrong and cocktails were also mixed well. Staff where polite buy not ready for the rush that a Friday night brings. Also think I was over charged so check the bill.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Booked for 10.00pm, arrived and was seated and given menus. Waitress did not return for 20minutes, when she did return she was not familiar with the menu so could not advise on questions asked. Then learnt the restaurant was closing at 10.30pm. Was given reheated food, poor tasting cocktail. Bad service bad ambience will not be returning.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was lovely. very hot and tidy. lovely!!!

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NP
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

THE MANAGER WAS RUDE AND BANNED US FROM THE RESTARAUNT FOR NOT PAYING SERVICE CHARGE. I EXPLAINED THAT THE SERVICE WAS POOR AS OUR FOOD COME OUT VERY LATE THE MANAGER WAS TOUCHING UP HIS STAFF IN FRONT OF CUSTOMERS!!!!!

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here and we had a lovely evening. The pina colada cocktails were amazing! the food was great, we had the sharing platter and there was plenty of it. The service was perfect. We would definitely return.

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BD
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Food okay but beef patty starter arrived cold. The noise of screaming unruly children was just unbearable. Some people seemed to think they had the run of the place and their kids were running wild all over the restaurant making so much noise and ruining the evening for everyone. Would not recommend.

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S
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I found the service to be friendly however, it took quite a while for us to get our drinks. The food is definitely not value for money and overpriced for what you get. It was not traditional Caribbean food and very bland, with the meat being so burnt to the point you had no meat to even eat! To end it, our service charge was nearly £20 which was disappointing. I will not be going back to this venue, well only maybe for the cocktails.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food amazing service and dessert to die for with good friendly service

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A
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, really impressed. We were well looked after. Great wine list too. Good prices.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Caribbean food. Lovely restaurant. Four friends catching up, to enjoy a wholesome meal before heading off to the west end.

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Food doesn’t taste the same too salty and not nice

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SG
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, a good variety of tasty rum cocktails, friendly staff and overall a nice atmosphere.

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WS
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was good, but the food wasn't. We had to send back quite a few of our dishes and didn't receive any discount for not being able to eat some of our meal. Also items were missing from our meal.
Nice friendly staff, but a shame about the food especially as it was a birthday celebration

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JT
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The services was alright but the best part of the night was the cocktail bar man. An amazing man that could make you anything to tickle your fancy and will serve it with a smile

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