Cottons - Notting Hill Gate

3.7
141 reviews
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£25 and under
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Caribbean
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Cottons is packed full of contagious Caribbean spirit. The glass house within Cottons offers lunch, dinner, and a laidback spot for weekend brunch.

Cottons is now the proud owner of the Guinness World Record for the most amount of rums commercially available-- 372 to be precise. Come and try them all!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Caribbean, British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 17:00 - 23:00

Friday: 12:00 - 15:00 and 17:00 - 23:00

Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 - 23:00
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Phone number
020 7243 0090
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Public Transit
Notting Hill Gate Tube - 500 metres walk
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 10:00PM

What 141 People Are Saying
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TR
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
1 review
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
1 review
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
6 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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JL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The place was fun, the service good and very friendly, the cocktails were great and there was even live music to improve the already nice atmosphere. Unfortunately the food did not really live up to the rest. It was perfectly adequate but rather stodgy and tasteless for our liking, Great place for a drink though

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BM
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and cocktails would recommend to anyone who enjoys a chilled out vibe in lively surroundings!!

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

The food was authentic carribean with all the flavours springing into our mouths with each bite. Particular mention must be made to the brown Rice which deserved a star on its own merits. Unforgettable was also the rhum fruit cake both for its presentation and taste. And a word of advice: do not leave the restaurant without trying One of the more than 200 rhums available.

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J
London
157 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Disappointing meal overall with a few good dishes but several very poor. Service was dreadful and generally not great value for money

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n
Wales
9 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their service is excellent and their knowledge of rum is second to none. The food is brilliantly presented and delicious! highly recommend the spiced duck and the rum profiteroles. Fantastic live music and we can't wait to go back!

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DF
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The worst meal I have had in a restaurant in a very long time, most of the food not eaten. Over cooked, burnt and not enjoyable.

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OT
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Extremely flavoursome and authentic Caribbean food, with wonderful attentive service and an amazing choice of rums!

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l
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 7 of us went for my godmothers birthday! She loves a rum! The Cottons punch was beautiful! The guy who served us was great and all in all we had a lovely night! I can definately recommend the Chaguana’s dinner plate! It was a triumph!

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SD
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Evening spent with friends, great service, staff very attentive and friendly... Food was very tasty

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YR
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, and great food.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The Food was tasteless which was very disappointing

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G
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good service and food as always. Only thing to note is they now seem to accept dogs brought with customers (indicate when booking if you have allergies).

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HR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Slow service and poor quality food on the night that we went. I won’t be going back in a hurry.

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a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Although the place was empty when we got there, the service was still very slow & it didn't improve.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Can only give one star. I booked via app, all was confirmed, only for me and my date to turn up to the restaurant being shut! That’s a really great “special offer” we’ve got

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

None of the charm, atmosphere or quality of food as the branches in Vauxhall or Shoreditch. Quiet enough to hear other diners chewing, microwaved dehydrated rice that you couldn't eat, we ended up leaving most of our food.

We should have paid attention to the fact that it was worryingly empty for 7pm on a Saturday night....

Such a shame as had great experiences in two of the other branches

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and lovely peaceful environment

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DJ
London
18 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very disappointing! Upon arrival I asked about the special set menu, before I finished asking I was rudely cut off and told it was open tables error not theirs and they wouldn't do it. I said it was fine and we all picked a starter and a main as they menu looked yummy. I got the steak which came with potatoes, I asked it was could switch it to rice I was again rudely told NO comes as is. So we ordered rice as a site. Starters took an hour to come. They were ok. Main another 45mins and it was cold. To make it worst there was a band on from 7pm-10, too loud and if I'm honest really unpleasant to listen to. The service was very slack and I was insulted there was 12.5% service charge added. Like a true Brit paid and left. Felt embarrasses as I picked this for us to go to. Rum Kitchen is far better in Nottinghill.

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