Cottons - Notting Hill Gate

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Caribbean
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

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What 218 People Are Saying
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RS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really beautiful place, happy hour was a treat and the prawn stater is divine

MH
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favourite restaurants to come to when I’m back in London. The food is always amazing and really good service as well. I absolutely adore the place so much so that I went twice in one week! I tell everyone to go there!

CC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The establishment was warm and inviting with vibes of the West Indian Islands.

The service was fairly good however there were a couple of hickups with the waitresses. Overal the staff were pleasant, polite and generally attentive which made the experience surfice.

Unfortunately the food was very disappointing. Being a lover of West Indian food, the starter of salt fish fritters was sadly pro- dominantly batter. There was no salt fish to be seen in the dish! This was ordered with fried plantain and this dish was fine.

Based on the starter we decided not to order a main. Looking at the menu we noticed that it was quite restricting for a non-red meat eaters or vegetarians, which was also disappointing.

We were extremely surprised not to see curry chicken, brown stew chicken, or dishes of this simularity on the menu. However the music and ambience were very nice and the cocktails especially the Island Duppy were exquisite!!!

JQ
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quiet on Saturday evening which was a surprise, but brilliant and efficient service. Nice food and greater cocktails.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food came out cold.
Upset Stomachs After Dining Here.

KK
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing but in cotttons shoreditch the platter are served in a basket.

t
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Jerk chicken seems to be oven made... it lacked a bit of authenticity sorry

CM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the staff on the Saturday were very courteous and friendly.

BM
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small restaurant lovely atmosphere, staff very accommodating. Good background music... food almost tasted like home cooked, well marinated and reasonable portions. We had quite an enjoyable evening.

B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

This was my first and will be my last visit to this restaurant. It’s nothing like Camden and they could learn a thing or two from them.
The ambiance was boring everyone looked miserable and the music was dull.
The starters started off good, as for the mains and the dessert...
Mains - My husbands chicken was luke warm and he ended up with an upset stomach that night. My fish meal was like soup due to the amount of sauce in my plate. Another couple had advised us that their meal was cold as well.
Dessert - i have no idea who made the warm chocolate fondant, but it wasn’t warm it was cold and stodgy. The lovely manager replaced it and it still couldn’t bring myself to eat it.
My husbands ice cream was not like ice cream it was more like a gluey texture.
Drinks - No complaints about the Bellini’s and Prosecco.

The food was not worth the money and I look forward to going back to my regular cottons in Camden.

r
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

As a person of Caribbean decent, I and my partner thought the food and taste was an insult to our intelligence as Caribbean people, then having to pay £85 for food that was unacceptable is not on.
I suggest you get more authentic Caribbean chefs.
Your food needs a serious re vamp.

GC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Starter was raw, a lot of arguing in the kitchen and food took way too long to come and was not great. I won't be back.

CR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I dont know what Cottons normal menu is like but the set menu for Valentines day was below average did not enjoy it at all.

The servers were rude only got good service from bartender.

d
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time to the Notting hill gate branch very nice been to Camden town branch many times Notting hill much nicer will be back

ST
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Nice decor and friendly staff. The starter of a Mezze platter portion size was too small for 2 people and lacked flavour. The mains was nicely presented seasoned well lacked authenticity.

IA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

This place was terrible. I would never go back. Bad service and food.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Slow service, waitresses not very attentive
Food slightly cold
Ambience a little bit flat

KG
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food is great!!! Unfortunately there was a big birthday booking of 15+ going on at the same time that we were seated so the waitress was not very attentive to us, as she was stretched over seeing her area. We were put in the corner of the room to the large booking so it was also very noisey. In general the restaurant appeared to be understaffed as we weren't greeted by a host either when we came in the bar man saw to us. Food... I could not fault AT ALL it was lovely. Service could do with some work though. Saying that our experience of Cottons -Notting Hill is not tainted and we will be booking again in the future. Hopefully second time round with better service and just as good food as the first time.

C
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Presentation of the food was great especially the starters which was salt fish fritters. Overall the experience of the evening was good, pricing of the food could be a little cheaper.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Lovely food but ridiculous service. Booked a table for 5 when it opens and they were late opening and then we had to sit at a tiny table for 2 despite the place being practically empty.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice friendly staff, great food and good overall experience would recommend

p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food great quality good service. Great for a birthday dinner. But pricy but worth it!

LJ
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very impressed with the quality of the service: firendly, efficient, unobstrusive-- so rare in most restaurants.
The food was really very tasty, having tried several dishes between us.
A nice environment in good location, sure.

AH
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Really lovely restaurant to sit in and take in the atmosphere. The staff are fine, however the deserts, we waited quite a while, the chocolate rum cake, which was delectable however the apple mango crumble ruined the night as it was basically inedible. Absolutelly horrible

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food definitely tasted authentic. Very different to previous visits to the various branches.

LR
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was not at an acceptable temperature and even when mentioned to staff, there was not much acknowledgement for the the inconvenience.

Explicit music was playing with a lot of Jamaican cursing words, children and families were present.

The food overall was very salty.

Cocktails were the best part of the meal.

I do not think i will be returning anytime soon.

LM
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to celebrate a birthday with family. I didnt know what to expect but what I got was outstanding, the food, the drinks, the vibes, the staff were attentive and friendly everything was really good. I've already told my friends about it, we're planning our next visit. Highly recommended!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was good, a bit too spicy with some items like the curry goat and jerk chicken and too much bbq sauce on the kids chicken. I don’t like food being too s pouch that you can’t enjoy because you are frying, ruins the experience. Music and drinks were great! Service was a bit slow but not too bad for a Saturday night. However, the thing that was the most disappointing was the ladies toilet, bin overflowing with tissue and toilet paper running out! Such a let down.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice time with my wife

J
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Restaurant with friendly Service and outstanding meals for a valuable price. Evertime again.

R
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food, brilliant service. Can’t wait to return!

SB
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere,. nice cosy feel about the place fronted by a small but very nice cocktail bar where sampling one or two of their creations is very much recommended. Food was very good and extremely tasty and well presented. The jerk pork was a little too fatty for my liking but that was the only small criticism.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They cancelled the booking I went elsewhere
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KW
London
16 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

2nd time to Cottons. Not as good as the first time largely because of a food order. One dish arrived way too late to a point where we were all full, so it was sent back. Then the restaurant billed us for this dish whereas they should have told us that this dish was going to be late.

However, their food is great.

Service wasn't as good as the first time because this time the owner / manager wasn't there. Last time every member of staff was on their toes.

Will I go back, probably because its great Caribbean food but this time they messed up.

NL
London
12 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent and the food was terrific. However, the cost to value ratio was high, and the encouraged loudness of customers by some staff made it slightly uncomfortable for us. I highly recommend for groups, but maybe not as an intimate dining place for couples.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening at Cotton's. Food was delicious, drinks were lovely. Thank u to the bar Manager who was so accommodating, the waiter who made us smile.. nothing was 2 much. Thank you guys for a fun evening

SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for my birthday. Nice team, excellent cocktails and food.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, filling, great value and the jerk chicken sauce was spicy just how I like it ! The waitress also gave great cocktail recommendations

AA
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They really do serve the best Pina Colada in town. A must-try whwn you go there!

The food was delicious and the jerk chicken was super tasty and well prepared.

The service was great. Super friendly staff

SF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very friendly and inviting restaurant. The manager and staff were excellent and very attentive. Food was very good and overall, it was a very good meal and evening.