About Cottons Vauxhall
Cottons latest addition brings the exotic vibes of the Caribbean to this enviable riverside location on the south bank, featuring an indoor restaurant and rum shack bar and additional seating on the sunny river-facing outside terrace
London, SW8 2LE
Hours of Operation:
Monday 12pm - 10pm
Tuesday 12pm - 10pm
Wednesday 12pm - 10pm
Thursday 12pm - 10pm
Friday 12am - 10.30pm
Saturday 12am - 10.30pm
Sunday 12am - 10pm
£25 and under
020 7243 0090
2 minutes walk from Vauxhall station
Cottons Vauxhall Ratings and Reviews
I have been to Cottons before but this was my first visit to the Vauxhall branch. We opted for the early dinner deal of 3 courses and glass of prosecco for £26, which was excellent value. The location is great being on the river and the decor is fun and colourful.
In terms of food I had the salt cod fishcakes. They were flavoursome but more like 'english' fishcakes as they seemed to be potato based rather than the traditional batter based which is what I am used to. That said the curry goat was spot on. I could not fault it one bit. The portions are very generous too. My friend had the buttermilk chicken and ribs for main and it looked amazing.
The staff and service were also excellent. They were very friendly and attentive which was lovely. I am definitely heading back to this branch. Especially when the summer kicks in. Which is great as they have a happy hour from 5-7! I had a sorrel sling which was delicious. Well done Cottons!
Great new restaurant/bar by the riverside at Vauxhall. The food is so tasty. The cocktails are fantastic. The atmosphere is lively and so is The music. The staff are friendly and can't do enough for you. This place has everything going for it. A welcome addition to Vauxhall. Have had two evening meals here with friends and we will definitely be back soon.
After a rocky start with some questionable customer service, the management team could not do enough to make my Mother and I feel comfortable. Our new server was warm, attentive and very helpful. Two other managers were also attentive without being intrusive throughout our time at Cottons. The food is creative, vibrant, well seasoned and fresh. My only critique is as a lover of plantain, the fired plantain is not really up to scratch, chopped coarsely and unevenly and quite dry when served. Apart from that the rest of the food was sensational. The rum list is phenomenal with some rare treats and the cocktails are mixed with premium brands making them delightful!
After the meal DJ Natty D and Heather had us up dancing the night away on the dance floor. The tunes were suitably non-commercial, old and new and just kept us in the venue wanting to stay and stay some more.
All in all by the end of the night I had forgotten the initial incident because all other members of staff were so amazing. Thank you for a really great night out!
We will go back again to follow up what was an informal, "family catch up", supper in somewhere new, offering a touch of nostalgia from our times living in the Caribbean. The menu is appropriate while suggestions for possibly missing 'favourites' were taken with apparent enthusiasm. The range of Rums available was particularly gratifying. The environment met our purpose for detailed discussion but, perhaps because we were very early diners at 19:00 midweek, the 'junkanoo vibe' that would have capped it all was absent in their cavernous, well lit space having only a few customers. We really wish them well.
We booked a table here last minute and it was pretty empty but not too late, around 9pm on a Wednesday night.
The waitress was friendly and helpful and the food was tasty. We asked if the starters were small and was told that they weren't small but not big either, so we got 4 to share and they were big. We'd all ordered mains as well and by the end we were full. Appreciate I could have stopped eating but this is good comfort food.
If you are very hungry get a starter and main.
This was my first visit to Cottons, I live locally and was excited to dine at the new branch.
The restaurant is in a good location along the riverbank, the ambience in the restaurant was good also. We visited on a Sunday evening and there were only a few other diners there.
I ordered jerk chicken which comes with rice and peas and also got a side of coleslaw. First impressions the chicken looked great but the rice and peas was more like rice and beans, kidney beans are usually used with this rice dish but another type of bean was used I was very disappointed with this. The jerk marinade on the chicken tasted like it had come out of the bottle and to top it off the chicken was cold. The coleslaw tasted like it had been sitting in the fridge for days, it was not even edible.
However the service was great and the waiters were attentive. I’m afraid I will not be going back anytime soon; I will stick with my local Caribbean takeaway to experience authentic cuisine.
There is definitely room for improvement and I wish the restaurant all the best.
Sad to say but both the food and service were soulless. Despite being the only diners, save for one other couple, the service was ridiculously slow and the staff seemed unenthused. The food was disappointing - the rundown bore no bearing the actual dish and instead tasted like a student's thai green curry, the jerk platter lacked flavour with heat substituting for actual seasoning and the sweet potato patties were not Jamaican patties but burnt blobs containing overcooked sweet potato mush. The bread and butter pudding was horrendous, tasting like raisin porridge made with out of date milk. Positives were the plantain and the Malbec but on the whole, a big let down and overpriced at that (even with the midweek discount!). With none of the flavour you'd expect from the islands, this place does a disservice to Caribbean cuisine, a real shame. Sorry to be harsh but if you're going to represent Caribbean culture you need to do better on all fronts.
AVOID! The service here was terrible despite the fact there were only about ten people in the restaurant and five of them were staff on a Friday night.
The manager, or who I assumed was the manager, was professional but had her work cut out for her with pretty vacant and indifferent staff, who didnt bother to take a drinks order before a food order, she just walked off. Our starters were nice, I cant deny that but the mains were below average, nothing special about any of it, we hardly ate any of it and when the plates were taken away...no-one queried why! I dont like being negative but theres not too many options near vauxhall station, I wont be darkening these doors again, we paid the service charge as I dont like to be mean but I wish I hadnt as nothing warranted a tip, our drinks order was wrong too.
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