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Cottons Vauxhall, London,

Cottons Vauxhall

4.1
4.1
648 Reviews
£25 and under
Caribbean
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.

Typical Cottons dishes include jerk chicken; 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 different rums.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Caribbean, Jamaican
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    020 8037 9555
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Cottons Vauxhall is our biggest rum shack. With a gorgeous location overlooking the River Thames, it is the perfect space to host any event, from small dinners to birthday parties, corporate events or Weddings. Private hire of the inside: Standing 150/160, Seats 100 Please contact Cottons Vauxhall for Private events information at : vauxhall@rhumshack.co.uk
  • Area
    Vauxhall
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    From Vauxhall station, take the Vauxhall bridge exit (2) to the River Thames and turn left on the River path (5min walk).
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 648 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

648 Reviews
  1. LornaK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful location and nice atmosphere. Portion sizes were good and the food was tasty. Toilets needed a regular cleaning system and decorating to make it a more pleasant visit.

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  2. Tatiana

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 October 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a large booking but food came out in a timely manner. Good food, good drinks. However food and drinks are a little bit pricey for what you get.

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  3. UrsulaS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 October 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I booked a table for 12 noon got there 15 min before not allow to get in had to wait outside in the cold… even tho we were their first client of the day Once inside staff were nice, average the food was pretty good and the music very good level so we can talk. Had a great time in good company

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  4. YolandeT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I booked my table outside but due to heavy downpours of rain we were seated near at the window so still had a great view. The service was great, very polite and friendly. We didnt have to wait long for our orders and the food was great. I would definitely recommend to friends and family and looking forward to my next visit at Cottons.

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  5. LAURA

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great experience first and second time. Food was great too, just arrived a bit cold. Overall really good. Maintenance could be better, tables and sitting should be much kore cleaner.

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  6. MariaM

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Music too loud Doesn’t cater for children as activities and music volume

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 September 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I love fusion food but this ain’t fusion anymore it’s a downright hostile takeover of flavourlessness. It takes a lot to get oxtail wrong. The salmon was rock hard. If you got stop searched with it on you you’d have been arrested for possession of offensive weapons. To top it off they charged me for the salmon we sent back! Done out here !

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  8. LucyM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic evening Delicious food Great atmosphere

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  9. viccc

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Go to a real Caribbean restaurant owned by Caribbeans if you want good food. I don't know how you get prawns wrong as they are so easy to cook but they literally tasted of rubber. The fried chicken was a whole half chicken fried together (who does that!) I got donut balls for desert thinking who could get that wrong but they tasted dry and like they had just come out the freezer and gone in a deep fryer. Waiters were friendly and drinks were ok but I would not recommend for food.

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  10. GodwinO

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice location, nicely decorated and the food and drinks are very good. Will be going again for sure.

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  11. OscarJ

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good service, all servers were polite and jolly!

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  12. KatieP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The location is lovely. The restaurant is vibrant and the outdoor area is perfect. The service was amazing. The food was great. We will definitely go back to cottons. Thank you for making our anniversary lovely.

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  13. MargotS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great cocktails and lovely food. Wonderful place for a relaxed meet up with friends.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely staff. Fabulous food. Excellent outside area.

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  15. JulieB

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and fantastic food. Amazing flavours and accompanied with great cocktails!

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  16. Songbird

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 September 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Salt fish fritters were like rubber, fried chicken was like rubber. Most food was cold with the exception of the oxtail which whilst lacking in meat was tasty. Won’t be returning.

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  17. Review

    Österreich

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 September 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was very good as was the cocktails but the service was poor. We had to wait a long time to have our order taken and get the bill and there was a 12.5% service charge for a poor service.

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  18. TWilliams

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 September 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Vauxhall is a popular place, which is why i went to dine there. I booked for an outside seating but got inside, I had to ask 3 times for my drink, ordered the food and it arrived in moderate time. Food was ok for what it was and the price is quite highly priced for 2 people. I liked the atmosphere, staff was quietly friendly.

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  19. AnthonyM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent the service was very good I will no doubt return in the future .

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  20. GraceC

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I was disappointed as it was my husband's birthday, which I had indicated at the time of booking, but there was no special treatment at all...not even a cupcake!!!!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing place!!! Definitely will be back!!!! 👊🏾

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  22. Lizz

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, the vibe, the everything! I il be back. Shout out to Anthony for making the experience extra special!

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  23. Anon

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 September 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service at Cottons was outstanding, the staff are really nice, super friendly and professional. The cocktails were really good and my overall experience was nice however, the food left a lot to be desired. The starter had clearly been made earlier and was cold and hard, and my main, the jerk chicken, was also not freshly cooked, it was hard and not very warm. I've been to Cottons a few years ago and the food was vastly better. The food was poor but the staff? 10/10.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Very noisy inside. Service very slow. Last round of drinks ordered were never brought.

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  25. ZuzuU

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very bad quality of food . Slow service (((((()))))

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  26. StyathW

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great atmosphere and location. Unfortunately, the food was way below what was expected in comparison to the other branches of Cottons. There was nothing Caribbean authentic about the food and my fish was very over cooked. I was very disappointed.

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  27. SelenaB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasantly surprised, I would definitely recommend your services to friends and family. I would love to be o visit again with my husband.

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  28. Ccm2020

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was not what we expected - particularly the fish platter which had different contents to usual (I have been to other Cottons branches several times and this one I would least recommend). The fried chicken was quite dry but the oxtail stew was really good and would recommend. The waiting staff were very friendly and attentive - though it took a while to get our orders in. Overall the food didn’t deliver on expectations.

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  29. Lesha

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Unfortunately the fish platter lacked any flavour and the squid was too rubbery/ tough to eat. The deep fried coconut and chilli prawns also lacked flavour, had none of the coconut and chilli seasoning so the texture wasn't that of a deep fried prawn. No one in my party enjoyed their meal and we all ordered a different main, the saltfish balls were OK. On a whole, really disappointed Unfortunately.

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  30. BernadetteF

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a very enjoyable evening. Welcome on arrival was warm. Portions were sufficient and reasonably priced. I even had spare to take home. Would certainly return.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Decent vibe, food was debatable if you get technical

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  32. WinkieV

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I love dining out and I love Caribbean food, so I was really looking forward to dinner with my 3 friends on Sep 7th 2020 at Cottons in Vauxhall. But upon our arrival things starting going downhill, there was no one to greet us at the entrance. So eventually I wandered through the patio into the restaurant, I was dismissively greeted by our waiter… who throughout the evening made it clear that he was to “fabulous” to do the job he was employed to do with anything close to an appropriate level of friendly customers service. Which was odd because we were all smiles and friendly in our excitement. I hope for the sake of this establishment that he was just having a bad day! When our food arrived, all 4 of our veggie channa curry’s arrived with the contents running down the side of each of the four bowls, clearly sloppily spilled by someone. All four veggie channa curry meals was lukewarm in temperature when they arrived, which was fine for me but one of my friends asked to heat up their bowl. Finally, when we tried to order teas and coffee, after our meal, we were quite abruptly told that we would have to clear the table soon since we were close to our two hour maximum time for our table reservation. Now apparently, this 2 hour table maximum time is displayed on the website when table reservations are made, and we were informed of this in rather condescendingly fashion by our waiter. Ultimately, we couldn’t wait to leave and avoid his disrespectful energy and slapdash service. On the plus side, the location and general ambiance of Cottons Vauxhall was nice. But we all agreed, as we strolled along the waterfront on a rare warm and perfect London evening, that we would not be returning to, or recommending this location. Which is quite a shame, honestly. I hope for the sake of this establishment that this was just one person having a bad day.

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  33. Messy

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The location is convenient and the ambience lovely. Outside seating is particularly nice on a warm day. Food is ok but far too pricey for what it is. Cocktails are worth visiting for.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely time out with the family

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  35. VivienneN

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yummy food . Very friendly staff . Delicious cocktails

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    On arrival we were advised our table was for 1.5 hours which is reasonable if meal is served promptly. However this wasn’t the case our starter arrived 45 mins after ordering, we initially made enquiries with a waiter who wasn’t our waiter he didn’t even offer an apology just advised us he would find out, he failed to return as we watched him tending to other guests. We then saw the waiter that initially took our order he made enquiries and our starter arrived 15 mins after which made it clear to us our order had been forgotten again no apology. The sharing platter we ordered came with one roti which had to be shared between four of us. Our main meal followed 25 mins later during this time bored and frustrated we observed a number of personal unhygienic practices. The entrance to the kitchen area was directly opposite our table we observed a waiter picking his nose and wiping whatever he extracted on his clothes, he went onto to pick/rub his chin, scratch his hair before picking up a platter & serving to guests. We were horrified that he neglected to wash his hands and seemed this was habitual as he didn’t even realise he was doing this. In fact we observed a number of waiters going in & out on their phones outside with only one washing his hand albeit without adding any soap. Staff appeared in casual clothing with the odd few in a black t shirt with cottons logo, so was difficult at times to see who was staff, but as we were seated opposite the kitchen area we were able to observe closely. The food itself was well seasoned and compliments to the chef and our waiter was extremely apologetic when we paid our bill however we won’t be returning, this was my third occasion and can definitely see a decline in the service offered.

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  37. JasonJ

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The starters and mains were exceptional. I was surprised by the portions and the flavour, as I haven't had Caribbean food taste that good from a sit down restaurant. The cocktails and selection was very good, however, the desserts weren't up to scratch as compared to everything else on offer.

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  38. NardosM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The first time to visit and the restaurant didn’t disappoint us. Good food with good service.

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  39. TAlexis

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is amazing, drinks are lovely! Staff are great, just a very nice place to eat!

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  40. Yvonn

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Starters platter for three was only enough for two My main meal prawns and squid was rubbery and I could not eat it So not happy I paid for food that was not able to consume Cocktail was very nice Staff friendly and helpful View gorgeous

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

Cottons Vauxhall is rated 4.1 stars by 648 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable booking network.

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Google Map for Cottons Vauxhall

Unit 12 St George's Wharf, London, SW8 2LE

Additional information

  • Area
    Vauxhall
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–22:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Caribbean, Jamaican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    From Vauxhall station, take the Vauxhall bridge exit (2) to the River Thames and turn left on the River path (5min walk).
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    020 8037 9555
  • Private party facilities
    Cottons Vauxhall is our biggest rum shack. With a gorgeous location overlooking the River Thames, it is the perfect space to host any event, from small dinners to birthday parties, corporate events or Weddings. Private hire of the inside: Standing 150/160, Seats 100 Please contact Cottons Vauxhall for Private events information at : vauxhall@rhumshack.co.uk
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