Cottons Vauxhall

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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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Treat your mum this Mother's Day

Show your mum you care this Mother's Day with a fantastic Sunday meal.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

What 157 People Are Saying
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3.9
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4.0
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TP
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely food, music not too loud a bonus when you want to talk with friends.

CB
London
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tastey food and good drinks. Bar tender was cool and made some great cocktails

M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant restaurant with polite staff. The food was great too. Can’t wait to go there again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were late but they were still very accommodating! Thank you! 😀

SB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Prawn starter was nice, however jerk chicken was disappointing. It was seasoned chicken, but with jerk sauce poured over it and was not barbecued, not authentic at all. This was brought to the attention of the staff, but nothing was done.
Dessert of chocolate rum cake was disappointing as well. Absolutely no rum was in this cake and the cake had a very artificial taste of chocolate. The cream served on the side also seemed to be some type of cream from a can!! If you know your Caribbean food then this is not the place for you.

AD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We really had fun at Cottons Vauxhall. Both being fans of Caribbean food, the menu was extensive enough to cater for most tastes and trimmed enough to know what you're getting is fresh. Portion sizes are generous - our starter platter could have easily been a main. The vibe in the restaurant on a Saturday was fun, vibrant and bustling - with people in for a cocktail or two at the bar as well as the dining crowd. Noise levels were pretty high - a reflection on the general enjoyment of the customers - but if you're after an intimate candle-lit dinner, Cottons Vauxhall may not be your first choice. We loved it though and will definitely be back.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

There was no coleslaw but we were still charged for it as part of the meal. We ordered drinks which never arrived on multiple occasions. Some of the vegetables served were starting to rot and smelt bad. Main dishes took a long time to come out. Took a long time to get served at the bar.

It was a Friday night, we were a group of 7 and there were many other large groups there celebrating birthdays so this may have contributed to the issues we faced above but perhaps more staff are needed at peak times to help avoid this.

On a positive, the curry goat was lovely, with minimal fat and bone, and good portion size.

JD
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Having visited the restaurant early in December I couldn’t wait to return as the food drinks ambiance was perfect. The experience was completely different from the initial visit mainly that the food did not taste fresh, the wings was tough which also had a strange smell as if they were off. I was looking forward to the jerk salmon which I had before but again it did not taste fresh or like jerk. The service was extremely slow & at times we felt ignored albeit the restaurant was not that busy. I may try a different branch but will not visit Vauxhall again

BD
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food and the ambience was very good. The service was 2 star not very friendly or attentive. The server did not come over to ask how the food was. If you could improve the customer service you would be on your way to a good restaurant

KK
London
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great experience, would have been 5 stars but they didn't have the callaloo for the Yardie breakfast. The replacement with spinach was very tasty though and I would have liked a larger potion. The overall breakfast was delicious and I would go again.

X
London
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is a very nice place and the food was amazing !!

OT
London
19 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place to eat with great food

KG
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great as always, enjoyed so if the new items in the menu!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Good ambience and food, service could have been better, not enough staff to serve all customers

LG
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I write this review as somebody who is of Caribbean descent and has eaten this cuisine my whole life.

Firstly the positives - the restaurant has a great atmosphere and is very well located by the river which would be great in the summer. The drinks were also really nice.

Now for the food, I ordered the sea food platter expecting a platter and what I really received was a dish of small cuts from different fish with some rice, unripe fried plantain, rice and gravy. My friends also ordered food which was missing several of the items that were supposed to be included for instance, fish stew without two ingredients stated from the menu. When queried with staff, we were informed that these items were not available - this should have been relayed to us at the point of ordering.

There is potential for this to be a great restaurant, firstly by employing Caribbean chefs who know what the authentic Caribbean flavours are and most importantly who know what Trini doubles are! The restaurant manager was very apologetic and did his best to make up for the shortcomings, however, but serving unripe plantain in a Caribbean restaurant?

Unlikely I'll be back unless I hear that the food has vastly improved. Great music and ambiance though and a really good Bartender.

P
London
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great restaurant. Staff were attentive, and the food was tasty

ED
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Not one person asked how my meal was, no-one checked to make sureI was ok and I have never visited a restaurant who have been unable to issue a VAT receipt. Cannto recommend your business I'm afraid. Real shame as the food was nice but the service was non existent.

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Front and rear entrance is not marked, regardless, no concierge, had to walk to the bar and ask about my table. Waitress was slow quiet and not engaging. The Jerk Chicken was cooked well but a bit bland. Indistinguishable vegetables and the chocolate rum cake was terrible.

DA
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

As always I enjoyed my Evening very much
I will return

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The whole experience was very good except that portions sizes eg rice could be bigger. Cocktails on a whole abit pricey & too much ice. The staff were friendly & attentive to our needs.

E
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Nicely decorated resturant positioned in a great location by the riverbank off Vauxhall Bridge. Disappointed in the food, distinctly average, we ate our main from the jerk menu - found the chicken over seasoned and greasy. Desert was inedible and had to be sent back - they did refund this and apologise. Delicious cocktails, I would go back for the cocktails not the food.

SC
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved visiting this restaurant, the cool runnings cocktail was really refreshing.
We were impressed with the presentation of all our food and drink. I had the vegetarian dhal which tasted fantastic and the portions were just right. We will definitely return.

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I bought a cake to takeaway and when I got home I was very upset the cake was burnt and so hard I wasted my time very upset

SS
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service, the food is amazing and the cocktails so tasty! Really good concoctions and a strong rum punch. Happy hour was a bonus. Everyone enjoyed their meals, even down to dessert. The only thing I could fault was the bill being brought when we hadn't asked and were happy to stay and drink afterwards. The music was on point too!

OT
London
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 2nd visit to Cottons in Vauxhall after having a mixed experience on my first two occasions, one good and the next not so, but having thoroughly enjoyed the West Indian dishes and especially the cocktails, including several Cottons and Reggae Rum Punches. The restaurant was busy with a nice vibe mellow reggae music playing in the background and I was pleased that I had made a reservation for our group of five on OpenTable, thus securing a prime location table with the trusted signage that we all like to see "RESERVED".

We were all seated promptly whilst arriving at different times the staff were attentive and professional throughout, offering helpful recommendations on dishes to try including Jerk 1/2 Chicken, Seafood Platter and Beef Au Rhum. We all agreed that the cocktails were very good and this is high compliment coming from a group of seasoned Rum, Cognac, Vodka, Whiskey, Beer and any other alcoholic beverage you can think of drinkers.😂

The cocktails definitely got the night fired up and the staff were busy keeping us well lubricated with Cocktails, Red Stripe and the occasional Cranberry Juice for me as the designated driver, that's right keeping my crew safe.😎

The starters which included the Tiger Prawns, Ebony Wings and Smoked Ribs were excellent and all meat dishes were well seasoned and delivering a authentic taste arriving promptly and warm from a very professional group of waitresses, with the occasional table visit from the duty Manager to make sure that all was in order which was appreciated by all.

We normally don't delve into the dessert menu but when an eagle eyed member of the team who is partial to a crumble (ME!) spotted the Apple & Mango Crumble with vanilla ice cream it was all over, four were immediately ordered along with a Baked Vanilla Cheesecake. As a crumble aficionado I would have liked to have the choice between ice cream or much more appropriate custard in winter.

A great ambience highly recommended.

M
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! The best in a long time I’ve tasted and great staff

A
London
56 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, the Mutton was special and the Mixed Grill for 2 was huge and very colourful!

S
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The oxtail and rice and peas and plantain was so delicious. However, the Mac n cheese was quite bland. The ebony chicken wings and salt fritters were also really nice.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service could have been better, considering it was a birthday booking but that was all over looked and we had to keep trying to get attention to be served, but food was good

L
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience2

The food was excellent, seasoned to compliment and not overpower the food. Being from the Caribbean I'm very particular and was pleasantly surprised at how delicious both my husband's and my meals were..wasn't hit and miss, every dish was tasty from start to main.
The experience was spoiled by the inconsistent service. Full attention was given to a lively party and several times we had to leave our seats to seek service/staff. To be fair whenever we finally dealt with someone they were polite. Our deserts were forgotten because a handover went wrong when the person seeing to us ended their shift! The manager offered us shots for the disappointment because the kitchen closed but by then the flow of the evening had been spoiled. If the service was tighter and the floor managed better it would have been a brilliant experience. The food is 10 out of 10. Oh and the music is great too!

LC
London
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Tasty food, great cocktails & a good choice of other drinks and a very friendly atmosphere

JM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The location is great. Food was average, needs more flavour. Staff do need more training particularly to be able to upsell. I asked what they would recommend and the waitress pointed to English breakfast !! on the brunch menu & wasn’t able to recommend any on the main menu. It is a Caribbean restaurant!!! Service could also be improved by orders being written down. We ordered two drinks and they came with 3! and they challenged us. I actually forgot to check if we were charged for the extra drink, which was taken away. We also had to ask for water even though water glasses were on the table. Then at the end of our meal a male waiter walked by and plonked a carafe of water on the table , without a even asking if we wanted another or saying a word. It really is the little details that need attention, such as not asking if you’ve finished your starter when you’re clearly still eating it, because the mains were ready. This made us feel rushed and the restaurant wasn’t full, plus I made a reservation. The reason for coming to Cottons was to treat my friend who just turned 60 and I remember eating at Cottons in Camden, years ago and the good food. Vauxhall was much easier to get to. We enjoyed being able to mark the birthday but the experience left us feeling nonplused. We didn’t even get a thankyou for coming when we left. We do not want Cottons to fail in this new location, so please pay attention to customer feedback.

D
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Book on the morning which was great for the part of 10 nice ambiance sunny September Sunday. Unfortunately half of the food was unavailable to order. I was quickly told nicely by one of the staff. Disappointed as the weekend was predicted to be hot so why run out of food. No beef, no curry coat, no Jerk chicken. No one eats pork so we were limited to Oxtail not my personal favorite so choice limited.

Had a beautiful dinner on the outside. Selection of desserts much toooo sweet cut down on the sugar please. I have the mango pie with ice cream just a mouthful of sugar Im afraid more tropical options please.

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambience, value for ur £

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there for a 80th birthday meal with my children's Jamaican grandmother. Staff were very helpful, the food met her expectations and we had a great time. Kids options were a little limited, and in my view the burger and mac and cheese were a bit complex for young kids and didn't go down well.

IF
London
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great service, the food was amazing and we will definitely return

T
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

I have recommend cottons to friends the food is delicious but the service was a let down. I hope they have a better experience they have made reservations for this month.

A
London
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and the waiting time wasn’t long at all. Lovely staff

PM
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caught up with an old school friend during his visit from Canada 🇨🇦 - outside seating by the river which was gorgeous - I’m regular here but normally eat indoors so change was welcome.

We had Saltfish Fritters to start which were delightful. The Oxtail for main. Both were fresh, well presented and authentic in taste as usual. We both had pincolada as drinks which were also beautiful in taste and presentation. Service attentive and friendly as always. Highly recommend Cottons.

LE
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Such a disappointment. Non existent service. Had to leave the table and walk up to a waiter every time we wanted service as we were ignored by staff who were all strolling up and down the restaurant joking with each other and not doing any actual waiting on tables. Over staffed and empty restaurant so no excuse for this shocking experience.
No atmosphere. Very average food, nothing special at all, such a shame as had such high hopes! Then they had the audacity to charge £10 table service for a table of 3!