On Friday 29 April 2016, the hugely successful Cottons Caribbean
Restaurant and Salon de Rhum launched its brand new flagship
restaurant in Notting Hill, a stone's throw from Notting Hill Gate
The restaurant and bar is set to bring the exotic vibes of the
Caribbean to Notting Hill in true tiki style. Sitting centrally
(157-159 Notting Hill Gate W11), the sky-blue exterior and tropical
statement planters mark the entrance to the restaurant. The
floor-to-ceiling glass frontage reveals a colourful interior packed
full of contagious Caribbean spirit.
On the ground floor, seating is arranged around a central bar adorned
with multicoloured bamboo. Behind the bar, the largest collection of
rum in the UK stands proudly, with over 300 varieties available.
Marinated exotic fruit-filled jars displayed on the wood shelving are
a key ingredient in the renowned Cottons cocktails.
Opposite the bar, a hand painted floor-to-ceiling wall mural
depicting a vibrant, tropical jungle scene spans the entire length of
the wall. Suspended brass lighting with filament bulbs hang from the
ceiling, creating a traditional tikki shack feel. In the bar area,
diners will be able to enjoy bar snacks and sharing plates such as
Jerk pork ribs (£7), Oxtail & bean stew (£7.50), and
Ackee & saltfish (£7.50). Meanwhile, those in need of a
coffee fix can enjoy a caffeine boost courtesy of the brand new
Fracino coffee machine.
The Glass House main restaurant is positioned towards the rear of the
space. A large skylight allows natural light to shine directly into
the open plan room, thus complementing the antique chandelier. The
authentic décor is completed with oak wood flooring, beamed
ceilings and a scattering of bonsai plants. Traditional Caribbean
cuisine will be served Monday to Friday with lunch from Noon-3pm;
afternoon tea from 3pm-6pm; and dinner 5pm-11pm. Dishes will include:
Barbecue glazed pork belly with rum & molasses, pickled
vegetables (£7); Trinidadian steamed red mullet in Chadon beni
garlic butter, provision salad (£17); with sides of Rice n peas;
and Fried plantain (£3 each).
The Weekend Brunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday from 10am
until 3pm; with dinner from 4pm-11pm. Brunch will feature Avocado
Benedict (£8); Caribbean breakfast (£8.50); Quinoa &
smoked beetroot salad (£8). Pick me up smoothies (£5, plus
£2.50 for a spirit shot) include the Tobago; Kingston; and Blue
Mountain. Vegan, gluten free and vegetarian platters will also be on
The restaurant has a large self-contained party and private dining
space. Folding wooden doors reveal another statement wall mural, this
time depicting an enchanting beachside scene. The bright, sunny space
is paved with terracotta tiles, while a large antique golden mirror
adorns the wall.
The original Cottons opened in Camden over 30 years' ago and is still
thriving today, while the Street Food extraordinaire Boxpark Cottons
in Shoreditch launched over three years ago. Cottons Notting Hill
will be the couture sister to the brand offering a more refined
experience, but still keeping the colourful vibe and authentic
Caribbean flavours for which Cottons is renowned.
Jamaican born Head Chef, Nikki McLeod, held the reins at Cottons
Camden for 10 years. French Manager, Frederic Fawkes, was previously
Restaurant Manager at Paradise at Kensal Green, and has also worked
in Saint Martin in the Caribbean.
Cottons Caribbean Restaurant and Salon de Rhum 157-159 Notting Hill
Gate, London, W11