Notting Hill is well known for its display of Caribbean culture in London. The area is peppered with Caribbean takeaways, reggae music serenading you down the street, the in-famous Notting Hill Carnival and of course, The Rum Kitchen.
The Rum Kitchen is a Caribbean inspired beach shack restaurant and cocktail bar found in two locations, Notting Hill & Carnaby Street. I’ve been to the Notting Hill venue once before for dinner but they recently opened their doors to lunch from Tuesdays to Sundays (quite fortunate as dinner reservations are almost impossible to get!).
We all ended up getting the lunch-time deal of a Jerk Chicken Burger and a drink for £10. To be completely honest, it definitely wasn’t the best burger I’ve tried. Although the Jerk Chicken had great flavour, the burger was overall quite dry with little dressing.
The Rum Kitchen has a completely different atmosphere at night when it’s buzzing with the who’s who of Notting Hill. As mentioned before, you have to make reservations for dinner weeks in advance and if you’re planning on coming just for drinks, be prepared to queue and make sure you arrive before 10:30 pm as after that, it’s members only!
The closest tube station to the Notting Hill venue is Notting Hill Gate and the Carnaby Street venue is Oxford Circus. You can find out more information, here.