Cottons Rhum Shack in Shoreditch was my favourite place to go whilst in London. It is situated in London’s Boxpark, which is basically a pop-up shipping-container mall full of wonderful delights like bars, clothing boutiques and bric-a-bracs stores. Located on the upper deck, away from the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch High Street, Cottons offers you a little taste of the Caribbean without the hefty price.
Cottons is a lively little place with music to match. If you are looking for a place to grab a drink before heading out for the night, you should definitely come here. Not only will the atmosphere set you off in the right direction but the amazing selection of cocktails they have on offer will no doubt help 😉
The bar holds a hefty selection of rums, a selection that surpasses pretty much any other bar in London. All 250 of their rums are lined up neatly behind the bar, so it super easy to get carried away when ordering a few tantalizing cocktails.
- Reggae Rum Punch (Wray & Nephew 63% rum, orange, pineapple juice, fresh lime and grenadine for £7)
- Raas Berry Special (Appleton Special, raspberry puree, mint and lime for £7),
- Raspberry Daiquiri ( Havana Club, fresh juice and lime for £7.50)
- Passion Fruit Daiquiri (£7.50)
- My favourite of the night, Chairmans Reserve Spiced and coke (£6).
These drinks were all amazing but sadly I had to stop there as my jet lag was kicking my ass 🙁
You have a choice of two spots to enjoy your meal here at Cottons. The outside area is made up of long tables and benches, which people seem to head to for a more lively backdrop. Or you can do inside in their restaurant for a more quieter affair. I tried out both each time I went there and much preferred the outside dining area.
The food was good value but sadly I was not blown away by my meal of curried mutton with rice n peas, coleslaw and plantain. It was yummy, but I did feel like it was missing something? Or maybe it could have been that everything was served in it’s own little bowl and all I wanted to do was put it on one plate and dive in. Either way, it was filling and reasonably priced for a decent sized meal, but I did feel a little underwhelmed.
Although the food did not blow my balls off, the drinks did and for that I would highly recommend everyone heading here if you ever get the chance.
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