With summer fast approaching, if you can’t fuss about with the barbecue, head to the pros Rudie’s for Jamaican charcoal-grilled dishes and a chilled backdrop…

What is it

Think Jamaican island life with jerk flavours, boozy rum cocktails and perfectly relaxed vibes in this spot just in-between Dalston and Stoke Newington. Whether you go for a sharing plates or big meat feasts, the menu offers a nod to traditional Jamaican dishes.

What to try

Start off with the Peppa Shrimp (this comes with a hot label that doesn’t lie!), or go for the Ackee & Saltfish Bakes, ackee vegetable with salt cod, chilli and Caribbean bakes (this dish that’s traditionally versatile at breakfast and dinner makes a perfect sharing starter).

Well, you can’t go to Rudie’s without missing out on the main attraction – the jerk chicken. Try it with the ‘papaya hot sauce’ (we could have taken extra heat!) and pair it to the tasty Slaw (with a delicious coriander twist) and rice and peas. 

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Ackee & Saltfish Bakes; The fiery Peppa Shrimp

What to drink

Get dreaming of the sun, the clear sea and beach-life vibes with the Rum Punch (make it early for happy hour on the classics between 5-7pm). If you’re feeling the heat (like we did with all that Peppa Shrimp) the Cool Runnings with Blackwell rum, coconut, mint, tamarind and ginger will refresh your palate with sweet and sour notes. The Jamaica Nice is all fruity and colourful with almond syrup, lime, nectarine, pineapple, Koko Kanu and Appleton V/X rums. 

Don’t miss 

The dessert line up was one that had us demolishing the plates with the casual, begrudged “want to try some?” to my dining partner. The Rum Cake with Rum Caramel Sauce, perfectly doused in rum and served with ice cream was just smooth and oozy. The Banana Brûlée is just the dream continuation of island discoveries at Rudie’s. 

Get Rum Tasting

Rum connoisseur? Looking for a fun drink-filled event with friends? Head to Rudie’s rum tasting sessions for a sampler including delicious Jamaican canapés to soak up all that rum. Next rum tasting session is 10 May with El Dorado rum. 

Best for

Casual vibes while catching up with a friend (over cocktails naturally).

Rudies | 50 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XB

Read our Top Tips for Summer BBQs with Rudie’s here.

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