The Rum Kitchen – Brixton

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It’s all about rum-fuelled good times at the Rum Kitchen’s sunny new set up in Brixton. So if it’s soul-food you’re after, don’t fork out on a trip to the Caribbean, just head south of the river…

What to Expect

Atmosphere is what this eclectic part of south London does best, and new comer, the Rum Kitchen is a very worthy addition to Brixton’s vibrant streets. Designed to look like a ramshackled beach shack, they dish out spicy, barbequed goodness, plenty of rum and, come the weekend, beats that’ll have you dancing long into the night.

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What to Eat

It’s really all about the starters; treat them like sharing plates, mix with plenty of rum-tails and you’ve got good-times guaranteed! The 18-hour, slow-cooked BBQ pork belly Ribs were falling-off-the-bone, smoky perfection, while the sunny, lime-drenched Squid was the ideal light and crispy counterpart. But the must-have of the evening, were the Jerk Wings. Delivered straight from the Rum Kitchen’s wood-fired ovens that bellow out smoke at the back of restaurant, the wings were full of flavour and crunchy delight – though be warned, these fellers are super-spicy (I got a serious case of the face sweats… it does mean I am the ultimate human Scoville scale, and believe me, they were HOT!)

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What to Drink

With over 200 types of rum to choose from, a hefty-book of cocktails and a £5 Happy Hour from 4-7pm there’s more than enough to keep a Glaswegian going, let alone a light-weight Londoner like myself. We tucked into a Plantain Colada (a pina-colada with a Caribbean twist) which was a seriously impressive mountain of sweet mango and plantain puree, topped with boozy liquor and piled high with coconut and ice. It did however, feel a little like a liquidized pudding, so for our second round we went for the The Rum Boy and Shiny Cocktail which slipped down a treat.

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Best for…

Plenty of drinks and barbequed nibbles with friends. Whilst the sun is still shining, head for their small terrace to soak up some rays and reggae beats. Come winter, grab a seat along the bar and get chatting to the really lovely staff while making the most of that £5 Happy Hour.

Rum Kitchen | 435 – 437 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LN

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