the rum kitchen

23 June 2014

For a wednesday evening date with the girls, we headed to The Rum Kitchen for some happy hour drinks and a catch up chat.

Cocktails can set you back a lot of money in London (and I typically don't love sweet drinks anyway, so prefer not to splurge on them very often), so 5 pounds per cocktail is a deal we could get on board with. Especially as the selection was pretty good - my favourite was the refreshing daiquiri that tasted more like a margarita, and the apple vanilla one that my friends was quite delicious.

As we were in the Kingly Court on Carnaby Street branch, we were tempted by the idea of moving ourselves down to Shoryu for ramen (friends who love ramen together stay together), but since we had stocked up on drinks, we decided to stay for food.

I had fried chicken thighs, S had a fried chicken burger and E had a rainbow salad with grilled chicken - lotsa chicken. We also shared some sweet potato fries. They have a caribbean themed menu, and while the idea was nice and sounded flavourful, I thought the food was pretty average. Not bad by any means - I enjoyed my meal - but it wasn't anything to write home (= rave on the blog) about. 

I always find that I'm less fussed about the food I'm eating when I'm too busy chatting away with my friends anyway!

The negative thing about this place was that we were literally shooed off our table once our 2 hour slot was over. 2 hours allocation for drinks and dinner isn't very long in my opinion, so I wouldn't recommend going there for a long, relaxing supper... but it's located in the lovely little Kingly Court and I wouldn't hesitate to go there for happy hour drinks again.

Do you have any recommendations for good happy hour places in London that we could try out next time?


  1. Eurgh, it's so annoying when you get an allocated slot for your table, if I'm having a nice leisurely lunch or dinner it's because I'm planning on enjoying myself by having drinks and lots of courses so am actually spending a fair bit of money. Being shooed off your table doesn't exactly make you want to go back or share your experience with friends.

  2. Thanks for the honest review, I've been wanting to check this place out for a while but mostly because I thought the food sounded amazing - if it's not that wonderful, I might wait a bit longer! xx
    The perks of being a hipster

  3. I wasn't thrilled by the food at their Notting Hill branch either - we also got booted off our table!! Not so fun!

    Rosie xx

  4. Looks good! :] I think I would find it very rude to be shooed at a dinner place! :o I've never heard about that before!

    (P.s. Could you send me the pictures of the Running High? Then your interview is ready!)

  5. Cocktail with girls sounds nice, I'd love to try out that vanilla apple one!
    Nice that this place serves food as well! Even though you find it a bit
    average... Xx

  6. It's sad that you didn't find the food so good, especially with the good value cocktails. If they could only nail the food, they'd have a hit! B xx

  7. Your food photography is beautiful! I'm a newcomer to your blog, and I'm so excited to read through all the adventures of a fellow sort-of-Londoner!

    Owl Girl Blog

  8. That's really annoying to be shooed away, even if the drinks were good. I LOVE your drink pictures though! All the different kinds and glasses looks like from Harry Potter!


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