Draw inspiration from The Rum Kitchen and channel industrial chic, Caribbean style!
Dining out on a Monday night can be a decidedly mixed or entirely underwhelming experience. As many people choose to ease themselves into the week and lay low at home, the atmosphere in even the most popular establishments can fall a little flat. Well, not so at The Rum Kitchen! Date night this week fell on a Monday and Mr MWH and I headed to Soho, determined to have fun “despite it being a school night” and the first day of the new week at that too. When we arrived at The Rum Kitchen, however, the party was already in full swing and we had some serious catching up to do! Ok so sand, sea and swaying palms there were none. But there were reggae beats, colourful cocktails and a vibrant end-of-the-week kind of buzz. It was cold outside, but inside at The Rum Kitchen things were heating up. Here, in the heart of Soho, we were in the West Indies. And we let looooooose. Mr MWH had had a stressful day and tackled the cocktail menu with gusto and the gay abandon of one who didn’t have to get up early the next morning for a high-pressure job (which, in fact, he did). Meanwhile, I ordered freely from every corner of the menu with a new attitude that Mondays were for feasting and Tuesdays for fasting. We kicked off with “Island Spiced Baby Squid”, which had a surprising heat to it and left our taste-buds tingling in anticipation of the next course. Mr MWH had finished his “Painkiller” at this point and moved straight on to “The Lesser of Two Weavils”, which he was pleased to discover he really liked because he’d only ordered it for the name. Our mains really were the main event. The soft shell crab burger was fantastic and served with a spicy tamarind sauce, ginger aioli and zingy guava-lime relish. The signature Jerk chicken dish featured a beautifully grilled chicken breast perched atop an island of sweet potato mash and surrounded by a thick black sea of jerk gravy. The gravy had a real kick and wasn’t for the faint-hearted, but we loved it. Somehow, we even managed to polish off some sweet potato chips, which didn’t disappoint either and went well with the “hot swamp sauce”. There wasn’t room for desert (we would have had the rum cake), but it’s a great excuse for us escape to the Caribbean again soon.
The Rum Kitchen, 1st Floor Kingly Court, London W18 5PW
The Rum Kitchen’s colourful decor recreates the feel of a beach shack, with sections of wall clad in corrugated iron and other walls and ceiling covered in painted timbers. You can achieve that distressed timber effect in your home with this strikingly realistic scrapwood wallpaper from Rockett St George or with a statement piece of furniture like the Astern retro wardrobe from Little Tree Furniture, which is handmade from recycled boatwood.
Scrapwood wallpaper PHE-003, by Piet Hein Eek, £199 per 9 metre roll, Rockett St George
Astern retro wardrobe, £1585, Little Tree Furniture
DigetexHOME had a fantastic solution for creating “shack chic” with this digitally printed corrugated tin wallpaper. Sadly, it’s no longer available. But you can always contact DigitexHOME for a bespoke solution.
Corrugated tin panel, £40, DigetexHOME
If The Rum Kitchen’s sturdy tables and benches appeal, with their rustic wooden tops and sturdy steel frames, then look no further than Vintage Industrial Furniture, who can craft a table and bench set in a number of different finishes and sizes to suit your space.
Refectory table and bench set, from £629, Vintage Industrial Furniture
The walls and ceiling of The Rum Kitchen are adorned with wood and metal vintage-style signs, enhancing the character and quirkiness of the space. If you’re looking to make a similar style statement with vintage signage in your home, then you might want to take a look at online emporium The Vintage Wall or pay a visit to Lassco.
Early 1900s enamel sign, £165, The Vintage Wall
Lassco Ropewalk regularly have unique and unusual vintage signs, such as this 1930s enamel sign.
If our feature has inspired you to experience The Rum Kitchen for yourself, then be sure to book a table because this Caribbean hideout is popular every night of the week! If you visit with a party, grab a table near the bar and settle in to sample the rum-based cocktails on offer (the impressively stocked bar features over 100 different types of rum!). If you’re dining a deux, get even closer to the action and pull up an industrial bar stool.
We loved The Rum Kitchen’s factory style bar stools, with their wooden seats and back rests. You can find similar industrial bar stools at Alexander & Pearl. And those beautiful vintage tiles that contrast so strikingly with the sturdy metal and wood seating? Recreate the look without the fuss of actually tiling, using another brilliant wallpaper from DigetexHOME.
Harlem industrial high back swivel bar stool, £250, Alexander & Pearl
Lisbon Tile wallpaper, £40, DigetexHOME
To book your table and experience the Caribbean cool of The Rum Kitchen for yourself, call 020 7920 6479 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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