Review | Sugar Dumplin’ Restaurant & Rum Shack, Kingston

With what I’d basically describe as a ‘shit-ton’ of restaurants in Central London, why would you really need to go anywhere else, people might say. I say, y’all need to get yourselves on a train to Kingston pronto, because Sugar Dumplin’s waiting there and it’s hella good.

A small restaurant tucked away in a shopping centre minutes from the station, Sugar Dumplin’ offers up Carribbean soul food, intimate vibes and super tasty cocktails. If you’re looking to impress on a date night, hang with friends or just eat something a little different to your normal Friday night takeaway, this place is pretty jammin’.

I’d actually been to one of their pop up events before and fallen a bit in love with the food, so when I got the chance to pay a visit to their Kingston branch, how could I refuse?

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To start off the evening, we were treated to tasty rum-based ‘Bob Marley’ cocktails which were really, really good. Oh, and they were actually on fire. Yep, on top of all that boozy loveliness there was more booze. AND IT WAS ON FIRE. Seriously, I’m never gonna stop being impressed with this I don’t think.

Speaking of rum, that’s where the Sugar Dumplin’ story started. Well, I’m pretty sure rum is where a lot of good stories start, but this one’s a special one. When visiting his dad in the South American country of Guyana, co-founder Craig Ince would always bring back one thing. Yep, a load of rum. After contemplating what else they could bring back, Craig and fellow Dumplin’ founder Norris Panton set themselves up to sell tasty street food from their very own van.

Now, Sugar Dumplin’ can be found in four locations across the UK: Kingston, Wembley, Camberley and Glasgow, still serving up delicious grub inspired by laid-back and vibrant Caribbean vibes. With vibrant, colourful decor and a relaxed reggae soundtrack, if they’re anything like the Kingston venue, they’ll be pretty awesome too I reckon.

After our fiery welcome drinks, we were also brought over a selection of other tasty cocktails to our cosy lil’ booth to try. The Pina Colada sharer basically almost made me feel like I was about to step out onto a beach somewhere rather than a Surrey shopping centre. That’d be nice, really nice. But booze will do, I suppose.

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When it came to food, we were spoilt for choice. And, well, literally just spoilt. The lovely team at Sugar Dumplin’ loaded up our booth with loads of dishes to try out, as well as sweet potato fries, plantain chips and tasty, moreish dumplings.

I’d tried the curry goat before and can confirm it’s definitely as tasty the second time round. Slow cooked, meaty and hearty, it’s the perfect filling winter dish, with just enough heat to warm you up after trudging in from the cold outside. Oh, an if you’re reading this in summer (hi from the past) – it’s the perfect dish to compliment the sunny vibes that are probably going down right about now (or not, cause England). Basically, what I’m trying to say is this is very good, at any time. Go eat.

As well as the curry goat, we had a big ol’ plate of Jerk Chicken to make our way through. And I think we actually nearly managed it all. I’ve had jerk chicken before, but this blew my previous experiences out of the water. The chicken was all tasty and tender and the jerk sauce had the perfect Caribbean kick.

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If I wasn’t basically the size of Jamaica after all the food and cocktails, we also got to try out some cake. Boozy cake. Rum cake. Very very good cake. Served up with rum and raisin ice cream, because you can never have too much rum, right?


Somehow after all that rum, I managed to actually get home without falling over. Achievement unlocked. If you’re in the Kingston area, or just fancy a little adventure for some awesome food, or if you’re nearby any of their locations in fact, I totally suggest you visit Sugar Dumplin’ for good food, good vibes and rum. Did I mention the rum already?

Sugar Dumplin
The Rotunda, Clarence Street, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1QJ

*We were guests at Sugar Dumplin’ for the evening. Opinions totally honest, as always.

  • everinmay

    Firstly how amazing are your photos? I am sitting here waiting to make dinner and drooling on the screen! I’ve never had caribbean food so this is now on my list, that rum cake and rum and raisin icecream though!! xx

    • Aw thankyou! 🙂 It’s so tasty, and the cake was amazing too (although I struggled eating it after all the mains!)

  • Oh wow what a delicious sounding meal, I have to admit I’ve not heard of this chain before, but I totally want to try it now.

    • They’re really good, definitely worth checking out if you’re nearby!

  • Kathryn

    This looks such a cool place! I have absolutely nothing like this within about a 4 hour drive of me, so I am just going to sit and drool at your photos xx

    • Aw no, that’s rubbish! Hopefully there are still some nice foodie spots for you though!

  • Has your blog had a revamp? I’m loving it! I always enjoy your foodie posts xo

    • Aw thankyou! Not a huge one but have played around with a few bits, super happy with it! 🙂 x

  • Is there one in Camberley? That’s near us! The food and the cocktails look amazing! We’d love to give it a try. Sugar Dumplin watch out!!

    • Yep there is! You should definitely pop along 🙂

  • This place looks amazing! I’m not in Kingston that often, so I may have to make a special trip just for this! x

    • Definitely do it! I actually really like Kingston in general too 🙂

  • Beautyqueenuk

    This place looks fantastic. It has been so long since I have had a goat curry, so I am every inch envious right now x

    • It’s definitely one of my favourite dishes!

  • everything looks so delicious. they need to open one up north, preferably leeds!

    • Hopefully they’ll expand soon! 🙂

  • Wow that food looks amazing and the cocktails sound great. I haven’t been to Kingston in ages so I might need to make a trip x

    • Definitely do it! I’ve only been there a couple of times myself but there are some great spots!

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    The food looks amazing and the deserts have made me hungry!

  • Sounds like thefts place ever! No seriously the food sounds delicious!

  • This all sounds delish – great pictures too, so inviting!

  • Oh I love curried goat – Boozy rum cake sounds like the perfect way to finish off a meal too!

  • The cocktails omg, the food sweet baby Jesus everything looks so delicious

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Wow there is soooo much food and it all looks delicious. Bet the cocktails were yummy too!

  • This looks like such a fun place to eat! All the food looks amazing!

  • fashion-mommy

    Not the world’s biggest fan of rum, but wow that food looks so good.

  • RosieCorriette

    This sounds fab, and I’m not a million miles from Kingston so will have to give this a try.

  • GlamourGlitterGloss

    I will literally never make it round all the restaurants in London, another one to add to the never-ending list, this looks soooo good!

  • Lisa Lambert (mumdadplus4)

    The food look amazing and he desserts well that me I’m sold we are off to London next year so may look into this further