Here’s HDD’s list of the best spots to eat at, at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, as well as the top carnival food and drink choices recommended by our favourite djs, producers and bloggers.
I have one secret that will revive you in dark times. On Portobello road there is a place called the Grain Shop, they board it up during Carnival to look shut but if you push the door …it’s open. Never any queues and you get a big fuck off tray filled full of food that will keep you going. I’ve been going to carnival for 24 years now and still don’t trust the Jerk Chicken. Bring your own booze too, a lukewarm can of Red Stripe for a fiver taste like piss and takes the piss, go for Rum, alternatively for a classic carnival look buy a bottle of Alize.
I don’t have a favourite stall but in terms of drink it’s all about a plastic water bottle full of rum…
There is one Brazilian joint up Portobello Rd that has really good sweets..
If you can search out the Munchies stall they do a mean stew chicken and their coleslaw is the best around, trust us it makes all the difference mixed in with some rice and peas. Our favourite carnival drink is Appleton Estate with ginger beer and a squeeze of lime.
Carnival drink – no more red stripe, too many toilet breaks… Gotta be rum & redbull.
There’s always a really good food stall in front of the church (off Powis Square) but can’t ever remember the name.
I hope that TastyJerk are going to be at Carnival this year. Their whole jerked lamb is truly a thing of beauty. Eating that whilst watching Luciano at the Lambeth County Show has to be one of the most perfect moments of 2011 for me so far
Carnival drink: half a bottle of overproof w/ half a bottle of pepsi
Jerk Chicken rice n peas, a cold tin of ginger beer (idris of course) and if yu craven and love to knyamme nuff food den some coconut rum based cake fi desert!
Not really sure bout the food.. few cans of red stripe and I’m happy
I always get food at the same stall, by the church on the corner of
Clydesdale road just off Portobello down from Rough Trade. They do a maaaaad curry goat. Also drink dark rum and red stripe all day.
Music is the only food I need at carnival…joke! anything barbecued rinsed down with some rum n ginger.
There’s a road near Ladbroke Grove station that’s just dedicated to food, so I usually roll through there and find myself spoiled for choice. Otherwise just head to the nearest spot that looks/smells good, jerk chicken or lamb curry and drinking out of a coconut is normally the MOESH!
Drink – Water, ginger beer, supermalt, pineapple/coconut juice or cider
Food – a sandwich in hard-dough bread, seasoned chicken (jerk, bbq, curry etc), jollof rice, coconut milk rice + curry goat stew…
Best Food and Drink is an easy one – gotta be some Jerk Chicken or Fish washed down with a good Dark Rum and Ginger!
Carnival drink – Wray & Nephews consumed with friends while on the stagger.
Dont really know alot about carnival food but my drink of choice is Rum and Ginger with a whole bagga lime.
Rice n Peas & Jerk Chicken of course, washed down with a Red Stripe
All the ones on the street are amazing, it’s pretty safe to say you’re spoilt for choice – so much jerk!
I’m going to get slated here, but I’ not really feeling the food at carnival. I had a goat curry once and it was positively glowing with additives. I’ve since gone vegetarian and the choices for non-meat eaters are terrible. I always have a celebratory pattie upon arrival though. But I’m all about getting up a little early and making a packed lunch which I take in a backpack. I’m talking military sized cheese baguettes, crisps and lashings of rum ‘n’ ginger beer! Proper bashment adventurer style.
Used to be a couple of good ones on Talbot Road but in the last few years they’ve gone a bit lax. Getting non meat dishes wasn’t a problem til recently but now, if you’re lucky enough to find someone doing callaloo, check there’s no stray goat hiding in there, and don’t expect a positive response if you do find it. There’s a couple of shops which stay open doing curries on Portobello, normally boarded up so blink and you’ll miss them. I’d say just grab yourself a pattie unless you’re starving, you can get decent Caribbean food all over London any time of year. As for drinking, I’m t-total so you wont see me with the obligatory warm can of red stripe.