The Facts
NAME: 1251
IT'S: A modern British restaurant in Islington

28-08-2018

OPENED: August 28th, 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: James Cochran
DID YOU KNOW: Much of the produce at 1251 will be sourced directly through Cochran's personal relationships with small-scale independent suppliers
LOCATION: Islington
ADDRESS: 107 Upper Street, N1 1QN
CLOSEST TUBE: Angel or Highbury & Islington
OPENING TIMES: Daily 11:00am-11:00pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: Email: [email protected]
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram
RESERVATIONS: Yes

1251

OPENED 49 DAYS AGO

Islington welcomes a new modern British restaurant, 1251.

After leaving his self-named restaurant earlier this year (you can read all about the trademark row on Twitter), chef James Cochran starts a new solo venture, 1251. It’s located on Islington’s Upper Street, just like London’s other great newcomers such as Alphabet and BabaBoom.

1251 - James Cochran

The Spot:

Luring you in for lunch, late-night dinner and snacks in-between, 1251 is a two-floored space with tall windows and tons of natural light. It almost feels like a studio, dotted with quirky features from the original Victorian building, while the selection of artwork is contemporary and ever-changing.

The Food:

The menu described itself as modern British, but it’s so much more than that; chef Cochran’s cooking borrows elements from West India, Scotland and seaside town Whitstable – a tribute to his roots. That means you’ll find interesting combinations such as black-eyed pea dahl with Scotch bonnet jam, raw Orkney scallops with red meat radish, and ‘Kent-breed pork’ with blood pudding. Snacks aren’t average either. Think Devon crab tartlet served with prawn butter, or – an upgrade to your usual crisps – potato crisp alongside Whitstable oyster cream. And don’t even get me started on dessert. How are you supposed to choose between salted caramel ice cream sandwich; crisp puff pastry served with honey cream; and frozen meringue?

1251 - Lamb

The Drinks:

Chef Cochran takes the same experimental approach to his cocktails. The “1251 Negroni” features his very-own house-made vermouth made with sweet cicely, and the “1251 Bloody Mary Martini” promises to incorporate standout kitchen ingredients. There’s also a wine list, showcasing organic bottles from around the world.

The Damage:

Snacks cost around £3-£8; main courses vary between £9 and £15.

1251 - Devon Crab

In a Nutshell:

Dishes might be Michelin-style with many fancy ingredients, but 1251 seems super casual and welcoming. I mean, there will be a playlist of hip hop and classic funk blazing through the speakers, and an intriguing ‘goat sharing board’ for you and your friends.

If you’re looking for other new places to eat in London, check out our interactive map with the city’s best new restaurants.

Featured image: 1251

The Facts
NAME: 1251
IT'S: A modern British restaurant in Islington

28-08-2018

OPENED: August 28th, 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: James Cochran
DID YOU KNOW: Much of the produce at 1251 will be sourced directly through Cochran's personal relationships with small-scale independent suppliers
LOCATION: Islington
ADDRESS: 107 Upper Street, N1 1QN
CLOSEST TUBE: Angel or Highbury & Islington
OPENING TIMES: Daily 11:00am-11:00pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: Email: [email protected]
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram
RESERVATIONS: Yes

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