James Cochran has swapped EC3 for N1 and this time, he's providing the bustling Upper Street with an ambitious modern British menu in relaxing minimal settings. 1251 will feature studio-like interiors, with minimal decor and natural light flooding in through huge windows. There's a modern flair from the menu through to design; expect artwork from local artists adorning the walls, while a specially curated playlist of hip hop, funk and soul resounds through the venue. The restaurant will be spread across two floors, with an outdoor terrace for those warmer days.
The menus see Kentish produce at the forefront, with small-scale suppliers taking centre stage. Seafood is from the southwest coast, pork is from Faversham and lamb is supplied from Cochran's hometown of Whitstable. Go sharing style at lunch and dinner, while it's all about the snacks in between... either way, you can expect bold flavour combinations. We love the sound of potato spaghetti with cured egg yolk, truffle and burnt butter cream, with a salted caramel ice cream sandwich bursting with strawberry custard and white chocolate to finish. With the success of his previous City restaurant and experience working in Michelin-starred The Ledbury, it's safe to say that Cochran's newest venture will be one to watch.