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ES Magazine

A menu that’s split into shareable ‘snacks’ and ‘plates’. On paper, Kentish-Scots-Caribbean is the stuff of a disastrous ‘fusion cuisine’ task on The Apprentice. But filtered through the prism of Cochran’s personal experience and combined with his dazzling, Jenga tower approach to building flavour, it makes mad, brilliant sense, right from when my mate Mark and I sat down for lunch.

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Evening Standard Go London

It will probably remind you of all manner of nostalgic things, too. But this is the way of 1251, a restaurant that puts forward a pretty irresistible case for Cochran’s vision of soulful, foot-on-the-amp cooking, touched by a sense of joyous, grinning nostalgia.



James Cochran has just been stood up by Liam Gallagher, and he's “gutted, mate” he tells me, in the way you'd expect a man to admit they'd been ditched by an attractive Tinder date.

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The Guardian Online

I hope he carries on learning because at his best he really is touched with brilliance

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Eater London

There’s “enough interesting stuff going on” for Rayner’s verdict to remain overwhelmingly positive: Cochran’s restaurant may need “a little focus” in places, but at its best, his food really is “touched with brilliance.”


The Metro

“Finally we try that goat,it comes as exquisitely cooked loin, melting belly, braised shoulder, and in a slow-cooked croquette, with an array of sides that include coconut rice, black-eyed pea dahl and a searingly hot scotch bonnet jam, It is a triumph- some might say a masterstroke. 4/5*

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The metro

New to Islington is James Cochran’s new restaurant, 1251. The Great British Menu chef is showcasing dishes that draw on his Scottish and West Indian heritage through a mixture of a la carte dishes, snacks and tasting menus. And for bigger groups, his signature goat sharing board, featuring black-eyed pea dahl, roti, and scotch bonnet jam, will also be available.


Just opened London

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


The sun

This is despite the fact the talented chef has blasted the owners of his former restaurant after they trademarked his name and sold the rights to his signature recipes. Here's the lowdown...



The chef told i: “I’m buzzing about the finals tonight with Selin. I’ve been so honoured to meet NHS heroes this week and hope my dishes have inspired and excited people.


Great british chefs

Selin’s challenger is James Cochran, fresh from his brand new Islington restaurant 1251. He dedicates his starter to the NHS staff who cared for his late mother through cancer.


About time magazine

Chef James Cochran has opened his much-anticipated new restaurant 1251 on Upper Street, Islington. The modern British menu sees James showcasing his Michelin-starred training in a relaxed, convivial setting where Kentish produce takes centre stage.


Something Curated

The menu at 1251 is described as modern British, taking inspiration from James Cochran’s Scottish and Vicentian roots.



James Cochran, a popular chef of Caribbean and Scottish origin, is responsible for the kitchen of 1251, a new and evocative London restaurant;



GREAT British Menu is back with more top class cookery from some of the nation's most talented chefs.



Cochran has been in a dispute with his former employers at EC3, who have trademarked the use of his name, according to Eater London. EC3 was renamed Bevis Marks.


Chef James Cochran was at the heart of an unusual Twitter storm recently, when it was revealed that the restaurant he formerly cooked for have started selling off his recipes, just as he’s due to appear on the Great British Menu.


London Town

James Cochran leaves his EC3 restaurant in the City to set up 1251 , a modern British restaurant where he showcases his Michelin-starred training (gained atThe Ledbury and The Harwood Arms) using produce from his home county of Kent.


Mr Porter

The menu at renowned chef Mr James Cochran’s second solo restaurant nods to his Scottish-Caribbean heritage and combines it with some gastronomic influences from Kent, where he grew up. Modern-day dishes blend the best of the produce from these three culinary homelands: think raw Orkney scallops with buttermilk whey, jerk-spiced monkfish with watermelon and coriander, and Kent-bred pork with smoked eel and blood pudding.

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The Caterer

Great British Menu contestant James Cochran's new restaurant, 1251, has opened after a tumultuous split from his former self-titled restaurant. 


Miss Jones- The Corporate Insider

The restaurant is housed across two floors with an additional 8 seats on an outdoor terrace in Islington. Both floors have a minimal, studio-like interiors, dotted with quirky features from the original Victorian building alongside contemporary artwork from local artists.


Eater London

James Cochran might be embroiled in a trademark dispute with his former employers who continue to operate a restaurant that bears his brand, but the chef has apparently put that to rest — as he cooks at a new site in Islington. 


Tatler Magazine

Arriving at 1251, the newest restaurant from Michelin-starred chef James Cochran, my first thought is that I’ve been here before. Formerly the home of Chinese Laundry, whose closure has made way for this new buzzy outpost, its prime real-estate on Angel’s so-called ‘Supper Street’, so I’m hopeful that the TV-famous chef’s eatery (he is currently on the BBC’s Great British Menu) will fare better than its unlucky predecessor.



Last month 1251 opened on Upper Street serving small plates each selected from seasonal produce and influenced by chef James Cochran's Scottish and Caribbean roots. Cochran previously worked at Whitstable's famous Wheelers Oyster Bar as well as The Ledbury in Notting Hill, so I cannot wait to head to his new restaurant in N1. With West Indian roots myself, I'm very keen to try his take on the cuisine.

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After a tub-thumping performance on our screens for Great British Menu this year, James Cochran has launched must anticipated 12:51 in Islington.

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Evening Standard- Go London

The rise of goat meat continues. James Cochran, the Great British Menu winner, continues to champion it at his Angel restaurant 1251, and Ottolenghi is introducing a goat crumpet to the breakfast menu.

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But to really spice up St Patrick’s Day, dive into my Jerk Stout beer of the week – it’s a saintly festival of delicious darkness.

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