James Cochran launches new Islington restaurant

Chef James Cochran, from Kent's famous Wheelers Oyster Bar and The Ledbury in Notting Hill, has launched a new solo venture, 1251 on Islington’s Upper Street.

The eatery is set over two floors and offers modern British dishes and is open for lunch, late-night dinner and snacks.

Cochran's flavours come from his Caribbean and Scottish heritage, and living in Kent seaside town, Whitstable, making for some interesting combinations.

Much of the produce used is being sourced directly through Cochran's personal relationships with small-scale independent suppliers.

There are main dishes such as Lamorna Cove Jerk spiced monkfish, iceberg lettuce, watermelon & coriander, and Raw Orkney scallops, buttermilk whey, red meat radish, green apple & charcoal.

The sharing board includes Shoulder, loin, Haunch, belly and rack of kid goat, black eyed pea Dahl, roti, scotch bonnet jam,pineapple, cucumber & carrot salad and coconut rice.

For snacks, there is Picked white Devon crab tartlet & brown crab butter, Potato crisp, Whitstable oyster cream, seaweed & vinegar, and Smoked kipper and leek toastie.

For sweet treats, there is Salted caramel ice cream sandwich, white chocolate, strawberries & peanuts, Toasted oat custard tart, raspberries, clotted cream & pepper, and Crisp puff pastry, honey cream, peaches & yoghurt sorbet.

The cocktail list features 1251 Negroni, created from Cochran's house-made vermouth made with sweet cicely, and 1251 Bloody Mary Martini made with standout kitchen ingredients. There’s also a wine list, showcasing organic bottles from around the world.