James Cochran launches £35 five-course tasting menu at 1251 restaurant

James Cochran is to launch a five-course tasting menu at his Islington restaurant 1251.

Cochran, 2018’s ‘Champion of Champions’ on the Great British Menu, launched 1251 last year in a spot previously occupied by the esteemed Chinese Laundry.

He did so after receiving strong reviews at his eponymous E3 restaurant, which he left following a dispute with the founders, though not before making a bold impression on London.

The chef’s new tasting menu, priced at just £35, will run on Mondays and Tuesdays and comes with the added benefit of a BYOB allowance.

The food won’t deviate from Cochran’s quirky style, however. The Kent-born chef has long paid homage Scottish-Caribbean heritage, and will be doing so again across his five courses.

The menu will change daily, but diners can expect plates such as ‘Scottish razor clam, rhubarb, hazelnut & buttermilk’, ‘Roast Cornish hake with wild garlic, cucumber, nduja sausage & pork crackling’, and ‘Slow-braised short rib of Dexter beef, wild garlic, miso, salsify, oyster leaf & bone marrow’.

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