12:51

4.7
25 reviews
£41 and over
European
Welcome to 12:51. Our head chef James Cochran is a chef like no other, heralding his mix heritage through his food, from the Caribbean to Scotland and his birth town Whitstable.

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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
What 25 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
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BenS
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent roast and superb service, perfect way to spend a Sunday.

Small Sunday menu but covered what was needed, with varied cocktails and wine on offer.

Will be back to check normal menu!

Thank you

AS
AnnisS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had such a lovely evening. The food was great. Thanks so much!

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Msbrownin
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was great and a nice relaxed atmosphere. Very low key for a nice chilled time.

MR
MattR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant food and great service. The lunchtime taster menu is great value.

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OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Lovely food absolutely sensational spicing, buttermilk jerk chicken is amazing
Not much for veggies
Great puds
Big portions considering these are small plates
Good service
Basic tables and chairs
But it is all about the food
And the head chef was there in the kitchen on a Thursday evening cooking up a storm

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BarbaraF
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food and friendly staff. Had a great evening.
Music became slightly intrusive towards the end of the evening

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SusanN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Inventive and delious food and delightful staff. Pricier than a lot of Upper Street eateries but worth it.

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Elisa
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was really lovely. One of the best Sunday roast in London. Value for money not great as portion are really small, but no doubt on quality! Fast service and really polite
Thanks !

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orsola
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

I went there with my partner and two friends. First thing first: the food is very good, interesting combination and presentation. Unfortunately everything else needs massive improvement to live up to the standard of a good restaurant you want to go back to.
As noted by other people, portions are ridiculously small for the price. The irony is that the whole menu is supposed to be a sharing menu but most dishes are literally a couple of bites so if you are more than two people it's pretty much impossible to share them - one of them was a £13 scallop dish, which was in fact, one scallop. Imagine the fun we had sharing that among the diners.
The front of house staff is friendly but lacks experience and is sloppy, the person who served us was evidently nervous, was mumbling and it was almost impossible to understand what he was saying with the loud music and they added a bottle of wine we didn't order.
The overall appearance and vibe of the place is somehow disconnected to the culinary experience. The former seems to try to be informal, casual and appropriate for a casual meal with friends - loud music, rustic decor and vinyls covers hanging on the wall (?!) but everything else is trying to be a bit more refined and intimate.
To sum up, I think the place has potential because the food is good but they really need to invest in front of house, better decor and rethink their pricing strategy: make mains a decent portion size and charge a bit more and keep the current size for starters and reduce the price for them.

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vipbambi95
London
22 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Sunday roast - truffle cauli cheese excellent, and service really brilliant although they were very busy. Horseradish cream didn’t really pack a punch and meat a little bit on the stingy side but overall all very good, will be back to try the tasting menu.

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TastyTraveller
London
11 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fantastic meal at 12:51 for a belated birthday. Chef James Cochran and the team are turning out some delicious food. We went for the signature snack (Buttermilk jerk spiced chicken, scotch bonnet jam, corn nuts, coriander) and were talked into the kid goat sharer for two. This was a celebration of goat and despite fancying all other items on the menu we were really happy with our choice. Guess it just means we’ll have to return! 🐷

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vipplaidliquid
London
26 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience1

Amazing food, lovely service, horrible room that felt like being at a premier Inn

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vipgwc333
London
312 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Unfortunately we were tired this night but the food was really good. Would love to return and try some of the interesting cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely lunch date!! Quick service, very very tasty and super friendly waiting staff!

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vipkiran
London
31 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Some very nice dishes but some where they got carried away. Too pricey for overall experience

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vipleanneb
London
11 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

James Cochran what a chef!
Took a friend for her first real food tasting experience and she was blown away!
We will definitely be back!
The cheesecake dessert is to die for!

RH
RichardH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Food was so chilled it was tasteless. Flavours thrown together that don’t go together and everything was covered in a ‘crumb’ - the chef is obsessed! Service was good but should be for the overpriced menu. Also, when we arrived they hadn’t got our OpenTable booking. Very disappointing - we won’t be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Food definitely interesting, creative - go with people you’re willing to share with and try and few. Everything was very good.

FL
vipFoodLover
London
12 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

great chilled vibe at 12:51, awesome tunes and amazing food! The buttermilk jerk spiced chicken, scotch bonnet jam is outstanding - I think we ordered 3 servings! So was the French beans, peach, Montgomery cheese, hazelnuts, herb oil! Plus great cocktails and very knowledgeable and attentive staff. I'll be going back!

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Lenhodge
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A lovely little restaurant with interesting food, tasty and a little bit different to the norm.
Great staff, and good value we thought.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Interesting combinations that really work. Chicken parfait jammy dodger was a highlight. Who knew!

Great service by a lovely helpful waiter who recommended a few dishes.

DK
vipDKLondon
London
73 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food in a cosy surrounding. Our waiter was attentive but not intrusive.

LM
LukeM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Loved the decor. Lunch menu had a great range of food. The jerk chicken was a stand out along with the everything goat related. Thank you very much.

DF
DinerFromLondon
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My first meal here was very memorable. The friendly service was apparent the moment we arrived and every course we ordered was delicious. My favourites were the french beans and the buttermilk jerk chicken (we ordered a second serving), and everything was presented beautifully.

I wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Tremendous meal in this lovely restaurant. It’s he second time we’ve been and it just keeps getting better and better. Lovely, k knowledgable staff who even asked the chef for me how the amazing cauliflower dish was cooked. Thanks. We will be back!

FAQs

12:51 is rated 4.7 stars by 25 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.