12:51

4.3
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19 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
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.
What 19 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
service
3.9
ambience
3.7
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BF
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

SN
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.

E
London
3 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 !

o
New York Area
1 review
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.

b
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.

TT
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! 🐷

p
London
25 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

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

g
London
293 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

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

k
London
30 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

RH
London
4 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.

OT
London
4 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
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!

L
Manchester
1 review
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.

OT
London
1 review
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
London
67 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

LM
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
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.

OT
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!