Food & Drink

BYOC ft. James Cochran

NOTE: BYOC ft. James Cochran is sadly now closed. However, you can still head to James Cochran’s Islington spot, 1251.

When you’re BYOC – the bar that stocks no actual alcohol – then is seems there’s one clear-cut, obvious thing you need to add to your lineup.


Yes, BYOC Soho has now become BYOC ft. James Cochran, with a restaurant taking up residence on its ground floor. The James Cochran fellow mentioned in the name is a chef making his solo debut after helping turn The Ledbury into the 14th best restaurant on the planet.

Not too shabby.

The space keeps the general vibe of the speakeasy, with throwback ’20s era decor and bentwood chairs housed in a white walled space. They’re serving lunch à la carte, tasting menu dinners (4 or 7 courses), and you can grab a small bite as a bar snack, or even to take away.

Those small bites come in the form of things like an ‘Nduja Scotch egg, or some Whitstable rock oysters with frozen beef & black radish. Going larger, you’ll find main courses like treacle-cured salmon with whiskey jelly and smoked cod’s roe; braised short rib with Jerusalem artichokes, marmalade, and smoked lardo; or some of their signature Jamaican jerk-spiced buttermilk fried chicken.

Not too shabby at all. 

For dessert the man’s conjured up dishes like rhubarb doughnuts, scoops of buttermilk sorbet, and an elderflower, strawberry, and pepper meringue. And thankfully, there are two floors of cocktailing left for you to explore before, after, and even during your meal.

If you feel like there’s something missing, that is.

NOTE: BYOC ft. James Cochran is sadly now closed. However, you can still head to James Cochran’s Islington spot, 1251.

BYOC ft. James Cochran | 21 Great Windmill St, Soho, W1D 7LB

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BYOC ft. James Cochran

21 Great Windmill St, Soho, Central London, W1D 7LB

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