I remember being a little disappointed after our first 1725 dining experience three or four years ago.
On that occasion, not long after the restaurant had opened at the former Blue Anchor pub, it was a spur of the moment visit.
I just don’t recall it feeling that special, from the service through to the food.
But we’ve had the odd pleasant drink there since, and felt the time had come to give it another roll of the dice.
We couldn’t have picked a better evening for tucking into the tapas for which 1725 is famous – it was a hot summer’s Saturday, and we could just have easily been in La Coruna as Lancaster.
My girlfriend and I had booked a table for 7.30pm and were shown to our seats by a smiley waitress.
The signs were better right from the off. For our previous meal at 1725 we had been seated downstairs, but this time our table was in the attractive first floor dining area, with its more relaxed feel.
It’s a pleasant space, large but cosy, and fusing traditional elements like wooden beams with a more modern feel owing to the bright white walls and brown leather seats.
I was ready for a cold beer, so ordered a San Miguel (£3.75), while Becky went with a trusty Pinot Grigio (£4.25).
So to the menus. We decided to start with bread, but were both so ravenous that when we found ourselves struggling to choose between pan and pita the most attractive option seemed to be to order both!
Our eyes nearly popped out of our heads when we saw how much bread there was to get through.
The pan (£2.25) was fresh white bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar – just lovely – while the warm pita fingers (£2.95) were served with a roasted red pepper hummus.
We didn’t quite have time to make our way through all the bread before our mains arrived.
We had each chosen three dishes. I went for a largely meaty mix in the shape of the Carne 1725 (rump steak strips, sauteed with onions, peppers, chilli and garlic, £6.95), Cerdo a la Pimiento (pork medallion in a creamy peppercorn and brandy sauce, £6.75) and Kebab de Gambas y Chorizo (chorizo and tiger prawn kebabs in a chilli and tomato marinade, £5.95).
Becky opted for the Pollo con Ajo (chicken strips, pan-fried in garlic butter, £5.95), Filete de Atun (pan seared blackened tuna steak marinated in a smoked paprika, garlic, lime and chilli marinade, £6.75) and Vegetalas Mixtos (mixed seasonal vegetables deep-fried in a light batter with a sweet chilli dip, £4.35). It was quite a mix, and on the whole, a tasty one.
My favourite was the rump steak. The chilli made this a pretty hot dish, but satisfyingly so.
The chorizo and tiger prawn kebab was a close second however, and the prawns were particularly good, fat and succulent.
My one disappointment was the pork. The meat was fine, but the sauce just tasted of mustard – an opinion seconded by Becky.
My favourite of her choices was the battered mixed vegetables, which included courgette, aubergine and pepper, and she was more than happy with her chicken and tuna too, although I found both a little dry for my liking.
I still found room for a white and dark chocolate mousse (£5.25) with vanilla ice cream. The mousse was delicious and not too sickly; the ice was just okay, being of the yellow rather than better quality white variety.
We left reflecting on a really enjoyable meal out, with good food and impeccable service at a fair price – £55.15.
I doubt we will wait another four years before visiting again.