REVIEW: Bar 1725, Lancaster

Bar 1725, Lancaster.
Bar 1725, Lancaster.

We arrived at 1725 on a Friday at 17.25. This was pure coincidence.

What was by design, though, was the visit itself. My youngest son (11) has long wanted to eat out at a tapas restaurant.

His recent decision to turn vegetarian (or pescatarian, to be more accurate) meant our eyes were drawn more than usual to the plentiful fish and vegetable options at the Market Square eaterie.

A tasty zarzuela (Catalan fish stew) and salmon with eggs, as well as some crispy battered mixed vegetables and a flavoursome feta and tomato salad were part of our order and were very welcome additions.

The four of us, my wife and I and two sons, also enjoyed a bowl of bread with dipping oils and garlic bread, served as we were waiting for our main tapas courses.

No visit to a tapas restaurant is complete without spicy potatoes (patatas bravas) and we are also big fans of the albondigas (meatballs in spicy tomato sauce), the Fabada (Spanish bean stew) and the cazuela de carne (beef steak stew).

In total, we chose 10 dishes to feed four of us. This meant the table was covered in a cosmopolitan array of small bowls, each of them sharable, ensuring a range of tastes and textures on our plates.

We have been to 1725 a few times over the years but this was the first time we’d tried desserts. They were excellent too. My white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, and my sons’ refreshing orange sorbet and warm, moist chcolate fudge cake rounded off the meal in style.

Picking a sweet made the bill come to £86.80 including drinks.

The service was prompt and friendly, the Mediterranean ambience and decor at 1725 is always relaxing, there is live music at weekends and the bookshelf-style toilet doors are always a talking point!

GREG LAMBERT