One of the good things about meeting up with an old friend that you haven’t seen for a while is that you tend to also revisit places that you haven’t been to for a while. In this case it was a trip to 1331.
This used to be one of my favourite places to eat, especially for Sunday lunch. I’m not a gravy lover and so having a Sunday lunch that comes served with cheese sauce instead is always a winner in my eyes. I also think this is a great little bar, as well as a nice secret garden out the back the venue includes a restaurant, a bar, and even a cinema, what’s not to love.
Unfortunately we arrived on a Monday night in the rain so both sitting in the garden and having a Sunday lunch were out of the question. Yet it gave us the chance to sample the main menu and also to sit in the relatively new eating area looking out onto Grape Lane.
As we sat down a lovely friendly member of staff popped over to take our drinks order which were quickly dispensed to our table. So with a merlot and a half a coors in hand we discussed the menu. As well as the usual pub grub of burgers and steaks there is an interesting selection of sharing platters including the posh ploughman’s picnic, and fisherman’s platter. There is also some interesting mains such as a Yorkshire Hot Pot as well as an ever changing specials board.
Being the more hungry of the pair I plumped for the baked goat’s cheese as a starter, and then the vegetable fajita’s for main. My friend went for the chicken fillet burger and the staff were more than happy to accommodate the amends to the menu version requested.
The baked goat’s cheese has always been one of my favourites and it didn’t disappoint. Covered in sesame seeds it has a crunchy outside that is the perfect complement to the soft and squidgy inside. The sweet raspberry dressing it is served with is a great addition, and it is just the perfect size.
We didn’t have to then wait too long for our mains. Firstly for the fajitas a plate with wraps, and pots containing guacamole, salsa, sour cream and grated cheese were delivered along with the chicken burger. Then the second half of my tea arrived and it could be heard before it was seen with a sizzling plate of vegetables being delivered both smelling and looking gorgeous.
The chicken burger was declared very tasty, and cooked to perfection sandwiched between a lovely soft burger bun. The chips were plentiful and cooked to a golden crisp. The fajita’s however were definitely the star of the show. A selection of vegetables including courgettes and peppers were lightly spiced in a thick tomato based sauce. The four flour tortilla’s were the perfect size for stuffing with the vegetables (although I did only manage three of them). There was a generous amount of cheese and just enough guacamole and sour cream to make the perfect tortilla.
1331 has always been one of my favourite places in York and despite not having been there for way too long it once again proved why it’s in my top 5. 1331 is a great spot in York whether you just want a drink, some food or even to get married. I would highly recommend it.
🍷 Meal for 2 with 2 glasses of wine and 2 halves of lager: £43.85
🎉 My Highlight: The sizzling fajita vegetables
🍴 If we could change one thing…
Tricky but would love more raspberry dressing with the goats cheese
Restaurant details: www.1331-york.co.uk