Aldershot - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.88 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Was in Guildford for the day... and seeing as the Nando's was closed here... with Aldershot being recommended by the RYN team, it would have been rude not to pay it a visit!

This was also the first time I've ever been to Aldershot and it seems the new Westgate Leisure Park is a very welcome to the town. Lots of boarded up shops and "the" shopping centre (The Wellington) has seen much better days.

Anyways! The Nando's website advertises this as being at post code GU11 1NG and if you follow that, you'll end up by a Co-Op Food. Even their Google Map image shows this as being on Gordon Road, which is about 3/4 mile away from where the branch actually is.

This Nando's is located in Westgate Leisure Park which has a post code of GU11 1WF, but isn't yet recognised by Google or TomTom - so a post code of GU11 3NP should get you there. There are other eateries and a Cineworld here, as well as a 1st Bowl bowling alley within 1/2 mile walk (from Nando's).

There is parking at the Westgate which is managed by the new Morrisons, so there is a pay and display scheme in place (coins only) and you can get this back if you buy something from Morrisons. Otherwise, there is a Tesco about a 1/3 mile walk away which you could probably sneak a free hour or two on. On this occasion, I parked at The Wellington Shopping Centre car park which is open 24/7 and about 1/2 mile walk away. It has an evening rate from 6pm-7am of £1 and a Sunday rate of just 60p (coins/notes only). Aldershot train station is also just 1/2 mile walk away.

The branch is a reasonable size - just in a square shape. Three booths against the left wall and three more just off the back wall. Large corner booth in far back-left. Mixture of tables/chairs/benches to take it up to about 30 tables inside - with a further 6 tables or so outside.

On the left wall there are four large canvas paintings along with the pillar on the left also covered with canvass paintings folded around it. The back wall is wood-panelled with 60 or so small glass framed pictures. The ceiling is made up of several wood lattices. There is a good mixture of light fittings. There are coloured upside down ceramic lampshades above the centre seating, Chinese style wicker lanterns above the corner booth and corner tables - and then multiple glass lampshades (to look like) just the showing. All quite nice - with a nice big cooper sink by the drinks machine.

I arrived just before 5pm and there were just a couple tables in use, so needless to say there was no wait and the food came in 6 minutes.

The food was great too. A half chicken cooked to perfection - big portion size and smothered in sauce. The chips were hot and very crispy and the rice was in abundance. The only bad thing was the rice was a tad dry, but otherwise a delicious meal.

Staff were friendly enough but did everything as expected.

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