Bristol - Park Street - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
3.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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Went here on a Thursday lunchtime and had a nice experience.

It's located on Park Street, which is bang in the middle of the University district and is also within a 10-15 minute walk of Clifton, the City Museum/Art Gallery and the city centre itself, so plenty of shops and other bars and restaurants all close together.

There are hundreds of free parking spaces dotted all around the place (just down side roads) which seem to be taken up by students, so I imagine the area is empty if it is out of term time. Otherwise there are plenty of on street parking spaces too that are reasonable (on average £1.20 per hour up to 4 hours) - but then there are also multi-storey car parks. I followed the signs to West Street car park (or was it West End) and this was charged at £4 for 4 hours - but then £10 for anything over that, so was pretty inexpensive - and a short walk away.

First impressions were good. Nice corner plot with full length windows letting in loads of light inside. Really high ceilings making it seem very spacious. The wall on your right had very large and medium sized canvas paintings from table height right up to the ceiling. Plenty of pot displays in the windows and peculiar spiral-style lightshades. Toilets were also very clean. Making good use of the new cocks and table stands too!

Not the biggest restaurant - and certainly very busy for a lunchtime - maybe 25 out of 30+ tables full. All seating was two and four seated tables (no booths) and so were being pushed together to make larger tables. A few high tables/chairs too. Only criticism with the layout was the till was towards the back - and you had to queue in the narrow walk way, which was also the only entry point to the toilets upstairs, to get your sauces, the drinks machine and for the staff to deliver the food, so it was very cramped and needless to say I saw a few drinks get spilled.

Staff were cheerful enough, particularly a chap called Benji who was welcoming plenty of guests and checking on everyone nicely. A few of the other staff could have done with a couple of extra smiles though! :-)

No wait to be seated and only a few minutes wait to order, followed by a 12 minute wait for the food, so fine there.

The half chicken came and it was very nice. Very hot and tender and covered in sauce. It was bright orange there was so much sauce on it. Chips and rice were good too.

Overall, a nice visit.

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