Burton-upon-Trent - Ryan Review
Stopped into this Nando's on a rainy Saturday afternoon for a nice bit of peri-peri. It's located on Middleway Retail Park, which sprawls out quite a bit and include a large DW Sports Fitness, Argos, Cineworld and also contains the Burton Place shopping centre - and the large coopers Square shopping centre is then on an adjoining retail park. There is a ticket machine when entering the retail park, but just ask for a parking voucher from Nando's and you'll get four hours free parking in the hundreds of spaces available. Next to Middleway is also the National Brewery Centre. Burton-on-Trent train station is a half mile walk away.
This is a very new Nando's and it shows. The outside is clad in a blue and brown slate effect around the entrance and there are several outside tables. Inside, the waiting area is to the left of the entrance by the till - which is clad in differet shades of blue tiles. The till also has some nice pottery lampshades above it. The ceiling above all of the seating is one large wavy pattern with lots of lighting hanging down from it in the style of small copper shades and other colourful orbs. The seating is lots of bench/banquette seating with tables/chairs, but there are lots of curves in the seating so almost like circular booth seating. Lots of orange fabric for the seating too. The blue tiles is also on the walls by the sauce station. Toilets are clad in wood with hexagonal grey and blue tiles dotted around. It was a bit cramped in places though. There were four of us sat on table 6 which was by the toilet entrance and next to the drinks/sauce station - which was also the thoroughfare from the kitchen so it did mean people regularly squeezing past our table.
There was initially a 15 minute wait for a table, but then only a 14 minute for all four people's food to come. It was a very standard meal. The chicken portion was slightly bigger than average, but then it was a little dry on the inside. There chips portion was an average size and some chips were soggy and the rice portion was an average size and hot enough.
Staff were pretty busy so doing as expected.