Carlisle - Archive Review

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Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, March 27, 2011
3.88 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
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)
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Overall impression for my third visit to this store were that I knew what the store was like. It is pretty small compared to some Nando's restaraunts I have been into but it's nice. It's all on one floor and is easily accesable for wheelchair users and parents with children in prams as well.

Obviously with it being small it makes it feel less busy and the fact people waiting for a table or takeout are sat near the window near the tills so no customers will walk past you when our eating. As I know some stores like the Manchester Arndale store you have to walk past people eating to go order for take out.

The store is near the train station and is within at least I would say a good 2 minute walk to the station. So if you had 30minutes to get your train you could easily go get some Nando's even at only 5 mins till your train you won't miss it you can see the train station from the entrance. The main bars are within the same walking distance as well so its easy to go for some food then go for drinks.

The cinema is on the same road as the bars so it is within walking distance.

Parking is easy as the Nando's is on a main road you can easily find a spot down one of the side streets.

There is a taxi rank literally outside down the side of the Nando's store. So you can easily grab some food then hop in a taxi home.

One word of warning to anyone driving, you can't drive down the main road called Botchergate when the bars are open as it is closed so that crowds of people can be controlled and with drunk people it stops car accidents happening as well. This usually happens after around about 7pm onwards until the early hours especially on the weekends.

There was no waiting time when I arrived either as usually on buys periods such as weekends there can be a wait of around 10-15minutes. You can easily sit in the takeaway area and order a drink before your meal and before you sit down for your meal.

The staff are pretty friendly and are alwasy smiling at people when they walk past. When I was sat eating I was asked numrous times if my food was ok which is good to see as sometimes staff can ask once and then leave you alone.

I enjoy going to this store not because it is my nearest Nando's but because it's intimate and a good place to sit,eat and chat with friends with no distractions.

And of course the main reason the food is very good with big portions and very hot food brought to the table as well.

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