Cramlington - Ryan Review
What better after a freezing day up the Cheviots than some spicy chicken? I stopped in on this Nando's around 4pm on a Sunday and was surprised to see it almost empty. It's located on the Manor Walks Shopping Centre, by the Vue cinema. Head for the Sainsbury's and you'll see the Vue. There are hundreds of free parking spaces right outside and Cramlington train station is only half a mile walk away.
As you enter this Nando's, there are three large green leather booths spread either side of the entrance, each with a large red wicker lightshade above it. There are six large orange leather booths running along the back wall separated by the drinks/sauces station - each having some large and colourful canvas paintings above them. At the back/left of the restaurant are a couple of large square booths completely clad in wood - which also then clads the till/grill surrounds. There are four large yellow wicker shades running down the middle of the restaurant. At the very back are the stairs up to the toilets, which were clean and tiled with large black/white patterns.
It was pretty quiet, but the food took just over 20 minutes to come. I went for the Sunset Burger for the first time, with a portion of chips. The Sunset Burger is definitely not a dinner option as it just isn't enough food. The chicken thigh fillets were small, but cooked fine, but the bun was far too small. The thigh fillets were small - but were bigger than the bun, so a a big cocktail stick was stuck through the middle to hold it together. I wasn't a big fan of the Smoky Red Pepper Chutney, as to me it just tasted like (very) sweet chili sauce. The chip portion size was average and they were just about coked enough.
Staff were fine and doing as expected.