Croydon - Valley Leisure Park - Ryan Review
Staying in Purley for a night gave the chance to visit one of the Croydon branches - so I opted for the one on Valley Leisure Park. This is easily found by car just off the A23 heading towards London, a half mile walk from Waddon Marsh tram stop or just under a mile walk from Waddon train station.
There are hundreds of free spaces on this sprawling complex - but be aware the large car park in front of DFS closes at 9pm! Just make sure you do not park behind the barriers as they ARE locked (although you can easily drive over the curb/pavement inbetween the trees if you are locked in... not that I'm talking from experience...). Also onsite are other eateries, a Tenpin bowling alley and a Vue cinema - also an Ikea.
Arrived here at about 8:45pm, so needless to say it had quietened down a bit, meaning there was no time to be seated, to queue and the food came in just under 10 minutes.
This is a fairly standard Nando's inside. It's notparticularly open plan as there are multiple separating walls or shelving units and it does make it a little cramped inside. You have three sort of aisles of seating - tables/chairs in the windows, then a few booths, then further tables/chairs - with a bench running all the way around the back wall. It's especiialy some of the tables/chairs as part of this bench that are cramped together. I was sat between two other two-seater tables and we all had to shift our tables to one-side a few times to allow people to go grab refills. The decor is nice - a large canvas print on the walls at the end of each aisle, with a very large shelving unit in the third section. The lighting consisted of a few wicker cones and then just mainly spotlights in the wood-panelled ceiling.
The food was delicious. A good sized portion of well cooked chicken - very juicy and covered in sauce, piping hot throughout. The portion of chips was an average size, but cooked very nicely and the rice was also moist and piping hot. Definitely above average.
Staff were friendly enough, but doing as you'd expect.