Eastbourne - Ryan Review
This Nando's is in the newly extended Beacon shopping centre in the heart of Eastbourne town centre. It's pretty much next door to Eastbourne train station. The Beacon has its own parking priced at £1/hr but if you are fine with a very short walk, The Junction parking is priced more cheaply for longer stays at £1/1hr, £1.80/2hrs, £2.30/3hrs, £3/4hrs and £3.50/4+hrs - note that this car park closes at 7pm during the week. Both car parks offer free parking on Sundays. All other shops in the centre close around 6pm, so Nando's is accessed from the side of The Junction car park where you just head upstairs once inside The Beacon.
Arrived here around 8pm and it was pretty quiet. It's surprisingly decorated on the outside being in a shopping centre and is clad in lots of golden coloured bits of wood - which are also clad on the walls inside. There are plenty of large booth with three circular ones in the middle of the restaurant and three square ones along the back by the entrance to the toilets. Hanging disco-ball style and beaded lightshades and some nice touches of colour. Toilets were very clean, with grey wall tiles and some green paint above them.
Having been let down by the half/whole chickens recently I went for the no bones platter (chicken butterfly and four thigh fillets) with sides of rice, chips, coleslaw and supergrain salad. I'm very pleased I did as had never seen thigh fillets as big as what these were served in Nando's before. They were big, juicy and smothered in sauce. The chicken breasts were also very thick and juicy - so much bigger pieces of meat than what I'd been scraping off the bone of a half chicken recently. Chips were a good size portion too and all hot and crispy with the rice also being nice and hot... and it all came in only four minutes. Think I've found my new meal choice.
Staff were pleasant and doing as expected.