Enfield - Ryan Review
So another journey back around the M25 led me to stop in on another beautiful London suburb....... this time it was Enfield.
There is plenty of parking and by far the best option is two hours in the Tesco car park which is about 5 minutes walk down the road. There aren't too many spaces here, so alternatively if you can get through the traffic there are multiple car parks such as Church Lane and Sydney Road just a few minutes walk away. All the Enfield car parks are priced at £1.20/1hr, £2.40/2hrs, £4/4hrs, £5/6hrs and £6 max - but vary in terms of the charge hours, so check before you enter. Cineworld is about 3/4 mile away and Enfield Town train station is just a couple minutes walk away.
Arrived here about 2pm and it was busy downstairs but very empty upstairs. As you enter there's a low wall separating the tables/chairs with the entrance, which makes a walkway up to the tills. This is also where the pushchairs are kept and also where you queue for the till, so it gets pretty cramped. Downstairs it's just mainly tables/chairs which are all a bit close together - and then upstairs it's again tables/chairs all a bit close together. At the top of the stairs there are several tables in the windows looking out onto the delightful Enfield High Street... all again a bit cramped and left at the top of the stairs leads you through to more table/chair seating. The lighting is a bit plain - clear glass orbs with yellowish bulbs. There are some canvas paintings on the wall upstairs especially. Overall though it's pretty standard decor, but on top of this it was quite dirty. There were chips on the floor under multiple tables and quite a bit of dried peri sauce on the walls. The toilets were a bit mucky too. Water all over around the sink basins and a leak in the pipe between the two urinals led to a lot of water on the floor too.
For the first time as well in a Nando's too I wasn't shown to a table. "Table 23 upstairs, take some menus with you if you need" is what I was told as I came in. Certainly not the Nando's spirit...
Anyways, the food came in under 10 minutes. Fillet burger and chips and it was another poor Nando's experience. As with my one at Berners Street the day before this was also disappointing. The ciabatta was burnt and very crunchy and the fillet was covering only half of the bun and was very dry as well with a tiny splatter of sauce. The portion of chips - although massive for a single side - were cold and soggy. A lot of not very good food on this occasion.
Overall, this wasn't a great Nando's.