Exeter - Ryan Review
After my 'slight' detour the previous day, going from the hotel in Taunton to Exeter at only a 70 mile round trip is just down the road, right? Well, that's how I looked at it - and 40 minutes later I was in Exeter. Gurt lush.
The Nando's is located within the Princesshay shopping area - which seems to be the main modern complex in Exeter city centre. Righty by the Cathedral, bus station and train station too. Princesshay does also have its own parking, but I'm not sure of the price. I parked round the corner by the bus station at Bampflyde Street car park, which was free after 6pm and a hop and a skip away from Princesshay.
The Nando's is right by part of the Roman City Wall within Princesshay, so you can't miss it. First impressions were very good. There are a few tables outside with a couple of very large potted plants at the entrance. Inside the main feature is a huge oval wooden pannelled ceiling that has plenty of spot and downlights in it making it quite bright. This pretty much covers the whole inside seating area. In addition to this there are a few average size canvas prints on the left wall by the entrance together with other wooden carvings on the wall and plenty more pots/plants about the place. Although there's a huge pillar right in the middle of the seating area, it's laid out as best as possible - albeit, some tables are very close together (1 mark lost for that as there isn't a great deal of space at all). Several large booths around the walls, with high chair/tables by the entrance and then a cushioned bench running around the outside of the "oval" seating. Spotless and very well light toilets too makes for a nice branch.
The branch was about a third full, so no wait to be seated or to order - and the food came in 4 minutes. The food was really good too. The rice had some extra flavouring in, probably more lemon than normal, and this gave it an interesting, different flavour. The chips were crisp and piping hot - and the chicken was delicious. Very moist and covered in marinade. Hot, white meat throughout the breast and leg. Followed by a nice white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, this was a lovely meal.
The staff were very friendly too. Making a bit of chit chat above what was expected with quite a lot of customers - with Rebecca being the most chatty.