Fareham - Ryan Review
Three days on the IOW with no Nando's or 3G... so on my way back to the 21st Century, I stopped into Fareham for some peri-peri goodness.
This is located in the Market Quay shopping park which also houses an LA Fitness and a small Apollo cinema. You're not far from the town centre from here too (a few minutes walk) so a good location to park. It's £1.50/hour, so is reasonable, and there are a couple of hundred spaces.
At the minute, there are masses of roadworks going on at this junction, so sat nav doesn't yet recognise the roundabout has been removed. Just follow the signs for Town Centre and you'll see the parking signs for Market Quay.
First impressions from the outside is that the shop frontage is a bit plain. Neither of the signs are neon, so it doesn't stand out - but big full length windows with a couple of interesting displays in some of them. Inside, although the walls could do with a bit more colour on them, the lighting seems quite unique. Three very large colourful lampshades built into sculpted wooden panels and then dozens of pots and other sculptures dotted around the place makes it for it.
I arrived around 3pm... and the restaurant was empty. For the entire time I was in there I was the only customer. Jeez - do I have a problem? Eating Nando's completely on my own now?? So, needless to say, there was no wait at all - with the food coming in just over 3 minutes.
With it being lunch I had a chicken breast fillet burger with a portion of chips. First time I've had to let the chips cool down in Nando's! They had just come out the fryer so were very crisp and piping hot. The bun was crispy, huge portion of lettuce and tomato - and the breast fillet was too big for the bun and drenched in sauce... so a very good meal indeed!
Claire on the till was very friendly. I think the three staff that were on were thankful for the company... :-) Nevertheless, they were all very chatty throughout.
Toilets were clean, but as with a couple of others Nando's, they were completely black walls and surfaces, so just needed a few brighter bulbs as it was too dark.
Overall, a nice welcome back to the 21st Century.