Greenwich - Village - Ryan Review
Well, what better way to finish off the Run to the Beat half marathon than by munching some chicken and chips? The run finished in Greenwich Park, so Greenwich Village seemed to be the best option!
Being located near Greenwich Pier, luckily it means you are right on the Thames, which I imagine on a nice hot, sunny day is a real bonus. It was still rather pleasant on this October weekend too! There are very limited car park spaces around here and they are priced at £2.50/hour, so I would say this is N/A for parking. This is especially true as less than half a mile walk are both Maze Hill railway station and the Cutty Sark DLR stop.
Once I'd finished the run and reached Nando's it had just gone 12noon and the restaurant was empty bar a few tables taken... but I'm glad I got there when I did as only 30 minutes later (with more and more runners finishing) this place was heaving and the queue was out the door! Luckily I'd ordered well before then so the food came in under 5 minutes.
The food was absolutely delicious too - a couple of big ol' pieces of chicken, piping hot and moist throughout, tons of sauce and a nice bit of charring. Mouth-watering! This also came with a very generous sized portion of hot and crispy chips and another large portion of spicy rice which was also piping hot and moist. It was a most welcome meal to perk me up!
This was also a branch where the female staff were stunning... I think it's a pre-requisite to work here, or so it seemed... Nevertheless, they did just the bear minimum so no extra point for being good-looking ;-)
So anyway, back to the restaurant itself and although the decor inside is nice, it's the views outside which really make this Nando's unique. There is a large roof terrace (with maybe more tables than there are inside) looking out over the Thames and the London skyline as well as The Cutty Stark out of the front windows. How many Nando's can you gaze out onto such a ship like that?? Inside, there is a good mixture of booths and bench/table/chair seating. There are 10 or so large wicker droplets suspeneded from the ceiling and some nicely decorated walls - including the stairwell up to the toilets/roof terrace.
With the outside views, especially of The Cutty Sark, overall this was a fantastic visit!