Hereford - Ryan Review
On my way back from South Wales gave me the perfect chance to drop into Hereford and check out one of the newest Nando's!
This Nando's is on the Old Cattle Market on Edgar Street - right next to Hereford United's ground (maybe not for much longer...), so is easily found. The complex is also home to a big Waitrose, TK Maxx and Debenhams amongst other shops - and also an Odeon Cinema. Some Sat Navs haven't yet got the HR4 9HX postcode, so HR4 9HR will get you there too. You also can't go to Hereford without sampling the soiiideerrr, so for a bit of history Hereford Cider Museum is half a mile walk away, Hereford Cathedral is also half a mile walk away (the other way) and for a day at the races the lovely Hereford Racecourse is about one and a half miles away.
There is a large surface car park for the complex priced at £1.20/hr up to 4hrs, then £6.50/5hrs, £8.80/6hrs and £10.50 over 6hrs, from 8am to 8pm. After 8pm it is free. There is also a Tesco on the other side of the roundabout this complex is on, which will give you free parking for up to 2 hours - and a Morrisons a half a mile walk down the road (for some free parking too). The Morrisons is also by Hereford train station.
Arrived here at about 2:30pm and it was reasonably quiet. Only a few tables in use so the food came in 9 minutes. I had a chicken fillet burger and chips and it was a good standard meal. The chicken fillet was a reasonable size with enough sauce on - and the portion of chips was also a reasonable size and hot enough. Nothing bad at all, just a good standard meal.
Being such a new Nando's, expectations were high and it was certainly nicely decked out. There are just three canvas paintings on a shelf immediately to your left when you enter (with a couple more in the stairwell up to the toilets), so there isn't a lot of bright colour in this Nando's... but I think this one is all about the wood. Lots of reclaimed wood for the tables and the booths and seemingly the ceiling as well. It has all these big wooden lattice awnings for the ceiling with some long tubes hanging from them for the lighting - which look like long rolls of bubble wrap with a light bulb inside. There is a feature wall running all the way down the right hand-side of the restaurant which is sort of sculpted with lots of large dimples in it. About 40 tables in total, including half a dozen or so outside (in a seating area sectioned off by planters), with about 10 booths inside to cater for larger groups.
Staff were fine and doing as expected - so all in all, a standard meal in a nice new restaurant.