Holborn - Pompey Ranger Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
4.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

On a trip out to the British Museum I had an urge for chicken so headed to one of the local Nandos in Holborn. At first I suspected my phone had taken me to the wrong street as it's based in a residential street where you'd more expect a legal firm, I eventually spotted it at the bottom of the street with only a small Barcelo sign outside but massive windows.
Upon entering it was the lightness and airiness that struck me enhanced by the massive windows which can slide open in summer. Back ground music was spot on and lively. The pine wood tables and booths worked well with the red chilli lights, light red furnishing in the booths and red lampshades. A lot of good paintings and greenery in tubs.
The first member of staff whilst not attentive was polite. The young polish member of staff who served me at the till however was eager and friendly and made me feel at home. There were a number other happy polish who were either off duty staff or friends of staff who were helping with small cleaning tasks. The joviality of the Poles made up for the nonchalance of the non polish staff.
When the food arrived it was spot on, succulent, well portioned and tasty. One of the best meals I have had in the capital! Good amount of marinade on the chicken and plenty of peri salt on the chips. The meal also benefited from the whole wing on the breast which made me happy as well.
The toilets were sub terrain and are the standard red dot tile affair and were clean if uninspirational, there also being a disabled toilet on ground level at the end of the till area.
Sauce and beverage area was clean and tidy though the frozen yoghurt machine was out of order which was a disappointment. I would happily return to this store and more over bring friends.
Whilst parking was ample outside the price was prohibitive for all but the richest of customers.

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