Horsham - Ryan Review
I had never been to Horsham before so was pleased to find it being a nice little town. I recommend having a little walk through Horsham Park to see the Human Nature Garden (with sculptures of a farmer, his dog and a bunch of sheep), the bandstands in the park and town and the war memorial in the town centre. There is a little Capitol cinema in Horsham just on the skirt of the park, along with Horsham Superbowl/pool hall in the park - and for a nice pint, go to Ye Olde Stout House!
I was staying at the Premier Inn, which is right by Horsham train station so I parked there - and had a short 10 minute walk. There are many car parks dotted around Horsham including a few around the outside of the park. They all seem to have slightly different hourly rates, charging times and maximum stay periods... but generally speaking it's about £1.20/hr for a stay of 3 hours charged between 8am-6pm so free outside these hours. The Swan Walk shopping centre is the nearest and biggest - again about £1.20/hr from 8am-6pm.
I got to Nando's at 7pm and there were just a few tables in use. I'd had a 10-mile jog earlier so went for olives, half a chicken, chips, rice and ratatouille! And it all came in bang on five minutes... and it was delicious. A nice, big juicy portion of chicken cooked to perfection, so much so that the meat was falling off the bone. It was very saucy on the outside too but still nicely charred enough. All the meat inside was nice and white and steaming hot. The chip portion was equally generous and they were dangerously hot! The rice was towering out of its bowl and was piping hot - and the ratatouille was steaming hot and an even bigger portion than Woolwich the day before. On top of all this, the olive portion dish was served on a plate in fear of the tower of olives toppling over. I was stuffed!
It's one of the newest Nando's and it shows. All the seating is downstairs. There are three orange booths immediately to your right as you enter, with some wicker lampshades above them. There are then about 10 tables just round to the left (and to the left of the till) made up of banquette/tables/chairs. It's a little bit tight between some of the tables here. There are about 20 different wicker style lampshades (to those above the booths) above this seating area.
Towards the back, past the till and drinks/sauce station, is a further seating area with about another 10 or 12 tables. There's a banquette running around most of this back section making up most of the seating here. A few paintings are on the walls here too. Some structural girders mean there is some space lost and access to some of the tables is a bit tight.
One very nice feature is the till point which is decorated with hundreds and hundreds of wooden cubes.
The toilets are upstairs and the stairs up to them have lots of canvas paintings along them. The toilets themselves are sort of unisex in that there are two men and three women cubicles - but they all share the same sinks/handdryers. The toilets are bright in the sink area with lots of orange tiles, but inside the cubicles there's a lot of black paint... Overall a 4 for the decor I think.
The staff were also charming - all very chatty and personable.