Lincoln - Ryan Review
In Lincoln for the weekend and what better way to fuel up for a half marathon than some chicken and chips??
This Nando's is located in the Brayford Waterfront area, which is home to other eateries and bars and just a couple minutes walk from the main city centre shops. This is also only a 10 minute walk down the steep hills from the Castle and Cathedral.
There seems to be a car park on just about every corner in Lincoln city centre - all of which accept cards and payment by phone. All vary in size, hourly/daily rate and some also have maximum stays. Generally speaking you'll pay about £1 an hour, up to £6 for all day, or £2.50 for evening only (6pm-8am). The Lucy Tower multi-storey is nearest to Nando's and just a hundred yards walk away - and also 100 yards or so from a big Odeon.
Lincoln Central Train Station is also in the city centre and just half a mile walk from Nando's.
The branch itself strikes me as being similar to Finchley. The front seating section is on the ground in the full length windows - about 8 sets of tables/chairs looking out onto the marina.
The rest of restaurant is raised. On left hand section of raised area are five medium sized booths with wooden slats and wood-panelling enclosing them and two further booths right at the back. Bench seating alongside the booths make it up to about 25 tables in total. Further tables outside too for when it isn't so cold...
In the middle of the ceiling from front to back is a big curved wooden arch - about 10 feet in width. It's pretty big. On the very back wall running down the wooden slats above the booths is some ivy. Each of the booths on the raised section has a huge wicker lampshade with three bulbs in each of them. Smaller wicker shades are over the tables in the windows and long thin wicker cones above the till point. No canvas paintings, but still worthy of a 4.
It was about 5pm on Saturday and the restaurant was full except for a little table just for me! There was no wait to queue and the food took 8 minutes to come.
The food was delicious as well. The half chicken portion was huge - and was cooked to perfection. It was so succulent, smothered in marinade and just flakes of burnt bits for that charcoal feel. The portion of rice was huge, hot and moist and the chips were hot and crispy. Truly delicious.
Staff were friendly enough but just doing as expected.