Milton Keynes - MK1 Leisure - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
2.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
1 (>25 mins - Asked repeatedly. I need my Nando's)
Quality of Food: 
1 (Inedible - Is that blood?! Send it back!)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

This new leisure park is within the same complex as Stadium MK which means there are hundreds of free spaces within the leisure complex. There are a host of eateries and shops as well as an Odeon cinema. It is on the outskirts of the town centre nearer to Bletchley, which means the nearest train station is either Bletchley or Fenny Stratford (about 1.5 mile walk away) with Milton Keynes Central station being 3 miles away. The fantastic Bletchley Park is 1.5 miles away too.

As you walk up to this Nando's you are greeted with lots of seating outside - 12 tables or so 8 of which are large six seater booths with thick red fabric cushions. Bit cold to be outside though.

Inside it is large and open plan. There are three booths immediately on the left wall as you enter with a textured wall in each of the booths. There's a low separating wall running from the entrance up to the till area with a big orange banquette on the other side of this making 7 or 8 tables. On the far right wall there's another orange banquette running along it making 10 tables or so. This wall also has about a dozen brightly coloured paintings.

In the windows at the front there are four copper plated larger circular tables with some large clear lights hanging down. From the front running towards the back inbetween the two banquettes are 3 four and 3 six seater tables and then another larger copper plated circular table. Above all of these are clear/amber orbs for lighting hanging down from large wooden circular discs on the ceiling - and also a large multi-coloured dome above the back circular table.

At the very back, separated by a wall made up of wooden stakes, is a further seating section - with a slightly vaulted ceiling all clad in wood. There are three further booths on the left side in here and more tables/chair sets. At the very back wall is where the toilets entrance is and the wall is also patterned with squares in peach/white. The toilets are bright and clean, patterned with yellow and white zig-zag/arrowheads.

I arrived here at about 4pm and was surprised that it wasn't rammed with it being just over half full. I put my order in, was told it'd be about 10 minutes and sat down... and then started to noticed that people who came in and ordered after me (10 minutes after me) had their food brought out before me... I didn't worry though, as I knew it was coming... and sure enough it came - 27 minutes after ordering.

Sadly, it was not worth the wait at all. It was one of the worst, possibly the worst (in a head-to-head with Nantgarw), chicken burgers I have ever had. The size was tiny. The slice of tomato was a standard sized slice - but this was far bigger than the breast fillet. I always cut my burger in half to eat and found the whole of the chicken piece fitted onto one half of the ciabatta, with room to spare. It was also very hard - seemingly still frozen in the middle and the bits that weren't actually pink inside were very chewy indeed. The chip portion was very generous but I can only guess they had been sat there for a while as they were cold and soggy. I would not be surprised if I am ill as a result of this meal.

Fantastic looking Nando's... but for me, it was a terrible meal.

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