Newbury - Pompey Ranger Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
3.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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This store is in the Kennet shopping centre in the heart of Newbury, the town best known for Vodaphone, Traffic jams and its Bypass. It seems to be a renovated wing of the shopping centre which features TKMax and Debenhams reduced along with a lot of empty shop fronts, much like this recession hit town. The store is bellow the Vue cinema and has windows facing out of the centre towards the Bus station, unfortunately you have to walk right into the centre to enter the store.

Parking is in abundance in the area but is a quite expensive, mostly £2.20 for 2 hours, which whilst would seem cheap for London, isn't when the car park is empty on a Saturday lunch time. I managed to make use of the council offices car park which is open to the public only on saturdays and was a more appropriate £1.50 for 2 hours. This car park is just back from the train station which is also a short walk away from the store.

The store is quite well decorated and I liked the use of coloured jam jars for lamp shades along some of the tables. The art work on the walls is also good and the Pillars are a colourful treat. The back of the store is where the windows onto the outside world are and is nice and airy and bright. The front of the store is a little dark and dinghy and the entrance into the store is set back a bit from the main shopping area so they have a lot of A boards to try to entice people down the dark corridor and into the store. There is a wicker work ceiling and plenty of mini booths round the edge of the store.

Service at the till was mundane and not full of the sunshine you would normally expect from a Nandos, they had also run out of ink for their stamp!!!!! so weren't stamping cards today which to me is a cardinal sin from a Nandos and the server really didn't seem to give a dam for the fact My card went unstamped.

Food was ok, food would have rated higher but the chicken breast was a little dry. Plenty of sauce bottles around to drown it though.

Toilets were clean and spacious.

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