Newport - Retail Park - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
3 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
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?: 

Sat Nav (mine anyway) takes you to the Cineworld and you cannot see Nando's from here as it is way over on the other side of the retail park by Tesco/Pizza Express, use NP19 4QQ for the post code. This retail park is on the outskirts of Newport, so is some 3.5 miles away from Newport train station - so one to probably get to by car and there are hundreds and hundreds of free parking spaces spread right the way across all the retail parks.

Arrived at 8:45pm and just a few tables in use, but the food took 18 minutes to come. I went for the half chicken, chips, rice, ratatouille and olives - and it was average all round. The chicken was warm and not hot and the chips and rice were a tad cold too as they had been sat on the side for five minutes of so. The chicken portion size was standard - enough meat but certainly not a plump bird. The chips and rice portion sizes were also standard.

Outside of the restaurant there is a reasonable sized seating area outside with 8-10 tables underneath some large orange square Nando's umbrellas. It was very windy and rainy (and eventually snowy) so headed inside.

Inside it was very orange and brown and very open plan. There are hundreds of nice reclaimed wooden slats for the ceiling and long wooden slats across the windows too. For the lighting there are orange lanterns and clear orbs hanging down from the slats - and also about five wicker shades above the tables in the windows. There's also a wire mesh fixture hanging down from the ceiling running from the glass curved entrance porch round towards the back right of the restaurant with lots of little fairy lights entwined within it. This wire fixture follows a wavy orangey/brown bench which makes up some of the seating. More tables/chair sets in the middle of the restaurant - all the chairs are padded with orange or brown leather.

There are four circular tables in the front windows with a much larger one in the front-right corner. A couple of smallish square orange leather booths on the back wall - and above these booths the wall is covered with about 60 small canvas paintings. There are lots of orange tiles on the walls too, including patterned ones at the sauce/drinks station.

At the far back right from the entrance are the toilets (toiledau) and the men's (dynion) - nice Welsh touch. The toilets were very clean and tiled all in brown/beige/orange - with three circular wooden framed mirrors on the wall.

Staff did everything as expected.

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