Northampton - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Empty
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
4.25 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
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?: 

Well after a half marathon what better way to refuel than another Nando's?? Seeing as though I was in the area (running in the Delapre Abbey estate), it would have been rude not to go to Northampton Nando's!

This branch is located in the town centre, right by the War Memorial and just round the corner from the Museum and Church. Sixfield Leisure Park is a couple of miles away which is where the nearest cinema and bowling alley are. Northampton train station is also only half a mile walk away from the town centre and Nando's too.

As for parking, St Johns Street multi-storey (24hrs) is only a 5 minute walk away. It's cheap during the day/week giving the first hour for free and then £1.20 up to 2 hours and all day parking at only £7. An evening rate from 5pm-11:59pm is only £1 - and there is free parking all day on Sunday/Bank Holidays! This car park is also right by a large Morrisons/Dunnes car park so you could probably sneak a couple hours free if need be.

I arrived at about 12:30pm on a glorious Easter Sunday and there was only one other table in use and the food took only three minutes to come!

Even though it came so quickly, it was cooked to perfection. A delicious huge portion of chicken, very well marinaded and hot, moist white meat - succulent right to the bone. Just the right amount of charring on the outside as well. The chip portion was big as well, with the chips being hot and crispy and the rice portion was also towering in the bowl - hot and moist as well. This was superb!

The branch was also very well decorated. Full length arched windows at the front let in plenty of light and there were some nice heart shaped light fixtures in the tops of the arches along with some copper-coloured cone shaped lampshades. Several colourful canvasses on the right hand wall and wooden carvings by the entrance. The till point frontage is completely clad in copper too. What's really great about this branch though, is the huge multi-layered wooden ceiling seemingly propped up by another huge copper clad pillar. There's a great mixture of bench/tables/chairs seating too - making about 35 tables in total, but as there's plenty of room between the tables too, it would make it easy to make up a table for large party sizes. The toilets were also immaculate too.

Staff as friendly as they were, did just the expected minimum.

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