Nottingham - Giltbrook - Ryan Review
This Nando's is on the Giltbrook Retail Park (otherwise known as Eastwood or the IKEA Retail Park) and is very well signposted by car and has hundreds (if not thousands) of free parking spaces. The park started with just an IKEA, Decathlon and a Next and has now grown to include Pizza Express, Laura Ashley, BHS and a host of other shops. It's just off J26 of the M1, but is definitely one to get to by car.
Arrived here at about 2:30pm on a Sunday afternoon and although every table was taken and I had a 5 minute wait, it quickly quitened down and was only a third full by the time I finished. I also had no time to wait to order and the food came in just under 10 minutes.
The food was delicious and much nicer than my Nando's the previous night. The chicken was hot and moist and cooked perfectly throughout. The chips were hot and crispy and the rice was piping hot and moist too. There were only a couple of minor things that stop this from getting a five - and that's the syrup had gone in the Diet Coke/Coke Zero and the gas had gone in the Sprite... but otherwise a strong 4.5!
The branch itself is not the biggest - with only about 30 tables, 4 or 5 of which a large booths with the rest being a mixture of bench/table/chair seating. The benches/booths are all upholstered with brightly coloured striped fabric adding a nice bit of colour. There are actually another 6 or so tables outside, but I'm not sure that sitting next to a load of cars with dozens of people walking past you is the nicest place to eat a chicken...
The ceiling seems to be sculpted to represent three large lotus flowers in a wooden lattice effect - each of which has about 20 small lights hanging from them, which is nice. Each one then has a pillar supporting it with etched veins of the flower stalks. The back wall is wood-panelled, with the front and side walls have full length windows - which means there's no where for any canvasses to go, which is probably why the seat cushions etc are so bright.
The toilets were immaculate all clad in a grey stone/slate. Staff were busy and did the bear minimum.