Nottingham - Market Square - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
4.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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Heading back from Lincoln after a half marathon so why not have a little stop off in Nottingham for some chicken??

This Nando's is located just off "the" Square in Nottingham and is only a few minutes walk from the other City Centre branch at The Corner House. This means it's very easy to get to by train (Nottingham train station his half a mile walk away) and tram - and also within a 10 minute (max) walk from most car parks, the Castle, the caves and the cinema (Cineworld at The corner House).

On this occasion, I parked by the Castle on one of the plentiful parking bays on the side of the road. (I parked in Castle Boulevard.) Parking in these bays on a Sunday is only £1 for the first two hours and then 25p for every half hour afterwards. An evening charge from 8pm-8am Monday-Saturday is a flat £1. All of these bays are pay and display and allow payment by phone.

There are other car parks, such as Broadmarsh multi-storey, Trinity Square multi-storey and others. The evening rate and hourly charges vary so check before you go.

The branch is a long narrow branch which opens up more as you reach the back. It's split into two distinct sections. Front section has a large circular table with three further large booths and then 8 or so tables/chairs sets.. About 10-12 tables here. Up the slope to the back past the tills there is bench seating running along the right hand wall with other tables/chairs making up seating for about 20 tables at the back. About 30 in total in the branch.

Decor is good. Exposed brick around a lot of the walls. Back section has cylindrical lampshades running above the bench with other spotlights dotted around. There's also a peculiar, what looks like, big green lit up golf ball on the left hand wall of this back section. Five large canvas paintings covering some of the bare brick. The front area also has the same style lampshades and more canvas paintings on some of the bare brick.

The toilets good too. Very clean indeed, which is probably expected when they are unisex cubicles. Six or seven of these in total.

I arrived here at about 2pm and it was about half full, which meant no wait to queue and the food came in only 3 minutes. The food was great too. I had a chicken burger with chips - and both portions were gigantic. The portion of chips was easily just under a Fino portion and they were hot and crispy. The chicken burger fillet was massive too, and even sticking out over the ciabatta. It was well marinaded too. Delicious.

Staff were also very friendly. Very accommodating and making some chit chat with the customers. There were a few mother/baby sets in and they were being extra helpful to the kids. They weren't going all out, but certainly doing more than just the average that you see so often.

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