Peterborough - Ryan Review
Travelling back from Norfolk... with the A14 closed... diversion towards Peterborough... only an extra 8 mile to Nando's...? Why not indeed!
There is plenty of well sign-posted parking in Peterborough, but it's not until you get to some of the car parks that you find they are Pay and Display and only accept coins. It was the third car park I got to (Brook Street) where I could pay by phone. The first two (Trinity Street and Market) only accepted coins, even though Market was a multi-storey. The pay and display ones were very cheap - £1.50 for overnight (5pm-7am) and during the day a maximum of £3.50 anyway. Brook Street was £2 for up to 2 hours and £4 for 24 hours, so again very cheap.
The Brook Street car park was also well located. Next door to Lakeside Superbowl and a Laserquest type place - and then a 5 minute walk one way to the cathedral (where Nando's is very near to) and 5 minute walk the other way to the Showcase Cinema. Peterborough railway station is also only a 5 minute walk away from Nando's.
Arrived here at about 6:45pm for what was (for me) a very late lunch, so looking forward to some chicken. It's quite a big branch. Two floors for when it gets busy - although only half downstairs occupied in my visit though.
Front area of ground floor has 5 large booths and 10 tables/chairs sets. Middle area by drinks machine/till is a little narrow, but a separating wall from the till so still plenty if room to sit - another 8 tables/chairs. Back section a further 5 booths and 8 or so tables/chairs sets. Upstairs is where the toilets are, so just a smaller seating area - but still a couple of large high tables/chairs and more bench seating. Seems this branch will easily cater for larger crowds at busy periods.
Decor is good too. The separating wall between the entrance and seating has 50 or so wooden sticks growing out of it. The wall that the booths are against all have large bright canvas paintings probably about 20 in total. All other walls are wooden panelled or stone cladded. The downstairs ceiling is a mixture of carved wooden arches and large wooden beams - and the lighting is varied too. Lots of different sized spot/down lights, hanging brown orbs above the booths - and tossed over the beams are red cables holding light bulbs in whisk-like shades. Similar decor for lighting and on the walls is seen upstairs as well. Toilets also spick and span.
I didn't have any wait for a table or to queue for food and the meal came in 9 minutes and it was truly delicious. A huge portion of chips and rice with big leg and breast of chicken too. Cooked to perfection and smothered in sauce. It was truly mouth-watering.
The staff were pleasant enough but were doing as expected.