Salisbury - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Empty
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
4.38 / 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: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
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Having been in Salisbury on the original two scheduled opening dates, I shed a little tear when Nando's pushed the date back twice... but, I was in Salisbury again so finally got to sample the newest Nando's!

Salisbury town centre is always busy whenever you go as it a big stop for tourists who are at Stonehenge or want to come to see the Magna Carta (at Salisbury Cathedral), or just visit an "Historic Market Town". It does mean that car parks right in the town centre are busy.

There are several areas of street parking (Milford Street, Catherine Street, Brown Street) which charge £0.20/15mins, £0.60/30mins, £1.60/1hr for a max of a 1-hour stay... or one of the larger town centre car parks (which are normally very busy so expect to drive round them and not find a space) such as Culver Street, Brown (West) Street and the Old George Shopping Mall all charging £1.40/1hr, £2.50/2hrs, £4.20/3hrs and then upwards from there, with their own opening/closing and max-stay times.

Salisbury Train Station is also about a half mile walk away (West). Salisbury also has an Odeon which is (pretty much) in the Old George Shopping Mall - and there is a bowling alley/laser quest thing about half a mile east of the town centre/Nando's.

Anyways, I arrived at Nando's just a couple of minutes after it opened, so needless to say it was empty so gave me chance to take a few snaps. This is over two floors, with the whole restaurant being nicely decorated. There are a couple of booths downstairs but it is mostly tables/chairs seating but there is room between each one. There is a big orange web-feature acting as the separator between the tills/seating. The tills/walls have a nice red pattern running through them which continues up the stairs to the second floor for more seating and the toilets.

Upstairs the walls are mainly a light wood-clad, with some green wicker-light shades. Two large circular booths are enclosed in their own wicker nest. The toilets were spotless, with a well-patterned tiled wall and a bright yellow sink.

The food came in three minutes and it was splendid. A big, thick piece of juicy breast on the burger with masses of lettuce and tomato - smothered in sauce. The portion of chips was ample of they were very hot and crispy.

I was the only person in there for the whole 20 minutes or so I was in there, so I may have expected a bit more chit chat, but otherwise the staff did as expected.

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