Slough - High Street - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
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Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
3.25 / 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: 
2 (Quite disappointing - seems rushed, may have some parts burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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Outrageously... having never been to Slough before, I find myself here twice in a fortnight?? This time, just a detour because the M40 was closed - so a good excuse for some chicken!

This Nando's is on the High Street, meaning it's about a quarter mile walk from the other one in the Queensmere Centre and so also just over half a mile walk from the train station. It does mean that you can easily park at the Queensmere and walk - or, as I did on this occasion, park at the big Sainsbury's (for free) which is just under half a mile walk away.

I arrived at about 3:40pm and I was the only customer in the branch - almost up until the time that I left. This meant the food came in four minutes!

Sadly, it was a little disappointing. I opted for the chicken burger and chips - and although the chips were hot and crispy, the burger wasn't at all. The piece of chicken covered just over half of the bread and, although it was marinaded sufficiently, it was barely luke warm. The ciabatta was soft, chewy and floury and there was a very small slice of tomato.

The branch itself was slightly above average, I would say. In the front area there is bench style seating running around the back walls/corner and some table/chair sets. Just past the tills to the middle are two larger colourful booths (next to the drinks machine) and then towards the back on a raised section are about 10 table/chair sets. In the front area are three large canvas paintings and some metal lattice lampshades above the bench seats. Other lighting in the branch is in the form of metal domes, a chandelier and then also multiple old/re-purposed drinks bottles, made into lights. There's also some colourful mosaic work on the till point itself.

Being the only person in the branch - and even overhearing the staff say how bored and quiet they were... I may have expected a bit more chat - but they did what was expected at least!

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