Southbank - Clink Street - Damien Review

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Number of Visits: 
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
3 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
1 (Very dirty, nothing on walls, I wanted to leave!)
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After another 5 month break, we we’re back on the Nando's Trail for number 109 in London. This one was at the "London Bridge" restaurant at Clink Street, on the South Bank. I'd been here a few times before, but it was a while ago. Doesn't seem like much has changed though. As there were thirteen of us waiting in the pub opposite the Nando's, I popped in to let the manager know, asking how long it would be for a table/set of tables. To my surprise, he told me that there was an area available now, but he wouldn't hold it and we'd need to come over right away! I rushed back to the pub, rounded everybody up and we filled a couple of tables in a large raised booth-like area in the centre of the huge railway arch restaurant.

The place was very busy and some people got their food before I'd even been served at the counter (which was inevitable, given the length of the queue). I had no qualms with the general speed of service or quality of the food, but it was the awful toilets that really let the visit down. The coating of urine on the gents’ floor was the deepest I’ve ever squelched my way through in a Nando’s bathroom. It’s what I’d expect from a grotty pub, late on a Saturday night, not a central London Nando’s at Sunday lunchtime.

Overall, the lack of cleanliness let the place down. A shame, as Clink Street is a really interesting and unique setting for a Nando’s.

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