St Pauls - One New Change - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
2.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
1.5 (Very disappointing - cold, flavourless, burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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This was my third Nando's in an extended lunch period, so I was starting to get a bit full, hence why I had half a chicken and garlic bread... :-)

As has already been commented in the reviews for this Nando's, as bright as they are - the orange plastic chairs are cheap and nasty. Even the "white chair" found in most Travelodge rooms is more comfortable. Also, this branch mainly consists of two seater tables which get pushed together for larger groups, but as single tables there could be some 30 tables - all of them are really close together with no space to move your chair in or out, which is hard because the chairs are so uncomfortable. I really may as well have been sat on the people's lap next to me. I think the two chaps would have loved that...

Round the corner by the toilets are a few booths which do allow more room... but then there are some seats to eat off the ledge by the serving hatch as well! It's all a bit tight.

The decor is also pretty plain. Corrigated yellow metal around the till and serving hatch and drinks machine, with some multicoloured tiles above the till and onto the ceiling. This colour is desperately needed as the lighting is so basic and no other paintings or fixtures anywhere. It's pretty dull.

Also, as has been pointed out are th odd red toilets. I've put another photo up as most of the lights in the toilet had gone and not been replaced so it was really dark, even the flash on the phone couldn't brighten it up.

Anyways, there were only a few tables in use so the food came in 7 minutes and I was suprised at what was served... With a half chicken, you normally get a leg/thigh and a wing/breast piece... but I have no idea what the hell this was. The wing bit (which I assume was the wing) was completely black and wa crumbling away as I poked it with a knife and the leg piece (which I assume was the leg) had four bones sticking out of it. The meatiest bit which was probably the breast bit was so dry I used the garlic bread to wash it down. This was a properly mangled chicken.

Staff did what was expected although I tried to joke with one of the girls on which part of the chicken these came from and I think she genuinely didn't know which parts of the chicken they serve anyway... so I left it there.

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