Staines - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
3.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
2.5 (Average but needs more peri spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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This branch is located on the Two Rivers retail park, which is only half a mile walk from Staines train station and is just a few minutes off J13 of the M25 so easily accessible. There are just over a thousand car parking spaces and it doesn't matter if you go for the South or North car park etc, as anywhere will be just a moment's walk from Nando's! Reasonably priced too at £1 for the first hour, £1.8- up to 2, £2.50 up to 3 hours - but also free parking after 6pm. There is a Vue cinema on the retail park too and a whole raft of shops and other eateries.

The branch itself has seating across two floors. The top floor covers half the restaurant making half the ground floor being very open with high ceiling. There are two very large light fixtures in place to fill this space - which are both a cluster of 10 or so large canvas brown cylinders. There are also a couple of very large canvas paintings up high on the walls.

There's a good mixture of booths and tables/chair seating making about 25 tables downstairs with further booths and small table/chair sets upstairs - making for around 35 tables in total. There are other canvas paintings dotted over the two floors, large sculptures and dozens of pots/plants and plenty of spotlights and theatre style lighting. There's also a good sized 3-D cock up above the tills - makes it look like he's warming my chicken for me :-D

I arrived at about 4pm on a Thursday afternoon, so needless to say it was pretty quite with only half a dozen tables in use. There was no wait to queue and the food came in just under 10 mins.

I had the chicken fillet burger and chips and it was okay. The chips were not crispy and only warm. The chicken burger was smothered in mayo that you couldn't even taste the peri-peri marinade. A huge dollop of table sauce sorted that. Also, the water out the fountain tasted as though it had just come out of the Thames. Sadly, I think the food was a little below average on this occasion.

The staff were quite chipper though. A chap named Jay Jay (that's what his badge said anyway) was very friendly and welcoming with every set of diners. Certainly doing more than what is the norm.

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