Stockport - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, June 21, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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So a 100km run in the morning - what better way to fuel up than a Nando's?? Staying in Heald Green, it just made sense to take the short drive to the fairly recently opened Stockport Nando's!

It's located on the Peel Centre, which is just outside of the town centre and is well signposted by car. Locals may know better, but be aware that "the main car park" (although there are no signs to say which is the main car park at the Peel Centre) closes at 9pm and doesn't re-open until 8:30am the next morning. How enforced this is - I don't know as when I left around 9:30pm, no gates or 'owt were shut. If you do park, then it's £1/2hrs, £2/4hrs, £7.50 over this. I ended up parking at Knightsbridge car park which is free after 6pm and is a few minutes walk down the road. There's also a Tesco and an Asda less than half a mile walk away, so you may sneak in there for a bit... Stockport Rail Station is also just over a mile walk away.

The Peel Centre has a few other eateries, but it is mainly shopping outlets. The nearest cinema is back towards the train station (Showcase) where there is also a Tenpin bowling alley.

Being a recent opening, there were high hopes for the decor and it didn't disappoint. As you enter, there's a curved booth to your left and right with dark brown bamboo on the walls - dotted with bright yellow patches. The main seating section is then tables/benches/chair seating (some very comfy leather chairs) ahead of you - whereas over to the right hand window there are a few leather booths. Right at the back are a couple more booths behind the drinks machine, where the high ceiling has some nice canvases on it and then there is a kinda big multi-coloured cat's cradle.

The most unique thing here is probably the big crazy paving style ceiling, where one panel is wooden the next a big pane of light.

Arriving at about 8:15pm, was advised there was a 20 minute wait (which ended up being 10) - followed by a 5 minute queue for food and then 20 minutes for the food to come.

It was reasonable as well. Nicely cooked chicken - maybe not so much sauce as I would have hoped for, and definitely not the biggest chicken portion. Chips and rice were also nicely cooked - maybe had been left out on the side for a bit, but again, could have been bigger portions. Overall, an average meal.

Staff were pretty busy, so just doing as expected.

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