Telford - Ryan Review
Going down the Telf. Not done that for a while! But here it is - no longer just Mecca Bingo, the Ice Rink and Tenpin - but an IMAX Cineworld and a host of eateries, including Pizza Express, Chimichanga's and Bella Italia. A large Asda anchors the site too. The Southwater complex is also just a moment's walk from Telford Town Park with its pools and lakes.
There is plenty of parking on offer in the Southwater multi-storey priced Mon-Sat 8am-5pm at £1.10/1hr, £1.60/2hrs, £2.20/3hrs, £3/4hrs, £4/5hrs and £6/all-day and an evening rate of £1 (5pm-8am) - Sun £1 all-day or evening. Telford Central train station is one mile walk away too.
Anyway, I can't believe this Nando's has been open for nearly four months and I was just going to it for the first time... but I will certainly be back! A curved structure from the outside with full length windows with four large orange-leather booths to choose from. Seeing as though it was snowing, inside we go.
Arrived here at about 4pm and there were just a couple of tables in use so had our pick - and there were plenty of tables to choose from. There's a section of seating in the middle of the restaurant as you enter, with six large green-leather booths and a couple of long 8-seater tables. Beyond this and behind the sauce station is a back section with a further booth and long 8-seater with a dozen or so two-seater tables against each wall. The walls are brightly lit with lots of spotlights, painted orange and have studs jutting out the walls - both with a large canvas work. The toilets are also through here and are bright and clean with three deep basins.
To the left of this middle section are some circular tables in the windows, with some banquette seating running along the back wall, which has some very large graffitti style paintings. To the right of the middle section is the very open till area, which has yellow tiling across the counter - and also the wash station, which has 40 or so small paintings on the wall above the serving hatch.
The restaurant ceiling is largely made up of two huge wooden discs with a pattern engraved on them, with sets of yellow orb lighting hanging down and some black metal domes with blue, red and yellow light bulbs. Above the seats in the window are also clusters of red/orange/yellow orbs for further lighting. Overall, very nice and spacious.
When I arrived, I was warmly greeted by an Irish chap called Luke and checked on by three different people during the meal - all very polite and open to a chat. Am also happy to say that the food came in just under five minutes too and it was delicious.
I had opted for the double fillet burger and chips, thinking I may get a couple of thinner breast pieces, so get enough for a late-lunch... but what came were two huge, thick and juicy breast fillets. Both pieces more than covered the cibatta and were smothered in sauce and piping hot. The slice of tomato was bigger than the cibatta too and the lettuce was a nice big leaf. The chips were also a huge portion - must have realised I was hungry! They were hot and crispy and tasty! This was a delicious meal