Walton On Thames - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
2 (Quite disappointing - seems rushed, may have some parts burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Stopped in on this one on my way back from Epsom at about 6:30pm. It's easily found in the car and parking is quite cheap at the Homebase opposite - £2 for 90 minutes (max stay) which can be claimed back if you happen to spend more than £10 at Homebase. There's an Everyman cinema nearby as well.

As you enter, there are booths immediately to your left, so if you have to wait for a table, you are standing right next to the booths. At one point there were 10 people waiting, so I imagine those sitting in the booths got a bit annoyed with people leaning into them. From here to your right is a separating wall and on the other side of that are plenty of tables/chairs - and some bright canvas paintings on the wall with some golden ords for lighting. Above the booths (to your left) are some pictures of cars and tanks (or so it looked like).

Towards the back are more booths that are raised up so do give plenty of space. Just next to these those, pressed up against a small glass separating wall are some two-seater tables. These are very tight and back right up to each other, so if one is in use, you have to leave the one behind it free as people would not be able to fit in. Above these booths and two-seater tables are inset circular holes with red lighting. Overall, due to the limited space on a lot of tables, it's a 3.

The food came in under 5 minutes again (like at Wimbledon the previous night) which was nice, but unlike Wimbledon the food was a real let down. The chicken was very, very dry and no amount of table sauce could bring it back. It was a real scabby piece of meat, very small with barely any meat on it. Shame. The chips and rice were in abundance though and well cooked - just a shame about the chicken.

The staff were doing everything as expected, except a much older chap called David. He was giving outstanding service to everybody and was more akin to an American waiter working hard for his tips, so he brings the staff mark up a point.

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