Chichester - James Colom Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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This Nando's is located in a leisure park just outside of Chichester. We found ourselves visiting during my girlfriend's time at Portsmouth University for a number of reasons. Firstly, this branch is only around 20 miles from Portsmouth city centre. That equates to 20(ish) minutes on the A27, which is about the same time it can take to find parking in Gunwharf Quays on a Saturday night! Also, parking is free (as opposed to over £2 an hour), and there is a Cineworld right next to this branch, which beats Vue hands-down for ticket prices and popcorn quality. Chichester is also decidedly less chavy but that's a different story...

As is to be expected on a Saturday night in a leisure complex, the place was heaving, and it took a bit of time to be seated. This wasn't an issue though since it gave us time to take in the decoration, which was a pleasant 4/5, with some interesting artwork and clean tables all round. The staff were also very pleasant, and much more polite than in some city centre branches (a common theme when visiting Nando's in small towns).

Food took a bit of time to arrive, but again, nothing tragic given how busy the restaurant was. It was all of reasonable quality, and filled us up nicely for a trip to the cinema straight after.

On a side note: this visit was on the night when snowstorms hit the South of England. We almost travelling back to London on the A3 after this visit, but luckily we didn't since the army had to be called in to assist stranded drivers! That said, the drive back to Portsmouth was in THE worst conditions I have ever encountered - of course worth it for a visit to Nando's.

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