Croydon - Valley Leisure Park

Average Rating: 
3.55 / 5

Staff: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Speed: 
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Decoration: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Food: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Valley Park
Hesterman Way
CR0 4YA
020 8688 9545
Halal: 
Yes
Nearby: 
Easily found by car just off the A23 heading towards London, a half mile walk from Waddon Marsh tram stop or just under a mile walk from Waddon train station. On the complex are other eateries, a Tenpin bowling alley and a Vue cinema - also an Ikea.
Parking: 
There are hundreds of free spaces on this sprawling complex - but be aware the large car park in front of DFS closes at 9pm! Just make sure you do not park behind the barriers as they ARE locked.
Photos submitted by: Ryan
Full Reviews:
Damien's picture
How Helpful?: 
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Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
25+ minute wait - come on Nando's!
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
2.25 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
2 (Quite rude, ignored me as they walked past)
Speed of Service: 
1 (>25 mins - Asked repeatedly. I need my Nando's)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Like 101 in Ashton Moss, Nando’s 102 is in an out of town retail park, close by an IKEA. Unlike 101, the visit to Nando’s 102 wasn’t great. We arrived in Croydon after work on a Wednesday and made our way over on the tram to the other side of the sprawling car park of the Valley “Leisure” Park complex, passing by the IKEA, the McDonald’s, a bingo hall and a bed shop, before reaching the relatively small Nando’s. Even from outside, we knew there’d be a wait involved.

Elliott's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
4.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

A trip to the adjacent IKEA isn't done without a trip to Nando's,

Entered the outlet and was seated immediately, at table number 7 which is just as you enter, to the left hand side.

Ordering was fairly quick, with the trainee Nandoca managing the order very well and with a certain charm which I liked!

Jennifer Swinden's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, May 4, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
2.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
2 (Quite rude, ignored me as they walked past)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
1.5 (Very disappointing - cold, flavourless, burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Terrible.

I ordered online but still had to wait 15 mins when i arrived - the staff made me queue then changed their minds and gave me the food.

I had called in advance to request the new fat free dressing on the menu and was told to pick it up on arrival. Once there no one knew what it was - despite asking 3 ppl!

jackie molyneux's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Time of Day: 
Mid-afternoon or late evening
Rating: 
3.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

this branch was not the easiest to reach on public transport. plus my map reading skills let us down when we reached the leisure park. it's an extremely busy retail park, & think if we'd driven we might've struggled to find a parking space. 20minute wait for a table, so we went to the arcade/bowling alley next door for alcoholic refreshments. needless to say we'd missed the table on our return. the greeter was very nice and gave us the next free one. well done that young lady!

Gerry Louis's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
25+ minute wait - come on Nando's!
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Time of Day: 
Mid-afternoon or late evening
Rating: 
3.88 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

I can understand why not many people have done a review of this branch as it is so very far out of the way. However a two hour journey by bus and extra walking saw us into this complex for our second Nando's of the week, mine Jackie's and an extra friend for this nandventure.

Ryan's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Staying in Purley for a night gave the chance to visit one of the Croydon branches - so I opted for the one on Valley Leisure Park. This is easily found by car just off the A23 heading towards London, a half mile walk from Waddon Marsh tram stop or just under a mile walk from Waddon train station.

Anonymous's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 2 (1 vote)
Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
25+ minute wait - come on Nando's!
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, April 19, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.88 / 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: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

I drove to Nandos and there was parking space. I like the music they were playing. Whilst we were waiting there was an arcade nearby we went into

Archive's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
10-50
How Busy?: 
Up to 10 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, August 19, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Situated next to a bowling alley and cinema, with extensive free parking.
Al fresco dining in the summer.
Randomly cute collection of small "happy meal" style toys on shelves.
Lots of sauce, rarely runs out of popular flavours.
Very quick service, including take aways!