Newcastle - The Gate - Elliott Waters Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
5-10
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
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?: 

A short hop in to Newcastle City Centre, it was time for dinner, and the second Nando's of the day.

Entered the outlet, and was quickly shown to table. It wasn't that busy, probably as it was a Sunday afternoon/late evening, and most of Newcastle was closed by this point. The outlet reminds me a lot of Middlesbrough, is quite dark, and looks a bit run down. The walls are rendered white, with some Nando's decor dotted around. I was seated close to the partition that seperates the outlet from the Gate centre. There isn't actually any wall or glass partition, it's simply a very open outlet, which I hate, as it gives you no sense of "divide" from the main walkway, as if you're eating on the hallway with people who are going to the cinema! After some deliberating over choice of seating, I went to order.

Meal arrived around 15 minutes after ordering, and it was OK. I ordered 3 chicken wings lemon and herb, with a side salad. The wings were warm, but lacking somewhat in Peri-Peri, and could have been on the grill for a little while longer. The salad was good, nice and cold, with the lettuce very crisp.

This outlet is located in "The Gate" leisure centre, on the middle level. Also in here is a cinema, other eating establishments, and night clubs. It is adjacent to the Eldon Square shopping centre (the Debenhams entrance), and a short walk from Newcastle Central railway station, and Monument Metro station. Plenty of buses stop outside, however the Eldon Square and Haymarket bus stations are all rather close to this outlet.

Overall not a great visit. Having now been to all 6 Nando's in the Newcastle/Gateshead area, I would recommend taking the short Metro or bus ride to Gateshead for a much better meal, or the short walk to Eldon Square to their much nicer (but very small) outlet.

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