Oxford - Cowley Road

Average Rating: 
3.13 / 5

Staff: 
Average: 1.3 (3 votes)
Speed: 
Average: 2 (3 votes)
Decoration: 
Average: 1 (1 vote)
Food: 
Average: 1.5 (2 votes)
80 Cowley Road
OX4 1JB
01865 203357
Halal: 
Yes
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Parking: 
Photos submitted by: Pompey Ranger
Photos submitted by: Ryan
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Anonymous's picture
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Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
5-10
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
4.75 / 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: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
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The flavour of the frozen yogurt was unique, the burger was lovely, the chicken was 10 out of 10 infact all the food was 10 out of 10 with the refurbishment it was much more cleaner and tidier before, the staff were very helpful, I would visit more often.

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Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
10-50
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
4.25 / 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: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
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Refurb looks awesome!
At our table of 6 we had a feast! Meal platter (fav is mango & lime, which I then dip in medium sauce mmmm...), butterfly chicken, thighs and wings with chips (of course), coleslaw, halloumi, grains and cob YUUUUUMMMM!
Food was delicious! Tender and tasty.
Staff were really busy but super friendly and had time for us. Food was a little slower than normal but we were warned when we ordered so it was fine.

Anonymous's picture
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Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
10-50
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
4.25 / 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: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
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?: 

At our table (of 6) we had the meal platter, halloumi, thighs, butterfly chicken, grains, chips (of course), sweet potato wedges, corn, coleslaw and wings. What a feast!
All the food was delicious, tender and
scrum-dili-umptious! Reminded me why I love Nandos!
There was a little wait for the food, but we were warned when we ordered.
Staff were lovely, really friendly even though they were super busy!

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, December 16, 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: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
2 (Quite disappointing - seems rushed, may have some parts burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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Hot plate with cold mash.
Waiting too long. No loo roll.
Poor service. Bothered?

Anonymous's picture
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Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
5-10
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
2.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
2 (Quite rude, ignored me as they walked past)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
1 (Very dirty, nothing on walls, I wanted to leave!)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

The toilets were dirty with no toilet paper. When I informed the staff of this they didn't seem to care and carried on serving. The food was great as usual. We asked a few times for some mayonnaise but the waiter forgot. Staff were ok.

Anonymous's picture
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Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
5-10
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
2.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
2 (Quite rude, ignored me as they walked past)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
1 (Very dirty, nothing on walls, I wanted to leave!)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

The toilets were dirty with no toilet paper. When I informed the staff of this they didn't seem to care and carried on serving. The food was great as usual. We asked a few times for some mayonnaise but the waiter forgot. Staff were ok.

Anonymous's picture
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Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
50+
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, May 1, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
2.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
1 (Rude. Where is the Nando's spirit?)
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: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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Many aspects that clearly need improvement. Staff are very rude and the service is quite slow. Food is passable.

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Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, May 1, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
2.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
1 (Rude. Where is the Nando's spirit?)
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: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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Staff are quite rude, interior in need of improvement. Food was passable.

Mark Machado's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, December 22, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
1.88 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
1 (Rude. Where is the Nando's spirit?)
Speed of Service: 
1 (>25 mins - Asked repeatedly. I need my Nando's)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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Disappointing Nando's experience.

Took ages to get a table, thought tables were free. Staff were boarding on rude when offered to clear a table to sit on. Speed of service was very slow, had to wait over 45 mins to get food.

Food tasted ok, nothing to write home about.

This branch seemed to be understaffed.

Rob MacIntosh's picture
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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
4 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
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This Nandos is a really nice one, about 20 minutes walk from the centre of Oxford, and where all the students live! The interior is very nice with wooden floorboards and paneling. I had half a chicken, mash and garlic bread. We were celebrating a friend's birthday and had 2 large tables. The staff were very accommodating as we had to move few chairs and tables to fit everyone in! Well worth a visit this one, get a bus from the centre (5 minutes!)

Anonymous's picture
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Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, July 5, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
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?: 

Is easy to get to by bus or car plenty of shops and bars near by I love this nandos went there with my boyfriend for his bday the food was great and the staff are sooo friendly and helpful will deffo be going back again soon :)

Pompey Ranger's picture
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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Up to 10 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
2.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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A wet Saturday saw our arrival at this high street store in a secondary retail area in the city of Oxford. The former pub certainly shows it past and a large illuminated cockeral takes pride of place above the door of this corner location which features a small car park to its rear and a beer garden ( sorry peri garden) to its side.

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
2.13 / 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: 
2.5 (Average but needs more peri spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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Nando's 46 is just outside the main city centre of Oxford, on Cowley Road.
Early on a February Sunday afternoon, we parked up about 5 minutes walk away, in a pay and display car park that cost us £4 for the duration, and walked to the restaurant to find that it looks rather nice on the outside.
The wooden panelling and big red cock logo on the outside made this probably ex-pub structure stand out from all the recent retail and entertainment park Nando's we've visited.

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Author: 
Number of Visits: 
50+
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.25 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
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?: 

Brilliant staff, service and food. Last visit was for my little bro's birthday and we had a great time - staff couldn't have helped us more and all brought out his cake singing happy birthday - so sweet! Food hot and yummy :) Couldn't ask for more!

Been to this nando's loads of times and its always fab! Generally, it does look quite old and could do with some new pictures and stuff but it's always very clean.

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
3.5 / 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: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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Stopped in at this one on the way back to Brum - at about 8:15pm on a Tuesday. With there being a reasonable sized car park right next to the other Oxford branch, I was hoping it would be the same here... but no chance! There are a handful of spaces dotted along the street, but these were taken and dozens more cars just parked in the cycle lanes.

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Number of Visits: 
50+
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.75 / 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: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
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?: 

Food, usually of a high standard, was absolutly fantastic this last time, piping hot crisp peri-chips, and perfectly cooked quarter chicken breast in hot sauce! yum! I went in on my own and despite the restaurant being very busy the staff still found time to say hello and check that all was ok with my order!

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
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?: 

Parking was less than a one minute walk and free on a Saturday night although I have been reassured that we were lucky on this particular Saturday night!

Even though the branch was almost full, we were seated very quickly. One comment to make is that the queue to order was rather long but another member of staff soon opened up a second till and the problem was solved.

Ricky Marshall's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Number of Visits: 
10-50
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Rating: 
3.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
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?: 

The Oxford-Cowley Road branch offers what you expect your average nandos would offer. However, I emphasize the word 'average'. It is rather small and does not offer your traditional Nandos 'ruach'. It is usually worth going that extra mile to the Nandos in the centre of Oxford but it could prove difficult for parking, if you don't already find Cowley Road itself difficult. Then again it is a known fact that Oxford is not known to cater for drivers.

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