Reading - Friar Street

Average Rating: 
3.75 / 5

Staff: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Speed: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Decoration: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Food: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
30-31 Friar Street
RG1 1DX
0118 951 1460
Halal: 
No
Nearby: 
A few minutes walk away from the other Nando's in the Oracle Centre. Also a few minutes walk from Reading train station. A Vue cinema is in the Oracle Centre and The Museum of Reading is just a minute walk away too on Friar Street.
Parking: 
Multiple town centre car parks nearby. For example, Q-Park at Chatham Place a few minutes walk away is at £1.40/hr up to five hours (I.e. £7/5hrs) and then upwards from there.
Photos submitted by: Pompey Ranger
Photos submitted by: Ryan
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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: 
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
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?: 

The closest parking to this store is the NCP on Gerrard Street which is a whopping £3.50 per hour, I managed to get a on street parking slot further down Gerrard Street at a more reasonable £3.10 for the maximum 2 hours.

James RYN's picture
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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
4 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
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: 
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've been to Reading quite a few times over the years, though the Nando's have always eluded me for some reason. Today was time to put that right, and I was pleasantly surprised with this visit.

Gerry Louis's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
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?: 

It doesn't look as if anyone cooks in Reading in a Sunday, he restaurant was heaving and he queue in front of me was terrible. This branch is really small so people waiting for takeaway, those waiting for a table and those wanting to come in are all squished up right in e doorway, also making it difficult for people to exit. I did keep myself busy colouring in the children's menu and doing the puzzles. There was even a dot to dot Barci which I also coloured in.

Gerry Louis's picture
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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
3.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
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 day trip to Brighton turned into an afternoon stroll around Reading as I woke up too late yesterday. About an hour journey from Twickenham to Reading station, by train so I didn't really look for any parking facilities though I am sure they are available in a town like this. Within a five minute walk from the station is the high street and possible town centre so it didn't take too long to find the first Nando's of the day on Friar Street.

Louise Bates's picture
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Number of Visits: 
10-50
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time of Day: 
Mid-afternoon or late evening
Rating: 
3.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
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?: 

Group of 8 so had to sit outside (not enough space inside)

Ryan's picture
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Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Up to 10 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, March 21, 2014
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?: 

This Nando's is located in Reading town centre, just a few minutes walk away from the other Nando's in the Oracle Centre. This means it's well located for the train (just a few minutes walk from Reading train station) and a variety of car parks available. I parked at Chatham Place which was priced at £1.40/hr up to five hours (I.e. £7/5hrs) and then upwards from there. A Vue cinema is in the Oracle Centre and The Museum of Reading is just a minute walk away too!

Anonymous's picture
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Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
5-10
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
4 / 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: 
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?: 

Had the butterfly chicken breast , there is no parking. Good service, quick and easy for a work lunch . It gets filled up very quickly due to its small capacity.

Archive's picture
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Author: 
Number of Visits: 
10-50
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
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: 
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?: 

I always thoroughly enjoy going to this nandos, the staff are extrememly friendly and welcoming and the place has a great atmosphere. It would be ncie if they had some student discounts seeing as I know a lot of students from the university go there. Located in the Readings town centre its a great place to pop into for lunch or dinner after a day out shopping or with a big gathering of people for a special ocassion.

Archive's picture
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Number of Visits: 
5-10
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
4.63 / 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: 
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?: 

Free 1/4 chicken was very little, but it was free, so can't complain. Staff were super friendly, and the food came incredibly fast. My wrap was amazing, really tasty, and everything tasted fresh and yummy. Neither of us drive but parking is not very close or cheap, but Friar St is the better of the two Nando's in Reading and close to the train station.

Archive's picture
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Number of Visits: 
5-10
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, April 14, 2011
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?: 

Pretty standard visit, I felt like since it wasn't very busy the staff could've been a little more attentive, but they were nice enough and the food was good. They did forget the chilli jam in my boyfriend's burger, and weren't very apologetic in bringing it separately.