Southwark Arches

Average Rating: 
4.03 / 5

Staff: 
Average: 3.7 (7 votes)
Speed: 
Average: 4.4 (5 votes)
Decoration: 
Average: 4.3 (4 votes)
Food: 
Average: 4.3 (4 votes)
86 Scoresby Street
London
SE1 8NJ
020 7261 1927
Halal: 
No
Nearby: 
Southwark tube station is nearest.
Parking: 
N/A
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Anonymous's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
50+
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, May 12, 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) )
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Very friendly and kind staff! The staff is incredibly nice with kids and they are always smily even during busy times. We love this branch!

Anonymous's picture
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Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time of Day: 
Mid-afternoon or late evening
Rating: 
4.5 / 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: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
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?: 

The staff were very friendly especially Joe and Yaz who were very welcoming and gave me and my friends tips about parking. The environment was also very nice and staff seemed helpful and very happy. Food was great and the wait was not too long. It was my first visit however I think it's the best Nando's experience I've ever had which is why I choose to give my first ever review. Definetly will be back again. Hope to see Joe and Yaz again.

Tom Johnson1'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, July 18, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
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: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
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?: 

Great company for this particular meal ;) food was fine, staff were fine but love the egg style booths!

Blaynos's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
5-10
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, July 18, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.25 / 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: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
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?: 

RYN7 was at the always-eye-catching Southwark Arches branch and proved to be quite a mixed bag. Décor was great as usual, place seemed clean enough and there were plenty of sauces available.

SVC's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, July 18, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.5 / 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: 
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?: 

A fanfare and applause for Marc and James! What a cracking, calm and comfortable event at Southwark Nando's. When we arrived, we were greeted pleasantly by the Nandocas and shown to our tables. The company was great as usual and the food laid on by the boys was delicious. After a surprising win in the raffle, I was already in fine fettle and when my salad arrived, I was on cloud 9. It was scrumptious!

Gerry Louis's picture
How Helpful?: 
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Author: 
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, July 18, 2016
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: 
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: 
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+ for effort for the staff and the food.. toilets let them down a bit.

Steven Castellino's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
4.25 / 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: 
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?: 

The original plan was to meet Blayne for lunch in Canary Wharf (near me) but he ended up working late into the break so I had to come up to meet him. Had the choice of either St Paul’s or Southwark and he suggested Southwark, as it’s a bigger branch and less busy. It’s also easier for me to get over, straight on the Jubilee line. The branch is just by the station and it’s one of the railway arch restaurants with lots of different seating, including circular bays to sit in.

Elliott's picture
How Helpful?: 
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Author: 
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, December 18, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
2.88 / 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: 
3.5 (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 outlet due to its location, receives a considerable amount of trade at lunch times, and just about manages to cope with the large demand. I waited around 20 minutes for a table, 20 minutes in a queue to order, and a further 20 minutes for the food to arrive.

The staff were rushing, therefore there wasn't much chance for them to engage properly with you. Not their fault, just doesn't allow the full experience.

Elliott's picture
How Helpful?: 
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Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, August 28, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
2.5 / 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: 
2 (Quite disappointing - seems rushed, may have some parts burnt)
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?: 

New job means a new local Nando's, which is Southwark Arches. As such, a trip was to be had!

Arrived, and was greeted, being advised of a 10 minute wait for a table. In reality it ended up being almost double this, and eventually we were seated.

TheatreDust's picture
How Helpful?: 
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Author: 
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
4.38 / 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: 
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?: 

Nice spacious restaurant, friendly staff, good food.

Ashlie Coral Hutber's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
1 (Inedible - Is that blood?! Send it back!)
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?: 

My girlfriend has a dairy allergy and specifically asked for no mayo in her veggie burger. The burger came and it was with mayo. She took a bite before realising. We took it back and a staff member calls Yass was so helpful. He bought out a new meal for her (without Mayo) he gave us vouchers for a meal on the house as well as some cute little nandos badges. He even offered me a glass of red wine on the house!

Mark Machado's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Up to 10 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, November 3, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
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: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
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?: 

Having walked past this branch a number of times I can testify that this is a busy Nando's. On a tuesday evening in early November the wait for a table under the arches was only 10 minutes long. The food arrived in regular time the only delay being the queue to the tills.

Deej Maximus's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
3.75 / 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: 
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?: 

My second visit to the lovely Southwark Nandos and what a treat - we got seated in one of the pods which is nice. You feel like chicken kings raised up above the "normal" diners! Ordering was straightforward and the food came quickly despite being given an ETA of ten minutes. It was lunch time and fairly quiet - but still a good atmosphere. The toilets are quite a trek to get to, and up flights of stairs, but once you get there its like shangri-la ...

Gerry Louis'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: 
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
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?: 

Every body's been here so there's not much that i need to write about this branch. Two minutes walk from the train station. No waiting for a table. I cancelled the garlic bread cos i didn't want carbs. In Twelve minutes exactly as predicted the food arrived although the mash looked like someone played around with it. Great food, great service.

Blaynos's picture
How Helpful?: 
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Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
4.88 / 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: 
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'd been working round the corner for a couple of weeks (pretty much dead middle of Stamford Street and this branch) so headed down for lunch to the Southwark branch takeaway.

Pompey Ranger'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: 
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
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: 
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?: 

When you come out of Southwark Tube station look over the road for the neon Nandos and follow the light down the forecourt (which I am guessing might have tables during summer?) to this store built under the railway arches in a manner similar to Vauxhall Arches and Clink street which are also 2 top stores. Upon entering the double height glass fronted side attachment we were impressed. Lots of artwork and of a good quality span this store.

Ryan's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
4.25 / 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: 
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?: 

Had a fleeting visit to Southwark Arches after a trip to see Spamalot - and was delighted with this very nicely decorated restaurant!

Terry Dean's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.38 / 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: 
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?: 

brilliant restaurant décor, has seating in pods, something different. Food was really good, and swiftly served. Located opposite Southwark tube station.

adam_gould's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, August 29, 2013
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: 
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 had a free half chicken and somehow ended up with 2 legs and no breast and there wasn't enough peri on the chips. Definite 5 for decor though.

Dom Lerner's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.38 / 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: 
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?: 

It was lovely. The woman at the counter was very helpful while explaining the RYN discount. A very enjoyable evening.

Eduardo Suarez's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.75 / 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: 
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?: 

A fantastic new(ish) Nando's, stuningly clean, and beautifully designed.
Everything about it was perfect, with the staff spotting my Nando's loyalty and being chatty, and even stretched to an accidental bonus stamp.
From where I was sitting I could see a double rainbow!! see photo! ;)
Lovely seats to the right, although I went for the standard seats handy for refills.. The chicken was beyond perfect and melted cheese, YES!!

Christopher Poole's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Empty
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.38 / 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: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of 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?: 

Half chicken extra hot FREE
Cheese
Pineapple
Toasted pitta
Soft drink
£4.80

Aurélien Routisseau's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.63 / 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: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
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?: 

The food was excellent!!!
I ordered a chicken burger with chips and a coke. I really liked the unlimited refill system.
The restaurant was beautiful.
Marc recommended Nando's to me so I went with my father when I was in London on holiday.
I would like to return with my father one day.

Marc Joss'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: 
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
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?: 

3 months had passed since the team's last Nando's together and it was time to end the drought and tick off a new central London branch on a pleasant Sunday evening alongside some Italian friends, Sophie and new Nando's fan, Maria.

Maria Luciano's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, December 23, 2012
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) )
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

This time was the best because I was with my best friends and I had the best food. I really love Nando's!

Damien's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Time of Day: 
Weekday 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) )
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

I visited Southwark Arches Nando's during work lunchtime the day after the grand opening.
On the 63 and several other bus routes, and just over the road from Southwark Jubille Line station, it’s in a prime place for business, if possibly a little close to two other Nando’s restaurants.
It was clear the place was new. Not only was the spacious repurposed railway arch well-decorated with fancy furniture and bright-looking art, it also smelt like a hardware store.