Rushden - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
3.13 / 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: 
2.5 (Average but needs more peri spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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This Nando's is on the Rushden Lakes leisure park. There are an ever increasing number of shops opening here and also soon to be a Cineworld (not yet open as of Xmas 2018) as well as other eateries such as Five Guys, Wildwood etc. Nando's is the furthest drive away and you currently cannot see it with the building fences dotted around the car park, so drive past Five Guys and you'll see it. The leisure park offers five hours free parking. You can hire a canoe and go out onto the Rushden Lakes too. There is no train station in Rushden, so the nearest is Wellingborough - four miles away.

Arrived here early afternoon and it was half full with the food coming in just under ten minutes. I had the same as the day before - and went for a Sunset Burger and chips, this time leaving out the gravy. This was near identical to yesterday, especially as the chicken thigh fillets confirmed suspicions that they are now rather small... but were cooked nicely. An added downside was the bolo bun was toasted too much so was very crispy and burnt. The chip portion was average sized with another mix of soggy and crispy chips.

For such a new Nando's I was a little disappointed with just how dark it was inside. There's a false lowered very dark wood ceiling put across 2/3s of the restaurant so blocks out a lot of the light... which is already blocked out quite a lot from the big canopy outside. There are six or so larger round tables outside. Inside there's a good mix of booth and table/chair seating. The lighting is mainly clear slightly coloured glass shades. The toilets are very grey, with some light blue patterns on the wall tiles. Staff were friendly and doing as expected.

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