NANDO’S is reopening ten of its restaurants for dine-in customers on July 8 – here’s where you’ll be able to eat-in.
Fans of the chicken chain have only been able to get their Peri Peri fix during lockdown by ordering food for click and collect, or for home delivery.
But this week will see Nando’s reopen its seating areas for dine-in customers.
It comes after the government eased lockdown restrictions for pubs and restaurants on July 4.
Big-name dining chains that have already started welcoming customers back include KFC, Harvester and Toby Carvery.
You can see which Nando’s restaurants will reopen for dine-in customers in the box below.
Each restaurant will allow fewer people in at one time to help maintain social distancing – this may mean you have to queue to get in.
There will also be fewer tables available, plus you won’t be able to get up and get your own condiments and cutlery.
Instead, you’ll need to tell staff which strength Peri Peri sauce you want, and they’ll bring it to your table.
Customers will also be given a “virtual queue number” on their phone which will tell them when it’s their turn to go inside.
In addition, diners will be asked to order and pay for their food via an app.
We’ve asked Nando’s if customers can still get staff to take their order as normal, and if they’re still accepting cash payments – we’ll update this article when we know more.
Nando’s has had a reduced menu in place during lockdown for its click and collect and home delivery customers, and this will still be the case for eat-in restaurants.
Thankfully, Nando’s says the majority of fan favourites are still on the menu – including Peri Peri chicken wings, halloumi and Peri Peri chips.
Other changes that have been brought in include health checks for staff before every shift, fewer employees working at one time and reduced opening hours.
There will also be more frequent hand-washing and hygiene measures in place.
Nando’s temporarily shut all restaurants on March 23 after the government ordered all “non-essential” businesses to close.
It first reopened six branches across Manchester and London on April 28 for delivery orders only.
At the start of June, Nando’s had 216 restaurants open for delivery, takeaway or both.
Nando’s has 340 branches in the UK – use the online tool to find your nearest one.
Throughout lockdown, delivery has been available through Deliveroo and the Nando’s website – or customers have been able to order food for takeaway.
Not all restaurants offer both services, so make sure you check before you order.
A Nando’s spokesperson said the chain hopes to open up more restaurants for dine-in soon, but didn’t say which locations will reopen next.
They said: “This will be the first time that Nando’s has opened its doors fully to the public since closing on 23 March.
“We hope that Peri Peri fans across London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bolton and Becton are able to satisfy their Nando’s cravings.
“We look forward to serving more fans across the UK very soon.”