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Review: Sandos – we tackle Church Street’s iconic takeaway

Posted on - 29th March, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Food & Drink, Preston City Centre, Takeaways
Sandos has officially reopened. Credit: Dan ‘Multimedia Man’ Wilson

Sandos recently reopened following a huge fire that gutted their original site last year and the response took me by surprise a little.

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That’s because my previous experience boiled down to essentially two things: telling students that it’s not just a rip off of Nando’s and writing the story when the fire happened.

Beyond that I’ve got a friend who claims his takeaway he got from there after a heavy night in Warehouse (probably) was ‘delightful’.

With interest in the place at an all-time high due to that fire and subsequent revival, it made sense that I dragged same friend along with me on his lunchbreak on Monday. Still not the most unhealthy thing I’ve ever done on a Monday lunchtime.

More: Not a fan of takeaway food? Our Health Shack review could be for you

It’s only when I enter that I realise that I can’t actually remember the last time I went inside a takeaway during the day but it’s a pleasant surprise to see about half-a-dozen people in there eating.

Chicken shawarma wrap from Sandos

I think I’d compare the experience of going to a takeaway when I’m neither hungover or drunk to that when I wake up at a festival on a Monday morning, observe the devastation and wonder what exactly I’m doing with my life. Two of the people here appear to be on the world’s worst Tinder date and I can’t really decide how I feel about it.

Still, two chicken shawarma wraps are quickly ordered and come armed with chips and red salt. They lose points for not asking if I want red onion before putting it on because if there’s one thing I hate it’s red onion. They also don’t take card so I need to make a quick trip to the cash machine.

As you can probably guess by this point, I was feeling pretty doubtful about how much I’d enjoy this but the food is actually pretty decent. It also doesn’t feel anywhere near as unhealthy as I was expecting. The chilli sauce is tasty and has a good kick to it. The wrap is light so I can eat it all without feeling like I need to take a nap in the afternoon.

Chips, red salt and unwanted red onions at Sandos

Best of all, we get two of these, two portions of chips and two soft drinks for less than £10. That’d be the cost of 3 jagerbombs if I was on a night out and I know which I’d enjoy more.

And I do enjoy it. As much as one can enjoy a takeaway on a Monday lunchtime but I do. And my friend and I both remark that you’re probably not going to do better if you’re looking for a takeaway when you’re drunk in the city centre at the weekend (though I’m happy to be corrected on that). Even the ‘We Want Plates’ brigade will be happy.

More: Sandos officially open again

So no, I’m not likely to repeat my visit on a Monday lunchtime. But next time I’m merry in the city centre then I’ll probably head here for something just a touch better than the other offerings about.

Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 4/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 9/10
Overall: 25/40

Our food reviewers pay for themselves and aren’t invited by the venue, if we are we will always say in the review.

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