Nando’s to open first restaurant in Barnsley

Popular peri-peri restaurant group will open as part of The Glass Works in Barnsley town centre

Nando’s – the popular Portuguese restaurant group – is set to open its first restaurant in Barnsley town centre as part of The Glass Works.

The popular brand – that specialises in Portuguese-style chicken dishes and peri-peri marinades –  is one of the most established in the UK.

A Barnsley restaurant has been long sought after by locals, with Nando’s having consistently topped public consultation polls for the most wanted restaurant in Barnsley.

Nando’s will be housed in the same block as Superbowl UK  – a bowling, laser quest and soft play centre – as one of seven new restaurants as part of The Glass Works.

It will be a stone’s throw away from the new Cineworld cinema –  a 13 screen, state-of-the-art multiplex scheduled to open in 2021.

Fronting onto the new public square, the family-friendly restaurant will also provide outdoor seating.

Nando’s has around 350 outlets across the UK – and the chain will add to that number with its first ever Barnsley restaurant.

Peter Atkinson from Nando’s said: “We are delighted to be part of this important new development in Barnsley town centre and look forward to opening the doors to our first restaurant in the town. I have no doubt this final part of the development will give a major boost to the town’s leisure offer and we are very pleased that we can now be part of it.”

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place at Barnsley Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Nando’s will open its first Barnsley restaurant as part of The Glass Works.

“Nando’s is a huge name – not just in this country, but world-wide, and we’re thrilled it has chosen to expand into Barnsley.

“This is exciting news for local people. Nando’s has always been at the top of the wish list for local people and we’re happy to have delivered in bringing the chain to the town.”

Jocelyn Holmes, Senior Leasing Manager at Queensberry, said: “We are delighted to get Nando’s signed up as the first major restaurant group in the scheme. They were always one of our primary targets, and following public consultation feedback, we know it will go down well with the people of Barnsley.

“Sitting alongside Cineworld and Superbowl UK, you can really start to get a feel for how impactful the new leisure offer is going to be for the town and we’re sure families are very excited to start enjoying a day or evening out in the town centre.”

The Glass Works is the £180 million development scheme funded by Barnsley Council that is set to regenerate the heart of the town centre.

The refurbished Barnsley Market opened late last year with the new state-of-the-art Library @ the Lightbox now open. Market Kitchen – an independent food court – will open its doors this autumn.

The second phase of the development, which will include 26 new retail units and seven family-friendly restaurants, is now underway. This work will also see the delivery of the scheme’s two key leisure anchors, Cineworld and Superbowl UK.

The entire scheme, including Nando’s, is on track for a completion date in 2021.