Join the Bestival party!

We’ve been busy Ruling the Roost this Summer, bringing our Nando’s Cock o’ Van across the UK to the nations coolest festivals with a feast of awesome #RuleTheRoost performances.

We’re closing the season at Bestival on the Isle of Wight next month, where you’ll find us firing up the grills in The Stardust Field*, serving hungry festival goers PERi-PERi goodness while Extra Hot acts showcase surprise sets on top of the Cock o‘ Van.

With flaming–hot acts including Chemical Brothers, Gorgon City, Stormzy and Alice Jemima on the line up, you won’t want to miss out on the festival fun! We’ve got x2 pairs of weekend tickets to Bestival: the Festival of Love, to give away to Nando’s fans, along with travel and PERi-PERi treats at the festival food truck. To join the party, simply answer this question in the comments box below:

What magical location is Bestival set?
• Isle of Wight
• Isle of Dogs
• Isle of Man

*Terms and Conditions apply:

1. Competition closes at 00:59 Thursday 3rd September 2015.
2. The winners will be selected at random and notified via email by 2pm on Friday 4th September 2015.
3. The prize includes a pair of weekend tickets to Bestival on Thursday 10th September – Sunday 13th September at Robin Hill, Isle of Wight, UK, chicken cheques redeemable at the Nando’s Cock o’ Van at Bestival, and £100 in travel expenses.
4. The tickets include pitch space for camping.
5. Under 18’s must be accompanied by one person over 18 – ID may be required.
6. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
7. Winners that we can’t contact within 48 hours by reasonable means to send out their prize will lose their entitlement.
8. Nando’s accepts no responsibility for any damages, losses, liabilities, injuries or disappointment incurred or suffered to you or any other persons as a result of entering the prize draw or accepting the prize.

The heat is on for our International Grillers’ Challenge

We’ve been all fired up for our Griller of the Year final this month, where our Grillers went head to head to show off their PERi-PERi skills.

It was no easy feat, we’ll tell you that! Our finalists battled through 340 restaurant heats, 33 quarter-final heats and 4 semi-finals to reach the ultimate UK final… and what a final it was!

Our Birmingham Bullring restaurant played host to our finalists and expert judges, as well as over 200 supporters. But there could be only one winner…

Let us introduce Amy from our Leamington Spa restaurant. Flames flickering, tongs in hand, Amy fearlessly grilled her way through the final to be crowned this years’ Griller of the Year.

With her top-notch technical skills and the tastiest flame-grilled chicken, Amy’s a shining example of our passion for PERi-PERi.

Runners up Bruno, from our Chichester restaurant, and Shih, from our Liverpool ONE restaurant, will join Amy and Nando’s grillers worldwide, at the International Grillers’ Challenge in Canada next month.

We wish Amy, Bruno and Shih the best of luck… we’re currently the reigning champs, so the pressure is on!

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Freshers! The Nando’s Sauciety is here!

Here at Nando’s, we know going away to university can be tough…

Packing up your entire life into a suitcase and waving goodbye to your family, friends and local Nando’s is enough to pull on anyone’s heartstrings.

Well don’t you worry, because we’re here to help make the start of your university life a memorable one!

We’re heading to Freshers Fayres far and wide to spread some PERi-PERi love and fun across your University! And we’ve lined up something pretty special for Nando’s lovers old and new…

Got a Nando’s Card? Well step forward and join the Nando’s Sauciety! Just spin our mighty wheel to claim your awesome PERi-PERi reward. It really is that simple, and we’ve got tonnes of prizes to giveaway that are guaranteed to make your new flatmates green with envy!

If you don’t have a Nando’s Card and you want to get in on the Nando’s Sauciety fun (well, you’d be silly not to), you can take part in a PERinitiation! Chat to our freshers team for more info.

So take a break from all that partying studying, and come and join the Sauciety!

Check out the list below to see if we’re swinging by your University’s Freshers Week, and if not, keep an eye on our Twitter for some more chances to win!

Terms & Conditions:
Minimum spend £5/€5. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Photocopies will not be accepted. One voucher per person per day. Valid in any Nando’s restaurant. Offer expires October 25th 2015. Green Rewards exclude All Together Now and Wing Roulette; Orange Rewards exclude Chicken Thighs, Chicken Butterfly, Churrasco Thigh Burger, Butterfly Burger, Prego Steak Roll; Red Rewards exclude Double Chicken Burger/Pitta/Wrap + 1 or 2 sides. Offer can be withdrawn without notice.

Universities:
UEA -24/08/15
Trinity University -01/09/15
Westminster University (Cavendish campus) -01/09/15
Harlow College -01/09/15
UEL -01/09/15
University of Bedfordshire -01/09/15
Islington College -01/09/15
West Herts College -01/09/15
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry -01/09/15
Southampton -01/09/15
Essex – 01/09/15
Redditch College -01/09/15
West Bromwich College -01/09/15
Bradford University -01/09/15
MK College -02/09/15
Technical Skills Academy Barking -04/09/15
West Thames College (Hounslow) -04/09/15
University College Cork -05/09/15
Dundee University -05/09/15
Edinburgh Napier University -05/09/15
Aberdeen University -06/09/15
University of Derby -08/09/15
Weymouth College -09/09/15
West Thames College (Feltham) -09/09/15
College of West Anglia -09/09/15
BG University -09/09/15
Edinburgh University, Napier University -10/09/15
Regents College – 11/09/15
Manchester University and Metropolitan -11/09/15
University of Hertfordshire -12/09/15
Winchester University -12/09/15
St Andrews University -13/09/15
Epping Forrest College -15/09/15
University of Exeter -15/09/15
Wiltshire College (Salisbury Campus) -15/09/15
Brunel University -15/09/15
Preston University -15/09/15
Queen Mary University -16/09/15
University of Portsmouth -16/09/15
Wiltshire College -16/09/15
UEL -14/09/15
Hartbury College -14/09/15
Newcastle University (Gateshead Halls) -14/09/15
Glasgow University -14/09/15
Leeds University and Leeds Metropolitan -14/09/15
Newcastle University -14/09/15
Greenwich University -17/09/15
University of Essex -17/09/15
Oxford Brookes -18/09/15
UWE & Bristol University -18/09/15
Kings College -18/09/15
St George’s -20/09/15
University of Bath & Bath Spa -21/09/15
University of Cardiff -21/09/15
University of Northampton -21/09/15
Nottingham Trent & University of Nottingham -21/09/15
University of Sheffield & Sheffield Hallam -21/09/15
Worcester University -21/09/15
Huddersfield University -21/09/15
Middlesborough University -21/09/15
Queens University -21/09/15
Swansea University/Swansea Metropolitan -22/09/15
Magee (University of Derry) -22/09/15
University Glamorgon -22/09/15
IT Tallght -23/09/15
City University Campus -23/09/15
University of Reading -23/09/15
Canterbury Christchurch & Kent University -23/09/15
Kent -23/09/15
West Sussex -23/09/15
Southbank University -23/09/15
St Mary’s (Twickenham) -23/09/15
Birmingham University/ Aston University -23/09/15
Anglia Ruskin University -23/09/15
University of Gloucestershire/Gloucester College -23/09/15
St Peters and Chester Road -23/09/15
Robert Gordon University – 24/09/15
LSE -24/09/15
Buckinghamshire New University -24/09/15
Goldsmiths -24/09/15
University of Plymouth & Marjons -24/09/15
University of Southampton & Southampton Solent University -24/09/15
Bury College -24/09/15
Coventry University -24/09/15
University of East Anglia -24/09/15
Wrexham University -24/09/15
Westminster University (Harrow campus) -25/09/15
Bournemouth University -26/09/15
Hull University -27/09/15
University of Cumbria -29/09/15
UCA University of Arts Epsom -28/09/15
Imperial University -28/09/15
University of the Arts of London -28/09/15
University of Leicester & De Montfort University -28/09/15
University of Bedfordshire -30/09/15
Colchester Institute – 30/09/15
Chester -30/09/15
DCU -01/10/15
Middlesex University -01/10/15
University of Brighton -01/10/15
Warwick University -01/10/15
Surrey University -02/10/15
UCL -03/10/15
Durham University -05/10/15
University of Cambridge -06/10/15
Wolverhampton University -08/10/15

SA2UK: Stormzy

StormzyEarlier this summer, we introduced talented DJ/producer from Nando’s birthplace, South Africa, Muzi. The young musician kicked off Nando’s Music Exchange, which will see us connect the hottest artists from South Africa with top talent hailing from the UK. Travelling over both countries, we’ll share some incredible acts inspiring the next generation on the other side of the water.

We asked Muzi to tip off a UK artist inspiring him at the moment, and he chose incredible rising grime artist, Stormzy. Muzi explains why he’s so excited by one of the UK’s hottest new MCs:

“I’ve always been attracted to the UK’s ability to come up with new genres, with artists taking their influences and interpreting them in their own unique way. This is what I’m trying to do with my music as well, which is why Stormzy is one of my favourites right now.

“I can relate to having hip-hop as your first love and reaching a point where you make music inspired by the sounds you grew up listening to but most importantly, interpreting it in your own way and adding your own twist. I love the rawness of what he does and the vibe of it, plus his energetic flows would be a perfect fit for my wild beats!”

Stormzy’s had a whirlwind 2015 already, featuring in the BBC Sound of 2015 poll shortlist tipping the biggest new acts of the year, starring on stage with Kanye West in that Brits performance, and winning Best International Act at the hugely influential BET Awards in the US. With the musician recently announcing his Live in the Flesh tour in October, we’re expecting even bigger things from Stormzy for the second half of the year.

Nando’s Hove is here!

Brighton and Hove’s third Nando’s in the city has opened, and we’ve made sure our brand new restaurant is perfect for the summer season with outside seating and Fro Yo’s on tap!

The Brighton beach inspired restaurant, located conveniently at the Goldstone Retail Park, is draped in exclusive South African artwork, unique lighting features and bespoke tables and chairs. We’ve even dedicated one of our infamous chairs to a special Nando’s fan…

We invited Jack Harper to our opening day; a Nando’s super fan and footballer who has just left Real Madrid youth team to join Brighton & Hove Albion Football club. As he’s a new resident to the city, we want to make sure Nando’s Hove is home from home, so we gave him his very own chair.
Jack Harper 1
Check out our awesome new restaurant (and see if you can find Jack’s chair!) and our Nandoca’s* will be there to give you a PERi-tastic experience!

Nando’s Best of the Fest: Camp Bestival

Our tour of the summer festivals continues this weekend when we take our Rule The Roost to the amazing Camp Bestival. We’re firing up the Cock o’ Van with enough chicken for all the family, and as always, we’ll have some very, VERY special, unannounced guests coming to play on our Extra Hot soundsystem. Come find us and join the party!

To get you all geared up for the weekend, here are five unmissable acts playing around the Camp Bestival site that we know you’re going to love:

Kiko Bun

The perfect soundtrack for a sizzling hot weekend (fingers crossed!) Kiko Bun’s irresistible reggae-tinged soul is going to sound very special at Camp Bestival. New single ‘Where I’m From’ is playing non-stop across radio and fast becoming one of the defining tracks of the year, and it’s just one of the many highlights of an amazing live show.

Kate Tempest

One of the UK’s most inspiring singer-songwriters, Kate Tempest performs with a fiery passion that’s quite incredible to witness. Emerging from London’s spoken-word scene, she’s evolved a unique sound that integrates hip-hop into her storytelling, and on-stage is where it truly comes to life. Last year’s debut album was nominated for the esteemed Mercury Music Prize and expect to hear much of it in what will be an unforgettable performance.

George The Poet

The North London rapper’s 2015 started with a major bang when he was shortlisted in the Sound Of 2015 award, where DJs, writers and other tastemakers nominate the hottest new acts for the coming year. Since then he’s risen to become one of the UK’s most popular MCs, and we can’t wait to hear him light up the Camp Bestival stage this weekend with his inspiring lyrics and unique delivery.

Ekkah

Ekkah’s lush pop sound is cooler than a Gelado and their show this weekend will be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Their debut single ‘Last Chance To Dance’ was a regular on Radio 1 and will sound even tastier with the Camp Bestival crowd singing along. And we hear the band has just signed a major record deal so they’ll be bringing an extra dose of good vibes this weekend!

The Bohicas

Having spent some quality time wandering the many wondrous chilled out worlds of Camp Bestival, you might find yourself needing to just throw your hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care. And there won’t be many more exciting live sets this weekend than The Bohicas, whose sharp guitar pop will appeal to fans of The Strokes or Wolf Alice. Their recent single ‘Swarm’ was a Hottest Record In The World on Radio 1, and no wonder for it’s pretty much a perfect rock song to go wild to.

Check out these artists and more in our Camp Bestival festival Spotify playlist below.

Win tickets to Camp Bestival!

Nando’s has set temperatures soaring this summer with a feast of incredible Rule the Roost festival performances! We’ve been busy serving up the very best Extra Hot talent with a side order of our legendary PERi-PERi Chicken for festival-goers to enjoy.

Parklife and Lovebox saw the soulful Ella Eyre, flaming-hot Lion Babe and beat-dropping DJ Hannah Wants perform on top of our Cock o’ Van, but we’re not done just yet. We’re heading back to Camp Bestival in Dorset for more fun and we want you to join us!

To win one a family ticket to the epic and wild Camp Bestival plus a Nando’s feast from our festival food truck, simply pop your answer to the following question in the comment box below:

What PERi-PERi sauce is not in our restaurants?
1) Wild Herb
2) Honey and Mustard
3) Extra Hot

*Terms and Conditions apply:
1. Competition closes at 0:00 on Monday 27th July 2015.
2. The winners will be selected at random and notified via email by 2pm on 27th July 2015.
3. The prize includes a family ticket (two adults and two children under the age of 10) to Camp Bestival on July 30th, August 1st and August 2nd 2015 at Lulworth Castle in Dorset, UK and a £50 gift card redeemable at Nando’s restaurants nationwide.
4. Please note that accommodation and/or travel costs are the responsibility of the winner and not offered as part of the competition prize.
5. Under 18’s must be accompanied by one person over 18 – ID may be required.
6. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
7. Winners that we can’t contact within 48 hours by reasonable means to send out their prize will lose their entitlement.
8. Nando’s accepts no responsibility for any damage, lose, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered to you or any other person’s as a result of entering the prize draw or accepting the prize.

Middlesbrough #NandosDash is here!

Clear your diary between 11:30am-12:30pm on Thursday 23rd July and get those running shoes at the ready… there’s a #NandosDash happening at Nando’s Middlesbrough and a free ¼ Chicken, single Burger or Pitta with your name on it!

But be quick, there’s limited seating and you’ll need to dine-in with us to claim your free PERi-PERi delight. Well, we don’t call it a dash for nothing!

You’ll be served on a first-come-first-served basis, so get moving and enjoy your PERi-PERi Chicken!

*Terms & Conditions: Only available between 11:30am and 12:30pm at Middlesbrough restaurant on Thursday 23rd July. One free ¼ Chicken, single Burger or Pitta per person, on a first-come-first-served basis, eat-in only. You need to pay for any extras, including sides or drinks (but only if you want them!).

Newcastle The Gate, ready for a #NandosDash?

Ready to Gate-crash our re-opening? We’re back, bigger and better than ever and celebrating in style with a #NandosDash.

Between 11:30am-12:30pm tomorrow, get down to Nando’s Newcastle The Gate restaurant and get your hands on some of our tasty PERi-PERi… for free! We’ll be giving away a free ¼ chicken, single pitta or burger to each of our fans*, on a first-come-first-served basis, so speedily does it!

All we ask is that you eat-in, so make sure you’re doubly quick as there is a limited number of seats (though we’ll try and dish out as many free PERi-PERi-fix’s as we can within the hour). Check out the restaurants new look while you’re there, we’re pretty proud of it!

So start those warm up stretches, you’ve got some dashing to do.

*Terms & Conditions: Only available between 11:30am and 12:30pm at Nando’s Newcastle Gate restaurant on Wednesday 15th July. One free ¼ chicken, single burger or pitta per person, on a first-come-first-served basis, eat-in only. You need to pay for any extras, including sides or drinks (but only if you want them!).

Nando’s Best of the Fest: Lovebox

Lovebox-Festival-LogoFollowing our first Rule The Roost outing at Parklife, Nando’s is loading up the Cock o’ Van and heading to Lovebox with enough chicken to feed the masses and enough beats to nourish the hardiest of party animals.

We’ll also be bringing some very special guests, so come find us in the fields!

To get you all fired up for the weekend, here are five Extra Hot acts playing around the festival that we know you’re going to love:

Ella Eyre
Since her breakout debut on Rudimental’s ‘Waiting All Night’, Ella Eyre has continued bossing the charts with her incredible voice and infectious energy. An amazing live performer, her Lovebox set is likely to be a crowd-pleasing mix of her solo hits plus the collaborations, and if the East London crowd isn’t completely fired up by the end then we’ll gladly eat our sunhat.

Jackmaster
The Scottish party king’s set this weekend will be a guaranteed roadblock so make sure you get your crew down nice and early! One of the most creative DJs you’ll ever hear, Jackmaster jumps from disco to techno to hip-hop in the blink of an eye, but always with the emphasis on keeping the atmosphere Extra Hot.

B Traits
The Canadian DJ is now firmly established as one of the key tastemakers for the hottest new dance music emerging from the UK and beyond. Her Friday night Radio 1 slot showcases her love of eclectic electronic sounds, which she weaves into DJ sets that have had crowds from London to Ibiza in a frenzy. The Digital Soundboy record label, where she works alongside pioneers Shy FX and Breakage, is one of the most consistently exciting imprints around, expect hot new cuts to feature in what’s sure to be a major party set.

Flight Facilities
Whatever the weather, this Australian duo will bring the sunshine to East London this weekend with their feel-good disco-house sound. Last year’s debut album ‘Down To Earth’ featured the evergreen club hit ‘Crave You’ which made them superstars in their homeland and with every trip to these shores they’re playing to bigger and bigger crowds. Sunglasses essential for this one.

Raury
Raury burst onto the scene last year fusing hip-hop and soul on the amazing ‘Indigo Child’ album, with the likes of Kanye West and Giles Peterson instantly singing his praises. The 19 year old has only played a handful of UK shows so this hotly anticipated date at Lovebox is going to generate a truly sizzling atmosphere. Catch him now while you still can.

Sounding tasty? Have a listen to some of these artists and more of our Lovebox festival favourites on our Spotify playlist below.