Peterborough’s new peri peri chicken restaurant Five Lads is hot stuff

Five Lads restaurant, Cowgate. EMN-180816-171627009
Five Lads restaurant, Cowgate. EMN-180816-171627009

It might be a generational thing, but I have never bought into the wave of love for Nando’s over the last decade.

I have eaten in a couple, out of curiosity and convenience, but that is as far as it has gone; the whole peri peri grilled chicken fad appeared to have passed me by until the weekend when I paid a visit to the new Five Lads restaurant in Cowgate, Peterborough city centre.

Brad Barnes lunches at Five Lads in Cowgate, Peterborough

Brad Barnes lunches at Five Lads in Cowgate, Peterborough

The premium grill-style restaurant specialising in flamed peri peri grilled chicken (and burgers) 0nly opened a month ago but the long and expensive refurbishment of a former estate agency was worth it on the back of this visit.

It is a smart looking place inside - a little rustic but still quite modern with a super open kitchen.

The greeting could have been chirpier (not that it is a deal breaker) but the service was polite, helpful and very professional.

The menu is limited (of course it is, it’s a grilled chicken restaurant), is straightforward and easy to follow but I was impressed with the variety of side dishes on offer - plus a kids’ menu.

Brad Barnes lunches at Five Lads in Cowgate, Peterborough

Brad Barnes lunches at Five Lads in Cowgate, Peterborough

It was quite busy when we arrived - and at capacity by the time we started tucking into our lunch - but there were no unnecessary delays.

I had the half chicken - and chose the lemon and herb flavouring. It tasted fabulous and the meat was cooked a treat. A knife and fork can only do so much and I unashamedly picked up what was left and finished it off. Delicious.

I paired it with a lovely mixed leaf salad with tomatoes, sweetcorn, olives and cucumber, which had a super dressing. With a canned drink (there is no alcohol) it was, for me, a steal at £7.99.

Donna had her half chicken with a hot sauce - perfectly cooked but too hot for my tastebuds - and two sweet and juicy corn on the cobs (also £7.99), while the girls had plain but tasty strips of chicken with a side and a drink for £4.99.

Brad Barnes lunches at Five Lads in Cowgate, Peterborough

Brad Barnes lunches at Five Lads in Cowgate, Peterborough

Grilled chicken? I get it now. The Lads have shown me the way.

Brad Barnes dines at Five Lads in Cowgate, Peterborough 
www.fivelads.co.uk

Brad’s rating: 8