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36 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Nando's

Turns out it IS possible to earn a Nando's Black Card...

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1. Nando's began in 1987, when soon to be entrepreneurs Robert Brozin and Fernando Duarte visited Johannesburg restaurant Chickenland.

2. They liked the food so much that they decided to buy the place. As you do.

3. Nando's Chickenland was named after Duarte (and his son who shared his name), who was a Portuguese national living in South Africa.

4. At present there are 1051 restaurants across the globe.

5. The UK is the country with the most branches – 315!

6. Next is Australia with 264, while South Africa has 259 Nando's.

7. This makes Australia the country with the highest branch to population density in the world.


8. The much-rumoured Nando's Black Cards really do exist. The back of the card reads as follows: "As a valued friend of Nando's, the person named on this card is entitled to one starter, one combo meal, one dessert and one soft drink- along with up to four friends. Sorry no free alcoholic drinks."

9. No one who's asked for a Nando's Black Card has ever received one. Asking for one is, according to their site, the biggest taboo.

10. Some of the people who are rumoured to hold the coveted Black Card include David Beckham, Oprah Winfrey and Jay-Z.

11. While others such as Ed Sheeran and David Haye have Tweeted out actual photos of their actual cards (above), because you would, wouldn't you.

12. Although Nando's co-founder Robbie Brozin recently told the Financial Times: "I haven't got one. It's about time they gave me one. If it does exist, I'd like one."

13. Don't worry if you're not famous – all you have to do is prove you've eaten in every single Nando's around the world and you'll be rewarded with a Black Card. Good luck!

14. With 5,000 pieces across their restaurants, Nando's has the biggest selection of South African art outside of Africa.

15. That's 4,500 more than Tate Britain's total display.

16. The art has been created by 268 different artists, ranging from established names to undiscovered emerging talent.

17. People who work at Nando's are known as Nandocas.

18. The first Nando's in Britain opened in Ealing in 1992.

19. But being a takeaway as opposed to a restaurant, it wasn't an immediate success.

20. Three years later the first actual eat-in restaurant was opened in Camden.

21. While the Putney branch which opened in 1996 was the first Nando's with plates and cutlery.

22. With 10 restaurants, Manchester has the highest branch to population density in the country.

23. The two closest Nando's branches in Britain are just one minute's walk from one another.

24. They're both in Gateshead's MetroCentre.

25. According to fan site Rate Your Nando's, restaurants can now be found in 23 countries worldwide; including Bahrain, Fiji, and Zambia.

26. Nando's has the royal seal of approval – Prince Harry was spotted in the Fulham branch on the way home from a night out.

27. Prime Minister David Cameron is also a fan.

28. The capital city furthest away from a Nando's is Santiago, Chile. Its nearest Nando's can be found 4,915 miles away in Camps Bay, Cape Town.

29. While the most isolated city in the UK is Inverness – 83 miles from the nearest Nando's.

30. The biggest Nando's in the world can be found in Westfield Stratford in East London.

31. It can seat 260 customers at once.

32. The Belmont Street Nando's in Aberdeen is the most northerly Nando's in the whole world.

33. Conversely, Queenstown Frankton Nando's in New Zealand is the most southern branch on the planet.

34. The three most populous British towns that DON'T have a Nando's are Stoke-on-Trent (250,000), Stockton-on-Tees (84,000), and Birkenhead (84,000).

35. However, according to global chief executive Andrew Lynch, the rough plan is to grow the UK operation by 30 branches each year – so if your town doesn't have one yet, never say never!

36. And finally, Beyoncé loves Nando's so much that she (and her entourage) once racked up a £1,440 bill in the Chelmsford restaurant.