If you thought you hated our opinions on the best and worst restaurant chains in the UK, wait until you read what’s in store for you now.
Britain has largely recognized the appeal of fast food. We think more about what we eat, what it might cost us and so on. But there are still times when it’s the only thing that will do. You may be stuck in an airport, in the middle of a long car ride, or wrestling with a hangover that makes you wonder why you’re doing the stupid things you’re doing — but when it’s time, it’s time.
Without exception, everyone has their favourites. We’ve included the coffee chains here as an excuse to bitch about it, to be honest. Let us know how wrong we are in the comments.
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No chain has ever managed to market itself successfully despite poor quality. Your local coffee gaffs are so much better and the food would be turned away at school lunches. I had a steak roll the other day where the steak was the kind of soggy beef that people stopped buying in the ’90s. It should have been released in the UK by the time Friends was finished.
Walking from Runshaw College down to Leyland Tube used to be a pleasure. Everyone had a favorite Subway order. It didn’t matter that they never managed to make their breakfast sandwiches acceptable. We thought we were pure innovators because we could mix the self-serve drinks and pop our straws loudly.
For some reason, the appeal of a subway wasn’t quite as timeless as the others on this list. It’s hard to get a good burger on the go — it’s not hard to get a better sandwich.
There are 280 calories per slice in a large Domino’s pizza slice. `Admittedly, nobody goes to Domino’s for a healthy option, but it’s one that surprised me.
I kind of like certain things about dominoes. How it got me off my radar at all other than being in the Simpsons commercials to be on most high streets is some excellent marketing. Convincing people that spending £40 on a take-away pizza is reasonable, even more so. Haven’t you all heard of Darios?!
Ultimately loses because the pizza just isn’t that good.
7. Costa coffee
Climbs up several spots due to a food partnership with M&S which saved me on a recent dull morning at Lancaster train station. Coffee is better than Starbucks and the whole experience feels less gross overall. Still not as good as just going somewhere else for a beer, but definitely a better choice.
The newbie. The supposedly healthy choice. The one that now dominates service and train stations. That’s where this list turns into some really good options. Not cheap at all. Your supermarket range of sauces is really very good. I could probably eat their waffle fries in bulk, but it would undoubtedly be a pointless task after opting for a supposedly healthy option.
On a good day, KFC tops this list — and on a bad day, it falls under Subway. In 2022 we shouldn’t be debating which KFCs are our favorites because there is such a big difference in quality. By the way, the correct answer is the one at Preston Docks. The very first KFC in Britain was in Preston. It has roots here, we want it to get better.
Still, when it comes to the point, it’s everything you’d expect from fast food and you need a big nap.
4. Taco Bell
Taco Bell is so high partly because of absenteeism. The closest is in Manchester. It still feels like a treat when you spot one. We have the same thing with tortilla burritos when we visit Birmingham.
Think McDonald’s but Mexican but also not really Mexican at all. Ridiculously low cost even if you are in London. Probably best on the list for the tight quota as well. It may drop some points if it actually does finally open in Lancashire (Manchester doesn’t count until you fill my emails with hate).
3. Burger King
The burgers at Burger King are the best of any fast food chain out there. It’s in the name what honest marketing is when you think about it. I enjoy the Bacon Double Cheese there so much that I still have angry memories of my dad biting the last bite of it at 10, ending it with a smug “Oh, is that for me?”
They get bonus points for always having a presence, overpriced but still excellent, at the gas stations, airports, and train stations I’m stuck at.
Greggs and I have something in common. None of us can afford to exist in London. Most cities have better places for baked goods, but Greggs offers reassuring reliability. They introduced a vegan sausage roll and made it their most popular product, underscoring Greggs’ broad church.
It’s so popular that there’s even been an unsuccessful campaign to have Greggs perform at Download Festival. Much like London, you can’t imagine people actually wanting to pay more for those sausage rolls.
A friend once told me that if what the Michelin Guide looks for in restaurants is consistency and indulgence, McDonald’s is the most obvious omission. He may or may not have had a point about the guide, but he definitely had a point about consistency.
The earlier comment that there are good and bad KFCs? That just doesn’t happen at McDonalds in my experience. It’s the same everywhere. A double cheeseburger in London is the same as in the Capitol Centre. By and large, it’s not even that unhealthy anymore. You could go to a Spoons and order his ultimate burger, or you could eat 6.47 McDonald’s cheeseburgers for the same calories. Your breakfast remains the only official hangover remedy. Many people will have a favorite about McDonalds, but it’s the most popular for a very good reason.