Friday, 18 Sep 2020

McDonald's reopens first 11 motorway service station restaurants

McDonald’s reopens its first walk-in restaurants today as 11 motorway service station eateries start taking takeaway orders

  • McDonald’s has reopened 11 Roadchef service station restaurants today
  • Roll-out to high street, town and city centre restaurants across UK from June 24
  • Number of customers in store will be capped, with a one-way system in place 
  • There will be hand sanitiser at cleaning stations with seating areas closed off

McDonald’s has today reopened its first 11 motorway service station restaurants for takeaway orders by customers.

The fast food chain has been working hard to get its restaurants back open after being forced to close them due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In the next phase of its reopening the Roadchef service station restaurants threw open their doors at 11am this morning for walk-in takeaway for motorway users.

This will roll-out to high street, town and city centre restaurants across the UK and Ireland from Wednesday, June 24. 

The number of customers allowed in store will be capped, with a one-way system in place and hand sanitiser at cleaning stations. 

There will be fewer self-order screens switched on, sanitised at least every 30 minutes, while seating areas, customer toilets and lifts will remain closed.

Pictured: Huge queues formed at drive thrus across the country after more than 1,000 reopened, including this one in Stourbidge The fast food chain has been working hard to get its restaurants back open after being forced to close them due to the coronavirus pandemic

Pictured: The McDonald’s at Roadway services on the motorway near Watford 

An aerial shot shows cars circling a McDonald’s in Huddersfield on June 3

The restaurants will also have fewer self-order screens switched on and will sanitise those in use at least every 30 minutes. 

Colouring books and play areas will remain closed, as will the seating areas, customer toilets and lifts.  

The High Street chain has also emphasised that people should not visit any of the restaurants if they are unwell. 

Which 11 new restaurants are now open?

STRENSHAM M5 SOUTHBOUND service area

CLACKET LANE M25 EASTBOUND service area

CHESTER M56 service area

MAGOR M4 service area

SANDBACH M6 SOUTHBOUND service area

ROWNHAMS M27 SOUTHBOUND service area

DURHAM A1M service area

ANNANDALE WATER A47(M) service area

TAUNTON DEANE M5 SOUTHBOUND service area

WATFORD GAP M1 SOUTHBOUND service area

TIBSHELF NORTHBOUND M1 service area

McDonald’s also announced that its popular breakfast menu will be back from June 24 but has yet to reveal the branches at which it will be available.

McDonald’s said the breakfast menu will only be available in ‘a small number’ of restaurants to begin with as part of a trial. The plan is then to roll it out nationwide in July if the trial is deemed successful.

There was chaos across the country as the fast food giant reopened 1,000 restaurants last week with orders via McDelivery or via one of 923 drive-thrus. 

Customers were seen queuing for hours to get their hands on a Big Mac, with cars blocking off emergency vehicles in some locations.  

Fans can also get their hands on McMuffins as of June 24 when McDonald’s will trial breakfast service in a small number of restaurants. 

It aims to roll out the breakfast menu nationwide in July. Stores reopened with a restricted menu last month, with lower staff numbers and social distancing in kitchens. 

Tomorrow, McDelivery will return in over 570 restaurants across the UK and Ireland. 

The full list will be available on the McDonald’s website in the morning and customers will be able to order via Uber Eats or Just Eat from 11am.  

The fast-food chain started reopening to the public on June 2 when 168 restaurants were opened offering drive-thru services and an extra 22 stores were offering deliveries.

The next day, 497 more drive-thru restaurants opened with 42 of those also offering delivery.

On June 4 McDonald’s reopened another 261 restaurants which took the total number of stores back open to just under 1,000. 

With breakfast back, what will be included in McDonalds’ limited menu? 

Main Menu:

Cheeseburger

Hamburger

Double Cheeseburger

Big Mac

Quarter Pounder with Cheese

McChicken Sandwich

Filet-O-Fish

Chicken McNuggets

Chicken Selects 

The breakfast menu (in a few weeks)

Sides & Desserts:

Fries

Mozzarella Dippers 

McFlurry (Oreo, Maltesers, Smarties)

Fruit Bag

What’s Out? 

No milkshakes or smoothies 

No chicken wraps   

There are no promotional items, such as the Big Tasty Range 

No carrot stick bags, apple pies or muffins 

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