American fast food chain Popeyes is set to make its UK debut, opening its flagship London restaurant at Stratford Westfield.
The brand’s first London site will open in November 2021 and will (ironically) replace a current outlet of KFC at the Stratford Westfield shopping centre. The menu for the London branch will be the same as at its various US locations, which means there will be no dishes that are exclusive to the UK. However, those who have tried Popeyes before can expect to find familiar staples such as chicken tenders, chicken nuggets and a signature fried chicken sandwich.
The opening of the Stratford site is part of a larger UK expansion plan, with Popeyes aiming to open 350 stores across the UK. Speaking about the prospect of adding further UK locations, Popeyes chief executive Tom Crowley commented: “All our locations will be carefully chosen, in communities that echo the Louisianan spirit synonymous with Popeyes.”
Popeyes is best known as a fried chicken restaurant and currently operates more than 2,000 sites across the USA. The brand also has quite a few famous fans, including singer Justin Bieber, rapper Cardi B and reality TV star and makeup mogul Kylie Jenner.
The fried chicken chain is not the first American fast food juggernaut to attempt to crack the UK market. Earlier this year, it was announced that Wendy’s plans to open 400 UK restaurants following initial failed attempts in the 1980s and 1990s, while fried chicken sandwich restaurant Chick-fil-A also attempted to open on UK shores, but had its lease at a Reading shopping centre cancelled just one week after opening, following protests by local residents who disagreed with the chain’s history of funding anti-LGBTQIA+ groups.
To help you prepare for the opening of the first Popeyes UK location, we’ve answered some of the most popular questions about the news below.
Popeyes UK locations: where will they be?
Currently, Popeyes has only confirmed the opening of one UK site at the Stratford Westfield shopping centre in East London, but the group does eventually plan to open 350 UK restaurants.
Popeyes UK menu
Popeyes has confirmed that the UK menu will be exactly the same as its US menu. This means you can expect to find all of the usual Popeyes signatures, including its famous fried chicken sandwich, its chicken nuggets and its chicken tenders. Here are a few of the most popular serves:
• Classic Chicken Sandwich
• Spicy Chicken Sandwich
• Chicken Nuggets with Thee Hottie Sauce
• Chicken Tenders
• Popcorn Shrimp
• Mashed Potato with Gravy
• Cajun Fries
• Red Beans and Rice
• Strawberry and Cream Cheese Pie
Popeyes UK vegan menu
For the first time ever, Popeyes is introducing a vegan burger. Instead of the usual imitation meat which many of its competitor’s favour, this will be a classic bean burger. The Creole Red Bean Sandwich combines a 100% plant-based bean burger that has been breaded and fried for a crunchy finish with fresh lettuce, juicy tomato slices and a creamy garlic Creole sauce. All of this is sandwiched in a brioche bun, sans le beurre.
Popeyes UK menu prices
The prices for Popeyes UK haven’t been released yet, so we are not sure how much a meal here will cost. We’re expecting the menu of fried chicken sandwiches and nuggets to be in line with the American offering, with meals set at budget-friendly prices.
Popeyes UK opening dates
The first UK restaurant for Popeyes will open on the 20 November 2021 at the Stratford Westfield shopping centre in East London.
In other news, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has announced plans to bring back his UK restaurants.