restaurant chains

A massive array of restaurants and fast food chains around the UK are now welcoming consumers again after very nearly two months of closures. Restaurants and café chains are bit by bit reopening their doors to the public after over eight weeks of lockdown. Patrons will not be able to dine in and workers will be wholly sheltered with PPE such as masks and gloves. Here are all of the ones open over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Pizza Express

Pizza Express is to reopen 13 London restaurants for delivery only in the subsequent 10 days as it tests the water for a nationwide return to business. Pizza rival Franco Manca is also now open for business – with lots of London stores now accepting takeaways only. This embraces Chiswick, Belsize Park, Putney, East Dulwich, Bishopsgate, Balham and Westbourne Grove.


If you are after a chili-cheese toastie or a coffee-to-go, Starbucks has reopened 150 drive-thru stores. Novel safety measures at UK sites consist of regular hand-washing for at least 20 seconds, two meter social distancing, screens at payment zones and the usage of contactless payment only. The reopening menu consists of Starbucks’ core range of drinks and some degree of food range. Seating zones remain sealed.


It has been a remarkable week for McDonald’s fans after the fast-food giant declared 39 new openings in the South East and London. Fans will be able to select between McDelivery, Deliveroo and UberEats, or you can pick your order up by car. All outlets will be open for takeaways only from 10am to 11pm, with seating zones set to remain sealed for the predictable future.


Wagamama has now reopened 24 restaurants, with plans for the subsequent 20 to follow on May 28. By the end of June there will be 67 restaurants aiding the public again. The move follows a prosperous trial at four branches – Peckham, Hackney, Bow and Leeds – which has been running since April 30. You will be able to place orders on Deliveroo, Just Eat or UberEats for delivery – contingent on your locality. You can also order food for takeaway via the Wagamama website. Maximum of the reopened branches will be restaurant locations, although kitchen-only establishments are encompassed too.

TGI Friday’s

TGI Friday’s reopened 24 branches on May 6, with strategies to magnify this to a dozen more on May 27. In a statement, the American diner said restaurants will be accessible for click and collect orders. The majority, in addition to Leeds, Birstall Junction, will also offer home delivery. For click and collect orders, consumers will be able to pay for their food on the TGI Friday’s website before gathering it from outside their adjoining restaurant. The firm said social distancing measures will be in place when clienteles collect food. Home delivery orders will have to be placed via Deliveroo or Just Eat, contingent on your location, though click and collect will be free. The recently reopened TGI branches will be open from 12pm until 9pm Monday to Sunday, with an abridged menu of 22 items. This will consist of popular items such as its Sesame Chicken Strips, Ultimate Double Glazed Ribs and the Classic American Burger.

Burger King

Burger King UK has reopened 12 restaurants across England and Scotland so far, seven for delivery and one for drive-through consumers. Restaurants will be open from midday to 11pm, and patrons will be able to place their orders via Deliveroo and Just Eat. The branches are working with a limited menu for now, but Burger King has guaranteed customers that the Chicken Royale, Bacon Double Cheeseburger and Whopper will all be accessible to order. In a statement, chief executive, Alasdair Murdoch said the chain is targeting to open at least 350 of its restaurants by the end of June.


KFC has reopened 500 branches across the UK, following in the footpaths of competitors McDonald’s, Subway and Burger King. The chain has been gradually reopening restaurants across the UK for home delivery, drive-thru or click and collects over the past fortnight. However, dining zones remains shut according to Government guidelines on how hospitality businesses can function during the coronavirus pandemic. KFC said its home delivery alternatives will be accessible via Deliveroo, Just Eat and UberEats. Keep in mind that you will need to pay a delivery fee on top of your food order, contingent on how far away you are from your adjoining restaurant.

Costa Coffee

High street coffee chain Costa has reopened 46 more branches, following a trial across the UK earlier this month. The coffee store said 79 stores are now open for takeaways, comprising quite a lot of in London, Edinburgh and Manchester. Jill McDonald, chief executive of Costa, said outlets will operate on a different look and feel, with patrons queuing two meters apart and just a handful permissible in each branch at a time. The chain has hosted numerous changes to safeguard its staff and consumers, including introducing hand sanitizer stations and perspex screens for patrons. Staff will also be wearing masks and other private protective equipment. Costa will only accept contactless payment and won’t be able to accept physical Coffee Club cards, although consumers can still gather and redeem loyalty points using the Costa app. The coffee chain also has a narrow menu on offer and will not be accepting reusable mugs.