One KFC store in Cheshire was rated 1.5 stars out of 5 by online reviewers as the “worst” in the UK Tripadvisor, and 175 1-star ratings out of a total of 233.
CheshireLive Reporter Jonathan Blackburn paid a visit to see if the outlet really deserved the title …
It has its critics, but on behalf of CheshireLive, I was determined to put Northwich KFC to the test to see if it deserves better than its nickname “Worst KFC in Britain”.
Through the door, and the place is clean, modern, and airy. Not the windowless basement slaughterhouse I expected.
At the checkout, the cashier and I try to hear each other over the noise of the kitchen. The vats hum loudly and softly under the clank of metal and the beeping of the ovens.
It was £ 4.99 for a vegan burger, no fries.
“There’s no salad, supply shortages. Do we have a vegan burger? Last one. Your lucky day,” I was told.
It was £ 5.39 for a bag of chicken and a tiny bag of fries.
I turn to my sad looking vegan burger and choose the plant-based, saladless substitute as my first victim.
And it really isn’t that bad. Yes, some green would be nice, but that’s certainly worth more than a one star rating, even if the price got me writhing and the lack of chips was confusing.
But any optimism the brave little Quorn burger harbored was erased by the following pint of fat as I turned to the chicken.
A crack of dry batter and a flood of liquid fat gushes out. The chicken is using my mouth as a kind of fat griddle as I struggle to contain the oil spill – the environmental disaster ready to pour onto my scarf.
The oil has nowhere to go but down, I eat and swallow.
As I write, I can feel the arteries constrict. And worse, it was all in vain. Tasteless, except for the salt, which quickly dried up the last drop of the orange bottle with which I had washed the whole thing down.
Although I will never come back, I was surprised to find a clean, pleasant hotel, thoroughly fine. Just a shame they forgot to name the food.
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