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McDonald's - A family friendly restaurant for breakfast, lunch & tea!
Member Name: geodougal
Advantages: budget & family friendly, plenty of variety, quick service, produce from local sources
Disadvantages: Not many options for veggies, cold fries
Over the years McDonald's has gained a bad reputation for the food it produces, but it's not all that bad! McDonald's claims that all the eggs they use even in salad dressings are free range, they only use cuts of 100 % British and Irish beef, they use organic semi-skimmed milk in all of their teas, coffees, milk bottles and porridge, only ever use fresh dairy milk for ice-creams, milkshakes and desserts, all of their pork comes from farms across Britain and Ireland, most of their potatoes are sourced from the UK, their vegetables and fruits come from England when in season, all the fish is from a sustainable source, all of their cheese is made in Northern Ireland and their burger buns and bread baked fresh in Manchester, Banbury and Oxfordshire. So really, I can't find anything to complain about on that front. Yes its fast food and fast food isn't supposed to be healthy (even though there are healthy-ish options on the menu!) but all of their produce is from local sources and they use 100 % beef. Quite frankly my children love McDonald's, my husband loves McDonald's and I love McDonald's and I don't want to deprive us of the things we love, everything in moderation is fine, so that's why once in a while me and my family will take a trip out to McDonald's for tea!
~ McDonald's Background ~
McDonald's operates in over 119 countries across the globe. It first started in California in 1940. There are over 33,000 McDonald's restaurants worldwide and has over 420,000 employees. It is the worlds largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 68 million customers daily. McDonald's provides both counter and drive through services with indoor and sometimes outdoor seating.
~ Availability ~
It's rare you will find anywhere in the UK without a McDonald's. It's a consistent fast food restaurant so it's nice to know there will always be something for you eat whilst out and about. There is nearly always one at motorway service stations and shopping centres.
~ Service & Staff ~
When visiting McDonald's I always find me and my family are not left waiting long in the queue even if it's out of the door (which is often is). So it lives up to It's fast food status. Once you get to the till and order your food I find you are never left waiting long, and if you are going to have to wait the member of staff often offers to bring the items your waiting on over to you. The staff seem to deal pretty well with the business of the restaurant and I rarely get my order taken wrong and if I do I always get an apology and sometimes even a free food item. I usually find the staff to be nice and polite, they are often young but I don't have a problem with that because kids need jobs these days! As long as they respect me and my family whilst in their restaurant I have no issues. The manager is often ambling around so if there is any problems he/she is easy enough to get hold of.
~ The food ~
McDonald's provide a variety of fast food products including beef burgers, fries, chicken burgers, wraps, fish, salads, breakfasts, kids meals, drinks and desserts all at very reasonable prices! You can get a child's meal for £1.99 which consists of either a burger, fish fingers or chicken nuggets with a small fries and a drink! Bargain! I always find the food to taste fresh (as fresh as fast food can taste anyway) the salad always seems crisp and the buns and bread are never stale. I have been served cold fries before which does seem to be a common occurrence so it's worth asking to wait for fresh fries if you're not in a hurry. All of the other food items always seem to come hot (obviously not the salad!) The menu caters for everybody including the health conscious which is nice as I am health conscious even though most of my reviews are on junk food :D nutritional information is displayed clearly on the menu too, so It's handy for the calorie counters. Another great thing about the food at McDonald's is that it's made to your taste, if you don't like mayonnaise you can have it without, if you don't want cheese they will take it out without any fuss! It's not often you can find a restaurant that will cater for the fussy people like me who are picky about what goes in their meal. The only complaint I have about the food is that there is lack of choice for vegetarians. I am not a vegetarian myself but I know people who are who would like to enjoy something apart from a plate of salad or a veggie burger. I find a lot of the food to taste very salty, especially the fries which isn't a bad thing for your taste buds but it may be for your health.
~ Overall opinion ~
I don't think McDonald's is as bad as people make out, the service is good and the food is tasty and it's definitely family friendly. I would recommend McDonald's to anybody really, even dieters as you're sure to find something to suit your diet needs. I know McDonald's is a favourite with children especially. It's also much cheaper than say somewhere like pizza hut, so if your purse is looking a bit empty McDonald's is the place to go!
I'm Lovin' it!
Summary: Why not treat yourself and your family once in a while?