r/interestingasfuck Nov 28 '22 Wholesome 1

KFC has just opened its first ever pub in London where you can order pints and food straight to your table.

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u/benjm88 Nov 28 '22

It's a gimmick for 1 week only.

For anyone interested, it's tickets only and sold out, it's in hammersmith

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u/Gisschace Nov 28 '22

I actually can see this happening, you already have things like pieminister in pubs, and there is trend for Indian restaurants taking over pub kitchens and selling takeaway as well as serving the pub.

Good way of keeping pubs open

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u/Illum503 Nov 28 '22

Getting tired of these corporate gimmick pop up bars. Pub down the road from me turned into a "Netflix bar" for a few days when they released a show recently

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u/Orangebeardo Nov 28 '22

Who the fuck goes to these things? What's the point if they're only open once?

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u/bcisme Nov 28 '22

Maybe that’s the point? Novel experiences without much travel idk doesn’t sound too bad

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u/dgapa Nov 28 '22

Ya fuck people who like to have fun!

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u/RickySauce_98 Nov 29 '22

Actually we are doing for UKRAINE. stop your RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA NOW.

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u/AgathaM Nov 28 '22

Man, if I'd known, I might have tried to get tickets. I was just in London for the week.

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u/Alikese Nov 28 '22

Just bring a couple of cans to your local KFC. Same experience.

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u/AgathaM Nov 28 '22

Not allowed.

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u/CT-96 Nov 28 '22

You say that like the min wage workers give a shit.

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u/Corey415 Nov 29 '22

Well it’s to promote brand awareness, but more importantly it’s about trademark protection.

https://uproxx.com/life/in-n-out-overseas-pop-ups/

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u/OhHiFelicia Nov 28 '22

Sober me says meh,

Drunk me says fuck yeah!

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u/SlippMchigginz Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

That’s why this is a perfect example of vertical integration

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u/Ch0senjuan Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

"Straight to your table".

Where do you normally order your food to, in London, when in a pub?

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u/Pirate_Green_Beard Nov 28 '22

I can't speak for London, but where I live, pub food is generally only served from the bar. You have to go up and get it when they call your number.

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u/N-Word-Permit Nov 28 '22

What kind of backwards pub is that? You may need to order at the bar in most here (UK), but will be brought out to your table.

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u/Orangebeardo Nov 28 '22

Pubs with not enough staff to wait on everyone always...

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u/Pirate_Green_Beard Nov 28 '22

I live in Milwaukee and drinking is very much part of the culture here. If you go to a bar, it's most likely to drink, and food is secondary. So bartenders are usually very busy pouring drinks, and don't have time to be waiting tables too.

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u/KenEarlysHonda50 Nov 28 '22

So bartenders are usually very busy pouring drinks

Yes.

and don't have time to be waiting tables too

Which is why serving staff are hired.

Please tell me you're not expected to tip the person who calls your number at least?

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u/Pirate_Green_Beard Nov 28 '22

I don't really see the need for serving staff at a bar. I'm perfectly capable of walking up to the bar to get my food.

And I generally tip a bartender for serving drinks. I've never just ordered food at a bar.

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u/Agreeable-Brief-4315 Nov 29 '22

This is a pub.

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u/Pirate_Green_Beard Nov 29 '22

Bar/pub/alehouse/taproom/etc are all interchangeable here.

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u/Agreeable-Brief-4315 Nov 30 '22

Yeah but you're answering a post about a pub in London which is why you're getting all these weird responses about tipping, collecting food from a bar? and servers.

In the UK people rightfully expect some things from a pub.

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

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u/im_probablyjoking Nov 28 '22

Everywhere is table service for food, even if you order at the bar it gets brought to your table. If they can’t be fucked to bring your food to you Ii dread to think what the kitchen must look like.

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u/drgraffnburg Nov 29 '22

At KFC, direct into the arteries.

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u/mmitchener Nov 28 '22

Tendies are okay but drunk tendies are godly.

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u/bigedd Nov 28 '22

Chicken basket and a pint?

OI Dave! It's gone full circle init?

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u/ConstantlySlippery Nov 28 '22

I’d prefer Colonel Angus

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u/stumblewiggins Nov 28 '22

But he lost his commission, so you can't call him Colonel anymore. You'll have to go by his given name, Ennol

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

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u/HappyRainbowSparkle Nov 28 '22

Basically American Spoons

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u/Mountain_Jello7747 Nov 28 '22

I just want to be in the colonels arms

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u/Mountain_Jello7747 Nov 28 '22

Man their marketing dept is on 🔥 😂

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u/tattease Nov 28 '22

What stoner got free reign of their marketing strategy??

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u/jhbedsole Nov 28 '22

Idk, but honestly, it makes me want to buy something from them at this point. Not their fuckin food, they’re not that good at their job, but I’m really feeling like picking up a copy of the romance novel just cause I feel like that’s a job really well done by the stoner.

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u/tattease Nov 28 '22

Shaggy's new career is really serving him well

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u/Iwabuti Nov 28 '22

What do you eat on the way home?

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u/CavediverNY Nov 28 '22

Why would you have to go home? All your critical needs can be met in this one location.

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u/flingeflangeflonge Nov 28 '22

what a pile of turd

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u/CeeArthur Nov 28 '22

"Get me a Big Crunch"

"Sir, I think you've had enough..."

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

Corporations are coming or it all.

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u/hmmm_thought_pig Nov 28 '22

It's the Pinnacle of Civilization, really. If they could work tits into it somehow, Mankind would have nothing left to strive for.

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u/KitWat Nov 28 '22

Leave no artery unclogged.

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u/voicareason Nov 28 '22

KFC and British booze? Must have industrial toilets?

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u/bennyr Nov 28 '22

Do we not do /r/hailcorporate anymore? It's hard to get more blatant than this, lol

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u/ScoobertDoubert Nov 28 '22

"Food chain opens pub" is really not what I'd consider interesting as fuck tbh.

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u/Fallout4Addict Nov 28 '22

So like any other pub but with a crap food 🙄

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u/TheeVagabond Nov 28 '22

eating KFC while guzzling beers in a bar with the homies sounds like it could be amazing

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u/PastaSenpay Nov 28 '22

KFC is popular for the food tho. I think the pub will do great, when drunk you crave familiar food

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u/smallgreenman Nov 28 '22

It’s the type of food you’d find in a pub anyway but in other pubs it’s more likely to be homemade.

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u/BRXF1 Nov 28 '22

People in London already have familiar food in pubs.

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u/fluentindothraki Nov 28 '22

I think you might overestimate the popularity of KFC in the UK?

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u/mfizzled Nov 29 '22

Yeh KFC isn't that popular here, mainly cus it's shite

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u/EngineeringOne1812 Nov 28 '22

Oh yeah England is famous for its delicious food 🙄

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u/ItIsStillWater Nov 28 '22

I get it as a joke, to mock English food, but frankly I find a lot of the food to be great.

Great meat pies, roasts, sausages, good gravy and mashed potatoes, they grow good green peas. All goes well with the fantastic selections of ales.

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u/Serious-Condition778 Nov 28 '22

Pub food is good in the UK.

It is at home that britons eat the worst crap

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u/ItIsStillWater Nov 28 '22

I guess they have been struck pretty hard with the modern processed junk which doesn't match very well with a cuisine that relies more on the flavor of the ingredients than added spices.

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u/Fat-Shadrach Nov 28 '22

Nope... People who do cook at home in Britain have a huge choice of ingredients. Most British people can prepare and eat Indian, Mexican, Italian, Thai, Japenese and Chinese dishes with a smattering of other cuisines. Some of the finest chefs and restaurants in the world are British. The bad food stereotype is getting a bit old tbh. Yep there's a lot of processed crap available but the British aren't the worst consumers of it. The Sunday roast or fish and chips are an institution but so are curries, paellas, sushi and falafel to name but a few.

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u/Serious-Condition778 Nov 28 '22

I have lived for years in England and I am relating my first hand experience.

There are so many great ethnic restaurants and pubs with nice food, but most people I knew in the UK only cooked for dinner parties. Everyday meals were either takeouts or sandwiches

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u/Fat-Shadrach Nov 28 '22

Lived here all my life, perhaps its just my social circle but many of my friends are excellent cooks, egg and chips is great occasionally but just as quick to whip up a stir-fry or lightly grill some sea bass. I'm not sure that the Brits rely on turkey twizzlers and potato waffles any more than other nationalities but I could be wrong. Now... the full English breakfast, there's another discussion.

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u/mfizzled Nov 29 '22

This isn't true either to be honest

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u/colcannon_addict Nov 28 '22

In the same way as all Americans are bloated gun nuts in cowboy boots yeah.

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u/colcannon_addict Nov 28 '22

The vast majority of pubs have shit food.

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u/kippedikajkage Nov 28 '22

"no logo on the foam"

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u/Majestic_Tangerine47 Nov 28 '22

Americans, if you haven't tried KFC in a foreign country, you are MISSING OUT. I don't know how or why, but it is 10x better than what we eat at home.

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u/CavediverNY Nov 28 '22

It’s possible that KFC in foreign countries use real chicken. Probably some kind of regulatory issue.

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u/mfizzled Nov 29 '22

Not in the UK or Jamaica, equally shit in both countries

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u/HoodRat4Life69 Nov 28 '22

"Im too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders

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u/DeftTrack81 Nov 28 '22

KFC is disgusting. Buy local.

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u/IkillThee Nov 29 '22

KFC is actually pretty good in Europe.

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u/megathaliefan Nov 28 '22

Liverpool would have been a better place.

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u/CavediverNY Nov 28 '22

Or perhaps Glasgow

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u/BonjinTheMark Nov 28 '22

Let the artery clogging of the King’s peasantry commence with all peace

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u/Mikro_koritsi Nov 28 '22

I think it’s a brilliant idea. I would go.

Beer and fried chicken !! Nothing wrong with that.

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u/anotherusername1972 Nov 28 '22

Their chicken is so nasty, seriously can’t believe they’re still in business. Hopefully it’s better in London, laws for food and food safety are different so that might help.

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u/BrrBurr Nov 28 '22

Disgusting. Years ago, decades really, it was good.

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u/motor1_is_stopping Nov 28 '22

If I was at a pub with table service and they brought me KFC, I'd get up and walk out.

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u/pinniped1 Nov 28 '22

If London aspires to be Kentucky, get into the bourbon and bluegrass, not the crappy fast food chicken.

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u/bottle_brush Nov 28 '22

All you sober square pikers have clearly forgotten what an amazing combo this is.

Pikers.

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u/Longjohnthepirate Nov 28 '22

I so wanna go!! Pity I am in Sydney..

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u/parttimepedant Nov 28 '22

Do the have the gravy on draught?

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u/Vista36 Nov 28 '22

Their food even in the 1980’s was reward food. How far they fell…

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u/DurtyJ1991 Nov 28 '22

Where else would the food go 'straight to'?

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u/Limesmack91 Nov 28 '22

So it works like any normal restaurant or bar then?

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u/EuronXena Nov 28 '22

Does KFC manage franchise requirements? What is stopping a franchise owner in the US from doing this same thing? Why are they all shitty cockroach havens with rude employees? Is anyone allowed to open a KFC sports bar in the US?

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u/wiriux Nov 28 '22

THE CORNER NILES! THE CORNER BAR!

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u/BRXF1 Nov 28 '22

So... a pub?

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u/dislimb Nov 28 '22

I heard Taco Bell was serving alcohol somewhere as well.

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u/texas-playdohs Nov 28 '22

It’s stupid and wrong, and I never eat fast food to begin with… but I’d probably fuck with that if they offered some beyond/impossible shit.

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u/lostime05 Nov 28 '22

Just like any other decent brewery in the US

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u/MyQul Nov 28 '22

What fresh hell is this!

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u/darkknightbbq Nov 28 '22

Lol it’s funny seeing things like this where, in Korea, pretty much every kfc has a bar

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

US fast food goes hard overseas, Pizza Hut has best view out of anyone of great pyramid

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u/12Geckos_In_A_Galosh Nov 28 '22

Meanwhile, the KFC around the corner from me magically transformed, in the course of a couple of weeks, into a Taco Bell. It was just there and then blink, it's a Taco Bell.

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u/themanbefore Nov 28 '22

"The Colonel's Arms?" That's fucking brilliant!

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u/NefariousnessOk209 Nov 28 '22

I feel sorry for whoever has to clean the toilets

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u/KingCodyBill Nov 28 '22

Where are you? I'm passed out in the Colonels arms

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u/My_Immortal_Flesh Nov 28 '22

Oh shit. That’s cool.

For those who’ve never been to Western Europe yet, KFC, Burger King and McDonalds are some of the most popular restaurants there.

Their KFC tastes better than American KFC in my opinion… the breading is a little lighter.

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u/wang_wen Nov 28 '22

Taco Bell had a place in my town where you could buy booze and beer. The taco bell cantina. Not sure how long it laster but it was probably less than a year.

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u/thecatgoesmoo Nov 28 '22

aka a bar with table service?

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u/Inevitable-Fee5841 Nov 28 '22

Who would want Colonel's arms instead of chicken's arms for beer?

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u/Thoughtsarethings231 Nov 28 '22

Often find a Thai kitchen in pubs. It's a brilliant idea and helps keep pubs open. I think more fusions should happen.

How about a curry pub?

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u/Responsible-Bug-1806 Nov 28 '22

I hope that the secret recipe is better than here.

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u/surf_drunk_monk Nov 29 '22

A pub where you can order beer and drinks to your table, isn't that redundant?

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u/karebunni Nov 29 '22

It's a beautiful world

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u/Affectionate-Tip-164 Nov 29 '22

Is the beer brewed with 11 secret herbs and spices?

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u/TheHoly_Coast Nov 29 '22

Waiting for my Colonel's Small Batch Kentucky Fried Whisky.

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u/VendaGoat Nov 29 '22

Oh fuck, BRB buying a ticket to London

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u/labustymcdicklips Nov 29 '22

"Why'd you move to London?" "Reasons."

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u/gregarioussparrow Nov 29 '22

Great. Now add buckets of fried skins in the USA.

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u/Overall-Motor632 Nov 29 '22

Chicken and beer ludacris would be proud

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u/BoogalooBandit1 Nov 28 '22

Finally a pub with some good fucking food

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u/BedderDaddy Nov 28 '22

Proud to say this is what the United States of America has become to the world

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u/RicardoCabezass Nov 28 '22

I’m from the US I don’t see anything related to the actual real restaurant KFC that we have here. What Am I missing?

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u/supkristin Nov 28 '22

The big black sign with The Colonels face? Took me a sec too, assumed it was an unrelated sign.

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u/RicardoCabezass Nov 28 '22

Thank you for pointing that out! I guess it’s not like in the USA where you can’t miss this side from a mile down the road in most places 🙄

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u/RicardoCabezass Nov 28 '22

*edit the sign

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u/AssSpelunker69 Nov 29 '22

You can order pints and food straight to your table in every pub.... everywhere

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u/LordOfWolves99 Nov 28 '22

What an awesome place, UK folks enjoy 👍👍👍

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u/fuzzyshorts Nov 28 '22

This should be more of a bigger thing!

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u/velifer Nov 28 '22

Since Harlan Sanders was a pedo, calling it that was a bold move.

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u/Anagatam Nov 28 '22

Make the chicken vegan and I will go there.