When you think of where our country’s top chefs like to go, McDonald’s isn’t one that usually pops into your mind, is it? Specifically the McDonald’s in Welshpool. This particular cheap, fast food restaurant was an unusual entry from Gareth Ward, who heads up the UK’s best restaurant, Ynyshir, when Wales Online spoke with him some weeks ago to ask about his favourite places to eat, reports Wales Online.
The best Maccy D’s in the world
Now, his two other choices were more than understandable – Baravin in Aberystwyth and a local fish and chip shop called Caersws Fish Bar, whose experimental chippie dishes seem to be pushing the boat out, as described by Gareth.
But McDonald’s shocked us as a firm favourite of his, with the chef of a two Michelin star, five AA rosette and multiple award-winning restaurant stating it could possibly claim to be the best Maccy D’s in the world; Gareth even went so far as to say second best restaurant in Wales – after his award-winning Machynlleth restaurant and rooms, surely?
Speaking to us about this McDonald’s restaurant that has made such an impression on the renowned award-winning chef, he said: “Welshpool McDonald’s. I’m telling you now, Welshpool McDonald’s is on a different level. It’s just got different [elements] to everyone else. [It’s] just absolutely smashing it. Last time I had a crispy chicken and it definitely had [something like] truffle mayonnaise on it. I don’t think it did, but it tasted like it did. Everybody I speak to says this is, by far, the best MacDonald’s in the world. Welshpool McDonald’s that’s what it’s all about.”
Located in the Enterprise Park in Welshpool, Powys, this McDonald’s, which only opened in May, 2021, has a drive-thru option, self-serving kiosks, 26 parking spaces, open 24 hours a day for seven days a week, and digital menu boards. You can even order straight from your mobile – and those are just the perks of the store. The food itself has been described as even more delicious than other McCafes people have been to, with succulent beef and piping hot chips.
And so, with other reviews on Google and Tripadvisor praising it with an equal amount of high regard – “The staff are polite, the service is quick and the food is fresh… This one is different.”, “One of the best McDonald’s I’ve used” and “Best Macdonald’s I’ve been in. Fresh and juicy beef (wasn’t expecting good meat at McDonald’s), quick service, table service. We got greeted at the door” – it’s safe to say the next thing we had to do was try it out for ourselves. To see if it lived up to expectation, of course.
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Source: Wales Online