10 Most Popular Fast Foods That British People Love

One of the most fastest growing trends in UK culture is that of fast foods. Although more Brits are healthier than ever, the ordering of takeaways is still on the rise. The accessibility to such foods is easier than ever, with delivery services like Deliveroo making it easier than ever to get fast food delivered to your home in just a matter of minutes.

No matter who you are, when the hunger strikes, you have your preferences and your "go to" options. You may have your local takeaways, or you may prefer to actually walk into your favourite fast food restaurant - either way, fast food isn't healthy, but it's kind of addictive.

Here, in no particular order, we've taken the ten most popular fast foods that the British people love most. Take a look below and see where your favourite ranks.


KFC, also known as Kentucky Fried Chicken, is an American fast food restaurant chain that specialises in fried chicken. It is the world's second-largest restaurant chain after McDonald's, with 22,621 locations globally in 136 countries as of December 2018. It is still the most popular chicken fast food place in the UK.


McDonald's is the world's largest restaurant chain by revenue, serving over 69 million customers daily in over 100 countries. It is still, by far, the most popular fast food chain in the United Kingdom. McDonald's hold the most appeal because of its consistency, longevity, and its affordable meals.

Domino's Pizza

Domino's Pizza, Inc., branded as Domino's, is an American multinational pizza restaurant chain founded in 1960. It recently overtook Pizza Hut as the nation's favourite pizza joint. Much of that was how Domino's revolutionised the easy online ordering and fast delivery.


Greggs plc is the largest bakery chain in the United Kingdom. It specialises in savoury products such as bakes, sausage rolls and sandwiches and sweet items including doughnuts and vanilla slices. This British chain is the most popular food of choice for lunchtime revellers.

Papa John's Pizza

Papa Johns is an American pizza restaurant franchise. It runs the fourth largest pizza delivery restaurant chain in the United States, and is the fastest growing pizza chain in the United Kingdom, behind only Domino's and Pizza Hut in the popularity stakes.


Subway is an American privately-held restaurant franchise that primarily sells submarine sandwiches and salads. It is one of the fastest-growing franchises in the world and, as of October 2019, had 41,512 locations in more than 100 countries. More than half its locations are in the United States, but the chain has seen huge growth and popularity in the UK over recent years.

Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut is an American restaurant chain and international franchise which was founded in 1958. The company is known for its Italian-American cuisine menu, including pizza and pasta, as well as side dishes and desserts. Pizza Hut is one of the 'big three' pizza chains in the United Kingdom, and a regular go-to place for pizza loving Brits.

Five Guys

Five Guys is a fast-food chain with made-to-order burgers, fries & hot dogs, plus free peanuts while you wait. It is the newest chain on this list, and relative new to the UK. Although quite expensive for a fast food chain, Five Guys is growing in popularity, and is set to become one of the top fast food outlets in the next few years.


Nando's is a South African restaurant chain, specialising in Portuguese food such as peri-peri style chicken dishes. Founded in Johannesburg in 1987, Nando's operates over 1,000 outlets in 35 countries. Nando's restaurants are hugely popular in the UK, as they offer a tasty and slightly healthier fast food option.

German Doner Kebab

The doner kebab has always been one of the best selling fast foods in the UK. German Doner Kebab is a fast food retailer that has created a healthy and nutritionally balanced approach to traditional kebabs. This is still a growing chain, but expect to see it grow substantially over the coming years.

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