American fast-food chain Popeyes releases menu ahead of first UK opening this month

The famous American fast food empire is about to open in this country, and says diners can pick from options including its famous chicken sandwich and other fan favourites

American chicken chain Popeyes has revealed its UK menu – and it includes customer favourites like the firm’s chicken sandwich.

Popeyes will open its first UK store in London on November 20, and has today revealed which dishes will be on the menu.

The restaurant will serve options such as 12-hour marinaded chicken, chicken tenders and savoury Southern biscuits and gravy.

An American biscuit is more like what the British would call a savoury scone, and is traditionally served with gravy.

Customers can also choose from hot wings, mac ‘n’ cheese, and even the company’s first vegan option – a Creole red bean patty in a burger bun.

All the chicken will be sourced from the UK, the firm said.

Popeyes will also be bringing its famous range of sauces to the UK, including Mardi Gras mustard and mango habanero hot sauce.

UK customers also get to order the firm’s handmade milkshakes, in flavours including biscuit brands Lotus Biscoff and Oreo.

The new Popeyes store will open at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, in the east of London – and it will also do takeaway.

The branch will be 1,531 sq ft, and was formerly a KFC restaurant.

But a Popeyes statement said more locations would be “announcement imminently”.

The fried chicken chain is owned by Burger King.

Popeyes already has 350 branches in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Overall it has 3,400 restaurants in 25 countries.

In the US, the menu also includes boneless chicken, cajun crispy shrimp, popcorn shrimp, flounder sandwiches, family feasts, sides and more.

The company – which first opened in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1972 – said it sees Britain as the “next big opportunity”.

Previously Elias Diaz Sese, co-founder of Popeyes UK said that the UK expansion could create hundreds of jobs.

He said: “It’s difficult to say exactly what the scale will be right now, but we are looking to create hundreds of jobs in the restaurants and in the supply chain.

“We are definitely looking at both busy city centre locations and neighbourhood high streets.”

The expansion to UK shores follows American diner chain’s Wendy’s – which has returned to high streets for the first time in 21 years .

The popular chain, which shut its last remaining British branch in 1999, this year opened a store in Reading.

A new branch in Stratford, London, then followed in August, and another in Oxford.

It also has plans for a further two sites this year, with one opening in Croydon and another in Romford.

Wendy’s, which is the third largest burger chain in the world after McDonald’s and Burger King, already has 6,700 outlets in 30 countries around the world.

It joins fresh competition from American rivals Five Guys and Shake Shack which have emerged in the UK in the past decade.