Big Changes for McDonalds
A couple of weeks ago I was invited down to McDonalds in Swansea to have a look around their re-vamped restaurant and see all the changes that they have made recently. It was a cold wet evening and the store looked so cosy and welcoming!
Our local McDonalds has itself undergone a huge re-vamp and is completely different so I was really interested to see what changes McDonalds have been putting into place and experiencing them for myself.
Now, I don’t think that many of you will know this but I used to work in McDonalds when I was a teenager! It was my first ever job and I made lifelong friends and learnt so much about work ethic and it was a great starting board for life. Speaking to the owner of the Swansea store he was so passionate about his employees, they had a great staffroom with wifi and some great incentives to work there including discount schemes and even help with education.
When we arrived at the store we were given our very own hats, aprons and badges! We headed out into the store and were shown all the fantastic changes they have been making.
First of all they now have table service! I know, that is a complete game changer! Gone are the days of struggling with all the children and food to find a table. You just go into the store, find a table and sit down. Take a note of which zone you are in and head to the ordering screens. I’ll admit, when I first saw these I was a little put off using them as we like to order things without onions etc. but there is the option to do that really easily yourself. I really like how you can see how much extra certain drinks will cost as you are adding them and it is easier to see what you can replace with healthier options. For example you can have fruit or carrots with the children’s meals and salad instead of fries with the adults meals.
You pay at the order screen with your card or apple pay and then your meal is brought to your table! You can still order the regular way too if you prefer, just order at the till and collect from the collection area to the side. I know I’ll be using table service from now on though!
We then headed to the back of the store to look at the kitchen and we got to make our very own Big Mac! The kitchen has certainly changed since I worked for McDonalds – every burger is made fresh which I certainly didn’t know – you can see the process of making a Big Mac in the video below to see for yourself. The kitchen was absolutely spotless and the staff (and us) all wore hairnets and washed hands regularly.
I treat my children to a McDonalds every so often. Bean is no longer a vegetarian so she enjoys the chicken nuggets and I just ask for a cheese bun instead of a burger in the happy meals for the younger two who are vegetarian. I love the veggie burgers so I am a happy mummy. I always felt like it was a bit of a guilty treat though but I am much more reassured now I have seen behind the scenes. All their milk is organic, the eggs are free range and the nuggets are 100% chicken breast. The beef is all from Britain and Ireland too. They work closely with Keep Britain tidy to keep our streets clean and pick up all sorts of litter (not just their own) from outside their stores every day.
They are also committed to energy saving and using renewable energy and have some serious recycling and waste goals which are very impressive. They also do excellent work for charities and local communities – local to us the Ronald McDonald House Charities are working at building the first Ronald McDonald House to provide a free home away from home for families who have children being treated at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital and the neo-natal intensive care unit at University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
Honestly what an eye opener my evening at McDonalds was. To finish it all off they unveiled their new luxury burger collection which has just been released across select stores in Wales. They rival more expensive burger chains and means that parents can enjoy a luxury burger alongside their children enjoying a happy meal. You can choose from…
- The Classic: 100% British and Irish beef patty, two rashers of Beechwood smoked bacon, a slice of natural cheddar cheese, wholegrain mustard mayo, ketchup, Batavia lettuce and red onion in a Brioche-style bun
- The BBQ: 100% British and Irish beef patty, smoky BBQ sauce, coleslaw, red onion, Batavia lettuce, Beechwood smoked bacon and a slice of natural cheddar cheese in a Brioche-style bun
- The Spicy: 100% British and Irish beef patty, Jalapeño slices, Pepper Jack cheese, Batavia lettuce, mayo and a spicy relish in a Brioche-style bun
I couldn’t taste one myself but the consensus is that they were good – I even took one home for the hubby to try and he was sold – I know what he’ll be ordering next time!
The Signature Collection is available in the following stores across Wales…
Crossways Park (Caerphilly), Myrtle Hill (Carmarthen), Oxford Street (Swansea), Trostre Retail Park (Llanelli), Queens Street (Cardiff), Newport Road (Cardiff), Chirk Retail Park, Nantgarw Business Park (Treforest-Pontypridd), Cwmdu Retail Park (Swansea)
A big thank you to everyone at the store for being so welcoming – their passion for the store was evident and I had a great evening and learnt so much. McDonalds is definitely embracing the future in a really positive way. You can watch a little video of our tour and me making a Big Mac here! (Don’t worry I didn’t eat it – I was made a lovely spicy veggie burger instead!)
Disclosure – this is a sponsored post.