Sunday, 15 October 2017

Taco Bell in the UK

We've all heard of Taco Bell, right? The name cropped up throughout my childhood, usually from friends who get taken on exotic holidays or American kids tv shows -or y'know, Mean Girls -

"Do you wanna do something fun? Wanna go to Taco Bell?"

"I cant go to Taco Bell, I'm on an all-carb diet, GOD Karen you are so stupid!"


For those who aren't familiar, it's the world’s leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain with approximately 6,500 restaurants worldwide and something that until recently the UK was missing. 


The first Taco Bell restaurant was built in Downey, California in 1962  founded by former US Marine Glen Bell, who we can thank for  the wonderfully convenient way to shove shredded chicken or mince in to our mouths with ease as he invented the preformed taco shell in 1951. Cheers Glen!

I was pleased to hear that Taco Bell is becoming a larger thing this side of the pond and I was invited down to the opening of the new Woking store to  taste the food for myself.


Now I admit I am a little bit of a fast food snob, I haven't had McDonalds for as long as I can remember and I usually favour sitting down in a 'proper' restaurant so although 'on paper' Taco Bell didn't seem like a good match for me it was the menu that made me think differently - I love me a bit of Mexican food! 

Taco Bell offers a wide range of Mexican food which is not only really damn tasty but affordable too. You can get a whole meal for about a fiver which is great for those lunch breaks before payday! 


The menu consists of a range of Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas and Nachos along with chips and delicious desserts. All products are available with a wide variety of familiar and tasty ingredients including delicious meats (seasoned beef, spicy Mexican chicken, grilled chicken and slow cooked pork) and blends of real cheeses, crisp shredded lettuce, diced ripe tomatoes and their signature sauces. Of course you can't have a proper Mexican feast without some Guacamole, Salsa, hearty beans and Mexican rice. There's vegetarian options and smaller bites for the kids too - Mason was a BIG fan! 

You can have a quick snack or go for a Big Bell box where you can pretty much try out a bit of everything, -a fajita burrito, crunchy taco, Mexican fries, churros and a drink. It's not just for spice lovers -I'm a bit of a hot food wuss so it's great that you can decide how hot you'd like it.


My favourite has to be their Crunch Wrap Supreme which is a soft  tortilla layered with Mexican chicken, nacho cheese, a crunchy tostada shell, lettuce, reduced fat sour cream and tomatoes - it's as amazing as it sounds!

It didn't have a fast food feel about it, the food is served fresh to order so you won't be eating anything that has been sat out for ages - nobody wants a soggy taco ... (e-hem!) and the restaurant itself is clean and tidy with plenty of seating.  Although it's not fine dining they definitely don't scrimp on the quality, the food is fresh, tasty and really filling. I was pleasantly surprised by the value! 


As a child of the 90s with a mild Slush Puppy addiction I love a blended icy drink so I was really excited to try their  Freezes. At just £1.99 each you can have a strawberry or a lemon flavour and if you're feeling adventurous you can even add white rum or tequila for an extra £1! Summertime picnics in the park are going to be fun I an tell! 

Personally  it's given me another option when I don't fancy a Subway or Boots meal deal for lunch, and is  the perfect place to go after the cinema, during a shopping trip or lunch the morning after a big night out - free fizzy drink refills are always a big plus for me when I have a hangover! With such a big menu for a reasonable price I think Taco Bell is just what we've been missing. 

There are a few more stores opening all over the UK and I can see tacos taking over! ...McDonalds who?!

 *I was invited to try the menu in exchange for an honest review and all thoughts are my own


1 comment:

  1. There's a Taco Bell not far from me and some of my work colleagues rave about it but I've yet to go in and try it for myself! I'm a bit of a fast food snob too but during this year I've come over to the side of McDonalds after spending 15 odd years not going near the place. Maybe it's time I gave Taco Bell a chance too!

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