Are McDonald’s drive-thrus open today?

MCDONALD’S has so far opened 39 drive-thru lanes, for all those lockdown Brits who were craving a Big Mac.

These drive-thru restaurants are in addition to the 15 branches that were already open for delivery orders via Uber Eats.

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Inside dining areas will remain closed to the public across every Mcdonald's restaurant until further notice.

So, for now, you're limited to drive-thru or home delivery if you want a chicken nugget fix.

When is McDonald’s opening for drive-thru orders?

McDonald’s began offering drive-thru by reopening 39 branches on May 20, including 33 restaurants in England and six more in the Republic of Ireland.

Between today, June 2, and Thursday, June 4, McDonald's will also reopen 924 drive-thrus meaning all lanes across the UK and Ireland will soon be open.

The drive-thrus open between 11am and 10pm – the same as newly reopened delivery-only restaurants.

The reduced hours are due to having less staff working in kitchens at one time.

Which McDonald’s drive-thrus are reopening?

McDonald's has so far only confirmed which 39 drive-thrus have already reopened – check out the full list below.

Which branches of McDonld's are open for drive-thru?

MCDONALD'S has already reopened the below restaurants for drive-thru, or both delivery and drive-thru.

Drive-thru only

  • Bobbing (Sheppey Way)
  • Bushey (Hertfordshire)
  • Chelmsford (Regiment Business Park)
  • Dunstable (Luton Road)
  • Ipswich (Ranelagh Road)
  • Ipswich (Ravenswood)
  • Ipswich (Whitehouse)
  • Luton Retail Park (Gipsy Lane)
  • Medway City Estate (Rochester)
  • Medway Valley Park (Rochester)
  • North Cheam (Sutton)
  • Oldfields Road (Sutton)
  • Peterborough (Boongate)
  • Peterborough (Bourges Boulevard)
  • Peterborough (Eye Green)
  • Peterborough (Glinton)
  • Peterborough (Hampton)
  • Peterborough (Morrisons)
  • Staines (London Road)
  • Staines (Two Rivers Retail Park)
  • Strood (Commercial Road)
  • Travellers Friend (Hounslow)
  • Watford (Garston)

Delivery and drive-thru

  • Beechings Way
  • Boreham Interchange
  • Chelmsford (Riverside)
  • Chelmsford (Westway)
  • Gillingham (Bowaters)
  • Ipswich (Cardinal Park)
  • Luton (Chaul End Lane)
  • Luton (Leagrave)
  • Sittingbourne
  • Watford (Hertfordshire Arms)

Will McDonald’s drive-thrus have a limited menu?

McDonald’s has confirmed its restaurants and drive-thrus will reopen with a limited menu.

Unfortunately for McMuffin fans, this doesn't include any breakfast options because of the reduced opening times.

What items are included on the reduced McDonald's menu?

MCDONALD'S has confirmed it'll be running a reduced menu when restaurants and drive-thrus reopen.

This is because the chain will have less staff working at one time so they can maintain social distancing measures.

Here's what's being sold:

Main Menu:

  • Cheeseburger
  • Hamburger
  • Double Cheeseburger
  • Big Mac
  • Quarter Pounder with Cheese
  • McChicken Sandwich
  • Filet-O-Fish
  • Chicken McNuggets
  • Chicken Selects
  • Vegetable Deluxe
  • Veggie Dippes

Sides & Desserts:

  • Fries
  • Mozzarella Dippers
  • Core McFlurry (Oreo, Maltesers, Smarties)
  • Fruit Bag


  • Coke
  • Diet Coke
  • Coke Zero
  • Fanta
  • Sprite
  • Oasis
  • Black Coffee
  • White Coffee
  • Latte
  • Cappuccino
  • Espresso
  • Flat White
  • Tea
  • Orange Juice
  • Fruit Shoot
  • Water
  • Happy Meal Water

Happy Meal Variants:

  • Happy Meal – Hamburger
  • Happy Meal – Cheeseburger
  • Happy Meal – Four Nuggets
  • Happy Meal – Veggie Dippers

When will more McDonald’s drive-thrus open?

McDonald’s plans to reopen all of its drive-thru lanes across the UK by June 4.

It’s physical restaurants are being reopened for delivery in phases – so far it has only released details of the first 15 branches.

For these locations, you can only order food from Uber Eats.

You'll need to remember to factor in a delivery charge, which varies depending on how far away from the restaurant you are.

The fast food chain is also now allowing click and collect orders via the My McDonald's app again.

The locations of the first batch of delivery-only restaurants are:

  • Chelmsford Riverside
  • Chelmsford Westway
  • Ipswich Cardinal Park
  • Boreham Interchange
  • Luton Leagrave
  • Watford Hertfordshire Arms
  • Chaul End Lane, Luton
  • Beechings Way, Gillingham
  • Sittingbourne Retail Park
  • Gillingham Bowaters
  • Tooting
  • Dalston
  • Welling
  • Harrow
  • Luton George Street

Is McDonald's allowed to open drive-thrus?

Yes, in fact, McDonald's restaurants were never specifically instructed to close by the government.

Speaking earlier in May, Environment Secretary George Eustice said the fast food chain was “made” for social distancing.

In a separate update, Prime Minister Boris Johnson changed the coronavirus UK message from "stay at home" to "stay alert".


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The PM also said Brits will be able to take trips in their cars from Wednesday, May 15.

McDonald’s UK boss Paul Pomroy said: “When your local drive-thru does reopen, it will be different.

“Our service will not be as quick as you might be used to, as we adjust to smaller teams and social distancing in our kitchens.

“We expect there will be some queues for some of our busier sites and our restaurants will look different.

“I ask that you continue to be supportive of and patient with our restaurant teams as we slowly and safely return.”

He continued: “Learning from our initial phases,  we will start to return to towns and cities across the UK and Ireland and thank you for your continued support as we work through this crisis.

“We will continue to keep you updated via email, our website and our social media channels.”

McDonald's temporarily shut all 1,350 restaurants on March 23.

You can read more about its new safety measures and changes that are being put in place here.

We've compiled a list of the shops and food chains that have reopened including B&Q and Burger King.

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