We tried the hot chicken counter that rivals KFC and is rarely seen without a queue

Roast is serving up some top lunch – and in our opinion it rivals KFC

Lunch time hits and if there’s anywhere that can tell me where to eat – it’s Preston. Whether there are signs pointing out banging deals or the welcoming invite of a Market coffee spot, Preston’s got loads to offer.

Of all the places I’ve spotted while walking round the centre, there is one that sticks out the most. Roast on Orchard Street.

The hot counter spot, with an inside deli too, has a constant queue throughout the day. On Orchard Street, people can be seen waiting to be served or even standing nearby with a tray of chips.

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Since the first time I spotted it, I needed to know what all the fuss was about. Even when there’s a queue of 10 people, more will join at the back. Roast had Preston shoppers in a chokehold and I needed to know why.

I went for lunch at around 1pm on Thursday and joined the queue. It all feels a bit mad when you see it, I can confidently say there is nowhere else in the city centre with the same obvious queue on the street.

The staff fly through the queue with the speed of an Aldi cashier. There’s absolutely no faffing about and I’m at the counter within five minutes.

The hot counter is full of quick bites like chicken popcorn, chips, chicken strips, chicken legs and Sweet Chilli skewers. The average price is around £3 and its served up instantly as you pay.

I went for the four Lemon and Herb Chicken strips (£3) and when I looked inside, I was wildly impressed. Those strips look exceptional and after one bite I am keen to say that Roast’s strips are better than KFC.

Immediately, I’m a top fan and the entire queue makes sense. Roast is open Monday to Saturday from 7:30am – 6pm. On Sunday it is open from 9-4am. If you want good lunch – go to Roast.

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Rebecca LockwoodTrainee reporter
  • 09:45, 4 SEP 2022

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