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Wetherspoon's new chargrilled chicken offering has set tongues wagging, with some people claiming it looks awfully familiar.
As fans of the pub chain may know, last year Wetherspoon axed its weekly Chicken Club last year and now its launched a chargrilled chicken option, with a choice of either a lemon herb or hot and spicy glaze.
Announcing its new chicken range, Wetherspoon said: "The British-farm assured chicken, served on the bone, is marinated, slow cooked and finished on the char-grill.
"The half-chicken is served with either a lemon and herb glaze, with coleslaw and a garlic and herb dip or with a hot and spicy Naga chilli and citrus glaze, with coleslaw and a Sriracha hot sauce. Both meals are served with a choice of chips, spicy rice or salad.
"Customers can also add to their meals, from a selection of chicken wings (five in a portion) as well as spicy seasoning to their chips."
However, the new range has managed to catch people’s eyes for a different reason, with some claiming the food and its branding are a carbon copy of popular chicken chain Nando’s.
Sharing a snap of the Wetherspoon menu on Twitter, one person wrote: “@nandosuk I didn't know you were doing chicken in Wetherspoons now.”
Someone else joked that the pub chained had ‘Aldied’ Nando’s branding - making a reference to the fact that Aldi likes to erm… heavily reference other brands when coming up with its own range. I’m looking at you Cuthbert the Caterpillar.
Someone else said: “This is a hate crime.”
While another person commented: "Wetherspoon is essentially lifting Nando's entire aesthetic."
But it’s actually proved to be a hit with some dinners - one hungry punter took to Twitter to say: “Tried the ‘Spoons take on Nando’s last night and mate you get a s**t ton of chicken.” Well, you can’t say fairer than that.
Wetherspoon’s senior food development manager Matt Elsdon, said: “We strive to offer our customers the widest choice of meals.
“We believe the char-grilled chicken dishes will be a great addition to the food offering in our pubs.”
LADbible has approached Wetherspoon for comment.
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