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  • Breakfast was introduced to the menu. The head office was relocated to its current site at East Finchley, north London.


  • The McDonald’s Corporation became sole owners of McDonald’s in the UK. The Company was named McDonald’s Hamburgers Limited.
  • The 100th restaurant opened in Market Street, Manchester.


  • McDonald’s became the first UK quick service restaurant group to introduce nutritional information throughout the country for the benefit of customers. Chicken McNuggets were introduced to the menu.


  • Drive-thru restaurants opened in Fallowfield (Manchester), Dudley, Neasden (London) and Coventry.
  • The 200th restaurant opened in Ipswich.
  • The first franchisee-operated restaurant opened in Hayes, Middlesex.
  • Happy Meals were introduced to the UK for the first time.


  • The Midlands regional training centre opened in Sutton Coldfield.


  • CFCs ceased to be used in all McDonald’s foam packaging.
  • The 300th restaurant opened in Dagenham.


  • The company’s name changed to McDonald’s Restaurants Limited.
  • RMCC (Ronald McDonald’s Childrens Charity) was registered as an independent charity.
  • The Manchester regional training centre opened.
  • The McChicken Sandwich was introduced to the menu.